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Published on June 8th, 2017 | by admin

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Division 2 Football Dunloy 1-09 Tir Na Nog 1-09

Dunloy 1-09 Tir Na Nog 1-09

Dunloy and Randalstown shared the points in this Div. 2 encounter despite the home side being down to 14 men for most of the game. Dunloy could have won this game late on but hit the side netting when a point was the easier option.

Tir Na nOg opened the scoring with a P Sheerin point which was wiped out soon after with a trio of scores from a Keelan Molly free, Nigel Elliott and another Keelan Molloy point from play to open a 2-point gap.

The Randalstown men then took control of the game themselves for the next 10mins where they scored 1-03 without reply. C McKeown fired over a fine score from wide of the posts which Christy Sheerin followed up to level things up.

The game saw a massive shift when the home side lost Gabriel McTaggart for an off the ball tackle which referee Paul McKeever deemed worthy of a red card. To make matters worse Randalstown got the first goal of the game when a well worked move saw C Duffin hammer the ball to the roof of the net. Another point from Tir Na nOg left the score at half time Dunloy 0-03 Tir Na nOg 1-04

Nigel Elliott and another Keelan Molloy free saw Dunloy come out in the second half showing their intent to make the score 0-05 to 1-04 but the extra man was counting for the Randalstown men at this stage as they wiped out both the scores. Darren O’Kane and Ciaran Logan both were allowed too much space as the made the game 0-05 to 1-06.

Despite only having 14 men the home side were controlling the pace of the game and showing more attacking intent but were guilty of kicking some bad wides during this period. A big score was needed and Miceal Murphy was in the right place to hammer home Dunloy’s only goal.  Keelan Molloy and Nigel Elliott worked the ball down the side line to deliver the ball into the box which Murphy dispatched to the roof of the net.

It was the spur the home side needed as they kicked 3 unanswered points from the boot of Declan McGarry, Keelan Molloy and Nigel Elliott to make it 1-08 to 1-06 to the home side.

The extra man was now starting to pay dividends for Tir Na nOg as the game reached the latter stages as they were now starting to find space more easily up front to work the shooting chances. Christy Sheerin levelled the game up with 5mins to go with a well taken score as the away side looked the more likely to push on and win it.

With only 2 mins left corner forward Coogan with 2 defenders on him kicked the ball over his head to put the Randalstown men up by 1 point.

The game was on the blow when Eoin O’Neill deservedly levelled things up for the home side. The same man could of won the game for Dunloy but he hit the side netting from a tight angle.

A draw was a fair result for both teams and points on the board that both sides were in need of.


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