North Winter League update
Bay Utd 2 Annaloughan 2
IN fantastic footballing conditions in the Rock Road on Sunday morning, Annaloughan came out flying and dominated the first twenty minutes of the game and deservedly took the lead, all be it in fortunate circumstances.
A low, harmless looking corner from the left was missed by all the Bay defenders and fell kindly to Gerard Donnegan, who tapped in from close range.
Bay found themselves behind for the first time this season and were quickly 2-0 down – Darren Hynes took a shot from the right that was saved by Bay keeper Chris Callan, but the rebound was nicely tucked away. Bay rallied for the rest of the first half and early into the second half but could not get past the Annaloughan keeper who made several fine saves.
Five minutes into the second half goalscorer Hynes got sent off for needlessly kicking the ball into the net after been blown offside. He got a second yellow after receiving his first for a similar offence in the first half. It was mostly all Bay Utd pressure for the final 30 minutes against a tiring ten man Annaloughan but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the score at 2-0 until three minutes from time, when substitute Darren O'Brien expertly finished from the edge of the box to make it 2-1. Deep into injury team super-sub Ronan Dillon crushed Annaloughan with a 25-yard curling effort to leave the keeper with no chance to steal a point for the home side.
Glen Utd 2
Carlingford Celtic Youths 3
The hosts got off to a great star when they went ahead after a ten minutes through a Philip Martin goal. Just before half time the Youths scored from a Mickey Rafferty penalty to square things. Glen Utd once again took the lead through a Raymie Phillips goal, but from another set-piece (a free kick this time), Garath McShane levelled things once again. It must have seemed like deja-vu in Glenmore with five minutes to go as McShane scored another free from an identical position to win the game.
Carlingford Celtic 1
Rampart Celtic 4
Unbeaten Rampart Celtic travelled out to the peninsula to play a very depleted Carlingford Celtic side playing with nine men throughout the 90 minutes. Despite this, the Carlingford outfit gave a good account for themselves, going down gallantly by four goals to one.
Greenfield entertained a much improved Castletown side. A very organised and resolute Castletown defence kept Greenfield at bay for the first half, but the introduction of fresh legs and a change of tactics in the second half proved too much as Liam Doyle, Darren Callan, Noel Finnegan and Chris Mullan scored. This coupled with a clean sheet by the impressive Greenfield rear-guard left the final score 4-0.
Faughart showed a lot of improvement despite the defeat in Ravensdale on Sunday. Goals from Nick McKeever and Thomas Quigley were not enough however, as Edentubber scored three (McDonnell 2, Rooney) and won for the second week on the bounce and find themselves moving up the table.
Round 5 Fixtures:
Ravensdale v Rampart Celtic
Carlingford Celtic Youths v Faughart
Bay Utd v Carlingford Celtic
Castletown v Glen Utd
Annaloughan v Greenfield