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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Ravensdale kick-start winter league with a win

Published 18/09/2013 | 17:09

The North Louth Winter League kicked off with Castletown Knights travelling to Ravensdale last Sunday to take on defending League Champions, Ravensdale, in dreadful wet and windy conditions.

The North Louth Winter League kicked off with Castletown Knights travelling to Ravensdale last Sunday to take on defending League Champions, Ravensdale, in dreadful wet and windy conditions.

In a cagey opening 15 minutes, the game started with very few chances until Ravensdale, playing with the wind in the first half, won the ball on the halfway line. Gary Connolly carried it into the Castletown corner before pulling it back for Chris Dullaghan to cross into the Castletown area and the ball fell to the feet of Connor Connolly, whose curling effort hit the outside of the post.

Next it was Castletown who could have taken the lead when a long ball out of midfield found Castletown midfielder Gerard White. Unfortunately, the Ravensdale centre half slipped and allowed White to round the keeper but he couldn't convert the chance from a tight angle.

They were left to rue that missed chance as it was Ravensdale who took the lead after half an hour when Gary Connolly played in Eddie Duffy to coolly slot home into the bottom corner. Ten minutes later, Ravensdale increased their lead when Duffy was fouled just inside the area. Up stepped team captain Conall Lavery to send keeper Ruairí McCourt the wrong way and give Ravensdale a two goal cushion going into the break.

In the second half, Castletown, with the wind on their backs, piled the pressure onto the Ravensdale defence, creating several chances and they were finally rewarded when Vadym Pogorilyy cut out a short keeper's thrown clearance and finished brilliantly from distance to get his side back into the game.

Castletown's tails were now up and after a few half chances they finally drew back level when a cross from White from the right hand side was inadvertently flicked off a Ravensdale defender at the near post and into the top corner of his own net leaving his keeper a mere spectator. Ravensdale increased their effort after this with some neat football and bursting runs down both flanks. Then, with fifteen minutes remaining in the game, Ravensdale forced their way into the Castletown area and Lavery fed the run of Gary Connolly on the left, who fired a low, stinging ball across the six yard box and found the feet of his brother, Connor, to stroke home for Ravensdale and regain the lead.

Ravensdale were awarded another penalty five minutes later, when Connor Connolly stole possession between the Castletown keeper and defender and was taken down. Lavery stepped up once more but McCourt pulled off a remarkable one handed save to his left to give his side hope but it was not to be as Ravensdale eventually held on to start the season off with a hard fought 3-2 victory for Cecil Mahon's team in extremely tough conditions.

Best for Ravensdale were Connor Connolly, Eddie Duffy and Gary Connolly. For Castletown Vadym Pogorilyy, Ruairí McCourt and Gerard White played well.

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