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Friday 19 September 2014

Bottom club press the self-destruct button

Published 23/01/2013 | 14:19

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BASEMENT club Dromin United passed up a great chance to move off the foot of the Premier Division table on Sunday when they surrendered a three-goal lead to Kentstown and came away with nothing.

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In the only MDL match to go ahead in the whole of County Louth on Sunday, conditions were surprisingly good at the Junction, but Dromin boss Jim McLoughlin will wish the game had never gone ahead as he watched his team disintegrate in the second 45 minutes.

It was mostly one-way traffic towards the Kentstown goal in the first half, and the former Drogheda United and Dundalk striker William Woods put the hosts in front with a header from a Paul McKeever cross, before adding a second goal, shooting through a crowd of players in the penalty area.

And when Bernard Osborne curled a superb shot over the visitors' keeper just before half-time, Dromin looked home and hosed at 3-0 ahead.

The turning point in the game came when a Kentstown goal was allowed to stand, despite claims of offside by the home team, and two more goals quickly followed as the Meath outfit suddenly found themselves back on level terms.

Kentstown then grabbed a fortuitous winner when a harmless-looking ball took two deflections and sat up perfectly for one of their players who drove a shot past keeper Stuart Reynolds.

Dromin had chances after that to force a draw or even snatch a dramatic win, but Anto McLoughlin's effort landed on the roof of the net and Dean McLoughlin passed up another opportunity in a one-on-one with the Kentstown keeper.

To add to their woes, Neil McLoughlin and Bernard Osborne both had to be substituted because of injury.

'At half-time Kentstown weren't in the game, but they made one or two substitutions and the offside goal gave them a lift,' reflected Jim McLoughlin.

'It's disappointing. When you are 3-0 up and dominating the game we should win the game, but they got a few breaks and we didn't get any. We're play

DROMIN UNITED: Stuart Reynolds, Darragh McKeown (Robbie Gaffney), Fintan Clarke, Ger Conlon, Karl Martin, Anto McLoughlin, Neil McLoughlin (Stuart Osborne), Bernard Osborne (Niall Conlon), Paul McKeever, William Woods, Dean McLoughlin.

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