Rankin's late header bears fruit as Glebe deny Orchard
DESPITE leading 2-0 at one point, Glebe North needed a 93rd-minute equaliser to save their blushes at Market Green on Friday night.
A cold and wet Friday night saw Glebe start much quicker, and their opponents - who are presently fighting for their Senior Sunday status - posed very little threat in the opening 30 minutes.
The hosts took the lead just before the break when a move building from the back saw a series of passes before Phil Kavanagh made the incisive move and played in Steven Nolan who drove a low shot into the bottom corner.
Two minutes after the restart Glebe doubled their lead, Brendan Carberry placing a shot from just inside the box into the back of the net. At that stage Glebe looked very much assured in their play, but they conceded five minutes later.
Trying to play the ball out of defence they took too much out of the move and Orchard managed to nick in and retain possession and from close range their player beat Eddie McDonald.
This seemed to give the relegation battlers some real impetus, especially as the goal came from nothing. On 67 minutes a long throw had McDonald and his defence attempting a clearance and the inevitable collision saw the ball drop and present the visitors with their equaliser.
Things went from bad to worse for Liam Kelly's team as on 73 minutes Glebe tried to shepherd a ball out of play, but Orchard nicked in and took possession right on the byeline before pulling the ball back and finishing from close range.
The turnaround was complete and Glebe were understandably floored by the series of events. They had gifted their opponents three goals and despite dominating the game they trailed.
To their credit, though, they fought their way back into the game and forced several saves, with the help of Noel Barrett who was introduced in place of Kavanagh to add some fresh legs to the attack.
With the final play of the game Stephen Chambers delivered a wonderful free kick and Jason Rankin headed home from close range to salvage a point.
Glebe travel to relegation strugglers Sacred Heart on Friday night as they seek to continue their unbeaten run.
Glebe North: Eddie McDonald, Brendan Carberry, Reece McEnteer, Neil Beasley, Keith Murray, Jason Rankin, Stephen Chambers, Pat Campbell, Rory O'Connor, Steven Nolan, Philly Kavanagh (Noel Barrett).