Bellurgan dig deep to grab draw
Soccer, North East Football League, Premier: Boyne Harps 2 Bellurgan United 2
Bellurgan demonstrated character in abundance to hold the leaders and cause them to drop their first points after collecting maximum points from their opening nine games of the campaign over the first half of the premier division season.
The Peninsula side were walloped 8-0 by Trim in what was somewhat of a freak result the previous Sunday, but it was only natural that it would cause doubts in the team's mind which increased when only four minutes into Thursday night's game in Drogheda they fell behind.
But the strength of resolve and ability in the team came right to the fore as they battled back not once but twice in this game to earn a deserved draw. Ironically it opened the way for their conquerors Trim to seize the lead in the title race with a game in hand, having drawn level on points with Boyne after beating Ardee the next night.
The visitors could have started to feel sorry for themselves when Boyne somewhat fortuitously went ahead, as the ball ended in the back of their net when one of their defenders challenged a Boyne attacker as the ball was crossed into their box.
They had further reason to fear the worst when they had a couple of scoring attempts cleared off the Boyne goal line , and went in trailing at the break after dominating possession with the home side never threatening aside from their goal.
However, Bellurgan struck back a few minutes into the second half when Tadgh O'Connor headed home from a corner kick at the back post.
Bellurgan continued to play well and made chances which they were unlucky not to capitalize upon.
But they were thankful to Kevin Rogan for pulling off a couple of valuable saves, as Boyne showed what they are capable of and in fact regained the lead.
Again Bellurgan had cause to curse their luck as a clear offside appeared to be missed by the officials as the home side made it 2-1.
However, Bellurgan renewed their efforts and were justly rewarded with a second equaliser ten minutes from time.
The spadework was carried out by Martin Murphy with a brilliant tackle in his right back position , and advanced into mid-field and slipped ace marksman Ciaran Sheelan into a position that he thrives upon where he cut back and his shot was deflected by a Boyne defender.
But it was immaterial as the ball was heading for the net where it duly ended.
Bellurgan: Kevin Rogan, Martin Murphy( Derrmot Treanor), Gerry Brown, Ray Finnegan, Patrick Lynch, Tadgh O'Connor, Daniel McDonald, Coran Lindsay (Shane O'Brien), Stephen Finnegan (Joe Dunne), Joe Needham, Ciaran Sheelan.