Thursday 14 December 2017

Warriors made to battle as they step up league challenge

ANNALOUGHAN kept up the pressure on Lily Finnegans and Lumpers as they twice came from behind to account for Bay United in Muirhevnamor on Sunday.

The game kicked off with a strong east wind favouring Bay and it wasn't long before they opened the scoring when Kevin Scollon played a fine through-ball to Peter Sweeney who was taken down by an Annaloughan defender. Sweeney himself dusted himself down and fired the resulting penalty into the bottom corner of the net.

Bay were dominating the game through Jeffrey Ekwueme and Sweeney in midfield, but it was Annaloughan who equalised when Tommy O'Hare's pass found Shaun O'Connor at the edge of the six-yard box and he netted emphatically.

However, from an almost identical situation, Bay were awarded another penalty and again Sweeney made no mistake from the spot to give Bay a 2-1 lead at the interval.

Annaloughan began the second with a greater sense of urgency and the wind now at their backs and an early attacked resulted in a corner from which Paul Dooley headed home Damien Connor's delivery - 2-2.

Annaloughan looked a different team now, with Shane Finnegan and O'Hare controlling midfield, and it was no surprise when a Connor free kick put them ahead as the Bay keeper spilled the ball into the net. Soon after a second free kick from O'Connor hit the bottom corner - 4-2.

Bay came back into the game with 10 minutes remaining, putting Annaloughan under severe pressure, and Marcel Ekwueme made a great run on the right side, beating two defenders and firing a great shot to the net to give his side some hope.

However, two more goals from Thomas Moran and O'Connor sealed victory for Annaloughan to leave them just a point behind the Lumpers on top.

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