Thursday 26 April 2018

Millstreet take a huge step toward League 1A survival

League 1A

Greenmount Rangers 2

Millstreet Celtic 5

This vital win may be a huge step towards Millstreet's survival in League 1A. They went into the contest in the relegation zone, four points behind their hosts. A loss would have relegated Millstreet immediately. In contrast, this win now means that Millstreet need two points from their remaining two games in order to stay in the division.

The stakes were huge at the outset for Greenmount as well because a win would have gaurenteed their survival at the cost of the visitors. The home side made the better start and went ahead after fifteen minutes. Millsteet responded well by getting on the ball and passing well to create chances. After 25 minutes, Tim Kiely floated in a free kick which Tadhg Collins finished off in style with the outside of his boot. With Millstreet then well on top, they went ahead with the goal of the game just before half time. In a well-worked build up, Adrian O'Connor passed to the feet of Tadhg Collins who turned and chipped a pass for Brian Murphy to finish decisively.

With only 45 minutes to play in their season, Greenmount started the second half with renewed urgency. They made it two-all ten minutes into the second half and then dominated proceedings. Millstreet needed a break and Brain Murphy made it when, after 65 minutes, he went on a great run up the right wing and was fouled outside the box. Tim Kiely scored directly from the resulting free kick to put the visitors ahead 3-2. The same player made it 4-2 with a second free kick from just outside the area minutes later.

Greenmount pushed hard to get back into contention but this made them vulnerable to Millstreet's counter attacks. The visitors finally scored on the break to decide the contest with four minutes on the clock. Donagh Murphy made the opportunity with a through ball for Tadhg Collins to grab his second of the game.

Millstreet are now in a position to ensure survival in League 1A. Though they are cutting their chances tight, they will hope to repeat this performance over the coming weeks.