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On target - Sevastian Beslic of Chord Celtic. Picture: Larry McQuillan

On target - Sevastian Beslic of Chord Celtic. Picture: Larry McQuillan

On target - Sevastian Beslic of Chord Celtic. Picture: Larry McQuillan

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CHORD CELTIC 2

JOHNSTOWN1

Chord Celtic’s 100% start to the season continued as they came out on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline at home to Johnstown on Friday.

On a glorious night at DIFE, Chord nearly raced into a very early lead. A ball clipped over the top saw Sevastian Beslic played through and his shot flew wide of the near post.

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But soon after, Cormac Reid played a ball down the left wing to Jake Devine and the midfielder whipped in a cross for Niall Gates to volley home.

Despite registering only a point so far this season, Johnstown have been very competitive and they matched Chord for the remainder of the first half. Nevertheless, the defensive trio of Dean Haggins, Neil Donnelly and Ciaran McDonnell kept the visitors quiet.

Chord almost took a two-goal lead into the break when Gates played Beslic through and the youngster forced a fine save from the Johnstown keeper.

The Chord defence continued to hold up well in the face of Johnstown pressure early in the second half.

Neil Donnelly glanced a header just over from a Reid corner just before the hour mark. Pearse Butler then thought he had grabbed the game’s second goal when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the box, but the keeper again pulled off a fantastic reaction save.

Beslic then smashed the crossbar with a long-range shot minutes before he finally got his goal. Devine created space for himself and played a cross right in front of goal which Beslic managed to turn home.

Chord began to use their bench to give some players game time as Alan Beattie, Ross Reid, Leigh Kierans and Jamie King were all introduced.

Chord were cruising to all three points until a penalty decision made the final few minutes very nervy.

Keeper Enda O’Carroll almost got to the spot kick, but it just squeezed in.

The Meath team threw everything at Chord in the time remaining, but the Drogheda side held on to eke out a win.

There’s now a five-point gap between the top two, Donacarney and Chord, to third place.

Chord host Square at DIFE on Friday night as they look to extend their winning streak and won’t under-estimate them after two tough meetings last season.

Chord CELTIC: Enda O’Carroll, Jake Devine, Helder Mota, Dean Haggins, Neil Donnelly, Ciaran McDonnell, Cormac Reid, Nathan Llewellyn, Pearse Butler, Niall Gates, Sevastian Beslic.


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