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Danny Starrs of Albion and Ian Devine of Termonfeckin in action at Monasterboice on Thursday night.

Danny Starrs of Albion and Ian Devine of Termonfeckin in action at Monasterboice on Thursday night.

Ciaran Hartnett of Albion cleared the danger as Termonfeckin piled on the pressure in the closing stages of Thursday’s match.

Ciaran Hartnett of Albion cleared the danger as Termonfeckin piled on the pressure in the closing stages of Thursday’s match.

Termonfeckin’s David O’Brien clears the danger for his side during Thursday’s match.

Termonfeckin’s David O’Brien clears the danger for his side during Thursday’s match.

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Danny Starrs of Albion and Ian Devine of Termonfeckin in action at Monasterboice on Thursday night.

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O’NEILL’S SPORTS DIVISION 1 ALBION ROVERS 1 TERMONFECKIN CELTIC 0 TERMONFECKIN Celtic suffered just their second league defeat of the season away to Albion Rovers on Thursday night. While the hosts would finish with nine-men, a penalty from Ciaran Hartnett saw Albion give their promotion hopes a massive boost. It was the proverbial backs to the wall performance from Albion who gave Termonfeckin enough chances to win at least three games, but the Seasiders just couldn’t score. Missing several first team players, Albion dipped into their reserves and Johnny White was one of those who stepped up and put in a fantastic performance. The game started off at a ferocious pace, with Termonfeckin dictating the play. The visitors had the first real chance when Jordan Duffy crossed and Nathan Llewellyn dived and headed the ball off the post, this coming on 15 minutes. Two minutes after that Termonfeckin once again broke down the left and Duffy found Jake Farrell isolated on the penalty spot, but Farrell skied his effort. Albion tightened up their defence and began to block the space. Ian Devine had a shot from 40 yards inthe latter part of the first half as Termonfeckin dominated possession but with very few chances created. Just before the break James Tester was fouled on the 18-yard line and Darren McCann’s shot was headed off the line by Paddy O’Boyle. Albion made some changes and despite Termonfeckin being on top for the first five minutes of the second half Albion came more into the game from 50 minutes onwards. On the hour mark a long kick from Stephen Baird bounced over the Termonfeckin defence and Tester broke through. However there was a coming together between the striker and Fola Oki which saw Albion awarded a penalty. Ciaran Hartnett stepped up and put the spot kick right into the top corner, hitting the crossbar and post on the way, leaving Cormac Dolan with no chance. Five minutes after hitting the front, Albion lost their captain when Darren McCann was shown a second yellow card and Albion were reduced to nine not long after as tempers really began to flare. An incident on the Termonfeckin line saw Adam Gartland shown a straight red. Termonfeckin would also soon be reduced when Llewellyn was shown a second yellow, but the visitors again hit the post as they piled on the pressure. Padraig McDonagh was left as a lone striker for Albion, but he put in an exceptional performance when Rovers got possession to him. For Termonfeckin now, they can seal the First Division title next weekend when they welcome Square United on Sunday morning if Quay haven’t won their game before then. Even if the Dundalk side do collect three points, a victory for Termonfeckin at the very least ensures they will finish joint top with three games remaining. Albion ROVERS: Stephen Baird, Carl Harding, Adam Gartland, Neil McEvoy, Johnny White, Darren McCann, Ciaran McCann, Ciaran Hartnett, James Tester, Padraig McDonagh, Eoin Hancock TERMONFECKIN: Cormac Dolan, Fola Oki, Stephen Heavey, Paddy O’Boyle, Bash Nyakambil, Dylan Carney, Derek Kierans, Jake Farrell, Jordan Duffy, Nathan Llewellyn, Ian Devine.

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