DONACARNEY CELTIC 3
ALBION ROVERS 3
Donacarney Celtic missed the chance to go top of the First Division as they were held to a draw at home to Albion Rovers on Saturday.
Albion are still very much in a precarious position and are still without a win this season, with four draws in eight games seeing Johnny Campbell’s side sitting second from bottom.
At a blustery Castlemartin on Saturday afternoon the Dons took the lead. Aidan Murphy opened the scoring when he cut into the box from the left wing, going across the two Albion centre-backs before reversing a shot into the far bottom corner.
Murphy doubled their lead minutes later when another fine strike put the hosts well in command.
It wasn’t long, though, before the Monasterboice side hit back as Georgie Hristolov struck a powerful shot from outside the box which cannoned off the crossbar and bounced down behind the line.
Albion made it 2-2 with five minutes left in the half when a Darren McCann free kick from outside the box was bent over the wall and the unsighted Alan Myles just couldn’t react quick enough to keep the ball out.
The Dons then had two major frustrations as twice Murphy was deemed to have been offside, the second after the striker had put the ball in the net when he beat the centre-half in the air and looped a header over the keeper.
The hosts regained the lead just on the hour mark when a corner from the left was whipped in by Jack Murphy and it bent all the way into at the far post without a touch.
Aidan Murphy could have wrapped up the game for Donacarney when he was played through and rounded the Albion keeper but went wide and shot against the inside of the post.
Albion almost levelled when a cross into the box was headed back across the face of goal, but Myles adjusted well to keep the ball out.
Then Rovers went through on goal while the Donacarney defence stopped, assuming a whistle would blow for offside. The whistle never came, but the shot was dragged just wide.
Albion eventually scored from a sublime Dean Fitzpatrick long-range looping shot which beat Myles all ends up.
Rovers then were on the back foot for the remainder of the game as Donacarney pushed for a winner. The Meath team were threatening from set pieces and a ball across the box from the right wing evaded everyone and was dramatically sent over his own crossbar by the Rovers left-back.
Rovers now face a relegation six-pointer on Friday night when they travel to bottom side Johnstown.
Donacarney CELTIC: Alan Myles, Kyle Latchfield, Dylan Myles, Sean Bernie, Brendan Dawson, Garry Burke, Noel Myles. Jack Murphy, Seán O’Reilly, Sean Sanders, Aidan Murphy, Subs: Ibraham Sammon, Osama Kheridine, Adrian Stepanack, Reece Courtney, Josh Kelly.