Killymoon Rangers travelled to Belfast to play league leaders Knockbreda, and returned empty handed, going down 2-1.
Knockbreda started brightly, putting the Killymoon defence under pressure from the off, with wide front men Paul Young and Matthew Johnston causing problems, for the Killymoon full backs.
Dicky Donaghy almost capitalised on a mistake in the home defence on 5 minutes but the keeper coming to the resue. Michael Brown was called on punching a Knockbreda free kick clear.
M Johnston caused problems for Knockbreda down the right, before Killymoon cleared the danger. Andrew Neill, and Declan Campbell linked up and sent Gareth McGaw away down the right wing. Gareth’s cross going out of play. On 15 minutes M Johnston’s goal for Knockbreda was disallowd for off-side.
Brown denied M Chimes at one end and Dicky Donaghy under pressure from the Knockbreda defenders, got a shot at goal which sailed over the bar. Killymoon had a free kick on the half way line on 25 minutes which the home defence cleared.
Marc Harkness, Roma, and Dicky Donaghy put a good move together down the left flank, the home defence, again cleared the danger. Killymoon were enjoying their best spell in the game match, and Marc Harkness had a shot wide from the edge of the box.
Knockbreda’s Jim McMenamin tried his luck from 35 yards out, the shot went high and wide. Knockbreda applied the pressure again, Michael Brown making another save, and full back CCorry shot over. Dicky Donaghy had a header easily saved from a Killymoon free kick.
Michael Brown then denied Miguel Chimes again, making a crucial save, and minutes later E Willaimson missed a good chance, at the back post. Gareth Mc Gaw won acorner down the right, from the corner Gareth put a half chance wide at the back post. The Knockbreda defence did enough to deny Dicky Donaghy, a good chance.
In the last minute of the half, Knockbreda won a free kick on the edge of the Killymoon box out left, the shot was high and wide.
Knockbreda made their substitutions early in the second half, to try and get the goals to win the match. They forced a couple of early corners which the Killymoon defence dealt with. Dicky Donaghy set up Declan Campbell for a half chance which went wide.
Killymoon then took the lead in the 52nd minute, Roma, Dicky Donaghy and Andrew Neill all linked up well, Dicky Donaghy’s shot was parried by Paul McAteer, and Andrew Neill, was on hand to drill the ball home.
On 58 minutes Paul McAteer the Knockbreda goalkeeper went to pick the ball up, and fell to the ground with a bad back. The game was held up for 5 minutes, Eddie Williamson went into goals, and as Knockbreda had all 3 substitutes on the pitch, they had to play the rest of the match with 10 men.
Knockbreda were clearly rattled, a goal and a man down. Declan Campbell had a shot deflected for a corner, Gareth McGaw headed Johnny Young’s corner wide at the back post. Killymoon had a free kick on 68 minutes, Knockbreda cleared the danger, and broke, Joe Finlay crossed from the right and Miguel Chimes, got on the end of the cross to equalise.
Before Killymoon could settle, they conceded a penalty 2 minutes later, a foul in the box, and James Wright stepped up to beat Michael Brown from the spot, much to the relief of all at knockbreda.
Roger Greer came on for Gareth Mc Gaw, G Corry had a chance for Knockbreda, before Killymoon had an equaliser ruled out for off-side.
Dicky Donaghy came off, Gerry Moore came on, and in a tactical switch, Davy Mac
pushed up centre forward, with Jason Ferry going in along side Stephen Purvis at
the heart of the Killymoon defence. G Corry had another chance for Knockbreda,
who also wasted a free kick. Gerry Moore had a shot from the edge of the box, the shot was off target, but only just. Killymoon then wasted a free kick, which came to nothing. In the time the referee added on for the injury to Paul Mc Ateer.
Killymoon went close twice in two minutes, to getting a share of the points. Eddie Williamson the stand in goalkeeper saving a goal bound shot from Roma, when it looked as if he would score. Roma was also had the last chance of the match, which the home defence managed to clear, with the last kick. Relief at the final whistle for Knockbreda, and another disappointing result for Killymoon, who played well, but with nothing to show, for their efforts.
Killymoon; M Brown, G Mc Gaw, J Young, D Mc Mullan, S Purvis, J Ferry, D Campbell, M Harkness, R Donaghy, A Neill, Roma, Subs; G Moore, R Greer.