Nervous Killymoon keep fighting to the end

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Dundela 2 Killymoon Rangers 0

Killymoon travelled to East Belfast to face promotion chasing Dundela in the Ladbrokes Championship 2.

Captain Johnny Young was missing, but Stephen McElhatton and James Ferguson returned to the squad after missing the draw against Armagh City. The first half was dominated by the hosts and they would have been disappointed only going into the break with a one goal advantage.

Rangers looked nervous and repeatedly let Dundela have space down the flanks that they exploited and eventually made the breakthrough just before the half hour mark, but they were fortunate to still have 11 men on the pitch. Prior to the goal Killymoon’s Stephen Purvis was left with stud marks high up on his thigh after a late lunge by a Dundela player. However, the referee only saw fit to give the player a yellow card for a challenge that could have caused Purvis a serious injury.

Killymoon’s front men were living of scraps against a solid Dundela back line that were dominant in the air, but Warren Smith curled a free kick narrowly wide just before the interval after he had been fouled just outside the penalty area.

The Cookstown men were able to use the half time interval to regroup and look at how to get back into the game and they started the second half in a more positive mood, both defensively and in attack. James Ferguson came off the bench and was able to support his front men and take some pressure of the defence and nearly set up an equaliser for Willie Montgomery after an excellent run and cross.

The second half was a more even affair with both sides creating opportunities, but vital decisions seemed to go against the visitors, with the referee letting fouls by Dundela players go without cautions, but when David McMullan made two fouls within a couple of minutes, half way through the second period, he was punished with two yellow cards and subsequently dismissed.

Adding this to the challenge on Purvis in the first half, the inconsistency of the referee’s decisions was the main criticism from the Killymoon camp, not McMullan’s sending off. The Killymoon players kept fighting to the end, but it took a couple of excellent saves from Gareth McElhatton to keep Dundela at bay however, he couldn’t do anything with Brian Russell’s header five minutes from time to seal the points for the home side. Killymoon Rangers: G McElhatton, A Ferson, C Kilpatrick, S McElhatton, S Purvis (J Ferguson), D McMullan, A Neill (W Ferguson), S Glasgow, W Montgomery, A Cochrane (M Stewart), W Smith

Killymoon travel to Newforge Lane, Belfast on Saturday to play the PSNI. The game kicks-off at 12.15pm due to Queens playing Warrenpoint Town on the same pitch at 4pm. On Tuesday 26th April Killymoon are again on their travels, but this time it is only a few miles down the road to Hagan Park to play Coagh United with kick-off at 6pm.

Killymoon Reserves 1

Glebe Reserves 2

Killymoon Reserves went down 2-1 last Saturday to league leaders Glebe Reserves in a game that they nearly grabbed a draw after a disappointing first half display.

Cameron Stewart hit the Killymoon goal and they had an excellent chance to equalise, unfortunately George Dardis was unable to convert from the penalty spot.

The Reserves travel to Tobermore this Thursday (21st April) for the 2nd round of the Canada Cup, kick-off 6.30pm, before hosting Carniny Amateurs in a league fixture at Fairhill on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

GOLF CHALLENGE

Killymoon Rangers will be holding their Golf Challenge at Killymoon Golf Club on Friday 13th June. Tee-off times can be booked between 12pm to 5pm.

If you haven’t got a team, you can still enter as teams will be formed on the day with other single players. In addition to the normal prizes a trophy will also be presented to the best team representing any of the sides in the Ladbrokes Championship 1 & 2, so if you want to compete for this prize ensure you give your team’s name when entering.

To book a tee off time contact Ian (07515937199) or Johnny (07747842814). The cost is £120 per team and this includes a meal after your round, with no extra charge to compete for the trophy between the Championship sides.