THE Reds returned to Moneymore on Saturday for the first round of the Steele And Son’s Cup fixture against Portrush.
The game started under wet and windy conditions for both players and supporters alike. The Reds kicked off and had control from the start and with this dominance in possession they created a few chances on goal only to find the away keeper keeping the score at 0-0.
The away side saw that they were getting out-played in the middle of the park so they changed their approach of play towards the Reds goal by spreading the ball out to the wings only for the Reds full backs Deccy and Sticky to be on the top of their game and stopping the attacks with some great defending.
Around the half hour mark the Reds took the lead with a well taken goal from Stevie Jordan. It all started from the home side’s keeper McManus as he calmly plucked the ball out of the air from a Portrush corner and through it almost to the halfway line to the advancing Stevie Devlin on the right wing. He beat two players and dinked the ball to the oncoming Jordan who slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the goal for a well-deserved lead.
The score at half time 1-0. The second half started as the first half did with the Magherafelt team in control for the first fifteen minutes of the half. Not many chances were created for strikers Devlin and Martin as they attempted to double the lead. Portrush took the opportunity to break down the middle of the pitch and made the score 1-1 with their first strike on goal. The Reds made a change by bringing on Overend to try an grab a winner late in the game but with every effort on target it was somehow kept out.
Portrush made a few changes themselves and the fresh legs made the difference as they got their second goal and the winner by making it 2-1 with only seconds on the clock to the devastation of the home side as they had been the better side throughout the match. The Reds have no fixture this week but they have an away fixture to Garvagh next Saturday with a 2pm kick off.
The Reds are having a Waxing Night in the Dry Dock for club fund raising next month – Details to follow.