Football: Killymoon beaten in ten goal thriller against Dunloy

Killymoon Rangers and Brantwood battle for the ball in the air during Saturday's league clash at MUSA.INMM1215-344
Killymoon Rangers and Brantwood battle for the ball in the air during Saturday's league clash at MUSA.INMM1215-344

Dunloy 6-4 Killymoon Rangers

Both teams had chances in the opening minutes of the game before Dunloy opened the scoring in the third minute.

A corner was headed down in the box, and the bounce took it over Gareth McElhatton’s reach and the defender on the line.

Stuart Donaghy had a shot straight at the keeper, before Dunloy went 2–0. The ball was flicked on and the forward gave Gareth no chance with his finish. The Dunloy keeper was forced into action to deny James Dunn, and Stuart Donaghy.

Killymoon then missed a great chance to get a goal back. Dylan McElhatton played a great ball in behind the home defence,

Shea O’Neill latched on to it rounded the keeper and with the goal at his mercy put his shot wide.

Roger Greer hit a long range shot wide, before Killymoon were awarded a penalty, the goal keeper adjudged to have caught Shea O’Neill with his fist while clearing the ball.

Stuart Donaghy stepped up to take the penalty, but the goal keeper redeemed himself saving the spot kick.

Killymoon kept their heads up after that double disappointment, wth both Mark Montague and James Leslie having shots go wide.

Killymoon did pull a goal back on 35 minutes, Roger Greer won the tackle in midfield, and played in Shea O’Neill who made no mistake this time, beating the keeper with a low shot into the bottom corner.

Shea O Neill went close again and James Leslie had a shot saved. Dunloy had a shot wide, before going 3-1 up from the penalty spot.

Gareth Mc Elhatton saved from a Dunloy free kick, and Roger Greer had a shot blocked for Killymoon. Hlaf Time, 3-1;

In the opening minute of the second half Killymoon were awarded their second penalty of the afternoon, the home defender penalised for handling Dylan Mc Elhattons cross.

Drew Kelly stepped up this time and gave the keeper no chance to make the score 3-2. Killymoon kept the pressure on the home team, with James Leslie twice have shots saved and cleared, Drew Kelly also had a shot over.

Killymoon failed to convert the pressure into chances and goals, and Dunloy made them pay a heavy price, scoring three goals in the space of 10 minutes.

One minute after Dunloy had scored their sixth goal of the afternoon, Killymoon took the centre and went up the far end and pulled a goal back, Stuart Donaghy with a tap in after good work between Dylan McElhatton and Shea O’Neill whose shot was saved, the ball fell kindly to Stuart who scored.

Killymoon with their tails up again continued to take the game to Dunloy. Mark Montague was fouled in the box in the 83rd minute, and Drew Kelly stepped up a second time to convert from the penalty spot to make it 6-4.

In the dying minutes Shea O’Neill missed a good chance to make it 6-5, and the drama was not over yet.

In the 94th minute Dunloy were awarded their second penalty and the fifth of the match, the penalty hit and went out of play.