We suffered a last minute defeat to top of the table Killen Rangers on Saturday at Drumad, eventually losing out 3-2 in an entertaining game. Both teams were desperate for three points, for very different reasons. We started so well, and went on to dominate the first 45 minutes. Lewis Vance came within inches of opening the scoring when his curling effort from 25 yards had the keeper well beaten, but it crashed off the bar. Paul McGrath, Paul Elliott and Ryan Lindsay all had chances as we put Killen under continued pressure.
We eventually took the lead when Stuart Cochrane won the initial header from a Sean Keenan cross and Paul McGrath was on hand to slot home. McGrath could have made it two minutes later when Jordan Cadden played him in but the keeper saved well. On the stroke of half time William McFrederick saved superbly and from the resultant corner Killen hit the bar with a header. We went in 1-0 up at half time but really should have been out of sight, and were left to rue several missed chances.
Killen started much brighter in the second half, and within 20 minutes somehow found themselves 2-1 up. The first was a cool finish past McFrederick, whilst the second had a degree of fortune as the ball ping ponged around our box, hitting the post before falling at the feet of a Killen player to slot home. At the other end, Paul Elliott fizzed a shot agonisingly wide and Paul McGrath hit a great volley that took a slight deflection and spun in to the side netting. We did get our equaliser when the impressive Kelvin McElroy was on hand to slot home with less than 5 minutes remaining, which looked to have salvaged a point for us.
Indeed, we went in search of the winner as Lewis Vance burst forward, but his through ball found McGrath offside. From the resulting long free kick deep in to our box, Killen won the first ball and it fell invitingly for the Killen player on the edge of the box who hit a stunning volley right in to the top corner. A stunning strike fitting to win any game, but it was a dagger through our hearts after playing so well and dominating for long periods of the game.
Once again, in a game we probably should have won, we have came away with nothing. Next up is a difficult game away to Strathroy Harps, so we must dust ourselves down quickly and react positively.