We stretched our unbeaten run to four games on Saturday when we drew 1-1 at home to Mountjoy United, but it was a case of two points dropped rather than one gained as we dominated most of the game but failed to take our chances. Within the opening minute, Mountjoy had a decent chance by an attempted lob from their striker was well off target. It was a cagey opening period after that as we knew it would be with so much at stake, but we had the first clear cut opportunity after about 20 minutes. A Paul McGrath flick on put Aaron Lindsay through on goal but he blazed just over. Shortly after, Jordan Cadden won back possession deep in the Mountjoy half and fed Paul Elliott, who side stepped his marker but he shot was straight at the keeper.
We were well on top at this stage and duly broke the deadlock, Stuart Cochrane started the move from defence, and after a few passes Paul McGrath found himself through on goal, he very unselfishly squared the ball across to Cochrane who had followed the passage of play who blasted home from close range. We very nearly doubled our advantage when a defence splitting through ball from Paul Elliott was latched on to by Sam Lindsay, he rounded the keeper but his shot was cleared off the line. However, Mountjoy equalised somewhat against the run of play when a clearance caught of defence napping and allowed their striker to run through unopposed from just inside our half to slot past Sam McDonald. Just before half time, Cadden forced their keeper in to a save when he managed to wriggle through several challenges.
Again, at the very start of the second half Mountjoy had a clear opening, but this time Sam McDonald produced an excellent save to keep the game level. At the other end, an excellent Sam Lindsay cross was headed just over by Paul McGrath. Then we had possibly our best chance of the game, a low shot from McGrath seemed destined for the bottom corner only for an fine save from the Mountjoy keeper. However, he could only push it out as far as Sam Lindsay who shot was somehow cleared off the line yet again. Lindsay, Cadden and McGrath all went close again as we went in search of the all-important winner but it wasn’t to be.
Mountjoy hadn’t created many chances during the game, but they did have a glorious opportunity right at the death as a deep cross found a Mountjoy attacker unmarked on the edge of the six yard box. However, his tame header was straight in to McDonalds hands who easily caught the ball and sent us on the attack once more but the referee, who was very assured throughout, blew the final whistle much to our disappointment as we feel it was a game that we should have taken all three points from.
Nevertheless, we keep fighting. We have three league game left and we will give it our all to maintain our first division status. Next up we turn our attention to the Mulhern Cup when we welcome Magheraveely to Drumad on the 16th March.