We suffered a disappointing 5-1 defeat against Tummery Athletic on Saturday at Drumad. The writing was on the wall from early when Sam McDonald was forced to make a point blank save from a Ciaran Beacom header after just three minutes. However, from the resultant corner we did concede when Enda Ferris glanced in a free header. Then, from a long free kick, Chris Crilly rose well but his header dropped on to the top of the bar.
Tummery did make it two when a long goal kick fell in to the path of Sonnie McDonagh who slotted home from close range. We had Sam McDonald to thank once again for keeping us in the game, making another fine save from Ferris. We had a great opportunity to pull a goal back but Ryan O’Keefe opted to shoot rather than square the ball for Sam Lindsay who was standing free at the back post. Then Tom Wilkins made a super run and pulled the ball delightfully across the six yard box but no one was on hand to apply the finishing touch. On the stoke of half time we conceded again. A long ball wasn’t dealt with yet again, and from a defensive header, Ferris made no mistake and expertly lobbed McDonald from the edge of the area. Half time score 3-0.
In the second half we came out fighting. We forced several corners and had a lot of possession, but Tummery defended well. However, from yet another goal kick which totally evaded our back four, Ferris raced through one on one but this time his attempted lob went wide. Matty Woods came close to pulling a goal back when he controlled superbly and turned his marker, but his goal bound shot was blocked. Ryan Lindsay had a glorious chance when their keeper could only punch the ball straight to him, but his shot was well off target.
We eventually pulled a goal back when Woods blasted home from just inside the area, and with 25 minutes left and completely dominating at this stage it was game on. However, our joy was short lived as we were once again the architects of our own downfall. Under no pressure we somehow managed to play ourselves in to danger, and a few under-hit passes later a back pass to McDonald was closed down and his scuffed clearance went straight to Ferris who tapped in to an empty net for the easiest goal he’ll ever score. To our credit we kept creating chances, O’Keefe hitting the post and Sam Lindsay unable to bundle the rebound over the line. O’Keefe then headed narrowly wide from a Stuart Cochrane cross. Robbie Little had a great chance superbly saved by the Tummery keeper, and despite forcing several corners in a row we couldn’t find a way back in to the game. Alas, we once again gave away another dreadful goal in the final few minutes. Again, a long clearance wasn’t dealt with not once, but twice, when we could have cleared, which allowed Kevin McAleer to run through unchallenged from just inside our half and slot home. A thoroughly disappointing performance from start to finish.