We suffered a 3-0 defeat against in-form Irvinestown Wanderers at the Bawnacre on Saturday afternoon. The hosts looked dangerous from the start, with Sam McDonald called in to action several times early on, first making a great save from a stinging Caolan Ward volley and then coming out to make a great sliding tackle when Stephen Sheridan was through on goal. We then had a glorious chance of our own when Kelvin McElroy got on the end of a Stuart Cochrane flick on but his shot was straight at Jerome Carleton. We had an even better chance shortly after when a long ball in to the box was badly misjudged by Carleton, which left Jamie Coalter a tap-in at the back post but unfortunately he just couldn’t apply enough contact on the ball. Then, Irvinestown had a goal ruled out for offside following a free kick from Gary Maguire, so we went in at the break tied at 0-0.
At the very start of the second half we had another glorious chance to go ahead right from kick off. After several passes the ball was played in to the impressive Paul Elliott who turned and released Keelan Flanagan through on goal. The striker raced through but his shot lacked power, allowing Carleton to make a save low to his left. William Armstrong flung himself at the loose ball but unfortunately the ball cannoned off the top of the bar and out of play for a goal kick.
At this stage it was quite an even contest but then came a crazy six minutes which seen us concede three times. Firstly, sub Joey Millar latched on to a long ball and finished well. He did however look clearly offside when he received the ball initially, but the decision wasn’t given and he finished well. Then we allowed Patrick Beresford a free header from a free kick and he made no mistake to double their advantage. Within minutes, another counter attack put Millar through on goal again and he applied the finish once again to make it 3-0. Indeed, McDonald had to make a further two saves late on whilst Paul Elliott and Kelvin McElroy came close to grabbing a consolation for us late on.
A difficult day at the office but we’ll regroup and look forward to another tough game against Magheraveely next Saturday afternoon at Drumad. The game will possibly kick off slightly earlier than usual due to the Northern Ireland match at Windsor Park on Saturday evening, so keep an eye out for further information.