We went down 3-1 to Tummery Athletic under the lights at the Lakeland Forum on Friday night. We looked a bit sluggish early on and Ciaran Beacom had a decent chance for Tummery, but fired well over. However, they didn’t have long to wait to break the deadlock, Gary Lynch firing home in off the far post after being played through by Ryan Hanna. At the other end, a dangerously whipped cross from Sean Keenan was badly sliced by a Tummery defender right in front of his goal, but the ball went narrowly wide and behind for a corner. Tummery looked dangerous going forward, with Emmett McNabb a constant thorn in our side.
Eventually we settled in to the game and were more than holding our own and then had a glorious chance to equalise. A superb run from Aaron Lindsay seen him burst in to the penalty area and was clipped by Gary Lynch, so the referee pointed to the spot. Sean Keenan stepped up to take the penalty, but his powerful effort was turned over the bar by Catterson. At this point it was a fairly even game, but Tummery were to double their advantage when McNabb cut in from the right and his shot seemed to deceive Sam McDonald and crept in at the near post to leave the score 2-0 at half time.
We regrouped at the break and knew the next goal was going to prove vital, but we were failing to create any meaningful chances whilst at the other end McDonald was called in to action on several occasions. Paul Elliott came within a whisker of pulling a goal back, but his curling effort from the edge of the box was inches wide. We then suffered a killer blow when an Emmett McNabb free kick from distance went through our wall, taking a slight deflection and the ball bounced agonisingly past McDonald. After this, Tummery controlled most of the possession and looked to see out the game comfortably. We pulled a goal back when Adam McKenna got to the bye line and pulled the ball back for Kelvin McElroy to slot home. Chris Beacom had a glorious chance with a header from a Paul Elliott corner but couldn’t direct it on target, whilst at the other end McNabb very nearly sealed his hat trick when through on goal but McDonald made the save on this occasion.
A difficult defeat to take, but Tummery are an in-form side at the moment, and have a player of real quality in the form of Emmett McNabb, so we move on and turn our attention to three massive games before the Christmas break, starting with Dergview Reserves at Drumad on Saturday.