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Lisbellaw United 2-3 Enniskillen Town

Following a six week gap between games, we were back in league action on Saturday as we welcomed Enniskillen Town to Drumad. In a fairly evenly contested game throughout, the visitors eventually ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining tussle. We started well, picking up second balls all over the pitch and playing on the front foot. We went 1-0 up after about 10 minutes when Ryan Lindsay won possession in midfield and played a great through ball to brother Aaron who drilled low and hard past Doherty in the Town goal. After this, Town enjoyed a lot of possession, but we held firm and weathered the storm. Sam McDonald made an excellent save from a Freeman shot and Beacom rattled the rebound off the bar from an acute angle. Jamie Coalter also made a great tackle to prevent Wallace getting his shot away, and Beacom had another half chance which McDonald gathered easily. At the other end, Chris Beacom had a good chance from a Sean Keenan free kick but he couldn’t direct his header on target. Paul Elliott very nearly got on the end of an Adam McKenna cross only for a vital touch from a Town defender, and the onrushing Ryan Lindsay picked up the loose ball but fired narrowly wide. Just before the break we had a great chance to double our advantage, Sam Lindsay cutting inside on his left foot but his powerful effort was tipped on to the bar by Doherty. 1-0 at half time.
However, not long after the interval, Town were level when Cathal Beacom drilled home a free kick from the edge of the box. And they went in to the lead shortly after, again from a direct free kick. A very soft free kick was awarded out wide, and Freeman hit a cross come shot which unfortunately went right down the middle of the goal. We regrouped and introduced Kelvin McElroy and Paul McGrath to give us more energy going forward. Not long after this, a McGrath flick was picked up my Paul Elliott who played a superb through ball to Sam Lindsay. Sam opted to hit his shot early to try to catch the keeper out, but Doherty to his credit made a fine save and pushed the ball round the post for a corner. At the other end, McDonald pulled off an excellent save of his own to deny Freeman, and Sean Keenan made a brilliant last ditch challenge to deny Wallace a clear shot at goal. However, Town did get their third when Owens sliced a shot off the bar, which rebounded back and hit McDonald before bouncing over the line for a very unfortunate own goal. In a last throw of the dice Keelan Flanagan was introduced as another option upfront, and he did pull a goal back as he smashed home a Chris Beacom flick-on from close range. In the final few minutes we forced a few corners as we tried desperately to get the equaliser, with the referee blowing full time when the ball went out for yet another corner, but Town held on for the three points. No game next week, so our next fixture will be home to Irvinestown Wanderers on the 8th February.

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