Match Report – Moneymore FC v Athboy Celtic

Athboy Celtic

Brady’s Seat men’s Division 2

Thursday 27th June

Moneymore FC 2

Athboy Celtic 2

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In a competitive encounter, Athboy left Drogheda with a share of the spoils following some last minute drama in the DIFE.

Keen to banish last week’s result from memory, the away side started brightest and found plenty of space out wide with Ben Renehan coming close on a couple of occasions early on. Jack Kelly broke the deadlock after only 18 minutes from close range. As Moneymore looked to break from their own half, skipper Eamon Cusack won the ball back and fed Renehan who went wide to Luke Byrne and the attacker delivered a low dangerous ball into the 6 yard box and Kelly proved to be the sharpest there, firing high into the net after a goalmouth scramble.

This goal spurred the home side on a little though, and soon after they hit the upright with a free from 20 yards in a central position. It was another dead ball on 25 mins that would see the Moneymore lads level up the game. A lofted free to the far post saw their attacker steal in finish on the volley with relative ease when the Athboy lads should have been more alive to averting the danger. Athboy suffered a blow when we lost in form attacker Luke Byrne to an injury with less than a half hour played, with Aaron Daly stepping in to fill the void.

The score remained one all until the second half and there were plenty of chances for either side to add to their goal tally. Johnny Murray probably had the clearest opportunity on goal for the lads in yellow and black, but the Moneymore shot stopper foiled him by smothering his effort 15 yards from goal. Moneymore had plenty of chances and hit the woodwork twice again, and would eventually take the lead on 84 minutes. As the striker got through on goal on the right of centre, keeper Paul Sheridan seemed to have done enough when he came off his line and blocked the shot of the attacker. However, the ball broke loose to the forward near the dead ball line and he chipped it over at least two Athboy players to a gaping net at the back post, and it was finished easily by the Moneymore number 9.

At this stage, most at the game thought that Moneymore would go on and secure the three points and they did find themselves with more space in the final third for the remaining minutes as Athboy committed more bodies forward in search of an equaliser. Substitute Phil Perry came on and offered a good alternative up top in the form of a target man, and would make a telling contribution with an assist for the equalising goal in the 92nd minute. A good move on the left saw Cusack, Jack Bird and Perry combine before the latter released Cian Quinn on the left of the 18 yard box, and the talented youngster took a touch and finished low into the far corner from a tight angle.

Although both sides will be disappointed they didn’t win the game, Athboy will certainly be the happier of the two sides with such a late equaliser. Well done lads and a big shout out to Cillian Maguire and Kevin Kelly at the heart of the defence, they were very solid in there as usual.

Best of luck to Moneymore for the rest of the season.

Our lads have no fixture scheduled next week at this time.

Athboy Celtic:

1.       Paul Sheridan, 2. Gareth Corrigan, 3. Glenn Darcy, 4 Cillian Maguire, 5. Kevin Kelly, 6. Eamon Cusack, 7. Luke Byrne, 8. Cian Quinn, 9. Ben Renehan, 10. Jack Kelly 11. John Murray

Subs: Aaron Daly for Byrne (24 mins), Jack Bird for Darcy (76 mins), Phil Perry for Renehan (85 mins)

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