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Killymoon Rangers 2
Antrim Rovers 1
Saturday 3rd September 2018
Ballymena League - Division 2
2:00pm ko @ Fairhill, Cookstown
Killymoon Rangers hosted Antrim Rovers on Saturday past in their ninth league game of the season, with the home team hoping to continue their unbeaten run at Fairhill Park this season.
Killymoon started well with lots of possession down either flank, and plenty of balls being delivered into the danger area. The home side created a few half chances with Warren Smith, Stuart Donaghy and David Frizelle, but the Antrim keeper was equal to them all. At the other end, goalkeeper Kyle Dobson had very little to do, although on 25 minutes, and again on 30 minutes, he was forced to come quickly off his line and clear a few dangerous through balls. Ten minutes before the end of the first half, Killymoon finally broke the deadlock in the 35th minute. Stuart Donaghy challenged with the goalkeeper following a delivery from the left hand side and the resulting ball fell in the penalty area, and the striker was on hand to quickly knock it home before the defenders could react.
Possession ebbed and flowed for the remainder of the first half, with both teams putting in tough tackles as they battled for control. Notably, Killymoon's Ciaran Blake, back in the starting eleven, put in a great shift in the centre of the park and broke up play very well for his side. There wasn't much separating the two sides, as chances fell to both teams just before half-time, but both goalkeepers were in fine form and equal to the efforts. 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw Killymoon start fast and a headed effort from Stuart Donaghy went close, but the Antrim Goalkeeper was well adjusted and equal to the save. Warren Smith also went very close, hitting the woodwork from a few yards out following a scramble in the box.
They away side didn't show much in the way of attacks or shots on target, but as we know, all it takes is one chance to change a game, and this is exactly what happened on sixty minutes. The away side, who won a free kick just inside their half, delivered a looping ball into the box, and after a bit of confusion among the Killymoon defence, the ball bounced straight into the back of the net, with nobody knowing who got the final touch, if any (1-1).
As the game came towards an end, Killymoon dug deep, and rallied with an array of attacks, free kicks and corners. Solid performances from Declan Campbell, William Frizelle and Mervyn Kirk at the back ensured Killymoon pressed high and the pressure mounted on Antrim Rovers. On eighty minutes, some determined work from Chris McNicholl in the middle of the park saw him evade a few defenders, and the midfielder found himself in enough space to fire in a low hard shot which flew into the bottom left corner of the opposition. 2-1 Killymoon, and thoroughly deserved. Killymoon finished strong, clearing any danger in the remaining minutes, credit to Antrim Rovers for making life difficult at times. Final score 2-1 to Killymoon Rangers.
This result sees Killymoon go top of Division 2, with a game in hand over second place Clough Rangers. The Man of the Match award went to William Frizelle but a huge well done to all the players on the day.
A big thanks to Royal Hotel for sponsoring this home fixture and also assisting with our big Quiz Night which followed later on Saturday evening. The Quiz was a huge success, and massive thanks has to go to everyone that attended, plus our quiz master Trevor Creighton. The winning team on the night was Team DIGNITY, congratulations to you all, and thanks once again for the brilliant turnout.
Up next for Killymoon Rangers is an away trip to Clough Rangers in the Linda Welshman Cup on Saturday 10th February..

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