NT&DL Premier Division
Killavilla Utd 4-0 Ballymackey Fc
Paul Lake 79′
Brian Moloney 81′
John Fitzpatrick 84′ 89′
Killavilla Utd raced into second place in the NT&DL Premier Division after a frantic late rally seen the run out deserved 4-0 winners against bottom of the table Ballymackey Fc. Late goals from Paul Lake, Brian Moloney and a brace from John Pio Fitzpatrick were enough to eventually earn the hosts three vital points.
The game was overshadowed by a horrific clash of heads on the twenty second minute which see the away side reduced to ten men as both Dylan Armstrong and Thomas Hogan has to go off injured whilst Ballymackey manager Damien Bentley only had one substitute available to him in the form of Shane Gibbons.
In Truth the first half was a drab affair with Villa having the lion share of possession but failing to create many efforts of note against the ten men. Villa’s best chance of the half came with only minutes left on the clock as as Craig Ryan’s left foot effort was saved by veteran keeper John Kenneally, albeit somewhat unorthordox.
Villa tried to press in the second half with Brian Franks pulling the string in the centre of the park and but the hosts could not find the net,Tom Ahern, Brian Moloney, Shane Moloney and Briank Franks having shots cleared off the line, leaving the home side wondering if it was to be “one of those nights”.
Villa should have taken the lead with twenty minutes remaining as a Franks corner landed in a crowded penalty area but Brian Moloney’s effort was again saved by the impressive Kenneally but all the signs were there that a Villa goal was on the horizon.
Indeed that elusive goal was to come with only eleven minutes remaining was another Franks corner was flicked on by Niall O’Lone and fellow substitute Paul Lake was on hand to nod the ball past the helpless Kenneally in the Ballymackey goal.
Villa doubled their lead only two minutes later when a delightful ball from Lake sent Brian Moloney through on goal and he made no mistake making it five league goals for the season. Two would become three on the eighty-fourth minute as a Denis Moloney effort from the edge of the area was brilliantly parried by Kenneally but substitute John Fitzpatrick was on hand to tap the ball home for his first league goal of the campaign. Villa made it four in the dying moments as fine play from Franks and B.Moloney seen the ball go into the area and Fitzpatrick was again on hand to slot the ball home as the away side ran out of steam.
A four goal victory for the hosts but not the performance that Manager David Nash was looking for by any means, perhaps the visitors going down to ten men made the play more lax but defensively the hosts were never threatened. What is for sure however is that if silverware is to be the end of the Villa’s story for the season, these performances must improve.
Ballymackey, however, will go home somewhat upbeat despite the scoreline, the ten players gave the final seventy minutes their all but their chances of survival are getting smaller by the week unless they can get some missing players back onto the pitch.
Man of the Match: Brian Franks:
- Roddy Teehan
- Denis Moloney (c)
- Ian Treacy
- John Cordial
- Stephen Delaney
- Brian Franks
- Shane Moloney (Coley Cleary 78′)
- Tom Ahern (Niall O’Lone 55′)
- Ruairí Murphy (Paul Lake 61′)
- Brian Moloney
- Craig Ryan (John Fitzpatrick 65′ YC)
- John Kenneally
- Dylan Armstrong (inj 22′) (Shane Gibbons 22′)
- Mark Hunt
- Rory Mounsey
- Thamas Hogan (inj 22′)
- Tony Delaney
- Eddie Brady YC
- Gary Kevin
- Patrick Tuohy
- Darragh McDonnell
- Sean Doyle YC