Killavilla Utd and Portumna Town shared the spoils in Villa Park Saturday night and it will undoubtedly be the away side who came away from the game the happier. Portumna took the lead on the stroke of half time thanks to a Garry Curran header but Villa overturned that lead by the hour mark as a Brian Moloney penalty and a Paul Lake header looked to have all but won the game for the home side but a Sean O’Meara tap in five minutes later drew the game level.
In a game where both sides tried to pass the ball around it was quite an entertaining one despite the limited chances. Portumna grabbed the opening chance of the game four minutes in when a Kevin Brummell corner was cleared only as far as Ciaran Haugh but his shot was high and wide.
The game was tightly contested thereafter and chances were at a premium but Villa had two big chances mid way through the half, the first coming from a Roddy Teehan throw to Brian Moloney, his shot was completely sliced to Tom Ahern who in turn blazed his chance over the bar just before the half hour mark. Perhaps Villa’s best chance of the half came from Paul Lake ten minutes later, a brilliant run through the middle by the impressive Eoin Tynan ended with the youngster putting a fabulous through ball into the striker and his shot cannoned off the bar courtesy of an Oisín Royston last ditch tackle and touch as Josh Gaynor was beaten all ends up in the Portumna goal.
The away side would rally after this and in effect finish the half off the strongest, they should have taken the lead five minutes before half time as a Jason Ryan save from Garry Curran found its way to Rory Finnegan who i turn squared it to Sean O’Meara but the midfielder missed the target when it looked easier to score.
Portumna would get the opening goal a minute before the break however as they were awarded a corner thanks to the hard work of Patrick O’Sullivan. Kevin Brummell whipped in a delicious ball and Garry Curran’s fantastic header found the bottom corner giving Ryan no chance in the Villa goal and sent his side into half time a goal to the good.
Villa were dealt a major blow at half time as Eoin Tynan has to be replaced through injury with Niall O’Lone taking his place but the home side still started the second half the more determined side and were awarded for their pressure ten minutes into the half as the Referee pointed to the spot for an apparent handball, much to the dismay of the home side. Brian Moloney stepped up and drilled the ball low to Gaynor’s right giving the keeper no chance.
It would be two-one to Villa five minutes later as a brilliant run down the right from centre half John Cordial seen him delive a beautiful ball into the area and Lake was on hand to head the ball past Gaynor and complete the turnaround.
Killavilla’s lapses in concentration have been a main focal point in recent week’s and it was to be the case again five minutes later when a long free kick into the area seen Curran jump between defence and the Keeper and head the ball towards the goal, Sean O’Meara was on hand to tap the ball home.
The rest of the half finished with no real chances as the away side fough for every ball to ensure they wouldn’t leave Villa Park empty handed and indeed they did manage to keep Villa out and take home what will surely be a very important point come the end of the season.
This will go down as a very disappointing day at the office for Villa who would have earmarked this game for a potential three points as they look to climb the table.Portumna Manager Kieran Curran told Stoppagetime.ie that he was very happy with the point asthey gather momentum going into next weekend’s clash with Ballymackey, whom they beat by a single goal to nil only last weekend.
Villa would have looked for more going into next Saturday’s FAI Junior Cup 4th Round clash with Nenagh Celtic and they will have to dust themselves down if they are to go any further in the competition.
The Stoppagetime.ie Man of the Match award goes to Garry Curran who put in a tireless effort up front for the away side bagging a goal and an assist in this very important result.