NT&DL Division 1
Shinrone Utd 3-2 Borrisokane Fc
Shinrone Utd continued their 100% start to the season after a 3-2 win over Borrisokane in the Community Centre. The visitors took the lead after ten minutes thanks to Gary Ryan but Nistor Toderici equalised for the hosts minutes after Ray Cordial missed a penalty for Shinrone. Second Half goals from Ray and Michael Cordial had the host 3-1 up but a late rally from Borrisokane seen Marc Rahmoune half the deficit but it was all to be too little too late.
This game would turn out to be a very entertaining one and it was Shinrone who came closest to score early on, a long-range Michael Cordial free kick cannoned off the bar with David Nevin beaten after just two minutes. The hosts continued to strike from distance and minutes later Ray Cordial seen a 35-yard volley fly straight into Nevin’s grateful hands. Borrisokane upped the ante and had a big chance on nine minutes when a Bryan Donnelly corner found Jack Sherlock and his goal-bound effort was stopped on the line by R.Cordial and the ball went out for a second corner, Donnelly once again took it and this time it found Gary Ryan and he made no mistake from fifteen yards and lashed the ball into the bottom corner to open the scoring with just ten minutes on the clock.
Both teams looked to take control of the game after this and indeed it would be the hosts that would enjoy the lion share of chances with Nathan Fogarty, Coley Cleary and Derek McLoughlin all guilty of missing chances, the latter sent through on goal from a sublime M.Cordial pass but Nevin saved excellently with his feet. Shinrone were given a big chance to equalise from the resulting corner when McLoughlin was fouled in the area, R.Cordial stepped up and his tame effort was easily saved by Nevin.
Shinrone would equalise soon after however, a Nathan Fogarty pass over the top seen hesitation from both keeper and defence let Nistor Toderici sneak in and tap the ball home, a deserved goal for the hosts. The game was now wide open and both sides had a chance to take the lead before half time, a long Bryan Donnelly free kick deceived everyone and bounced against the Shinrone crossbar and out to safety much to the relief of the hosts, Shinrone then went down the other end on the stroke of half time and a great interchange of passing from McLoughlin and M.Cordial seen the latter strike a ferocious effort that was destined for goal but again, like many time earlier in the half, Nevin was on hand to brilliantly touch the ball over the bar to ensure his side would go into the break on level terms.
Shinrone came out strong in the second half and were again guilty of missing chances as R.Cordial Nathan Fogarty failed to beat the inform Nevin. Borrisokane always looked dangerous however as Shinrone’s gung-ho attitude nearly caught them out as they looked for the third goal, Substitute Paddy Quinn raced down the left on the hour mark, his cross found Lou Mooney and his quick turn and shot was superbly saved by Alan Conlon as the ball seemed destined for the back of the net. Five minutes later Borris again broke the offside trap when a Bryan Donnelly pass over the top seen Conor Gavin go though but his effort was straight at Conlon who saved well. The visitors continued to push and thought they had taken the lead twenty-five minutes from time when Donnelly found space in the box and his effort beat Conlon only for Viorel Bordei to magically scoop the ball wide while under pressure from Gary Ryan.
Borrisokane were dealt a major blow fifteen minutes from time when Goalkeeper David Nevin was injured and had to be replaced, the influential Bryan Donnelly to take on the job as stand in keeper and it only took a minute to be beaten, Daniel Bevan’s did well down the right and his cross found M.Cordial who In turn chested the ball to his brother Ray and his splendid left foot drive was inch perfect and found the bottom corner. Shinrone doubled their lead seven minutes from time when a Derek McLoughlin corner found the head of M.Cordial and he made no mistake in finding the net.
Borrisokane made it a nail biting finale as Ger Comerford set Conor Gavin on his way down the left and the wingers inch perfect cross was steered home by Marc Rahmoune at the front post.
This was how the game would end as both sides gave it their all for the 90 minutes, a fantastic spectacle for the neutral for sure and a big three points for the hosts.
The Man of the Match award was a very tough one to call here, Gordon Harding was immense for Borris at the back while Bryan Donnelly was at the heart of everything i their midfield and we cannot but mention David Nevin whose saves kept his side in it throughout. Shinrone can thank Alan Conlon and Viorel Bordei for their excellent work when the hame was at 1-1, Ray Cordial marshalled the team from the middle butthe Man of the Match award goes to last season’s Division Two player of the year Michael Cordial, time after time he was the important last man but his distribution from centre half was immense and he topped it off by scoring what was to be the winner with a fantastic header i the final few minutes.
Man Of the Match: Michael Cordial