Third placed Suncroft lost grounds on Wallace Trophies Division 4 frontrunners Derry Rovers and Walshestown FC when they could only manage a draw a home to fourth placed Rathagan AFC on an excellent pitch at Suncroft community grounds on Sunday.
Wallace Trophies Division 4
Suncroft AFC: 1
Rathangan AFC: 1
The home side started the better and had early chances through Kevin Christie who saw his shot go marginally wide after five minutes.
Two minutes later Rathangan had their first chance of the game when they won a free kick 18 yards out however Kevin McNamee saw his effort well saved by the Croft ‘keeper Bernard Murphy.
McNamee made up for his earlier miss on 15 minutes when he put the canalsiders ahead when his well struck effort from 18 yards deceived the home defence and keeper Murphy to find its way to the net.
This early set back stung Suncroft into action and Kevin Christie again saw his shot skim the crossbar following a well struck corner from Frank Kelly after 25 minutes.
Suncroft’s John Doran had a glorious chance to equalise on the half hour when some excellent interchanging from Christie and Kelly released Doran ten yards out but his effort just failed to hit the target.
Just on the stroke of half time the home side’s Tommy Robottom headed just over Willie Taylor’s bar and the sides went in at half time with Suncroft trailing by 1-0.
The home side resumed as they had ended the first half and put Rathangan under continued pressure. They introduced Danny Whelan for Brian Duggan after 15 minutes and immediately Whelan made an impression, he played a neat one two with Aaron McDonald and then whipped the ball in for Kevin Christie who was unmarked in the box, however Christie’s headed effort grazed off the Rathangan cross bar.
The home side’s presistance paid off and with three minutes remaining on the clock they snatched a deserved equaliser when a corner from Tommy Robottom was flicked on by Danny Whelan and finished to the net from close range by substitute Darren Carroll to give them a share of the spoils.
Best for the home side were Aaron McDonald, Brendan Hughes, Kevin Christie, Frank Kelly and man of the match Tommy Robottom in midfield.
While for the visitors Stephen Foley, Padraig Walsh, Barry McCormack and David O’Rourke were best.
Bernard Murphy, Brian Duggan, Shane Dillon, Brendan Hughes, Aaron McDonald, John Doran, Frank Kelly, Kevin Christie, Tommy Robottom, Karl Bolger, Robbie Burke, Darren Carroll, Tom Dempsey, Danny Whelan and John Hanniffey.
Willie Taylor, Brian Ward, Tom Dunne, David O’Rourke, Barry McCormack, Stephen Foley, Padriag Walsh, Kevin McNamee, Chris Malone, Mark Rowan, Jack Kelly, Killian Lawlor and Ross Walker.