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Lisbellaw United 2-0 Killen Rangers
Aug. 30, 2015
Lisbellaw would bounce back from last weekends defeat to Strathroy Harps with a good 2-0 home win over Killen on Friday evening. There was little to separate the sides in the opening half, goal chances were few and far between with neither goalkeeper worked into making a notable save.
Killen would have edged the half, Wray Lindsay heading wide when well placed from a free kick while Jamie Sproule skipped into the box but failed to hit the target. Matthew Woods made a great block to deny Andy Crawford a shot at goal while at the other end, some dangerous balls into the box failed to yield an attempt to trouble Paddy Morrison.
Lisbellaw would emerge much sharper in the second half and really controlled the contest throughout the 45minutes. An early goal helped, Paul McGrath’s shot after good work by Tiarnan Magee needed a fine save from Morrison to force a corner. From the resulting kick, Ryan Nelson’s low cross was completely missed at the near box by Killen’s Graham Young allowing the ball to run through to Lee Glass who tapped in from 2yards.
The hosts tails were up and they continued to win first and second balls all over the field. Sean Keenan’s strong tackle at left back set Lisbellaw on their way to goal number two. Keenan fed Davy Little and his wonderful first time ball picked out Lee Glass inside the penalty area. Glass’ shot was blocked but the ball fell to Tiarnan Magee on the 18yard line, some great feet from the striker took him past two tackles before firing a driven shot under Morrison and into the net.
Over the remainder, the game became somewhat scrappy. Killen were pressing for a way back into the tie but they huffed and puffed without forcing William McFrederick into a meaningful save. At the other end Paddy Morrison made an excellent save with his feet to deny Matthew Woods a third for the home side.
All in all it was another tight contest between the two sides in which the first goal was always going to be crucial. Lisbellaw got it and pushed on to record the victory. Up next is an away game with Enniskillen Rangers while Killen host St. Pat’s.
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