Carryduff Colts 2 – 1 Rooftop
It as a match that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons and not free flowing football.
The Colts started slowly against a rejuvenated Rooftop and found it hard getting into their stride in the first half.
Ciaran Sherry made a few lung bursting runs down the left and produced 2 great crosses that should have been put away but the chances were squandered.
Magee starting in midfield after 3 weeks out produced the pass of the half setting McNally through the middle but his shot was saved by the big Rooftop keeper.
Murphy then took on 2 players coming in from the left and set McNally free who somehow got to the ball on the byline and turned it back for Brownlee to shoot past the keeper and put the Colts into a deserved 1-0 lead. That was the half time score and it was a struggle to say the least.
Sherry was replaced at half time as a precautionary measure due to an ankle knock received and Maynes making his first start in 10 weeks after injury replaced him on the left.
The winger started brightly but was struggling on the left hand side so he and McNally switched wings and Maynes started to get into the game more.
It was his run that set up the second goal playing a through ball to Irwin who’s initial shot was saved by the Rooftop keeper but he was able to pounce at the second attempt and put the ball away into the bottom right hand corner of the net, 2-0.
That should have been the catalyst for more goals for The Colts but it was not to be and in fact Rooftop scored late on to make it a nervy finish.
What happened after this is not worthy of putting into print, but to the watching crowd including many youngsters on the sidelines they must have wondered if they were at a football match or a WWE Royal Rumble. Thankfully the referee dealt with it swiftly and his report to the league should be an interesting read.
McCann, Sweeney, McDonnel, Devlin, Murphy, McNally, Magee (McEvoy), Doherty, Sherry (Maynes), Brownlee, Irwin, Mulholland.