A Close Encounter of the 3G Kind
Last Friday evening the Colts travelled to Carrickfergus to claim their first league point of the season.
On a cold and blustery night Carryduff made a solid start to the game with some good interplay between Eoin Haigney and Rory Thompson, while Matthew Clayton was imposing in central defence. However, the Colts failed to turn this early dominance into chances and were almost caught out 15 minutes into the game when Barn United hit the underside of the crossbar from close range. This seemed to rock the boys and Barn started to gain more possesion and were soon rewarded with a disputed goal when the Colts defenders were unlucky not to clear off the line.
Five minutes before half time Frank McWilliams, who was moved from his usual left back spot to left wing, made a good run into the edge of Barn’s box only to see his initial shot block. The rebound fell kindly and Frank composed himself to slot it under the goalkeeper to level the game at half time.
The second half started with no changes as Jack Murray began to find his way into the game with some good runs up front, causing the Barn defence some problems. Stewart Henderson was soon introduced for his debut and linked up with with Jack and Rory. Nye Henrik was unlucky not to get onto the scoresheet on two occasions as the Colts pushed for a winner. Shots from Rory and Eoin also went close but eventually it was a piece of brilliance which kept Barn from stealing the points. Goalkeeper James Rodgers pulled off one of the saves of the season with a superb reaction save just 10 minutes from the final whistle.
In the end either team could’ve won the match but a draw was a fair result in what was a well spirited and enjoyable game.
Team: James Rodgers, Leo McMahon, Eoin McGlennon (Stewart Henderson), Luke Taylor, Matthew Clayton, Mark Cleary (Nye Henrik), Eoin Haigney, Euan Neeson, Frank McWilliams, Rory Thompson, Jack Murray
Unused subs: Sean McCaffrey, Conor Mackie, Conor Mulgrew