RIVERVALLEY RANGERS….1 KILMORE CELTIC….1
By Ger Brady
THE sun shone in Rivervalley Park on Saturday morning as North Dublin provided it’s very own Celtic and Rangers drama.
And it was Rangers who benefited from the late drama as they struck a last minute equalizer to finally breakdown Celtic’s resistance.At the very start of the game however it didn’t look like Rivervalley would need that late leveler as they began on the front foot and pushed Kilmore back into their own half.
It was Kilmore who almost took the lead after five minutes though when Aron Smith let fly from distance and only a superb fingertip save from Rangers ‘keeper Darragh Finnegan kept the ball from hitting the roof of the net.The home side did have their chances also down the other end.
Captain Sean Kelly saw his effort blocked and then the dangerous Leigh Byrne saw his shot blocked from close range.Kilmore’s Aron Smith had a thunderbolt of a right foot however.His next effort on 17 minutes this time beat Darragh in the hosts goal but smashed the underside of the crossbar and bounced out to safety.
On the stroke of half time Rangers had their best chance to take the lead but the brilliant Bobby Brady in the Celtic goal went full stretch to keep Padraig Cavanagh’s effort out.But from that save, Bobby rolled the ball out to Dean O’Donnell and he struck a sweet cross-field ball over to the right were Aron Smith took it in his stride, raced into the right side of the area and buried his shot low in the far corner to give Kilmore a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw Rangers raid forward at every opportunity as they camped in the Kilmore half.Celtic did threaten on the odd break-away.but there was no getting past Alex Davis.Young Alex was probably the smallest player on the pitch but was a giant at the back for the home side
Leigh Byrne’s effort up the other end was pushed away by Bobby Brady and Padraig Cavanagh knocked the rebound just wide.Byrne then saw a header inches wide after meeting Jamie O’Beirne’s cross in the middle.
Brady was called into action several other times, pushing away corners and using his boot to clear on other occasions. But in the final minute Rivervalley did get their deserved equalizer when Roland Johnson crossed from the left to Jamie O’Beirne in the middle and he made no mistake in making it 1-1.
Rivervalley Rangers: Darragh Finnegan, Alex Davis, Rhys Connolly, Sean Kelly, Jamie O’Beirne, Tyler Slaney, Franek Polak, Roland Johnson, Padraig Cavanagh, Sean Appleyard, Leigh Byrne.
Kilmore Celtic: Bobby Brady, Exauce Gable, Clayton Ward, Ruben Griffin, Aron Smith, Dean O’Donnell, Lewis Powell, Christian Mansfield, Josh Maher, Calan O’Rourke.
Referee: Jim Harvey.