Conlon strike leaves chasing pack with a mountain to climb

Conlon strike leaves chasing pack with a mountain to climb
On an immaculate Gorman Park surface before a great crowd, Redeemer United and Muirhevnamor FC served up a feast of football in this top of the table clash last Thursday night.

On an immaculate Gorman Park surface before a great crowd, Redeemer United and Muirhevnamor FC served up a feast of football in this top of the table clash last Thursday night.

Each side had half chances before Barry Carr fired a rocket from the touchline that whistled just past Michael Cooney’s post on 15 minutes.

Two minutes later, a sweeping Muirhevnamor move saw Ray McCann cross for Mickey O’Kane to slot the visitors into the lead.

Dean Sheil then brought the best out of Cooney while at the other end Dane Harrison saved point blank from Paudie Hearty.

Stefan McKevitt was unlucky to see his drive from 35-yards shave the crossbar after 22 minutes before Gary Clarke tested Harrison with a fierce drive as Muirhevnamor pushed for a second.

Redeemer eventually got on top of things and Barry Carr should have levelled the score but he shot wide on the half hour mark.

Sheil then saw Cooney block his close range effort and Carr again came close to scoring before his sterling work was rewarded when he latched on to a Woijeck Gladzy slide rule pass to round Cooney and send the teams in level at the break.

Chris Caulfield fired over for Muirhevnamor early in the second-half but his team-mates had to breath a huge sigh of relief soon after when Conor Mulvenna made the clearance of the match after a Redeemer move that had goal written all over it.

The chances kept falling at either end and Barry Grimes deserved a goal for his superb midfield play only to see his header go over the crossbar.

The crucial goal arrived soon after when Sean Conlon, a 60th minute substitute, raced onto a delightful ball by Mickey O’Kane to beat Harrison with a low shot from 12-yards to put Muirhevnamor 2-1 ahead.

With five minutes to go Redeemer almost equalised when Carr toe poked a ball against the butt of the post with the ball rebounding straight into the hands of the grateful Cooney.

And right at the death the post came to Redeemer’s rescue before referee Brian Murphy called a halt to proceedings soon after.

It looks like the reigning champions are going to be very hard to dislodge from their place at the top of the Summer League table.