10 man All Stars can’t hold on as champions stay unbeaten

10 man All Stars can’t hold on as champions stay unbeaten
Muirhevnamor FC maintained their unbeaten record with this hard won three points against Doolargy All Stars who were forced to play 70 minutes with 10-men

Muirhevnamor FC maintained their unbeaten record with this hard won three points against Doolargy All Stars who were forced to play 70 minutes with 10-men

The home side got off to a perfect start when Keith Harmon lobbed Michael Cooney from 35-yards to give his side the lead after just five minutes of play but Gary Clarke had the away side level on 10 minutes.

With both sides struggling to get a stranglehold in the game, referee Brian Murphy deemed Barry Magill’s tackle on Thomas McShane merited a straight red card with 20 minutes on the clock. This was Magill’s first red card in a 23-year career.

The 10-men, with Eamonn Roe brilliant in goals, held on to go in level at the break.

Five minutes into the second-half, Thomas Woods put Muirhevnamor in front for the first time in the game and when Sean Conlon doubled the advantage midway through the second-half, the large crowd at DkIT were expecting the floodgates to open.

A header by Jamie Mackin from a Harmon corner beat Cooney to reduce the deficit to one goal with 20 minutes to go and boosted by this strike, the All Stars abandoned their defensive strategy to go close to equalising on a number of occasions.

However the points were made safe for Muirhevnamor late on when Clarke hit his second of the game to put the result beyond doubt.

Eamonn Roe in the Doolargy goals and Gary Clarke for Muirhevnamor were the two outstanding players on view in a game which was absorbing without really catching fire.