Reilly rescues a point for Muirhevnamor against Boyne

Muirhevnamor remain in touch with the league leaders after picking up a point from their clash with Boyne Harps in an entertaining 1-1 draw in Monasterboice on Thursday night.

Muirhevnamor remain in touch with the league leaders after picking up a point from their clash with Boyne Harps in an entertaining 1-1 draw in Monasterboice on Thursday night.

The Drogheda side dominated the opening exchanges and they forced the visitors to defend in numbers and it was no surprise when Boyne opened the scoring on 20 minutes.

The Muirhevnamor defence was caught napping as they allowed the home side’s left winger to pick up possession from a throw-in. He waltzed past two defenders to comfortably beat Michael Cooney in the visiting goal.

The concession of the goal appeared to galvanise Sean Dixon’s side and they were unlucky not to draw level when Brian Begley crossed for Anto Reilly who saw his header strike the butt of an upright.

Reilly made amends on the half-hour mark though when he struck for Muirhevnamor’s equaliser. A piece of excellent interplay between Jimmy Cooney and Begley saw the Cooney take possession of the ball, before leaving four defenders in his wake and delivering a brilliant cross from the byline to the head of Reilly whose powerful trademark header gave the Boyne goalkeeper no chance from 10 yards.

Five minutes into the second-half the home side struck a post as they again caught the visiting defence off guard but this was as close they came to grabbing a lead goal as Dixon’s side quickly regrouped and easily dealt with Boyne’s best efforts for the remainder of the half.

With 10 minutes left to play the visitors took complete control of the ball as they camped in the home side’s half and Conor Gorman hit the woodwork from a Stefan McKevitt corner kick while in the final minutes Ryan Dillon, from another McKevitt set-piece, was denied a certain winner by a brilliant fingertip save from the Boyne goalkeeper.

The result leaves Muirhevnamor six points behind leaders Woodview Celtic with a game in hand but they have a chance to maybe close the gap at the top when they take on third from bottom OMP at home on Thursday night at 8pm.

Muirhevnamor: Michael Cooney, Stefan McKevitt, Brian Begley, Adrian Rafferty, Shane O’Callaghan, Jimmy Cooney, Thomas McShane, Sean Conlon (Paul Mallon), Simon O’Shaughnessy (Conor Gorman), Ryan Dillon, Anto Reilly (Brendan Hughes).