Missed penalty costs Bellurgan

Missed penalty costs Bellurgan

Despite controlling much of the game, and missing a penalty, Bellurgan United slipped to a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Abbey Celtic at Tom Flynn Park on Sunday, a result that leaves the peninsula side in the bottom three.

Played in excellent conditions, the home side opened in determined fashion but they fell behind after ten minutes when David Bracken and Martin Kelly played an excellent one two before the latter curled a beautiful effort inside Robbie Arthur’s far post.

Alec Bothwell’s side responded and five minutes later Stephen Finnegan drilled an effort into the side netting from a tight angle following a Karl White corner .

Bellurgan maintained the pressure and Darryn Gaynor saw a 30-yard piledriver tipped over the crossbar by Brian Smith in the Abbey goals.

On the half hour mark the home side breached the visitors defence when Ciaran Sheelan’s brilliant through ball sent Finnegan through on goal but, just as he was about to pull the trigger, Abbey’s Michael Levins arrived out of nowhere to deny him with a terrific block.

United kept pressing for an equaliser and just before the half-time whistle sounded Paddy Keenan forced Smith into a full stretch save.

The second-half opened with Bothwell’s side pinning Abbey back and centre-back Nigel Stanley blazed over from six-yards after Keenan had set him up with a cushioned header.

Bellurgan’s most likely route back into game arrived in the 55th minute when Gaynor was pushed from a Sheelan corner in the penalty area. Diarmuid Murphy stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort was parried by Smith before the subsequent loose ball was fired over the crossbar by the Bellurgan defender.

The home side continued to press forward and the introduction of Ray Finnegan and Daniel O’Connor added to Abbey’s defensive problems but the home side just couldn’t make the breakthrough that their excellent play deserved.

With ten minutes left on the clock the Drogheda side were reduced to ten men for an off the ball incident but despite their numerical disadvantage a combination of quality defending plus a large dollop of luck ensured Abbey escaped with all three points in the bag.

BELLURGAN UNITED: Robert Arthur, Diarmuid Murphy (Ray Finnegan), James Renaghan, Eoin O’Connor, Nigel Stanley, Karl White, Paddy Keenan, Aoghan McGuinness, Ciaran Sheelan, Darryn Gaynor (Daniel O’Connor), Stephen Finnegan.Despite controlling much of the game, and missing a penalty, Bellurgan United slipped to a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Abbey Celtic at Tom Flynn Park on Sunday, a result that leaves the peninsula side in the bottom three.

Played in excellent conditions, the home side opened in determined fashion but they fell behind after ten minutes when David Bracken and Martin Kelly played an excellent one two before the latter curled a beautiful effort inside Robbie Arthur’s far post.

Alec Bothwell’s side responded and five minutes later Stephen Finnegan drilled an effort into the side netting from a tight angle following a Karl White corner .

Bellurgan maintained the pressure and Darryn Gaynor saw a 30-yard piledriver tipped over the crossbar by Brian Smith in the Abbey goals.

On the half hour mark the home side breached the visitors defence when Ciaran Sheelan’s brilliant through ball sent Finnegan through on goal but, just as he was about to pull the trigger, Abbey’s Michael Levins arrived out of nowhere to deny him with a terrific block.

United kept pressing for an equaliser and just before the half-time whistle sounded Paddy Keenan forced Smith into a full stretch save.

The second-half opened with Bothwell’s side pinning Abbey back and centre-back Nigel Stanley blazed over from six-yards after Keenan had set him up with a cushioned header.

Bellurgan’s most likely route back into game arrived in the 55th minute when Gaynor was pushed from a Sheelan corner in the penalty area. Diarmuid Murphy stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort was parried by Smith before the subsequent loose ball was fired over the crossbar by the Bellurgan defender.

The home side continued to press forward and the introduction of Ray Finnegan and Daniel O’Connor added to Abbey’s defensive problems but the home side just couldn’t make the breakthrough that their excellent play deserved.

With ten minutes left on the clock the Drogheda side were reduced to ten men for an off the ball incident but despite their numerical disadvantage a combination of quality defending plus a large dollop of luck ensured Abbey escaped with all three points in the bag.

BELLURGAN UNITED: Robert Arthur, Diarmuid Murphy (Ray Finnegan), James Renaghan, Eoin O’Connor, Nigel Stanley, Karl White, Paddy Keenan, Aoghan McGuinness, Ciaran Sheelan, Darryn Gaynor (Daniel O’Connor), Stephen Finnegan.