GLENREE UNITED MAINTAINED their place at the top of the CT Ball Division Two with a 1-1 draw against fellow title-contenders Deele Harps in Rathmullan this afternoon.
Glenree United 1-1 Deele Harps
But it also proved to be a good day for Erne Wanderers, who moved to within a point of Glenree following their 7-0 success over Letterbarrow Celtic today. Deele, who have two games in hand, remain very much in contention in third place.
Karl McElhinney’s goal put Glenree one up on 40 minutes after a long clearance by Hugh Bradley. Colm Gallagher and McElhinney chased forward and it was Gallagher who got the touch and the ball broke to McElhinney who scored from 14 yards.
Photo caption: The Glenree United team that drew this afternoon in the CT Ball Division Two against Deele Harps at Flagpole Park in Rathmullan
The Deele equaliser came in the 53rd minute when Gary McGirr’s corner wasn’t dealt with by the Glenree defence and the ball fell to Tom Mullen to crack into the top corner of the net from 16 yards out.
It was a contest devoid of many clear cut chances, with the only two openings hitting the net for either side.
With a minute to go, Glenree had a big penalty shot waved away by referee John Coyle. Following an exchange of passes between Gallagher and Kevin ‘Gooch’ Doherty, the latter appeared to be taken down by goalkeeper Chris Roulston. Coyle waved away the Glenree appeals, much to their disappointment.
The Deele Harps squad at Flagpole Park in Rathmullan this afternoon, where they drew with Glenree United in the CT Ball Division Two
The half saw only half chances. Kevin Lynch of Deele flashed a shot just wide on 10 minutes and at the other end, McElhinney headed a cross from Doherty off target.
Deele went close in the 18th minute from a Conor Catterson header after a corner and three minutes later, John Doherty of Glenree hit a belter from 25 yards which flew inches over the crossbar.
Then, in the second half, with the score at 1-1, Shane Gallagher’s Deele crafted a chance in the 66th minute after a backheel by Johnny Mahon, but Gallagher’s shot went across the goal and wide.
Glenree United: John Cunningham; Hugh Bradley, Damien Nelis, Max Davis, Johnny McClafferty; Kevin Doherty, Nick Nelis, John Doherty, Barney Boyce (Marty McLaughlin 60); Karl McElhinney, Colm Gallagher.
Deele Harps: Christopher Roulston; Darren Gillespie, Gary Crawford, Thomas Mullen, Paul Lynch; Kevin Lynch, Eddie Connolly, Johnny Mahon, Gary McGirr; Conor Catterson (Mark Foley 90), Shane Gallagher.
Referee: John CoyleTags: