Match Report

  Away 20/10/2018 Newcastle League : Division 2  
Mourne Rovers II

2

0

Saintfield Utd

By Curtis McClements

“Mourne - A Mountain too High”

Saintfield made the long trip to Kilkeel on Saturday to face Mourne Rovers 2nds, but despite a valiant effort they left empty handed.

Saints knew this would be tough match away from home against a side that were unbeaten so far this season, however that wasn’t going to deter them and they ensured it was a very competitive match. The first half was run by the Saints, even with the fact they lost 5 players to the 2nds this week they took control of the match from the off and were just lacking a goal their dominance deserved. As the half went on Rovers did get a foot hold in the match and had a few half chances of their own, but the Saints rearguard of Andrew Gourley, Ryan Kelly and Zach Doyle were keeping the home teams attack at bay for the most part.

The Saints did have a few half chances of their own with Lee Patton and Ben Conacher working hard up front, but they couldn’t take advantage of the chances and they just couldn’t carve out any clear cut scoring opportunities.
Half time came with the scores level and it was the Saints that once again came out strong for the start of the 2nd half.

As the half progressed it looked like only one team was going to get the opening goal as the Saints turned the screw and created some great chances. The first fell to Ryan Kelly from a corner, after his original header was parried out by the keeper he followed up with a close range volley, but he just couldn’t get it past the defenders on the line and the ball was diverted for a corner.

It was then the introduction of Chris Orr that lead to the Saints next few chances. Chris came on and added some direct running at the Rovers defence and they just couldn’t handle him. His first run seen him skip past the Rovers full back and get a cross in for Curtis Ross, but he couldn’t get enough on the ball and the chance went begging. Then Orr went on another great direct run and this time set up Conacher, but his left foot shot flew past the far post.

As the Saints pushed on they won a corner and as the ball fell to Doyle at the back post he very cleverly took a touch round the defender, got to the byline and went to cross the ball. However for the referee blew up for a goal kick, claiming the ball was out. As the Saints players protested, explaining the ball was actually still in by at least a yard, Rovers sprang a quick counter attack and caught the Saints out, releasing their striker one on one with Small. Unfortunately the attacker won and Small could do nothing as Rovers took a very underserved lead.

Saints were very frustrated to say the least and came back strong to try and get the equaliser, but in doing so they left a few gaps at the back and Rovers exposed one as they added a second in the 80th minute and ensured the match was over as a contest.

Tough defeat to take for the Saints today when a draw was the very least they deserved.






   
2018-19 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
19
11
2
6
47
36
11
Won

6-2 Vs Groomsport
04/08/2018-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Suffolk
07/08/2018-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Bloomfield
11/08/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-4 Vs Shorts
14/08/2018-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Laurelvale
18/08/2018-Irish Cup(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Ballynure OB
25/08/2018-Steel and Sons(H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Tullycarnet
01/09/2018-Border Cup(A)
Won

4-2 Vs Iveagh United
15/09/2018-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Woodvale
29/09/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Bangor Amateurs
06/10/2018-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Suffolk
13/10/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Bryansburn Rangers
20/10/2018-Intermediate Cup(A)
Won

6-2 Vs Wellington Rec
27/10/2018-League(H)
Won

1-0 Vs Bloomfield
03/11/2018-League(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Hollywood
10/11/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Laurelvale
17/11/2018-Intermediate Cup(H)
Won

7-2 Vs Groomsport
24/11/2018-League(H)
Won

5-0 Vs Bangor Swifts
01/12/2018-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Woodvale
08/12/2018-League(A)
Seconds
12
5
2
5
27
25
2
Won

3-0 Vs Ford
01/09/2018-League(H)
Won

5-2 Vs Bangor Rangers
15/09/2018-League(A)
Won

2-0 Vs Killyleagh YC
22/09/2018-League(H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Shamrock FC
29/09/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Shorts
06/10/2018-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Killyleagh YC
13/10/2018-League(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Grove United
20/10/2018-Junior Shield(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs East Belfast II
03/11/2018-Walter Moore Cup(H)
Won

6-1 Vs Red Star FC
10/11/2018-Junior Shield(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Queens Grads
17/11/2018-League(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Dunmurry YM
01/12/2018-League(H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Clough Rangers
08/12/2018-Junior Shield(A)
Thirds
8
3
0
5
10
18
-8
Lost

0-4 Vs Ballynagross II
15/09/2018-League(A)
Won

6-1 Vs Rossglass County II
22/09/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Ballyvea III
29/09/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-1 Vs Newcastle Swifts
06/10/2018-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic
13/10/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Mourne Rovers II
20/10/2018-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Ardglass II
27/10/2018-League(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Ardglass II
08/12/2018-League(H)
Under 17s
12
7
2
3
42
21
21
Lost

1-2 Vs Apex Sky Blues
08/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Suffolk Swifts
15/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Ardoyne
29/09/2018-Supplementary(H)
Lost

1-2 Vs St James Swifts B
06/10/2018-League(A)
Won

3-1 Vs 22nd OB
20/10/2018-League(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Clarawood
27/10/2018-League(H)
Won

4-0 Vs SOPFC Swifts
03/11/2018-League(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Suffolk Swifts
10/11/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Apex Sky Blues
17/11/2018-League(H)
Won

9-1 Vs Rathcoole
24/11/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-5 Vs SOPFC
01/12/2018-Supplementary(N)
Won

10-1 Vs Crewe United
08/12/2018-League(A)
Under 15s
10
7
2
1
42
13
29
Won

10-0 Vs Antrim Rovers B
08/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Wellington Rec
15/09/2018-Supplementary(H)
Won

8-2 Vs Rosario C
22/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Rosario C
20/10/2018-League(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Shorts
27/10/2018-Supplementary(H)
Won

4-0 Vs Antrim Rovers B
10/11/2018-League(H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Wellington
17/11/2018-League(A)
Won

5-2 Vs Bloomfield
23/11/2018-Supplementary(N)
Won

4-2 Vs Castle B
01/12/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-2 Vs Ballynahinch Youth
08/12/2018-League(H)
Under 13s
11
0
3
8
21
42
-21
Drew

2-2 Vs Antrim Rovers
08/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs St Marys
15/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Carniny Youth
22/09/2018-Supplementary(H)
Drew

4-4 Vs Colin Valley
06/10/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-1 Vs St Mary's
13/10/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Celtic Boys Colts
20/10/2018-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Bloomfield
03/11/2018-League(H)
Lost

3-5 Vs Crusaders
17/11/2018-League(A)
Lost

1-6 Vs St James Swifts
24/11/2018-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs St Oliver Plunket
01/12/2018-League(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Barn
08/12/2018-League(H)
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