Hard fought draw keeps Arlington in pole for second

Arlington A and St Peters of Athlone played out a 1-1 draw in this Senior Division game at Castle Park.

The result leaves them in second place in the table behind Willow Park who were crowned champions last weekend. They have some breathing space behind them as they are three points ahead of Melville and four ahead of Monksland and Clara although Monksland do have a game in. If Arlington can win their two remaining games, they are guaranteed second place which would be a magnificent achievement.

Arlington took the lead early in the game when an in swinging corner was turned into the net by Robbie McNeill. St Peters levelled matters shortly after when a long ball was allowed to bounce in the Arlington defence and the Athlone forward curled it in from the edge of the box.

An injury to veteran Alan Kelly meant an early reorganisation of the Arlington defence, as James O’Driscoll slotted in at centre back. The remainder of the game was fairly even with only half chances falling to both teams, but Arlington’s Shaun Pierre Cretaro had the best chance in the closing stages to win the game.

Having rounded the keeper, the St Peters defender got back to clear off the line. Special mention to youth player Steven Lyons who made his debut for the Senior team having played 90 minutes for the youths that morning. Arlington remain in second spot with two league games to go.

Team: Brian McAuley, Colin Doyle, Shane McAuley, Alan Kelly, James Gallagher, Oleg Shiskarev, Joseph Gorman, Eoghan Gleeson, Robbie McNeill, John Rickard, Shaun Pierre Cretaro Subs: James O’Driscoll, Daryl Foy, Steven Lyons




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