Dynamo Town went into this match with great confidence on the back of a 2-0 win over Gentex, while Coolraine were hoping to bounce back after a 3–2 defeat to Killeigh Ramblers.
CCFL Division 2
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Both sides had concerns at the start of the match for the length of the grass on the pitch and weren’t sure if it was going to be a factor during play, but it didn’t stop Dynamo town, as they would pick up the points and back to back wins.
The home side started the stronger of the two, controlling possession for most of the first half, and keeping Coolraine goalkeeper Robert Vicars very busy. Despite the majority of possession going in Dynamo’s favour, it took ten minutes for their first real chance at goal to come along. A floated cross by Alan Bell was nearly turned in by Philip Lawless only to be saved by Robert Vicars.
They were in on goal again just eight minutes later, when the Scott Lawless’ volley in front of goal rolled of his foot and drifted left of the net.
It wasn’t all bad for Coolraine though, as an array of passes and good tackling in defence by Aaron Doyle gave them more attacking options than they did earlier in the match. They nearly took the lead against the run of play after half an hour when a free kick was nearly deflected into the Dynamo Town net as an own goal, only to skin past the top right hand post.
Dynamo Town finally got the break through just before half time when a superb through ball by Tommy Scully left Scott Lawless one-on-one with keep Robert Vicars and he matched the pass with a sublime chip over the keeper to send his team 1–0 up heading into the interval.
When the second half got underway, Coolraine came out looking brighter than they did starting the first half. A challenging free kick which tested Dynamo keeper Graeme Brody was the first chance for either team at the start of the half.
But just as the hour mark passed it was Scott Lawless who doubled his and his team’s tally. Winger Dave Brophy whipped in a ball just past the small rectangle and Lawless was there to tap it home into the bottom left corner of the net. Lawless could have got his hat–trick when he was through on goal but an outstanding sliding tackle from Robbie Murray stopped that from happening. C
Coolraine had a penalty claim with ten minutes left to go after Aaron Hensey looked to have been brought down by ‘keeper Graeme Brody but the claims were denied to the dismay of the Coolraine players.
Dynamo’s Philip Lawless wasn’t far off joining the score sheet when his shot in the eight fifth minute rose over the crossbar. As the game headed into injury-time, Scott Lawless was denied his hat–trick in the most bizarre of circumstances. A run from the edge of the box ended up with a neat finish in the bottom right corner of the net but the goal was only to be disallowed because there was a young child on the pitch. But as that situation ended, so did the game as Dynamo Town would come away with the victory.
Dynamo Town: Graeme Brody, Beano McCormack, Philip Scully, John Breen, Leon McDonald, Tommy Scully, Dave Brophy, Philo Hiland, Scott Lawless, Philip Lawless, Alan Bell
Coolraine: Robert Vicars, Aaron Doyle, Ronnie Hugher, Robbie Murray, Jamie Haney, Dermot Feery, Shaun Hackett, Michael Feery, Pa Cosgross, Shane Ryan, Gary Kelly. Subs: Aaron Haney for Michael Feery, James Sneynt for Shaun Hackett, Michael Coventry for Gary Kelly.