Rasheney FC 5
Carrowmena FC 1
The home side started brightly and created early opportunities. John Grant delivered across the six yard box but there were no takers. Then Charlie Doherty slipped a ball through to David Mc Laughlin near the penalty spot but his low shot was blocked by Noone’s legs. It was Noone to the rescue soon afterwards when he gathered another Mc Laughlin effort at the second attempt. Carrowmena stunned the home team and took the lead mid way through. Kevin Mc Cauley landed a long range free into the box and when the ball broke Andrew Mc Laughlin placed a neat volley from 14 yards just inside Shaun Friel’s left hand post. After Damien Friel had blazed over Rasheney equalised when Declan Mc Laughlin’s cross from the left was turned home by Matthew Mc Laughlin. At the other end an attack along the right wing involving Mc Laughlin and Marty Mc Dermott saw the latter fire wide of goal. Two goals in the space of four minutes placed Rasheney firmly in control. Firstly Charlie Doherty’s left wing cross was converted at the back post by John Grant and minutes later Friel’s superb dipping shot from distance made it 3 – 1. Excellent early second half chances fell to Mc Laughlin and Friel but neither could capitalise but short of the hour mark the home team moved further in front. From wide on the right Charlie Doherty put in great cross which eluded Noone and dropped invitingly at the back post for Grant who couldn’t miss with a headed effort from close in. Then Matthew Oggie set up David Mc Laughlin and he hit home from 18 yards. The visitors had an opportunity to reduce the deficit but when Mc Laughlin found himself with a reasonable opening following good approach play by Doherty he did not react quick enough and his effort was blocked. The closest Rasheney came to adding to their scoreline was when Friel’s dipping shot was claimed by Noone at the second time of asking.