Cloney denied by late comeback Leckey’s solo goal is ultimately fruitless

Football news.
Football news.

Donacloney Firsts took on Lurgan United at home on Saturday in Division Three and were dealt a cruel blow as two late goals handed the Lurgan side a 2-1 win.

Lurgan United started the game well and Donacloney had to defend well for the first 20 minutes before playing their way into the game.

The best chance of the half came as the Lurgan United keeper couldn’t hold onto Stuart Bickerstaff’s strike from 30 yards and Steven Leckey almost nipped in to score, but it wasn’t to be and the game remained scoreless at half-time.

Cloney took the game to United in the second half with the trio of Shields, Leckey and O’Boyle pushing higher up the pitch to give a greater attacking threat. Leckey scored an excellent solo goal, carrying the ball from just inside the half before coolly slotting home.

Niall Devlin levelled the scores for Lurgan United on 88 minutes. Seven minutes of injury time were played and right at the last, United headed in from a corner kick to take all three points.

CLONEY: Curran, Stokes, Carson, Watterson, Ritchie, Higgins, Brown, Shields, Leckey, O’Boyle, Bickerstaff. Subs: Knox (Bickerstaff), Wylie (O’Boyle).

reserves

Donacloney Reserves travelled to Bignian Park, Kilkeel on Friday night and had a heavy 7-0 defeat against Valley Rangers Swifts. Valley Rangers have now won all SIX of their opening league fixtures and sit top.

Neither Cloney team have a fixture for this weekend.