After a break of seven weeks since their last game away to Aghalee Village, and with a lot of work on the pitch on Saturday morning to ensure the game went ahead, Donacloney returned to action in Division 3 on Saturday past at home to Goodyear.
Just one point separated the sides going in to this closely contested game.
Donacloney took an early lead. Tommy McElroy was fouled inside the box and Ben Nelson stepped up to successfully convert the resulting penalty.
The ‘Cloney had further pressure and chances in the opening 20 minutes before Goodyear started pushing forward themselves.
Donacloney ‘keeper made important saves either side of half-time to keep the score at 1-0.
Donacloney introduced Darren Brooker to the game as a second half substitute for Kiefer O’Boyle.
Brooker was making his first appearance after transferring back to the club from Seapatrick.
The game swung in Goodyear’s favour with two goals in the final five minutes of normal time.
In the dying minutes after Goodyear took the 2-1 lead, Donacloney’s Ben Nelson raced clear of the Goodyear defence and the ball looked destined for the bottom corner of the net, only to hit the post and bounce away from goal.
DONACLONEY: Derek Curran, Jason Stokes, Damien Higgins, Dave Watterson, Tim Carson, Danny Read, Ben Nelson, Kiefer O’Boyle, Steven Leckey, Tommy McElroy, Chris Shields.
Subs: Darren Brooker (replaced O’Boyle), Johnny Brown (replaced Read), Peter Wylie (not used).
Donacloney Firsts are away to table toppers Caledon Rovers this week.
The ‘Cloney Reserves game last weekend away to Seagoe was called off.
They are due to play Rectory Rangers Reserves at home on Saturday.