IN this big six pointer Intermediate A match, there were a number of chances for both sides to try and test each other’s nerves in the opening five minutes.
In the eighth minute, Seapatrick were rewarded a corner that was pulled back for Damien McParland to cross the ball into the box which was punched out by the visitor’s goalie that fell into the path of Marty Buchanan who struck the ball well to get his first goal of the season.
The Village kept on pressing the Lower Maze box with corners and free kicks after their good start but could not capitalise on these set plays.
Liam McGarry took a shot from 20 yards but it was well saved by the Lower Maze goalie. Seapatrick got a corner from this but it was just missed.
Lower Maze got more into the game as it went on with some good opportunities but could not get a goal. With only the single goal separating the teams, the action was end to end up until half time, with Mark Watt just missing a good opportunity before the break from 15 yards out.
The second half started scrappy for both sides but the Village had a series of free kicks but were once again unlucky not to score from these set pieces.
On the 60th minute, the Seapatrick team were caught sleeping when no one attacked the ball from a throw in which let Lower Maze pounce to get the equaliser.
On the 65th minute Seapatrick did not clear their lines from a corner which lead to the visitors grabbing another goal to give themselves the lead. From the restart after the second Lower Maze goal, the Village attacked the visitor’s goal but were unsuccessful to break through a strong Lower Maze defence.
The Village kept trying to get another goal which meant they left themselves vulnerable to a counter attack from Lower Maze and it was from a through ball from the Lower Maze goalie played through to the visiting striker to score the third and final goal of the afternoon and wrap up all three points for the away team.
Seapatrick were unlucky at times in this game but also complacent at points which will have to be improved as they seek to get back to winning ways in the league in the future.
Team - Kieran Maguire, Phillip Davidson, Martin Buchanan, Joel Annett, Damien McParland, Darren McGrath, Stephen McGrath, Mark Watt, Keith McVitty, Andrew Chambers, Liam McGarry. Subs- Sean McGarry, Dean Lennon, Warren Buchanan.