Dawson gives Blues that winning feeling

IT WASN’T just Freebooters A team who were celebrating at the weekend – Freebooters B also had that winning feeling.

IT WASN’T just Freebooters A team who were celebrating at the weekend – Freebooters B also had that winning feeling.

Derrick Kenny’s charges got back to winning ways when they made the short trip to Wallslough to play Fort Rangers a successful one.

The visitors were quickly on the offensive and went 1-0 up through Aidan Nolan, who added a great finish after getting to the near post to finish Niall Kiely’s cross.

Booters B didn’t have it all their own way though as Fort, looking for a second win on the spin, drew level when Kenny Morris headed home following a Johnny Brett free-kick.

Freebooters B weren’t content to stay level for long, however, and restored their lead before half-time when Niall Kiely scored from a cheeky 25-yard lob before the interval.

’Booters continued to force the pace in the second half, but although they created chances they couldn’t make them count. The misses looked costly when Fort drew level for the second time, Emmet Nugent equalising from the penalty spot after Tony Moran was hauled down in the box.

The Blues weren’t finished yet. Ten minutes from time came their reward, as Stephen Dawson grabbed the winner when he stabbed a loose ball home following a corner.

Sunday’s 3-2 result gave the Blues their second win of the league campaign. After three draws from their opening four games they grabbed their first victory by beating East End United 1-0 in September.

’Booters B then lost 5-2 away in the return fixture. Sunday’s win was their only league game since that loss and only their second in three months. Having played four games in two weeks in August they had one league game in September, none in October and just one in November.

The other top flight game of the weekend saw the Lions and East End United A end all square in a 1-1 draw. Played in Cullohill the Bennettsbridge side made it four points from two outings against the Lions as Michael O’Neill’s penalty gave them a share of the spoils. Niall Brophy was on the scoresheet for the Durrow men.