Bar denies Dooley as Deen grab draw

Deen Celtic A1

Deen Celtic A1

Lions A1

THE width of the crossbar came between the Lions and three Premier Division points.

The frame of the goal came to Deen Celtic’s rescue as Michael Dooley’s injury-time spot-kick crashed off the woodwork and gave the Castlecomer men a deserved share of the spoils on Sunday afternoon.

The Durrow side started brightly and looked dangerous up front from the kick-off. The best of their efforts, however, seemed to all tail wide at the vital time.

It took Deen Celtic a little longer to make their mark. Caleb Roche nearly found the net for the home side, but his effort skimmed past the left post. As for the Lions, Aidan Keenan used his pace to good effect. He came close to finding the first goal of the game but his shot was gathered well by goalkeeper Robbie Lynch.

Despite the lack of goals the first half had been an entertaining spectacle, with both sides creating chances. Peader Boran and Caleb Roche both hit drives for the Celtic while Mick Dooley and Niall Brophy had plenty of pace for the home defence to try and deal with.

Best chance

Deen Celtic started the better side in the second half. Ten minutes in they created the best chance of the game when Boran’s pace saw him blaze through on goal but his low shot was saved well by ’keeper Paul Shortall, who somehow managed to get his fingertips to the ball and turn it on to butt of the post before it bobbled wide.

The turnaround came just after the hour however when a foul by centre-half Tom Dowling meant Lions had a great chance to push ahead from the penalty spot. Mick Dooley stepped up and stuck the ball in the top of the net, leaving ’keeper Lynch no chance.

Deen may have been down, but they weren’t out. Ten minutes later and the home side equalised, a great run again by Boran and some lovely link up play meant that Richie Lynch could slot home a smart leveller.

The Lions pushed ahead after that and were unlucky when an already finished attempt was disallowed for offside. Undeterred, the Durrow men pressed on and looked to have found a winner when they were awarded a second penalty in the fourth minute of injury-time. Dooley stepped up again but this time his shot cannoned off the crossbar before the final whistle blew, leaving the sides tied at the finish. It was a great team effort from both sides in a game that was never dominated from start to finish by just one side.

Deen Celtic A: Robbie Lynch, Shane Renwick, Tom Dowling, Alan Phelan, Ronan Phelan, Stephen Ruth, Caleb Roche, Peader Boran, Johnny Kavanagh, James Sherwood, Richie Lynch.

Lions A: Paul Shortall, Liam Dowling, Cormac McCann, Shane McCann, Kevin Shortall, Seamus Clancy, Darren Lynch, Martin Clancy, Aidan Keenan, Mick Dooley, Niall Brophy.