The Donegal men where on the road again on Saturday, away to Civil Service. Following last weeks defeat to Lisnagarvey, Raphoe had a point to prove in front of the travelling support.
Raphoe started poorly and within minutes found themselves a goal down, the umpire awarding a penalty corner for what he seen as a deliberate foul by Rodney Bates. The resulting corner flew past Jonny Rankin in the Raphoe goal but was stopped on the line by Alan Meehan, Unfortunately for the Raphoe defender, the ball struck his foot and the umpire then awarded a penalty stroke from which they scored.
Eventually a goal did come, Lee Stewart, who was instrumental all game, split the service midfield with a pass to Matthew Lecky who drove at the Service defence, his strength and pace enabling him to get round behind the defence and win a penalty corner, which he then converted, driving the ball low and hard past the keeper.
Raphoe started the second half the better team, pushing Service back into there own half. Jonny Long using good skill to win another penalty corner for Raphoe and a well worked corner routine then led to the second goal, Matthew Lecky side stepping the first runner to bury the ball past the Service ‘keeper.
Raphoe kept up the pressure and caught Service on the break with a quick attack, Keith Meehan pulled inside from the wing and played a pass across the Service goal where George was excellently positioned to skilfully knock the ball into the net. 1-3
Raphoe’s Matthew Lecky received a card for a late challenge and two Service players were sinbinned for dissent. William Kilpatrick combined with George Patterson to add the fourth.
Men of the match Lee Stewart & Matthew Lecky
A well deserved win for Raphoe who are back at home next week versus Instonians.
Raphoe go into the game as under dogs but with the added spice of Instonians fielding three past Raphoe players, the Donegal men will fight hard to take something from the game. Push back 2.30