In the only Senior League One game of the day Raphoe took full advantage to increase their lead to 6 points at the top of the table by beating Ballynahinch 5-3.
After the long journey Raphoe started well and were in front inside 10 minutes when Alan Meehan picked out Gavin Lecky in the circle and he scored a wonderful reverse stick shot that flew past the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner. Raphoe doubled their lead shortly after this from their 1st short corner - Matthew Lecky as he has done in recent weeks stepped up and sent his drag flick into the top left hand corner giving the keeper no chance. Midway through the half from their 2nd short corner Lecky again left the keeper stranded with an identical goal to his 1st - another unstoppable drag flick into the top left hand corner. Raphoe had numerous chances to increase their lead and finish the game off but chances went a begging - Ian McGonigle shot high over the bar when well placed in the circle, William Kilpatrick dragged a shot wide for 6 yards out when again well placed. At the other end Rodney Bates, Evan Lyttle, Alan Meehan, Matthew Lecky and Johnny Rankin where keeping the Ballynahinch forwards at bay and Raphoe’s goals were never really threatened in the first half.
Raphoe came out in the second half a different team to what went in, players were complacent and Ballynahinch were back on level terms within 10 minutes of the restart when Alex Hunter scored a quick fire hat trick, Raphoe were well and truly on the back foot. At this stage there only seemed to be one winner as Ballynahinch threw everything but the kitchen sink at a shell shocked Raphoe team.
Indeed things could have been a lot worse for Raphoe as Ballynahinch had 2 goals disallowed firstly Grant Hayes’s shot from a short corner just missed the backboard by a couple of inches and secondly Alex Hunter had the ball in the net but he was adjudged to have put the ball in the net with a high stick much to the delight of the Raphoe team. With 15 minutes of the game left Raphoe dug in and regained the momentum when Matthew Lecky completed his hat trick from another short corner - with the keeper shuffling along his line expecting another flick into the top left hand corner, Lecky stood up and fired the ball into the opposite side of the net.
This goal settled Raphoe and once they regained the lead they were never going to lose it again and Gavin Lecky wrapped up proceedings with a neat finish in the final few minutes - picking up a pass from George Patterson and sliding the ball past the advancing keeper. The final score was 5 - 3 to Raphoe. Man of the match for Raphoe was Matthew Lecky. This result leaves Raphoe six points clear at the top of Senior One and still unbeaten. Next week Raphoe are on their travels for the 6th successive week when they travel to Co. Down to play Newry with a 2.30pm push back.
Team: Johnny Rankin, Rodney Bates, Evan Lyttle, Matthew Lecky, Alan Meehan, William Kilpatrick, Ian McGonigle (Capt.), George Patterson, Keith Meehan, Gavin Lecky, Johnny Long, Lee Coll, Richard Eaton.
Senior One League Table:
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Raphoe 7 6 1 0 32 10 22 19
2 Bangor 7 4 1 2 13 14 -1 13
3 Portadown 6 4 0 2 25 13 12 12
4 North Down 7 3 3 1 23 15 8 12
5 Newry 7 3 3 1 19 17 2 12
6 South Antrim 6 3 2 1 25 15 10 11
7 Ballynahinch 7 1 2 4 18 19 -1 5
8 Campbellians 6 1 1 4 8 23 -15 4
9 Queens 6 0 2 4 10 19 -9 2
10 Armagh 7 0 1 6 4 32 -28 1
Raphoe Ladies knocked out of Irish Cup
Raphoe XI Ladies 0
Bray Ladies XI 3
Raphoe Ladies 1st XI travelled to Bray, Co. Wicklow to play their first round of the Irish cup against Bray 1st XI Ladies on Saturday 24th November. Although there was some hesitation as to whether the game was going to be played, due to freezing conditions, the pitch was declared playable 45min before push back was scheduled.
After some fantastic runs by midfielder, Rachel Patterson, down the right, swept the ball into the ‘D’ however with no goal conversions.
Raphoe struggled to break through the Bray set up with Katie Love unable to convert a short corner.
The second half was a different game for Raphoe who had to deal with a lot of pressure from Bra. After going a goal down, Wendy Bustard won a well-deserved penalty corner, however again Raphoe narrowly missed the goal from a direct shot by Sabrina Barnett.
Then after conceding a second goal, Raphoe went on the attack but conceded a third goal which left them deflated.
Team: Carol-Ann Scott, Joanne Moore, Vicky Wray, Ciara Patterson, Arylne Kilpatrick, Wendy Bustard, Rachel Patterson, Sarah Patterson, Sabrina Barnett, Kimberly Porter, Lyndsey Tinney, Katie Love.