Raphoe salvage a draw at Cliftonville.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

RAPHOE men travelled this weekend to bottom of the table Cliftonville sand came away with a 1-1 draw, with Tommy Orr getting the goal.


Raphoe got off to a slow start with a few missed placed passes, however they started to string a few passes together and created a few chances. Tom Eaton ran down the right and pulled the ball back to Jonny Long who mis-timed his shot.

The match became very end to end, and Raphoe had won a few short corners on the counter. However the Cliftonville keeper was a match for Raphoe captain Simon Goudie's dragflicks, pulling off some good saves.

Cliftonville took the lead from their own counter attack 25 minutes into the match.

Davy Moore made a fine save from the Cliftonville striker but he couldn't do anything about the rebound.

The Raphoe players became more frustrated as the match went on and lost shape and discipline. They began to force the ball and were guilty of over-playing on the ball.

Cliftonville could have doubled there lead if it wasn't for Raphoe goalie Davy Moore, who turned in a man of the match performance.

Raphoe did though get a short corner with three minutes to go that they worked well to Keith Meehan, whose shot come cross and was easily passed into the net by Tommy Orr.

With only a few minutes left on the clock Raphoe started to play proper hockey again and won another corner, right on the stroke of full time. The chance to steal all three points was there but the short was pushed wide by Simon Goudie.

Raphoe are home on the this Saturday to North Down at 2.30pm

The first XI Ladies lost 2-1 to Ballymena at Stormont at the weekend in the Senior Cup Semi-final, with Sabrina Barnett getting the goal.


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