Raphoe earned a credible and battling home point against Kilkeel on Saturday at the Royal and Prior School grounds.
Raphoe 1 Kilkeel 1
Raphoe faced tough opposition at home to Killkeel as they look to get some points on the board.
Raphoe started the match well having most of the possession and creating a few early chances which fell to the Raphoe strike partnership of Jonny Long and Tommy Orr.
After a few early scares Killkeel got a foot hold in the game and the Raphoe goal was living a charmed life.
Raphoe’s No1. David Moore was frustrating the Kilkeel forwards pulling of a number of fine saves to keep the Donegal team in the game in the first half.
Raphoe got the second half of to a flyer with a quick counter attack after Mark Rutherford won a free for his team.
Alan Meehan quickly moved the ball to Adrian Crumley who came off his wing to beat one defender before slipping a pass into young Tommy Orr who calmly slotted it under an onrushing keeper.
Raphoe had a few chances on the counter as Kilkeel pushed for a leveler, but the Kilkeel defence pulled of a few last minute tackles to keep the score at 1-0.
Kilkeel got back into the game after some individual skill from David Rae, who won his team a short corner that Jonny Aiken converted with a fine strike from the edge of the circle.
Kilkeel were reduced to 10 men when their goal scorer Jonny Aiken saw green for a late tackle on Raphoe’s Tom Eaton.
Raphoe dug deep to ensure that they got some kind of reward for the teams effort and were happy to get a point against a team that will be pushing for the Premier league title.
Raphoe travel to Instonions on Saturday the 4th November with a 1pm push back.