COCKHILL Celtic strengthened their position at the top of the bmcsports.ie Ulster Senior League with a hard-fought victory over their nearest challengers.
Cockhill Celtic 2 Letterkenny Rovers 1
After a frantic opening Cockhill fashioned the first chance on six minutes when a Ronan Doherty free kick was headed over by Laurence Toland.
Rovers had a half chance on 12 minutes when Chris Malseed fired over.
Letterkenny opened the scoring two minutes later. A free kick wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Connor Gormley pounced to fire home from close range.
Rovers almost doubled their lead soon after when a Lee Toland free kick was headed narrowly wide by Dan O’Donnell.
On 33, a Lee Toland free kick was tipped over by Gavin Cullen.
Cockhill almost equalised when an in-swinging Lee McColgan corner was well kept out by Rory Kelly.
They did equalise in fine fashion seven minutes before half-time. Christy McLaughlin advanced down the right and found James Bradley whose whipped cross was volleyed home by Adam Duffy.
Duffy almost doubled his tally soon after but fired over over a good touch and turn in the area.
While the first half was incident packed, the second half was a more cagey affair. While Letterkenny had more possession, Cockhill were dangerous on the counter.
A Stephen Duffy cross was charged down and Adam Duffy’s snapshot was over the bar.
Just after the hour mark, BJ Banda found space down the right. After cutting inside, his shot was scuffed and went wide.
On 82 minutes, a Lee Toland free kick found Gormley whose header lacked power and was easily dealt with by Cullen, while Gary Merritt went close for Rovers with a fine turn and shot which Cullen saved well.
Four minutes from the end, Cockhill struck for the winning goal. A Lee McColgan cross from the left looked overhit but Laurence Toland got to the ball and headed across goal for Adam Duffy to power a downward header past Kelly.Tags: