Ryan Campbell scored twice for Dergview (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 11 November 2017
Ryan Campbell netted twice and Lee McNulty scored his first Championship goal as Dergview hauled themselves out of the relegation zone with a hard-fought victory over fellow strugglers Lurgan Celtic at a sodden Darragh Park.
Campbell scored late in both halves however it was McNulty's glancing header just three minutes after Philip Donnelly had made it 1-1 midway through the second period that laid the platform for the home side's third league victory of the season.
A towering header by visiting defender Dara Noonan in the final minutes ensured a nervous conclusion for the hosts but Richard Clarke's side did enough to get across the line.
Initially this bottom-of-the-table clash was something of a slow burner with visiting midfielder Adam Rodgers volleying well wide in the wake a swift counter attack.
Following that early scare, it was Dergview, driven on by the excellent Matty Callaghan, who had the better of the opening 45 minutes with Campbell heading over from a Garth Falconer cross.
Wing backs Falconer and Philip Wallace were posing a real threat on the flanks and the latter was involved as Campbell crossed for Conal Arnold whose back-heel was safely gathered by Celtic stopper Shane McPartland.
Moments later Falconer got free on the left and his cross looked destined for the head of Campbell before ex-Portadown player Brendan Shannon intervened to clear.
At the opposite end Warner Mullen brushed off McNulty to fire straight at Alan Buchanan and shortly afterwards the Strabane man curled another effort goal wards which the Dergview goalkeeper held comfortably.
And four minutes before the interval Buchanan again thwarted Mullen, the home net-minder acrobatically tipping over the striker's volley following a quick counter attack.
Having survived that let-off, the hosts grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time when Campbell dashed in front of his marker to glance McManus's exquisite free kick over McPartlan and under his crossbar.
Dergview, who replaced the injured Graeme Taylor with the returning Simon McGlynn, should have doubled their advantage on the resumption of the new half but, after good play by Falconer and Arnold, Aaron Arkinson crossed for Campbell to head the wrong side of the crossbar.
Celtic responded by taking the game to their opponents and the visitors should have drawn level when Mullen, flush in front of a gaping goal, headed a teasing Jordan Bell cross against Buchanan's right post before the ball was hoofed to safety.
An equaliser though was very much on the cards and on 71 minutes it duly arrived when Donnelly blasted home following a frantic scramble in the six yard box.
But no sooner had the visitors got themselves back on level terms than they conceded a second. Falconer whipped an in-swinging corner kick into the near post and McNulty soared highest to glance home with his head.
That proved a real setback for Celtic and with seven minutes remaining Campbell delivered what should have been the knock-out blow by turning inside onto McManus's centre from the left to hammer low inside McPartlan's left post.
Lurgan to their credit refused to raise the white flag and on the full-time whistle they still had hope when Noonan rose highest to head home at the back post.
Dergview: Al. Buchanan, Maxwell, McNulty, Taylor, Wallace, Callaghan, McManus, Falconer, Arnold, Campbell, Arkinson subs McGlynn (replaced Taylor 46), Robinson (not used), Browne (replaced Arnold 66), Lynch (replaced McGlynn 90), Ad. Buchanan (not used)
Lurgan Celtic: McPartland, McVeigh, Noonan, B. Shannon, A. Rogers, Rodgers, Gibson, Bell, J. Rogers, Mullen, Donnelly subs McAlinden (replaced A. Rogers 79), Crawford (not used), Brolly (replaced J. Rogers 62)
Referee: Gareth Stewart
|Simon McGlynn||46 90|