Gary McFadden scored Limavady's winner (Picture: Freddie Parkinson/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Limavady United picked up an important three points with a victory on the road over Knockbreda.
Ciaran Dobbin was the focus for the home attack, and on twelve minutes he connected with a cross at the back post which Paul Wells claimed at the second attempt.
Limavady soaked up the home pressure, with Alex Pomeroy the outlet for counter attacks. On 25 minutes he broke free of his marker before finding Hugh Carlin, whose stinging drive was blocked inside the box. Four minutes later, Stephen Duffy had a free kick on the left, which found Friars unmarked in the box, but he headed wide.
'Breda were much better after the restart and, on 51 minutes, Jordan Baker was guilty of a glaring miss as he put Patrick Cafolla's cross over the bar as Wells dashed out to meet the danger. Shortly afterwards, a loose ball in the box was pounced on by Cafolla, but Wells was equal to his snapshot, diving to parry the ball and, in a frantic passage of play, Ryan Doherty cleared the ball off the visitors' goalline.
The importance of that clearance became only too clear on 61 minutes when United hit the front. Good work by the inventive Duffy saw him cut the ball back inside the box, and Pomeroy forced a defender into a hurried clearance, which fell perfectly for Gary McFadden, lurking just outside the box, and he lobbed the ball over Dean Smyth into the net.
United tails were up, and three minutes later they might have doubled their lead, but Carlin forced Smyth into a fine save from his drive.
Knockbreda were still dangerous, and Karl Hamill headed just wide from point blank range at the near post on 67 minutes. Three minutes later substitute Cillin Gilmour was guilty of a glaring miss, as he nipped in between the centre halves to lob Wells, but his effort cleared the bar. The ball was in the net in the 75th minute, but the 'goal' was disallowed after a foul on Wells.
Knockbreda: Smyth, Patterson, Brennan, Dobbin, McVeigh, Newberry, McDonald, Hamill, Henry, Cafolla, Baker subs Windrum (not used), Gilmour (replaced McDonald 68), M. McKenna (replaced Dobbin 65), Shaw (replaced Henry 74), Copeland (not used)
Limavady United: Wells, O'Kane, Friars, Doherty, McClean, Carlin, Logue, Gary McFadden, Duffy, Pomeroy, McCallion subs Brown (not used), McConnell (replaced Pomeroy 82), McCauley (not used), Boyle (not used), Harkin (not used)
Referee: Mark Dillon