KNOCKRAMER DERBY CLASH ENDS SCORELESS

Lurgan Celtic and Dollingstown cancelled each other out in this scoreless derby encounter at Knockramer Park.

Celtic started the game in confident fashion, and the lively Peter McCann had the first effort of note, when he fashioned space for himself but dragged the effort just wide of the Dollingstown post.

The Dollybirds threatened through Gary Liggett on 25 minutes but his header went wide before McCann drove forward from midfield unchallenged but his shot was deflected for a corner and then right on half time Celtic should have opened the scoring but Stephen Croft pushed the effort away for a corner.

The second half saw Celtic again on the front foot, and tricky winger Michael Toland had an effort on goal which was touched around the post when it seemed destined for the back of the net.

Michael Finnegan was next to threaten when he flashed a header just wide, and his strike partner Gerard Rooney drew a save from Croft on the hour mark.

Dollingstown were posing a threat of their own on occasion, and with the introduction of Colin Cunningham alongside Liggett their physical presence asked questions of the Celtic rearguard.

Cunningham glanced a header just wide of Ciaran Fox's right hand post with just under 15 minutes remaining as play ebbed and flowed from end to end.

With time almost up it was Dollingstown who looked likely to steal all the points on offer, firstly when a moment of hesitation in the Celtic defence almost saw Liggett tap in at the back post only for Fox to excellently palm the ball to safety.

There was also time for another exquisite save from Fox when a Cunningham shot from 25 yards required a full diving save to tip the ball away for a corner.

Lurgan Celtic: Fox, Toman, A. Rogers, McCabe, Finlay, Toland, McCann, Finnegan, J. Rogers, Andrews, Rooney subs Lindsay (replaced Finnegan 85), O'Reilly (replaced J. Rogers 85), Roper (not used), Hagan (not used), Kerr (replaced Andrews 29)

Dollingstown: Croft, Redpath, McConnell, Jones, Walker, Moffett, Hand, Richmond, Liggett, McMath, Lawless subs Gray (replaced Lawless 66), Gourley (replaced Richmond 87), Rea (not used), Patterson (not used), Cunningham (replaced Hand 66)

Referee: Stephen Anderson

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