Cathedral Celtic 1 Dunbar Celtic 1by Cork Sports News August 18, 2019
Cathedral Celtic 1 (Cambridge 45) Dunbar Celtic 1 (Creamer 38)
A share of the spoils at the Fairfield as both sides got their League 1 campaign off to a decent start.
Both teams had more than enough good chances to add to their solitary goal but in the end a point apiece was the right outcome.
On nine minutes, Jonathan Creamer and Kieran Bullman linked well to see the latter shoot wide when in a decent position.
At the other end, Cathedral had a penalty appeal turned down on 14 minutes when Ross Kiely went down under a challenge.
Despite the game going from end to end we had to wait until after the half hour mark for the next clear cut chance when Creamer and Stuart Morrissey linked well but Morrissey looped his effort over the crossbar with only the keeper to beat.
The deadlock was broken on 38 minutes when Dunbar were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and up stepped Creamer to fire his effort low into the bottom right hand corner beyond Stephen O’Callaghan in the Cathedral goal.
Parity was restored though right on the half-time when good Cathedral build-up play was rewarded when a ball dropped to Glen Cambridge and he smashed a wonderful effort into the top corner.
Both sides cancelled each other for most of the second half in this evenly matched contest with Creamer spurning a decent opportunity on 75 minutes mis-kicking when in a good position in the penalty area.
However, he almost made up for it within a minute when just dragging a shot wide of the target.
At the other end, Cathedral full-back, Liam Eagar almost won it with five minutes to go when his fantastic strike from 30 yards cannoned back off the crossbar.
And with just three minutes remaining, Cambridge looked set to win it for Cathedral but Bullman threw his body in the way to block his goalbound attempt.
A draw was fair as both sides put a point on the board.
Cathedral Celtic: Stephen O’Callaghan, Liam Eager, Eric Dorgan, Christopher Matthews, Alan O’Driscoll, Paul O’Driscoll, Ian Shelland, Cian Madden, Darren Buckley, Glen Cambridge, Ross Kiely. Subs: Rory Murnane, Seb O’Donovan.
Dunbar Celtic: Daniel Cooper, Greg Harte, Shane Forde, Shane Hannigan, Barry O’Connor, Niall O’Leary, Stuart Morrisey, Chris Dineen, Jonathan Creamer, Adam Donegan, Kieran Bullman: Subs: Jamie Daly, Liam Hewitt, Gavin Corcoran, Jonathan Owens, Jamie O’Brien.
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