Set­back for Ark­low in pro­mo­tion push

Bray People - - Sport -

A highly frus­trat­ing night for Ark­low Town at Bridgewater Cen­tre Park last Fri­day as the home side went down to a soli­tary goal against a res­o­lute CYM Terenure side.

Town went into the game with their sight firmly set on top spot, ly­ing just two points be­hind leaders Liffeys Pearse, but ended the night five points adrift and down to third place in Le­in­ster Se­nior League Divi­sion One.

The open­ing ex­changes were tense with chances few and far be­tween and de­fences on top. CYM, a big strong side in­tent on muscling in on the pro­mo­tion chase them­selves re­lied on aerial pres­sure. Town’s de­fence though looked comfortable.

Ten min­utes into the sec­ond-half the home side were stunned as against the run of play the Terenure side took the lead. A throw in on the right wing saw a CYM at­tacker cut­ting free from his marker and from the edge of the Town area he fired low and hard past Town keeper Craig Brit­ton into the far cor­ner.

Ark­low ral­lied with winger Chris Burgess caus­ing prob­lems with his mazy runs down the right flank. CYM were re­duced to ten men af­ter a high chal­lenge stopped Town’s James Dixon in full flight.

Town threw cau­tion to the wind in search of an equaliser and the width of a cross­bar was to deny Town af­ter a strike from 25 yards, from Dixon him­self, grazed the bar. To com­pound Town’s mis­ery on the night, Gra­ham Lawlor was red carded in in­jury time af­ter re­tal­i­at­ing to a late chal­lenge.

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