Setback for Arklow in promotion push
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.