Mourne are left cursing their luck
UNLUCKY Mourne Celtic were left to rue a poor refereeing decision as they crashed out of the Leinster Junior Shield. With the game delicately poised at 1-1 Knockmitten Utd were awarded a goal despite their centre half clearly straying off side in the build up to the goal. It was tough luck on Dave Barnes side who dominated the game for long periods.
Mourne Celtic have been in excellent form in division 3 Saturday and they travelled to South Dublin with confidence running high following an excellent victory over promotion rivals Clontarf last week.
Mourne Celtic dominated the early exchanges and almost took the lead when Patrick Grant found himself one on one with the home keeper. His shot however was well saved as Knockmitten breathed a sigh of relief.
Both sides cancelled each other out for the remainder of the half although Kevin Farrell had a free kick cleared off the line late in the half for Celtic.
The home side took the lead against the run of play early in the second half with their big striker finishing well after an attack on the break.
A gutsy Mourne Celtic side responded well and deservedly equalised with Patrick Grant scoring at the second time of asking after his initial shot had been saved.
At that stage it was all to play for but in the end the home side claimed victory when they scored that controversial offside winner.