Mourne are left curs­ing their luck

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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