McDon­agh grabs cru­cial point

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH - By Nigel Howlett

A LATE goal from Pu­ri­tans sub­sti­tute Conor McDon­agh grabbed the vis­i­tors a point when it looked like the hosts had done enough to claim all three from a bat­tling home per­for­mance.

It was a topsy turvy game that could have gone ei­ther way as both teams pro­duced good at­tack­ing foot­ball at times in the con­test.

A Rooney-es­que goal from Ro­gan McGe­orge set the Ives on the road.

He fired a poor clear­ance straight back over the head of the Pu­ri­tans keeper Jack Hard­ing from fully 45 yards in only the sec­ond minute.

The hosts dou­bled their ad­van­tage after 25 min­utes as Ol­lie Snaith capped a lively de­but with a well taken header from Ben Seymour-Shove’s teas­ing cross from the right.

The ev­er­green Jef­fer­son Louis got the vis­i­tors back in the game ten min­utes be­fore the break as he kept alive a Tom Win­ters’ cross at the back post and home keeper Tim Trebes could only parry his low driven ef­fort into the path of Jack Self who fired home from close range.

Snaith had the op­por­tu­nity to kill the game off when he got through one on one with keeper Hard­ing 20 min­utes from time, but a slightly heavy touch al­lowed the vis­i­tors cus­to­dian to bravely block the ef­fort at point blank range.

With McGe­orge and skip­per Tom McGowan con­stantly has- sling the Pu­ri­tans mid­field and Snaith a jack in the box har­ry­ing their back line through­out it looked like a vi­tal three points in the bag un­til McDon­agh pounced onto a Louis flick to grab his side a hard earned point.

It was tough to take so late in the game but prob­a­bly de­served as both teams showed their class and qual­ity at times in what proved an en­ter­tain­ing game.

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