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McArdle goal tips balance for Burren

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Burren 1-14. Rostrevor 2-08.

SHAY McArdle's goal at the end of the third quarter proved ultimately decisive, as an understrength Burren side edged past Rostrevor in Wednesday evening's league encounter at St Mary's Park.
The Reds were left to rue poor decision-making at vital times in a defeat that saw their chase for comfort in the first division suffer another slight dent; despite a fair degree of control.
Indeed, Burren's wealth of county experience has its pitfalls for the club in terms of maintaining league challenges but four straight wins will leave the club in high spirits entering the closing stages of the campaign.
Rostrevor were on course for continued top-flight football for the following season in the opening quarter with two early goals in an impressive burst. Niall Farrell and Brian Grant traded scores before a mazy run from Jordan Fegan ended with the youngster driving the ball high to net in the third minute for an immediate advantage.
A brace of Conall McGovern frees closed the gap to a single point, but Rostrevor's strong start continued with their second goal coming after 11 minutes. Adrian Mackin was the scorer after latching on to a piercing drive from Martin Cole to turn inside and slam a deflected drive to the net. Conor Magee scored a good point to extend Rostrevor's lead.
However, despite a continued approach to their running game with Jordan and Conor Fegan both prominent; Rostrevor failed to register another point in the opening half.
It was a slow recovery from the Burren men with the sides going in to the interval on level terms with five unanswered points from the hosts in the second quarter. McGovern notched his third free of the night with Eamon Toner pointing from close range before fisting an effort wide when well positioned, as Burren's momentum gathered. Darragh Murdock sent over a fine point with Eamon Toner capitalising on a defensive lapse to bring the deficit down to one point. Conall McGovern's free levelled the scores in first half injury-time.
Half-time: Burren 0-08 Rostrevor 2-02
Shaun Parr sent over from the right side in the 33rd minute with a fisted effort from Cathal Foy equalising for the hosts once more. Parr responded with a similar effort before Foy replied with a second point signalling his growing influence in the middle third. Neither side were able to stamp their authority on a cagey third quarter, but it was Rostrevor that tagged on two scores in succession to take some initiative. Shaun Parr 's left footed and a persistent effort from Adrian Mackin gave the Reds a platform on which to build entering the final quarter, but that platform was rapidly taken apart.
Brendan McKernan found the target immediately with an excellent effort from the outside of his right boot before Shay McArdle did well to level the scores for the fifth time in the 46th minute.
It was the next score from the dangerous corner-forward that did the real damage to Rostrevor moments later, as he judged the breaking ball superbly in the final third to slip an effort past Tony Fearon and into the net.
It appeared quite unlucky for Rostrevor to find themselves in the position of being behind for the first time, as they had maintained a more assured performance than their counterparts and they did look like overturning the three-point deficit with Damian Magee and Adrian Mackin scoring from frees to narrow the gap to a single point, but petulance when in the ascendancy cost the Reds in the dying stages and points from the youthful pairing of Ryan Trainor and Brendan McKernan consigned Rostrevor to a sixth league defeat of the season.
BURREN SCORERS: Shay McArdle (1-1), Conall McGovern (0-4 4f), Cathal Foy (0-2), Eamon Toner (0-2), Brendan McKernan (0-2), Brian Grant, Darragh Murdock and Ryan Treanor (0-1 each).
ROSTREVOR SCORERS: Adrian Mackin (1-2 1f), Jordan Fegan (1-0), Shaun Parr (0-3), Damian Magee, Conor Magee and Niall Farrell (0-1 each).

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