Frantic start ends in draw for Roesiders

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Frantic start ends in draw for Roesiders thumbnailLimavady United striker Robbie Hume on the attack against Institute on Friday night.

Limavady United.............2 Institute............2

AS Coleraine FC prepared to celebrate its ninetieth birthday, these two more venerable rivals, who have been jousting with each other for 110 years, met for the latest time in an entertaining North West derby at Limavady on Friday evening and honours were even after a frantic start, which saw three goals in the first nine minutes. United manager Paul Owens will be the happier, given that his weakened team withstood a second-half virtual siege to claim a share of the spoils.
Finally his side has defied adversity to take a point in a game that earlier in the season would undoubtedly have been lost, and even though the visitors had the lion's share of possession, for work rate alone, the draw was richly deserved.
It wasn't pretty, but it was committed. On his fiftieth appearance for the side, Robbie Hume scored a brace to take his career total to 49 strikes- a quite phenomenal strike rate.
Compared to last week's 21st second opening goal against PSNI, United were positively lethargic, taking a full 43 seconds to score the opener in their latest outing.
An attempted clearance by a defender ricocheted off another Stute player and fell invitingly for Hume, who was never going to miss a gilt-edged opportunity and ruthlessly found the net before many of the large crowd had taken their seats.
However, the lead lasted for only three minutes, as O'Kane conceded a penalty for a clumsy challenge inside the box which McCrudden coolly dispatched past Wells.
Astonishingly, the next incident of note was a second spot kick for the visitors in the ninth minute, and this time it was Devlin who was penalised for little more than a coming together in the box.
This time McCrudden chose to send his kick to the opposite side, and Wells had no chance. United were obviously deflated by this rapid turnaround in fortunes, while the visitors scented blood.


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