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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Abbeytown win exciting match away at Edenvale Ospreys

Edenvale Ospreys 2 Abbeytown 4: Abbeytown ran out 4-2 winners in an exciting encounter with Edenvale Ospreys at Clark’s Field.

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Edenvale's Joe Halvorsen and Abbeytown's Owen Armstrong

Edenvale were the home team and they twice equalised after Abbeytown had taken the lead but it was the visitors who scored two further goals to win a keenly contested match which could easily have gone the other way.

Abbeytown built up an early attack with a move that featured Oliver Rudd, Joe Beaty and Ben Ridley but the danger was eventually halted by Ben Gill who made a timely clearance.

Edenvale responded with an attack down their right flank which produced a corner.

Robbie Varah took the kick and the ball was only cleared as far as Gill but the Edenvale player shot over the bar.

Euan Forlow attempted to find Holly Ronson with a long raking pass but the ball was cut out by a timely interception from Owen Armstrong who played the ball to Rudd.

The Abbeytown mid-fielder then passed to Ridley who opened the scoring with a strong right foot shot.

Edenvale responded well with Forlow beating two defenders before shooting right footed and it took a fine diving save from Keanan Baxter, in the Abbeytown goal, to divert the ball for a corner. Baxter was again called into action to dive on a low cross from Ronson who had received a pass from Gill.

Ronson was a constant threat on the Edenvale left and she took on a pass from Joe Halvorsen in order to get in an angled shot which was again saved by the agile Baxter.

The Ospreys were playing some good football and when Halvorsen found Forlan the mid-fielder beat two men in a run down the right touchline but he was unlucky with his final cross as the ball ended in the side netting.

Edenvale were determined to score and Ronson ended a speedy run with an attempted shot but the ball was cleared by Armstrong. Abbeytown threatened when Beaty played the ball to Ridley but Mitchell Proudfoot stepped in to make a good clearance.

Edenvale scored a deserved equaliser in the fifteenth when a defensive mix-up in the Abbeytown defence led to Forlow going past a stranded Baxter before kicking the ball into an empty net.

The Ospreys were driven on by their equalising goal and good work from Halvorsen-following a ball winning tackle from Gill- set up a chance for Ronson whose terrific left-foot shot whistled narrowly wide of the near post. Halvorsen then made ground to force a corner which he himself took.

The Abbeytown defence managed to clear the ball out of their box but it was latched onto by Gill who unleashed a terrific shot which was heading for the roof of the net until Baxter leapt up to make a brilliant save catching the ball at the second attempt.

Edenvale then gained a corner on their left as a result of a good tackle by Connor Hill on Ronson.

Abbeytown made some positional changes and they began to come back into the game.

They took the lead, for the second time, when a passing move between Lewis Henning and Liam Parker led to Parker scoring with a well placed shot.

The Henning, Parker partnership was again evident when they created a chance for Hayden Smith but the resulting shot was saved by Cara O’Roarty in the Edenvale goal.

Great determination by Ronson enabled her to get her cross in despite being challenged by two opponents and it resulted in Forlow scoring his second goal from close range. With the scores again level the home team pressed hard and Baxter was forced into action on two occasions by Halvorsen following passes from Will Howe.

The play went first one way and then the other but it was Abbeytown who forged ahead with Parker providing the pass for Henning to score.

Parker was becoming a thorn in the Ospreys flesh and but for a good interception by Proudfoot he would have put Smith in with a chance of scoring.

The Edenvale reprieve was short lived and they went 2-4 behind when clever play between Henning and Parker led to Henning scoring his second goal of the match.

The final stages of the game were exciting with both teams mounting attacks in search of further goals.

Baxter again distinguished himself, by first saving from Halvorsen, before going down at the feet of Ronson when she looked odds on to score.

Henning then came close to his hat-trick when he burst through to shoot narrowly wide but it was the Ospreys who came closest to adding to their tally when a Halvorsen corner kick was cleared off his own goal line by Smith.

Abbeytown finished on the attack and both Ridley and Smith had shots saved by O’Roarty in the closing stages of the game.

Abbeytown had beaten Dalston JBR A by six clear goals the previous week but they had to fight all the way for their victory over Edenvale Ospreys.

Edenvale Ospreys: Cara O’Roarty, Ben Gill, Mitchell Proudfoot, Samuel Storey, Euan Forlow, Joe Halvorsen, Robbie Varah, Holly Ronson, Will Howe and Seamus Edwards.

Abbeytown: Keanan Baxter, Owen Armstrong, Jack Lattimer, Connor Hill, Oliver Rudd, Joe Beaty, Ben Ridley, Liam Parker, Lewis Henning and Hayden Smith.

Referee: John Howe

Man of match:: Liam Parker, mid-field, Abbeytown: Liam possessed a football brain. His control was good and he was quick to spot openings and therefore pass the ball to colleagues when they were in a position to receive it. Liam scored one goal and provided the passes for a further two.

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