Three goals in the second half helped Douglas Youth overcome Vale of Tay 4-3 in the J Cleneghan League fixture held at Drumgeith. A highly entertaining contest was expected pre-match as the sides have near identical league records and both saw an opportunity to put points on the board.
Unsurprisingly the opening stages were a tight affair with each team enjoying passages of sustained possession without troubling either goalkeeper.
The first real incident came in the 9th Minute and it gave Vale of Tay a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after John Merchant was taken down following a surging run from deep. Kade Mccleary stepped up and his effort was brilliantly saved by Joe Flynn with the rebound finishing over the bar. Buoyed having almost taken the lead Vale of Tay continued to press and Flynn was again required to deflect a shot from distance by Ben Birse. The importance of the saves by Flynn were highlighted as Douglas Youth moved into the lead on the 25th minute, Andrew Robertson directing the ball into the net after controlling Owain McCartney’s deep throw.
Vale of Tay responded well to the set back and almost equalised immediately with Birse bringing out another solid stop by Flynn.
Just as it looked as if the away side would hold the advantage at the break, good movement by Liam Luthill created an opportunity for Birse to round the keeper and knock the ball into the net on the 35th minute.