North Down Win Final League Game

North Down travelled to Stormont on Wednesday evening to play NICS in their final league game
of the season.A victory would guarantee them ninth position and possibly eighth in the premier
league depending on Newrys results in their last 3 games
It was a game of two halves with North Down dominating the first half and NICS the second.play
was even in the first 10 minutes but then NICS took the lead from their first short corner.The
visitors defence was caught out by a switch and they had a simple tap in at the back post.North
Down upped their game and equalised 5 minutes later through Gilmore when he scored from
close range.The visitors went ahead minutes later after they were awarded a penalty for a
deliberate foul and McKibbin stepped up to score.Jonny Linter increased North Downs lead when
he converted a short corner.North Down were in complete control but against the run of play
Service pulled one back from another corner.Rodgers appeared to slip and the ball went in under
his body.On the stroke of half time Shannon put the visitors two goals clear when he converted a
cross from the right.
North Down started the second period in a similar fashion cutting holes in the service
defence.Wilson and Gilmore had great chances to put the game out of Services reach but In both
cases missed the target.For some reason North Down took the foot of the pedal and allowed
Service to get control.The remainder of the game was played deep in the North Down half with
some desperate defending required to keep the home side out.Service pulled a goal back again
from a corner when the ball was deflected into the net.North Down lost their discipline and
MCKeown and Linter received cards.Rodgers made up for his earlier mistake when he made 2
smart saves from corners late in the game.North Down were relieved to hear the final whistle and
claim maximum points
PMB man of match Jonny Linter

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