Ryan Arthur opened the scoring for Knockbreda (Picture: Inpho/Stephen Hamilton)
Saturday, 31 March 2018
Andrew Sproule created an early chance for Dergview only to volley wide after being played through by Ryan Campbell, who late in the half teed-up a free kick for Gareth Falconer which was eventually cleared after James Craughwell had found the rasping drive too hot too handle.
At the opposite end Brendan Bennett dashed in from the right to fire inches wide of Alan Buchanan's far upright before the Castlederg 'keeper thwarted Patrick Cafolla, who had sliced through the heart of the home rearguard.
Dergview stepped it up a gear on the resumption of the second half and they almost opened the scoring when Adam Buchanan cut a path to the left bye line but the midfielder's teasing low cross, intended for Sproule, was intercepted.
Having survived that examination of their defensive credentials, the visitors introduced Arthur for Michael Halliday and within minutes of his introduction the replacement made his mark.
Dergview failed to react quickly enough to a throw-in on the left and when the ball was crossed in Arthur had the simple tasking of head home from six yards.
Boss Peter Allen immediately rang the changes with Philip Wallace replacing Aaron Arkinson while Alex Pomeroy and Conal Arnold came on for Falconer and Adam Buchanan.
Wallace made a searing break but his final touch let him down before strapping centre-back Lee McNulty scooped over from just two yards out after Campbell had flicked on an in-swinging Falconer free kick.
Dergview continued to pile on the pressure and three minutes from time got their rewards. A long hopeful punt forward was missed by a visiting defender and Pomeroy took full advantage by racing through on the left to stab the ball past Craughwell.
Dergview: Al. Buchanan, Taylor, Wray, McNulty, M. Buchanan, Burns, Arkinson, Ad. Buchanan, Falconer, Sproule, Campbell subs Forsythe (not used), McCorkell (replaced Ad. Buchanan 83), Arnold (not used), Wallace (replaced Arkinson 72), Pomeroy (replaced Falconer 83)
Knockbreda: Craughwell, Hamill, Pike, McVeigh, Patterson, McBurney, Cafolla, Newberry, M. Halliday, Bennett, Rice subs J. Halliday (not used), Anderson (replaced Rice 66), Arthur (replaced M. Halliday 60), Culbert (not used), O'Hanlon (not used)
Referee: Mark Dillon
|Karl Hamill||90 +1|
|Alex Pomeroy||90 +1||83||86|