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ENNISKILLEN Galaxy and Fivemiletown United II shared the spoils on Saturday after they played out a 1-1 draw at the Lakeland Forum.

The away side had started much the brighter and deservedly took the lead through Scott Johnston after 16 minutes, but Galaxy hit back in the second half through an Ashley Kerr header to grab a point.

The draw leaves newly promoted Galaxy on four points from two games, and Manager Gavin Connolly is satisfied with the start they have made to the campaign.

“We have to remember that we are a newly promoted side, so to have four points on the board from the opening two games – we are happy enough with that,” he said.

On the game itself, Connolly added: “Fivemiletown came with a game plan and, to be honest, it worked for the opening 50 minutes or so.

“I felt though that our fitness told after this and we got the equaliser and had a number of good chances in the final 15 minutes to win it.

“From that perspective, it might feel a bit like two points dropped, but they had a chance right at the death to win it that was saved by Timothy Elliott, so we could have ended up empty-handed.”

It was the visitors who had the better of the exchanges from the outset and having already had a header cleared off the line, they went on to take the lead in the 16th minute.

Chris McDowell and Niall McElroy combined to set up Johnston, who slotted past Elliott for 1-0.

The away side continued to shade the contest for the remainder of the half with Wayne Nicholl lifting an effort over the bar, while the best effort for Galaxy was a Gavin McGinn shot from distance that was well saved.

The introduction of Conor McShea gave Galaxy greater energy in the middle of the park and as the second half wore on they began to get on top.

McGinn had another attempt that was turned away for a corner and from the setpiece Kerr rose to crash a bullet header to the back of the net.

It was all Galaxy after this as they went in search of a second.

Wayne McGovern failed to find the net with the goal gaping, Kerr had a header cleared off the line, and Louis Lakes went close at the back post.

However, Galaxy were relieved to come away with a point from the game as Fivemiletown had a late chance to snatch all three points.

Goalkeeper Elliott though pulled off a fine save to ensure that the sides finished up with a point apiece.

Next up for Galaxy is an away encounter against early season pacesetters Orchard Farm, while Fivemiletown host Derrychara United.