Enniskillen Town 4 Magheraveely 1

A strong first half performance secured the three points for Enniskillen Town in their league encounter against Magheraveely at the Lakeland Forum on Saturday.
Strugglers Magheraveely had taken the lead through Alan Gregg after 15 minutes but two minutes later Town had turned the game on its head with Frank Wallace and Gary Stewart both scoring to make it 2-1 to the home side.
And Stewart was to bag his second of the game to make it 3-1 to Rory Judge’s charges at the interval.
Magheraveely did push Town on to the back foot with sustained periods of pressure in the second half but they failed to make this count and the pressure eased as the half wore on before substitute Brian McDermott wrapped up the scoring with a late fourth to leave it 4-1 at the finish.
“Getting the goal so soon after they scored was a real shot in the arm for us and we were able to push on from there,” said Town boss Judge. “We could probably have scored at least another one in the first half when we were well on top but in the second half they put us on the back foot and it took a couple of smart saves from our keeper to keep it 3-1. They probably deserved a goal but on the whole we were good value for the win.”
It is cup action for Town this week with an away tie against Omagh Hospitals and if they come through that then there will be another meeting with Magheraveely.
“I suppose it was important for us to win this one because we could potentially play them again in the cup if we can win this Saturday. We know that Hospitals won’t be easy but we would like to have a good run in the cup,” he added.
The defeat keeps Magheraveely in the drop zone but they will have the chance to move out of the bottom two this weekend when they host a Mountjoy side who sit a point above them in the table.
“It’s a big game, as are all the ones against the teams in the bottom half of the league,” said Magheraveely manager Richie Farrell. “For us the key is trying to get a 90 minute performance which is something we have struggled to do at times this season.”
And he accepts that they were punished for a lapse in concentration after taking the lead on Saturday.
“After you score you can’t let your concentration drop because against Division One sides with very good attacking players you will be punished. I thought our second half performance was good but we couldn’t get a second goal,” he added.
Home outfit Town had made a bright start to the contest but they found themselves a goal down on the quarter hour mark as Gregory Johnston fed Alan Gregg and he raced through and slotted past Damian Wardman in the Town goal to give the away side the advantage.
It is said though that you are at your most vulnerable after scoring and that was the case for Magheraveely as Town hit straight back within a minute to equalise.
Frank Wallace was put through by Conor Tummon and he slotted the ball under the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
And with 17 minutes on the clock Town had taken the lead as they went back on the attack and Gary Stewart burst past a defender before drilling home right footed for 2-1.
Town were now well on top and with 30 minutes gone they increased their lead as Stewart got on the ball in the left channel and fired home left footed across goalkeeper Gerry Grue for 3-1.
Indeed, Stewart was close to a first half hat-trick but in this occasion Grue pulled off a good save.
Magheraveely also had a chance late in the half but Wradman made a fine double save to deny Gregg and Warren Stewart as it remained 3-1 at the break.
The away side came out with purpose at the start of the second half  as Town struggled to get a foothold and Wardman made another couple of good saves.
However, with no second goal arriving for Magheraveely, Town started to come more into it as the half progressed and they went on to make sure of the points late on.
Nicky Dunbar squared the ball for Tummon who took a touch before clipping the ball into the centre of the area where substitute McDermott managed to get a flick on the ball with the outside of the boot to steer home.