Tale of two penalties as Brodick take the points

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Arran Dairies League
Brodick 3
Northend 1

Northend gave a good account of themselves on their visit to Ormidale Park on Monday night and, without VAR in sight, it was two penalties which eventually helped settle the game.

Brodick created a few chances in the first half, but were wasteful in front of goal. Northend defended well and keeper Bryan McCallum had a solid first half to ensure the score was level going into halftime.

Iain Keen came back into Brodick’s midfield to add some experience but Brodick missed the creativity of attacking midfielder Toby Wingham. Early into the second half after struggling to breakdown the stubborn Northend defence Brodick moved to a defensive three  which allowed ‘Bob’ to push on and support lone striker Cameron Logan.

Northend capitalised on Brodick’s formation change and after a long ball forward found themselves through on goal. Before the Northend striker had the chance to shoot he was brought down in the penalty box by Ross Dobson. The referee pointed to the spot and handed Ross a yellow card for the foul.

Andy McNamara stepped up to hit the penalty for Northend but after a great save down to his left by Brodick goalkeeper Finlay Sillars the ball bounced loose. McNamara was quickest to react and slotted home to open the scoring.

Brodick continued to create chances and eventually managed to break down the Northend defence when Cameron Logan slotted into the bottom corner against his old club.

Tensions began to rise and after a heated coming together in the middle of the park the referee showed Andy McNamara and Babbies MacNeil yellow cards, meaning Babbies is suspended for next week’s game against Lamlash.

Brodick continued to create chances and were eventually given a lifeline. Matthew Dobson met a cross at the back post and headed towards goal. It looked as if it was going in but Northend defender Nathan Carey stuck out his hand to knock the ball over the bar. Referee Stephen Judge had no option but to show Carey a red card. The penalty that followed was struck calmly away by Iain Keen. 2-1 Brodick.

Brodick finished the game off with a late third goal. An inviting corner by John Drummond was met by Dobson’s head to ensure the three points went to Brodick.

Referee Stephen Judge gave the man of the match to Iain Keen for a solid display in midfield.

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Lamlash 2
Shiskine 2

Lamlash started the game brightly and cruised to a two goal lead after just 20 minutes. Youngsters Dylan Smith and David Copperwheat grabbed the goals for the home side.

Shiskine started to play their way into the game and midway through the second half had got two goals of their own through Conor Jack who bagged his fifth goal of the season followed by Calum McAllister getting the other.
Lamlash new boy Barry Scott, who has moved to the island since retiring from the Cillit Bang adverts, was given man of the match by referee Greg McCrae. The result means the two sides still cannot be separated on the table as they both sit on five points.

The next fixtures in the Arran Dairies League on Monday July 2 will see Brodick vs Lamlash at 6.30pm and Southend vs Northend at 7pm.

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