Premier Section: Right to Dream 2-1 Co. Fermanagh
Right to Dream keep on believing
Co Fermanagh were left to rue missed opportunities as a 10- man Right to Dream side clung on to win their first match of the tournament at Broughshane.
Co. Fermanagh had the first chance of the match, with Connor Ripley and Ronan Beattie linking down the left and crossing to Niall Owens who could only fire straight at Right to Dream goalkeeper Stephen Sarkodie.
Co. Fermanagh were punished for this miss when Mohammed Kudos met a cross flashed across the face of the goal to give Right to Dream the lead. The lead was almost doubled minutes later when Jonathan Amon beat his man and pulled the ball back to Kudos, who slid the ball just past the post. Nicklas Jacobsen also had a chance to extend the lead, but his half volley was dealt with comfortably by Co. Fermanagh goalkeeper Oliver Scanlon.
Co. Fermanagh began to grow in confidence and started to threaten with their own chances at the other end. Owens forced a smart save from Sarkodie at his near post. Moments later Owens was presented with another chance when he latched onto a short back pass, but he was only able to lift the ball over the bar with Sarkodie closing in. Again Owens was the instigator, this time crossing for Simon Warrington, who blazed the ball over the crossbar.
Co. Fermanagh started the second half the brighter of the two side, with Warrington curling a shot from outside the box just over the crossbar. They were again made to regret these chances when, against the run of play, Jacobsen found King Baidoo in the box who turned and fired in off the post to double the lead for Right to Dream.
Co. Fermanagh were offered a lifeline when they were awarded a controversial penalty for an off the ball incident. Jacob Britton scored, despite Sarkodie getting a hand to it, to half the deficit.
Right to Dream were left holding on towards the end, especially after Amon got sent off after picking up his second booking, but Co. Fermanagh were unable to capitalize and Right to Dream held on for the victory.