NFC Kesh 1
Enniskillen Town Utd 3
Enniskillen Town took their place in the Irish Junior Cup Round 2 draw thanks to a 3-1 success in Kesh on Saturday afternoon.
This local fixture was selected as the Tie of the Round by the IFA when the first round draw was made and it was to be a tight contest like many had anticipated.
There was little to separate the sides in the opening half with a few half chances failing to both sides as the two defences remained on top in what was a cagey first 45 minutes.
The shackles however would come off when the game seen its opening goal just seconds after the half time whisitle.
Less that 60 seconds had elapsed in the second half when veteran front man Gary Beckett tucked the ball away at the back post for 1-0.
Town’s bright beginning to this half seen the sky blues continued on the front foot and keep Kesh under pressure. That pressure told shortly after Beckett’s goal and it was to be 2-0 by the hour mark.
The excellent Ciaran Brough the scorer having fastened onto a through ball before calmly rounding Jerome Carleton in the home goals and tucking the ball into the net.
Brough was to be a lively presence for the Town throughout and would be awarded the man of the match at the end of the contest.
Now 2-0 down Kesh threw caution to the wind and began to play some expansive football as the game continued to improve in quality.
Niall McMenamin thought he had halved the deficit with 20minutes remaining but the referee had blown for a free kick.
Kesh continued to press and Jamie Middlemas would pull a goal back 6 minutes from time to set up a grandstand finish.
Despite pushing more men forward to try find an equaliser Kesh couldn’t breakdown an excellent Town defence.
In added time a counter attack by the visitors sealed the victory as substitute Thomas Owens netted a third goal for Town.
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