MAROWN stunned hosts Corinthians to record only their second victory of the season during an absorbing Canada Life Premier League clash at a bitterly cold Ballafletcher on Saturday.
After weathering a first-half onslaught from Johnny McDowell’s side the Crosby outfit struck two minutes before the break to net what turned out to be a sensational winner.
Their victory suggests that all is not lost in their ongoing battle against relegation but the more significant statistic is surely that David Brew’s side enjoyed only one effort on target throughout the entire 90 minutes.
From early in the game McDowell’s side looked likely to break the deadlock and a cross come shot from the talented Darren Cain skimmed the Marown cross-bar.
As the half progressed the Marown goal appeared to enjoy a charmed life with Michael Wheeler forced to produce a dramatic goal-line clearance to keep the scores level.
As the Whites stepped up the pressure the frustrations began to surface after a Josh Riding goal was correctly ruled out for offside.
A Ryan Burns effort then brought the best out of keeper Mark Kinley before a Lewis Griffiths header sailed inches over the crossbar.
Then suddenly with just two minutes of the half remaining the game took a remarkable twist.
The highly impressive Neil Withers delivered a cleverly placed free-kick into the box which fell kindly for skipper Nigel Shimmin who prompted stabbed it clear of Joe Kelly’s despairing dive.
After the break the home side kept probing for an opening but all to no avail.
As the half progressed the Marown side grew in confidence and their ultimate victory was the result of a hard-earned and dogged all-round team performance in which every member of the side played their part.
For all their efforts the home side struggled to create a clear-cut opportunity, during the second period with the best being fashioned by Michael Callister, but his well-struck shot was smartly saved by the alert keeper Kinley.
Corinthians: Joe Kelly, Calum Campbell (Max Neale) Darren Cain, Ryan Burns, Danny Pennington, Danny McMahon, Josh Ridings, Louis Thornton, Lewis Griffiths, Kane Ridings (Blane Slattery) Michael Callister.
Marown: Mark Kinley, Alex McQuarrie (James Sharpe) Niall Quayle, Juan Killip, Nigel Shimmin, Stuart Christian, Michael Wheeler, Richard Mulhern, Gary Christian, Paul Timpson, Neil Withers.
Referee: John Lovelady, Enjoyed a fine all-round game, was always in command as well as being clear and confident with his decisions.
Assistants: Billy Crowe and Johnny Hogg.
Man of the Match: Neil Withers (Marown) A fine game at left back made very few mistakes.
Match Rating: HHHHH