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Mountjoy close the gap at the top

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Mountjoy close the gap at the top thumbnailMountjoy United goalkeeper Lee Nesbitt gathers a high ball.

MOUNTJOY United edged out Division Two rivals Lisnaskea Rovers by the narrowest of margins at Lisnagirr Road to bring the gap between at the top to two points.

Mountjoy United ...1
Lisnaskea Rovers ...0

Lee Frazer's smashing drive in the 68th minute was enough to clinch the vital points for Mountjoy, who look nailed on to win promotion along with Rovers as both teams begin to break away from the pack in the league table.

"It was a brilliant second half from ourselves more than anything," said manager David Gilfillan. "It was an even better win on Saturday as we were four or five bodies down, so it tested the entire squad, and the boys were brilliant."

Both teams failed to set the game alight in the opening fixtures, but the the tempo heightened after the break. John Edgar and David Baxter caused problems for Rovers, while the visitors also also had a shout for a penalty waved away by ref David Carson.

Frazer's fine strike after cutting in from the left wing handed the initiative to 'Joy, and the home side continued to have the better chances through, with Frazer himself having a penalty saved in the closing stages. the game would finish 1-0 to Mountjoy.

Gilfillan's men have two games in hand over the Fermanagh side, who have been setting the pace all season. The Omagh men, who remain unbeaten in the league, can leapfrog their title rivals in the coming weeks as they have two games in hand, and also will take on Rovers in the reverse fixture.

"The way things are looking now, both teams are one or two games away from sealing promotion. For us it is about winning the games in in hands. We'll approach them just the same as we have from the start of the year, one game at a time.

"We are going to be coming up against teams who will be battling relegation, and we have Lisnaskea as well. So everyone will want to finish on a high."

Mountjoy's undefeated record is also on the line as the season draws to a point, however Gilfillan asserted that promotion was the primary objective. But does the notion of finishing the season as the 'Invincibles' ever enter the manager's mind?

"It does, but you approach every game looking to win it, so hopefully by the end of it that will take of itself. The first target was always promotion, so if we get that it will take a wee bit of pressure off us."

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