D.V dominate derby against Renwick

11 Nov

Renwick Football came to the Ozone for the first time this season for their derby match against big rivals Derryvolgie. Renwick fancied their chances in this Belfast Super League game and knew three points could be taken if they applied themselves however they were up against a strong and dynamic D.V side who had showed good early form in the season so far.

Choosing from a match-day squad of 15, Manager McCullough had plenty of options but in the end stuck with a familiar looking starting 11 that he had seen play week in and week out since late September. The importance of this league fixture was illustrated well by both teams in the opening ten minutes as the game began at a frenetic pace with both sides looking to stamp their authority on the match.

It was Renwick who made the best of the opening exchanges, Renwick’s front men of Phil Aicken, Joel Cromie and Adam Devenney all exemplified the workrate needed to succeed on the day and a few good passages of play were created for the Elmwood side. Alastair McCollum’s long throws were also functioning nicely, adding to the territory and pressure building for the team as well as good support play by midfield duo Andrew Peoples and Michael Hawthorne. The first real chance of the game fell to Andrew Peoples, the Renwick No. 8, he took what seemed a speculative shot from outside of the area but did incredibly well and the ball cannoned against the crossbar.

Renwick's No.6 continues his tradition of doing a funny pose during the game...

Renwick continued this pressure and went on to convert it into a goal, Gareth Smith rose highest at the back post to powerful head a Joel Cromie corner into the net. Renwick definitely deserved this after their good work early on, however after scoring the goal, things started to turn against them as D.V upped their game in terms of efficiency and pace. Chris Carson was given a torrid afternoon by D.V’s left winger, being turned inside out on numerous occasions and it was his cross which nearly led to D.V’s equaliser. Gareth Smith seeking to head the ball behind for a corner found the cross bar and the ball fell kindly enabling Renwick’s defence to shepherd it away.

Derryvolgie got straight back into the game with their equaliser on the 28 minute mark, midfield dominance was beginning to show and it was a penetrating through ball and a lovely finish which got them off the mark in this came. McCullough had to rush off the line to try and stop the shot however the D.V player got their first between Renwick’s centre backs and hit a lovely curling shot into the corner of the net.

Both sides played at a very similar standard for the rest of the first half, Alastair McCollum, Ben Hanna and Pete Fallows showed the physical side to their games to shut down a few D.V attacks while Adam Devenney, Phil Aicken and Joel Cromie continued to work tirelessly up front, passing the ball well and hassling opposition. The half time whistle came and the result was up for grabs…

Half Time Chat

The second half began and it was D.V who started brighter, Renwick’s defence were immediately called into action as Luke Campbell cleared off the line from a header from the D.V skipper following a cross from the left. This really set the tone for the Presbyterians as their second half performance won them the game, a higher intensity, workrate and ultimately desire proved too much for Renwick. Their midfield was soon becoming rampant and after McCullough rolled the changes on the 55 minute mark, D.V went 2-1 up almost immediately, a guided header into the bottom right of the goal was allowed despite claims that it may have verged on being offside.

Renwick remained determined to give a good account of themselves and it was good work from Luke Campbell and Joel Cromie down the right which led to the latter hitting the bar, this was one of only a few Renwick chances in the second half and they needed to create more to really trouble a dominant D.V side. Andrew Peoples put in a very good shift in the centre of the park whilst Mark Porter and David Graham failed to make an impression after coming on from the bench, leaving more and more possession and space for the opposition. McCullough was tested a few times and came off with a few good saves, tipping the ball round the corner and over the top on two occasions to block out D.V shots while also being competent in the air, he certainly helped save Renwick blushes during the game.

McCullough clearing the Ball

Leading D.V's dominant Midfield

Cromie J controlling the ball

Peoples working hard off the ball

Many of Cromie R's efforts were frustrated during the afternoon's play

Derryvolgie grabbed their third goal of the match after 67 minutes, the ball being moved to the right side of the area and the D.V player striking it cooly across the Keeper into the net, McCullough couldn’t do much for this one and would have been asking harsh questions of his Renwick midfield and defence as a lack of tracking back and marking definitely contributed to this goal. In an effort to try and mix things up, the Manager changed personnel and formation to try and grab a goal and get back into the game but D.V starved the Elmwood side of possession and Renwick had very much reverted to route one football which didn’t succeed at all.

To finish off the scoring for the afternoon and the game effectively, a D.V player noticed Keeper McCullough off his line and judged a lob to perfection from 30 yards, making the score 4-1 to Derryvolgie. This was a wonderful piece of skill and a great goal for the neutral, by this stage Renwick’s effort has significantly dropped, a few injuries and fatigue meant changes had to be made towards the end of the match and the rest of the game was seen out in a fairly routine fashion. The final whistle signalled the end of a disappointing afternoon for Renwick, but in the end, a far superior D.V side gave them a lesson in smart Football, showing the Elmwood side what they need to achieve to be a real challenger in the Belfast Super League.

Gareth Smith carrying an injury, played well for Renwick

Man of the Match: Andrew Peoples

The Donegal man was a stand out performer in a poor day for Renwick, good workrate, ball winning and efficient use of possession were all skills on display as he functioned well in the centre of the park.

Renwick F.C: J. McCullough; C. Carson, G. Smith, B. Hanna, A. McCollum; M. Hawthorne, A. Peoples, P. Fallows, A. Devenney; P. Aicken, J. Cromie. SUBS: L. Campbell (replaced C.Carson 45 mins), D. Graham (replaced A. McCollum 55 mins), M. Porter (replaced P.Fallows 55 mins), R. Cromie (replaced A.Devenney 60 mins)


One Response to “D.V dominate derby against Renwick”

  1. Joel November 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    Burger King. Not Michael Deane.

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