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Renwick overcome Legal Challenge in Belfast Super Cup Final

12 May

Renwick 2 – 2 Law Society (Renwick win 4-3 on pens)

Renwick FC won their second Belfast Super Cup on Wednesday at Seaview, thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Law Society. Having won the inaugural tournament in 2007, the current crop of Renwick players will be delighted to have equalled the achievement of their illustrious antecedents.

James McCullough was left with some tough selection decisions ahead of the final, with almost a full squad to choose from. In the end, the team lined out in the 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1 formation that had been so successful in the earlier rounds of the cup.

Subs: Carson, Aicken, Buchanan, Murphy, McCaughan, McCollum

Coaching staff: Blackwell

The game kicked-off in glorious sunshine at the home of Crusaders, and Renwick were soon on the front foot, determined to put the memory their recent league defeat to the Lawyers to bed. Early chances fell to Cromie Robert, who scuffed his shot at the keeper from point blank range, and Peoples, who failed to connect with a free header 10 yards out. As the half grew older, Law came more and more into the game, and drew first blood after 18 minutes. A Law corner swung into the box was cleared, but the second cross/shot eluded everyone, wrong-footed McCullough and curled in the top corner. Whether the scorer meant to shoot or not or up for debate, but it was a beautiful goal.

McCullough picks the ball out of his net

The goal sparked Renwick to life, and they created several chances in the next ten minutes, with Devenney denied in a one-on-one with the keeper, and Hanna bending a left-footed volley just wide. The first bookings of the afternoon were dished out, as Cromie Robert and the Law left winger both saw yellow for “showing an aggressive attitude”, after squaring up to eachother on the wing. On 25 minutes, Renwick grabbed an equaliser courtesy of Adam Devenney. A long free kick wasn’t cleared by the Law defence, and the ball fell to the former Raphoe Town striker, who smashed in a half-volley off the underside of the bar.

Devenney’s equaliser

As the half drew on, both sides had chances, with Devenney denied another goal after outpacing Law’s Irish League centre-back, only to see his shot draw a great save from the opposition keeper. At the other end, Law’s pace down the flanks was causing the Renwick defence problems, although they failed to test the tangerine-clad McCullough. Meanwhile, the onset of less clement conditions lead to a difficult surface, as those who had chosen astro-turf footwear struggled to keep their footing on the slippery 4G pitch. Half-time arrived with the game delicately poised at 1-1.

At the break, McCullough turned to his luxuriant subs’ bench, sending on Carson and McCollum in the full-back slots, and the experienced Buchanan and the prodigious Murphy (who had skived off his last ever day of school to play) on either flank. The second half was one of near-complete domination for Renwick, as they made full use of the extra man in midfield to keep possession and quickly snuff out any opposition attacks. The half was 15 minutes old when Renwick took the lead. Michael Hawthorne picked up the ball deep in midfield from a McCullough throw, before caressing a perfect through ball for Philip Murphy, who took a touch before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball in past the covering defender. Undoubtedly one of the best goals of Renwick’s season, and fitting for such a prestigious occasion.

Murphy circumvents the keeper…

…before calmly slotting home

Renwick continued to press in search of the killer third goal, and further chances fell to Buchanan, Aicken, McCaughan and Murphy. The team in black were more or less in cruise control, and their opponents were restricted to speculative long shots by a resilient defence. The game and the trophy looked to be won, but with 20 seconds to go, disaster struck. Law worked the ball over to their pacy right-winger, who beat his man before sending a dangerous ball across the face of goal, and the onrushing striker prodded home from close range. In was a cruel blow for Renwick, but in the end they paid the price for not taking their chances. With the pitch only booked for 2 hours, the match went straight to penalties.

Deflated Renwick players contemplate a penalty shootout


Renwick took first, and it was Ian Buchanan who stepped up, with onlookers confident of a goal from the Bready man. However, he mishit his penalty, and it rolled off the left-hand post and away. The first Lawyer smashed his penalty into the right corner, despite McCullough having guessed correctly. Next up for Renwick was Captain Ben Hanna, who deceived the Law keeper with his run up before calmly slotting in. The next Law player to take suffered a similar fate to Ian, hitting the post, so it was all level after two kicks each. Smith was next to step forward, and he cooly sent the keeper the wrong way, as did the next Law taker. Michael Hawthorne capped off a great performance with a calm penalty, but once again Law also scored, leaving it at 3-3 with one kick remaining each before sudden death. It was at this most cinematic of moments that Chris Carson was heard to declare “if we’re meant to win it boys, we’ll win it”. Andrew Peoples was next up for Renwick, but his penalty was an easy height for the Law keeper, and as the trainee pharmacist trudged back dejectedly to the centre circle, Law were presented with a chance to win it. Their taker looked confident as he stepped up, and his powerful penalty beat McCullough…and cannoned off the crossbar, to the relief of Peoples and his teammates.

Peoples never really recovered from kicking the ball into his own face midway through the second half

And so to sudden death. Philip Murphy bravely stepped forward, and his penalty was cool and clinical, nestling in the bottom corner. The Law left back volunteered himself, with the trophy at stake. His penalty was low, to the right hand side. But it could only find the glove of the Renwick player-manager, who guessed correctly and palmed to the ball to safety, before being swamped by his rejoicing team, in various states of both delirium and undress.

McCullough about to make the save…

…and having just made it

Contrasting emotions

Captain Hanna was presented the trophy by a visiting dignitary (his Dad), before Renwick joined together in one final huddle, having etched their names indelibly on the pages of history.

Signing off for the season, Daniel Ritchie Renwick Pundit.

Man of the Match:


Andrew McKelvey, in his last game for Renwick, and running on 2 hours’ sleep after a night shift at the hospital, was imperious in the centre of the park, winning aerial battles, regaining possession, and surging forward in the style of Patrick Vieira in his prime. He will leave big shoes to fill in midfield next season. However, it would be remiss to not mention outstanding performances from Smith, Hawthorne, and Murphy especially, but, in reality, no Renwick player can be disappointed with their contribution.

More photos:

Barry Ferguson put in a surprise appearance on the Renwick bench

Bun heroically provided regular twitter updates for those who weren’t able to be there

Coach Blackwell’s presence on the sideline was far from pointless

Ali’s Funny Pose of the Week makes a welcome return

Ben channels John Terry

James and Andy share a tender moment


Renwick Fought the Law, and the Law Won

4 Apr

Renwick’s league campaign finished with a disappointing defeat to a strong Law Society. For the eighth occassion this season Renwick scored first and still failed to take home the three points. Mark Porter made his first start of the season whilst Cromie Joel returned in the centre of midfield. With both sides only realising the clash of kits after arriving at Cherryvale, Renwick swapped with World XI and ironically ended up wearing some shirts that had been Renwick’s kit once upon a time. Renwick scored early on when Smith and Porter combined to put the ball past the Lawyer’s keeper from a Ben Hanna freekick. A one-on-one stop was required shortly afterwards to keep Renwick in the lead. The pedantic and overweight ref (Law’s one) sought to penalise foul throws and call offsides from the centre circle, making the opening stages very disjointed. He relished the opportunity to give Law a controversial penalty after Carson handled the ball outside a couple of yards outside the box. The penalty was dispatched into the bottom corner and the dominance of Law’s Ambrosini in the middle of the park left Renwick playing an uncharacteristic long ball game. Law Society scored two more in quick succession leaving their opponents with a mountain to climb. The second half saw a much better Renwick performance which could have made the match into a closer contest if it had not been for multiple players squandering opportunities. For the second week in succession Porter forced a noteworthy save from the opponents keeper but the second half remained scoreless. McCullough admitted afterwards that perhaps three in the middle might have enabled Renwick to cope better with Law’s talented midfield. Andrew McKelvey’s absence was keenly felt although Renwick will have to learn to cope without his physical presence as he’ll be saving lives on a full-time basis next year. Aicken was another notable absentee who, despite passing the potato bag carrying test, had to withdraw during the warm-up.

Man of the Match

Special mentions for Porter, Peoples, Hawthorne and Richard McKelvey. Luke Campbell edged this week’s Man of the Match by preventing Law scoring a fourth and supporting the play well during the second half.

Chris trying to impersonate Ali’s funny poses at leftback

Ben needs a hug

And so did Cromie J after a horrific tackle

Ben puts the cross in from the resulting freekick

And celebrates his assist

McCullough pulls off a one-on-one save

It wasn’t really like watching Brazil at all

Chris fixes his hair

Thankfully the ball missed the carefully positioned hairstyle

Law equalise from the spot

Renwick’s Asian Player of the Year

Law’s keeper coped well at set pieces

Peter and Luke try to inspire the team at half time but to no avail as Renwick could not manage a comeback

 

Renwick Dinner Info

Meet at Barnabys at 7:30pm sharp. It takes just under half an hour from Belfast so you’ll need to be leaving at 7pm.

Directions:

Travel North on the M2

Exit Junction 4

At Roundabout take 4th Exit on A8 heading towards Larne

At next roundabout take the 1st Exit onto Ballyclare Road

Travel 2.5 miles along that road, Barnabys is on the otherside of Ballyrobert

Auf Wiedersehen to Renwick’s Recovery

2 Mar

Sorry for the lateness of this match report. Renwick FC has been busy researching libel law. Photos will be added soon.

Bayer Neverlusen lived up to their name in this week’s Belfast Superleague encounter as Renwick suffered their seventh defeat by a one goal margin this season. The tall Aryan team created few chances at the Ozone leaving their opponents deeply disappointed with the 2-1 loss. Renwick may have been missing Cromie Joel and Gareth Smith but the side was strengthened by the return of four other regular players; Luke Campbell, Chris Carson, Robert McCaughan and Richard McKelvey.

After some evenly balanced opening exchanges Renwick began to dominate the proceedings. A strong midfield of Aicken, P10, Gavwell and Michael combined well and provided a good supply for the Donegal partnership upfront. This pattern was interupted as as Neverlusen hoofed a long diagonal ball, the striker beat the keeper to it and looped a header into the back of the net. Renwick continued to dominate the play and Cromie Robert had a penalty appeal turned down. Moments later, Cromie found himself played through again and this time finished beautifully but sadly this was the afternoon’s last act of Renwick composure in front of goal. Several chances went begging before Neverlusen won a corner just before half-time. A good delivery found the German captain, who had escaped McCullough’s marking and buried the header giving Campbell in nets no chance.

Renwick made a couple of changes at half time but continued their dominance after the break. Shortly after the 50 minute mark Gavin McCaughan took to the field and aged only 17 and 111 days became Renwick’s youngest ever player by 83 days (Philip Aicken had previously held the record). Neverlusen were camped in their own half and Renwick had several chances denied only by the woodwork and a full-stretch save from a shot by Andrew Peoples. Luke Campbell produced a good save to keep his side in it from Bayer’s only noteworthy attack of the half.

MoM: Andrew McKelvey – A determined performance in the centre of the park.

 

 

Renwick play some ‘sixy’ football against C.O.I

18 Feb

Renwick House F.C were back in action this week at the Ozone playing against a Church of Ireland outfit that had sprung a few surprise results this season. Manager McCullough was keen to stress to his team that given their recent form, this would be no easy match for the Elmwood side; “more than enough” was a phrase that was bandied about quite abit in the pre-match chat. McCullough only had his final XI confirmed on mid-morning of match day as the return of Joel Loughridge was saved for a rainier day and tactical decisions were thought out. Renwick lined up with a strong team, Michael Hawthorne and Gareth Smith came in to boost the Renwick defence whilst Gavin Can’trunaboutwell and Andrew McKelvey formed a strong centre midfield pairing. Joel Cromie managed to skip P.E class for the week and take up a formidable strike partnership with the inform Andrew Peoples.

The Ozone was bathed in sunshine as the game kicked off at a frenetic pace, Renwick were keen to make an early impression but it was the Elmwood side who nearly conceded first. After recieving a probing pass, a C.O.I striker managed to find a bit of space and blast the ball at an oncoming McCullough from close range only to have the ball hit off Smith and trickle just inches wide of the left post. After this early let off, Renwick began to build on some good territory and possession, in particular Andrew McKelvey squeezed the oppositions midfielders for time and space at every opportunity. After a series of close chances, Renwick took the lead from a corner on the right, a ball swung in wasn’t dealt with well by the C.O.I defence and after some panicked kicking, the ball was bundled in at the nearpost by frontman Peoples to take a 1-0 lead.

Renwick House taking a 1-0 lead

Following the usual post-goal rant by the skipper, Renwick were keen to consolidate on their good start, however it was the opposition who went on to register on the scoresheet. Some good possession in the middle of the park for C.O.I and Renwick’s poor ability to deal with aerial challenges in the opening stages led to the ball being played to the left wing who found time and space to provide a cross into the area. McCullough read the situation to come out and retrieve the ball in the air with ease, however the C.O.I winger managed to scuff his attempted cross which then took a looping trajectory over the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner making it 1-1. The Church of Ireland side came close again with McCullough misjudging a shot from the right side of the box after McCollum had been beaten, the ball cannoned of the stanchion of the goal and out, bringing relief to Manager and team.

A frustrating period followed for the Elmwood side, chance after chance went begging, with Peoples, Hawthorne, Aicken and McCollum all guilty of not doing better with their efforts. The half ended 1-1 and Renwick were left with much food for thought going into the second half. With Manager McCullough not being tested that much due to a great work being put in by Smith and Hanna at the back, he had much opportunity to change things tactically during the match. Blackwell, Aicken R.Cromie, Hawthorne and Fallows were all moved around or rotated to try and keeping Renwick ticking over.

The second half began brightly, with Renwick urged to take the positives from the first half and be more clinical in the final third. Immediately the players responded and Andrew Peoples rose highest at the backpost to nod in a throw from Andrew McKelvey, Robert Cromie celebrated equally as hard on the touchline as it was his advice to Peoples which resulted in the goal. The old adage of “one bringing two” came true for Renwick, as minutes later it was Peoples again heading in from a well directed corner from Joel Cromie, completed the Donegal man’s hat trick and making the score 3-1.

The game was over at as a contest by this stage as C.O.I heads began to drop and their skill levels dropped as a result. The floodgates opened for Renwick and midfield had a free reign of the park as each ball that was hoofed away was surged back with precision and poise as more goals were sought after. Good combination from Blackwell and Aicken on the right led to Renwick’s fourth goal, as Robert Cromie recieved the ball and fired in a snapshot past the keeper just minutes after being brought on up front. It was Robert Cromie again to make it 5-1 for his team as he recieved a precise through ball to slot it in beautifully to the bottom left hand corner.

Some of C.O.I’s players were still keen to play on for pride and McCullough was tested twice, one shot firing over and the other just wide. However, as two girls were brought on for the anglican side, attacking options were limited and McCullough again resorted to filling his game time by making switches to his team. Renwick’s sixth and final goal came from Joel Cromie, who was justly rewarded for a fine all round game, he recieved the ball on the edge of the area and proceeded it shoot with great power and positioning to net the ball into the top of the goal. With the score at 6-1, the game descended into slight mayhem, with every one searching for a goal and lots of space opening up, Renwick saw the time through without conceding and they recorded their third win on the bounce, a delightful post-Christmas record for the Renwick team.

Renwick's defensive line

Robert Cromie before his second goal

 

The evidence of this match suggests that Renwick have benefitted from a lot of time on the pitch of late, their first ever training session and the Minister’s match have prooved to be vital game time for the players and the Manager will be keen to see this new found confidence and fitness translate into future fixtures.

Man of the Match: Andrew Peoples deserves a special mention with a superbly taken hat trick, however for the Renwick Pundit, Michael Hawthorne stood head and shoulders above his team mates. Being asked to play in 4 positions by his Manager was no mean feat and yet he performed consistently well throughout, looking dangerous with the ball and always offering good support runs. As other big names in the side became susceptible to shooting for glory and losing focus, Hawthorne remained a team player and his work rate and skill-set were an example for all.

Renwick F.C: J. McCullough; M. Hawthorne, G. Smith, B. Hanna, A. McCollum; R. Cromie, G. Blackwell, A. McKelvey, P. Aicken; J. Cromie, A. Peoples. Subs: P.Fallows

Ministers Keep the Faith in Comeback Victory

28 Jan

Ministers 2-1 Renwick

For the sixth time this season Renwick were defeated by a one goal margin as the Ministers recorded an historic win in the 2011 Jonny McCollum Cup. Ali McCollum gave Renwick a first half lead with his first goal for the club before Reuben Agnew, the youngest player ever to feature in the fixture, scored a crucial equaliser. In a strange twist former Renwick manager Phil Dunwoody was the one who snatched victory for the elated Ministers, RTC students, Short-term servants and Tim. Read the full match report below, as of yet unavailable from Shall We Take Engagement Photos For You.

Renwick’s line-up was largely recognisable from the first half of the season with unavailable Andrew Peoples and Richard McKelvey the most noteable absentees. They were encouraged by the return of Andy McKelvey who started on the bench and became the first ever Renwick player to wear a number 13 shirt. The fierce Dunwoody-Loughridge rivalry of previous years was set aside amongst three players who played for Renwick in 2010 starting for the Ministers in this encounter. When asked about this during the build-up McCullough had confidently stated that both Phil and Stevie would have struggled to win a starting spot in this season’s Elmwood team.

Nigel “Daniel” Aggers captained the Ministers

A pre-match giggle between P10 and the Pastors

After the two teams joined together for a pre-match prayer, Renwick started nervously as McCullough turned what should have been an easy situation into a goal mouth scramble which could have resulted in the Minister’s taking a first minute lead. Renwick regained their composure and started to play some attractive football which stood in contrast to the Minister’s long ball and set piece game on which Joel Loughridge thrived. Renwick broke the deadlock on 20 minutes after a spell of passing football. Joel Cromie’s cross found the marauding left back Ali McCollum who made no mistake from close range. A hamstring injury prevented Devenny from completing the half and his replacement, Robert McCaughan, was relieved to see his defensive header hit the bar and go over during a spell of Ministerial pressure. A crucial tackle from Michael Hawthorne also helped protect Renwick’s lead whilst at the other end heroics from the Minister’s goalkeeper Andy Lyttle and hestitation from Phil Aicken combined to leave Renwick wondering how they hadn’t doubled their advantage before half-time.

Go on Tim

Michael heads wide

Sadly the header quite badly affected his neck

Renwick looked threatening when they got the ball on the deck

Monsieur Lyttle

Devenny competes with Agnew

Phil vs Peter

Not who Tom normally spends Wednesday afternoon with

The beginning of a nice Renwick move

Joel stretched the Ministers’ defence

And Ali McCollum was on hand to bury Joel’s cross

Sports studies has enabled Joel to locate his knee

Dowie turns Michael

Philip McCollum Moffett

Renwick centre-halves

Renwick legend

versus Ali

Ali’s funny pose for the week

Michael makes a goal-saving tackle

Peter gets a chance from a corner

More set piece pressure

McCullough punches clear

Hard not to look at this and fear for Robert

The absence of the ball doesn’t stop these two tackling

Joel beaten at his own game

Strong defending from Rev. Agnew and Peter Loughridge continued to make the Ministers hard to break down during the second half. Their threat came primarily from set pieces as Pastor Bun’s long throw combined with Joel Loughridge’s strength to create many problems. Poor marking at a dead ball situation cost Renwick as a bound fell to the clinical Reuben Agnew for equaliser only 3 minutes after the restart. Apart from one spell of concerted pressure from the Ministers,  Renwick spent most of the 2nd half on the attack, desperately looking for a winner. McCaughan, Hawthorne and Cromie Joel each came tantalisingly close to regaining the lead.

The game was a tough physical encounter across the pitch but was played in a good spirit. Blood was only drawn by the ever dangerous Stevie McCollum who kicked one of his own teammates in the face. Joel Cromie received several uncompromising challenges from the Minister’s defence whilst a challenge from McCullough raised eyebrows as he desperately lunged for the ball at Reuben’s feet, preventing the youngster from doubling his tally. Only minutes from the end Renwick lost the ball unexpectedly in the middle of the park, Stevie McCollum hit an exquisite first time long pass that split Hanna and Morrison, andfound Dunwoody who made no mistake with the finish. In the dying minutes of stoppage time Renwick brought the goalkeeper up for a corner, a delicious ball from Cromie J found the unmarked McCullough who couldn’t find the target with his header. Ali McCollum blew the final whistle and the Ministers began to celebrate their victory.

Poetry in motion

Sporting his new Scott Parker hairstyle

More defensive heroics


The camraderie of the match was enjoyed by all and although Renwick will be disappointed by the result it will have undoubtedly served as a beneficial warm-up as they return to Superleague action next week. Keen to avoid controversy in post-match discussions McCullough refused to be drawn on the observation that the Minister’s first ever win came in year that least ministers featured. Renwick Pundit would like to thank all for taking part and the dedicated fans for making the fixture into the great occassion that it was. This match was the first time former Manager Andy Morrison had seen Renwick this season and he remarked that whilst the team had coped surprisingly well despite losing many key players since last season, the one player that hadn’t been effectively replaced was centre-forward Mark McCavery. Under-pressure McCullough has refused to rule out new acquisitions in the final days of the transfer window with rumours that Institute centre-back Gareth Smith is set to return in search of first team football along with playmaker Mark Porter. Reports that the Elmwood side are interested in signing teenager Reuben Agnew have also started to circulate as Renwick eagerly await the announcement of fixtures for the 2nd half of the season.

Teams:

MINISTERS: A Lytle; P Moffett; N Agnew (C), P Loughridge, C Bun; P Dunwoody, S McCollum, R McCollum, R Agnew; T McCollum, J Loughridge

RENWICK: J McCullough; L Campbell, C Carson, B Hanna (C), A McCollum (A Morrison 61); C Robert (A McKelvey 45), M Hawthorne, P Fallows (A Rolleston 72), P Aicken; C Joel, A Devenney (R McCaughan 32)

Man of the Match


Reuben Agnew kept a cool head to score the equaliser and performed impressively against players much older than himself. Honourable mentions also go to Ali McCollum, Nigel Agnew, Peter Loughridge, Joel Loughridge and Andy Lyttle.

Video footage of the match will available soon. (Rumour has it that the background audio reveals who the girls really came to watch!) A special thanks to those who took the photos, they are of an exceptional quality.

It now stands at Renwck 3-1 Ministers in 5 years of fixtures ;)

Renwick vs. Ministers

21 Jan

With the Jonny McCollum Cup now only days away, AK takes a look back at what happened last year when the teams met.

Watch in full here

Thanks to Pete for reminding me to do this!

Three players have featured in all 4 Ministers matches to date, can you name them?

Last year

Renwick Self-Destruct Against Sandymount

2 Dec

Renwick threw away a two goal lead as they lost 4-3 in the latest round of Belfast Superleague matches. The fixture against Sandymount had been scheduled to take place at Ormeau Park but like the previousencounter between these two teams the venue was changed on the morning of the match due to the weather. Michael Hawthorne and Chris Carson were not available and the location of Peoples was a mystery but Renwick continued to play a 4-5-1/4-3-3 system.

Both sides were hesitant to stamp their authority on the game but it was the Elmwood team who snatched a 1-0 lead as Buchanan’s flick gave Aicken the opportunity to slot home the first goal of the game. Renwick now began to stamp their authority on the game as Hanna and Devenny looked assured at centre-back whilst Ian, Phil and the Cromies played some nice football in the opponents’ half. Birthday-boy Ali McCollum and Peter Fallows functioned effectively as enforcers in the centre of the park with fullbacks Campbell and McKelvey looking solid as Sandymount struggled to build any attacks. Renwick piled on the pressure following the first goal and Aicken scored a second from a precise penalty after being scythed down in the box. Only some heroic defending prevented Cromie R making it a three goal lead and a Renwick corner was cleared off the line. Sandymount were restricted to very few chances and McCullough only had one notable save to make before half-time.

Phil races through

And put Renwick in the lead

At the break Renwick were confident of their ability to consign Sandymount to their 5th league defeat. McCullough rang the changes replacing Cromie R and Richard McK with Michael Mitchell and Richard Mark. Sandymount pulled one back with a long-range effort which wrong-footed the back-peddaling McCullough and dipped below him to the left. At this Renwick seemed to panic. A deathly silence came across the pitch and the team that had dominated the first half seemed unable to keep possession. Only a few minutes later the ball fell to a Sandymount striker in the box, his trickling shot evaded the unsighted keeper and Renwick’s two goal lead had evaporated. The Superleague newbies were clearly encouraged whilst Renwick looked close to despair. Disappointment descended into farce as McCullough called to his defence to leave the ball only for the striker to beat the keeper and poke the ball home.

Renwick were is disarray but were encouraged by the unexpected apparance of Gavin Surprisewell. He replace Fallows in the middle as the men in black desperately sought a way back into the game. A stunning 25 yard strike from Joel Cromie brought the teams level and hope flickered that Renwick might still secure the desperately needed points. Gavin switched with Adam in the hope that the size of the Far-Eastern striker could increase Renwick’s goalscoring threat. He did but only moments later Devenney tangled with a Sandymount centre-back. Cromie Ref took an dim view of the altercation that followed leaving both sides with ten men and Adam with the undesirable record of being the first ever Renwick player to be sent off.

assualt

The photo-evidence lays the finger of blame with the Sandymount centre-back

It was the last action for both players

The game was now incredibly stretched but it was Sandymount who took advatage of the extra space. McCullough came for a looping cross from their right and in David James-style waved goodbye to a point as the ball was bundled in. Losing to Sandymount after such a strong first half performance will be a bitter pill to swallow. Renwick are not used to having less points than matches played leading Director of Football Morrison into the unusual situation of publicly reiterating the board’s position of support for the manager. Post-match McCullough claimed that “We always knew this season was going to be tough. This is a transitional period for the club but I have every faith in the ability of our young squad to turn this season around and build a promising platform for next year.”

Man of the Match Award

Shared between Renwick’s two goal-scorers Joel Cromie and Phil Aicken. The effort from both players was excellent throughout and both constantly looked like a threat to the opposition’s goal.

Renwick: McCullough, Campbell, Devenney, Hanna, McKelvey, McCollum, Fallows, Buchanan, Cromie J, Cromie R, Aicken Subs: Mark (McKelvey 45), Mitchell (Cromie 45), Blackwell (Fallows 65)