Dunloy (H)

1st Team
B.P.L.
Sat 4th Feb - 2:00pm
W
2-1
Crawford
Nixon
Wakehurst won their third game on the bounce and are still unbeaten at home all season. 
 
They were without influential midfielder Davy McLaughlin who was unavailable due to getting injections into his back on Friday.  
 
On the 21st minute, Zach Barr was unlucky to see his volley saved by the Dunloy keeper after an excellent corner by Kurtis McCartney.  
 
Wakehurst were in total control and playing a nice brand of pass and go football but their final ball was letting them down before Dunloy had a rare counter attack up the pitch on the 27th minute and JJ Mcferran was unlucky to see his strike well saved by Dean Adams in the Wakehurst goal. 
 
On the 31st minute, centre back Kyle Crawford found himself 15 yards out after an initial Dunloy clearance and he hit a thunderbolt of a strike giving the keeper no chance to give the hosts the lead and although we continued to apply pressure, no more goals were scored before the interval.
 
Half Time: Wakehurst 1-0 Dunloy
 
Wakehurst came out in the second half hoping to continue their dominance but a fine strike by McFerran caught 'Hurst by surprise on the 59th minute and this gave Dunloy a bit of purpose and they were trying to take the game to 'Hurst but just couldn't get that final ball right to the striker. 
 
Nicky Black and Kyle Crawford both came close with long range strikes but it wasn't until the 71st minute that Wakehurst grabbed a winner after a great run down the right by substitute Andrew Millar who released Zach Barr who in turn delivered an inch perfect pass to Nixon to hammer in his 17th of the season. 
 
This was another valuable three points in what is a very nip and tuck league with all contenders not giving up any ground on each other. 
 
Man of the Match: Kyle Crawford 
 
Starting Team: D. Adams, K. McCartney, N. Swann, K. Crawford, P. McClure, L. McClelland, A. Laughlin, N. Black, C. Ross, Z. Barr, S. Nixon. 
 
Subs: A. Millar (on for Crawford, 66), C. Price (on for Laughlin, 74), J. Walker (on for Ross, 80)
 
DEADLINE DAY SIGNING
 
Wakehurst FC manager Clifford Adams is absolutely delighted to add former Linfield, Ballymena United and Coleraine goalkeeper Gregg Shannon to the squad. 
 
Gregg hung up his gloves at the end of last season after a spell with Garth Scates at Bangor but after the hand injury to first team 'keeper Andy Findlay, we were left with one first team keeper at a crucial point in the season. 
 
After numerous conversations over the last two days of the transfer window, at 11pm on deadline day, we got Gregg signed which has given the club a massive boost. 
 
He brings a world of top level experience and at 34 he's not old in goalkeeping terms. 
 
He's a great organiser and leader on the pitch and that extra experience will push us in the right direction and help the young lads around the club. 
 
Gregg comes into contention for our league game next Saturday away to Brantwood FC with a 2pm kick off.