Thompson treble nets away win

Richard Thompson - hat-trick.
Richard Thompson - hat-trick.

Dollingstown made their first ever trip to the compact Wilgar Park and came away with all three points despite playing half the game with only 10 men thanks to a hat-trick from striker Richard Thompson.

Dundela were really buzzing in the first half playing a high tempo passing game and getting shots away from most parts of the pitch .

Dollingstown rode their luck during this spell by getting key blocks in plus some key saves by the keeper McParland.

Dundela looked very dangerous from corner kicks and the visitors were lucky to clear two of goal bound efforts off the line during this period of dominance by Dundela.

Then on 38 minutes Dundela made the breakthrough when winger Nathan Jones tapped in from close range but credit to Dollingstown they equalised just before half time through Ritchie Thompson after good build up play by Chris Coleman and Jordan Gibson.

Manager Gary Duke then made two substitutions at the break as he sought to change the set-up of the team by bringing on Glen Hand and Marty Hughes for Jake Redpath and Adam Walker.

However with his very first challenge Marty Hughes was harshly shown a straight red card following a challenge on the half way line.

Dollingstown battled hard with the ten men and Duke then made another change, bringing off Gibson and replaced him with Andy King to add more bite to the central area.

With 20 minutes to go Thompson fired Dollingstown in front following good approach work by Hand and King but Dundela got a lifeline when captain Aaron Moffett handled in the area and Dundela drew level from the penalty spot.

However, Dollingstown were not to be denied as Thompson completed his hat-trick on 83 minutes to give a deserved three points to the Dollybirds in what was a very

tough game on a tight pitch.

Dollingstown: McPartland, Redpath, Coleman, Moffett, King, Lavery , Rogders, Walker, McConnell, Thompson, Gibson.

Subs: A King, Hughes, Hand and Denver.

Next Saturday Dollingstown are at home to Newington at Planters Park 3.00pm