Droylsden 4 - 1 Ossett Town

Evo Stik NPL DIV 1 (North)

by Quay News

DROYLSDEN recovered from last week's defeat to Scarborough with a morale-boosting 4-1 victory over Ossett Town at The Butchers Arms.

A Michael Monaghan brace put The Bloods in command at the break and captain Ciaran Kilheeney bagged his fifth goal in three games 45 seconds after the restart to put The Bloods out of sight.

Ossett, who more than played their part in an end-to-end contest and missed a first-half spotkick, pulled a goal back through a Nathan Curtis piledriver.

Droylsden responded by netting a fourth late on through Ben Deegan to complete a comprehensive victory and reignite their Evo-Stik First Division North play-off bid.

The Bloods went into the contest knowing that anything less than a victory would be insufficient and started the game with real intent.

On a drenched, muddy surface, Droylsden went to work on Ossett and found themselves a goal up just six minutes in.

Some neat work from Captain Kilheeney in the area dazzled the Ossett defence and his squared pass found Monaghan, who placed the ball beyond the despairing dive of visiting keeper Brad Dixon to give the hosts first blood.

Ossett, were without top goal-scorer Chris Wood who was unavailable due to work commitments and seemed to lack ideas in breaking down Droylsden as The Bloods made most of the early running.

Monaghan managed to escape the attentions of Darol Lucas, but his cross evaded Deegan, who made a late dart into the area.

There were cries from the Droylsden support in the 20th minute as referee Michael Ainsworth waved away appeals for a penalty following an aerial collision between Dixon and Deegan.

Just moments later Ainsworth gave a penalty at the other end to present Ossett with a route back into the game. Curtis sprung the offside trap and as he bore down on goal, Ben Hampson sent him tumbling in the area, leaving Ainsworth with little alternative than to give the spot-kick.

However, Hampson was handed a reprieve when Bloods goalkeeper guessed the right way and palmed the resulting penalty from Richard Patterson around the post.

The visitors were left to rue that miss as Droylsden doubled their lead seconds before the interval. Monaghan helped himself to his second as he stooped to head home Ali Brown’s right wing centre to give The Bloods breathing space.

Ossett were visibly disheartened by the setback and worse was to follow, as Droylsden put the game to bed immediately after half-time.

A quick break from the back saw Ciaran Kilheeney finish in customary fashion, lashing the ball across Dixon for his 22nd goal of a productive season to leave The Reds staring down the barrel of yet another away defeat.

Despite the conceding so early on, Ossett rallied and were unlucky to see Sam Whitely’s effort parried by the impressive Ellison.

The visitors just weren’t appearing to get a rub of the green as Defender Joe Cheeseman diverted his head wide from five yards out following a corner.

Ossett did at least manage to get themselves on the score sheet with 20 minutes remaining.

Nathan Curtis did well in the first instance to turn into a shooting position but went one further by lashing in a 25 yard thunderbolt which left Ellison beaten all ends up.

Any hopes that Ossett had of mounting a comeback were soon extinguished as Dave Pace’s men restored their three-goal cushion on 77 minutes.

More creativity and invention from the crafty Kilheeney provided Deegan with an opportunity that he finished in clinical fashion to assure The Bloods of their 11th home triumph of the campaign.


Droylsden:  Ellison, Brown, Ting, Kerr (McNamara 81'), Hampson, Dogan, Monaghan (Hall 81'), Hibbs, Kilheeney (C), Deegan, Doran (Ellis 76').

Not used:  Caldecott, McLoughlin

Booked:  Monaghan, Hampson

Ossett Town:  Dixon, Lucas, Jeff (C), Nick Wood, Cheeseman, Akeroyd, Whitely (Armstrong 67'), Patterson, Curtis, Stockdill (Vince 77'), Merris.

Not used:  Ovington, Binns, Backhouse

Referee:  Michael Ainsworth

Attendance:  136

Category: Match Reports