Gavin Smith opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a beautiful header into the corner of the net from a Jonathan Lyons cross. It was the perfect start for the Saints but the lead only lasted eight minutes, Dunboyne equalised with a very good finish into the bottom corner. The visitors capitalised on a mistake on the edge of their penalty area and broke quick to punish the Saints. The game was open with both sides attacking and playing some good football. Jordan Lancaster, put the Saints back into the lead in the 20th minute with a brilliant finish, after some excellent work by Martin O' Neill. Dunboyne, equalised in the 36th minute,with a header from a free kick. It was a good header to beat Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee, but the defending was sloppy and the Saints switched off. The Saints, had chances late in the half but wrong options, saved the away side from going in behind at the break.
Brian Kelly cleared the ball off the line with a header in the 54th minute, from another very dangerous break. Jonathan Lyons went agonisingly close in the 56th minute, his shot bobbled just past the post. The Saints had chances with Luke Harrison and Craig Sheridan both heading over the crossbar. Lancaster was bundled down in the penalty area on the hour mark, the referee ignored the very strong appeals, it certainly looked a penalty. The Saints had another penalty appeal waved away and Dunboyne broke to score in the 88th minute, with a terrific finish over Warren Fee's head. Dunboyne, looked to have put a dagger in the hearts of the Saints promotion hopes, as the rain poured down on a miserable Porterstown road.
The Saints who have unbelievable fighting spirit, equalised with the help of an OG, we were long overdue that slice of luck. It was hard to see if the ball was going in anyway, the Saints desperate for one last chance, got the opportunity with a free kick and Craig Sheridan became the hero with his winning header.
The team simply never gave in, when it looked a lost cause. This is a really special team with a fantastic management team. The win was deserved, and when you think back to Glen Crowe's goal, that clearly crossed the line and wasn't awarded, in the draw away to Dunboyne, we really did deserve to keep our promotion hopes alive. Swings and roundabouts. Football, eh ? Bloody hell !!