MK Irish returned to winning ways on Saturday after a 3-2 victory over Tring Athletic at Manor Fields.
A fairly even opening 10 minutes saw few chances, the best of which fell to Irish as Boland saw an effort blocked and Muzzy headed over from a corner. The home side then opened the scoring on 14 minutes, after a scrappy midfield battle resulted in Smyth heading the ball over the Tring back line, where Lawless found himself onside and able to direct a half-volley across the keeper and into the net. MK Irish keeper Jack Taylor remained untroubled until the 25th minute when visitors Tring started to grow into the game. Tring’s number 10, who would prove to be a thorn in Irish’s side throughout, cut inside well and fired towards goal, forcing Taylor into a good save to preserve his team’s advantage. Five minutes before half time, the lead was doubled. Up from the back for a corner, Scott Dummett was fouled and Lawless stepped up to convert from the spot and grab his second of the afternoon.
Coming out for the second half 2-0 down, Tring had to get one back quickly to stay in the game and after seven minutes they had done just that. A short corner caught Irish napping as Tring’s 10 picked up the ball, cut inside and this time his effort beat Taylor to make it 2-1. However, less than ten minutes later, MK Irish restored the two goal cushion as Scott “Sergio” Dummett climbed to nod home Smyth’s driven cross. Closing in on their first win in five league matches, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Terry Shrieves’ side as Tring pulled another goal back late on. Tring’s best player on the day and scorer of the previous goal latched on to a long ball before finding a teammate with a cross which was converted to make it 3-2.
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