Barn’s unbeaten run stretches to six matches

Gary McKee (left) seen here in action against Crumlin United, scored Barn's winner on Saturday.
Gary McKee (left) seen here in action against Crumlin United, scored Barn's winner on Saturday.

Barn United are now unbeaten in their least six matches in Division 1A, with last weekend’s one-goal victory over Dundonald at the Billy Neill Centre lifting them up to seventh, writes Alan Hall.

“It was a great performance and a tough game under awful conditions,” said assistant-manager, Robert McKee. “We’re in good form and nobody will fancy playing us. That’s three wins and three draws. We’re being dogged and getting hard to beat and long may it last.

“We deserved to win, that’s three away wins out of the six games, away to Dromara, Dunmurry and now Dundonald.”

Unfortunately the only other club in 1A starting with a ‘D’ is Downpatrick, and Barn lost 3-1 there back in October, though they are on their travels again next Saturday, in another ‘six-pointer’ away to Orangefield Old Boys.

In Saturday’s clash, Dundonald, with the gale at their backs had the better of the opening session, forcing Stephen Brennan into one notable save while the crossbar also came to Barn’s rescue.

Barn’s best moment came when Mark Tweedie met a Matt McDonald cross on the volley at the back post only for the keeper to pull off a useful save.

The all-important winner came 15 minutes from time when Gary McKee smashed in a Wayne Patterson cross.

Barn looked comfortable but had to dig in for the last five minutes when goalscorer McKee was shown a second yellow for alleged time wasting.

Elsewhere, Grange Rangers again fell victims to the freezing weather conditions whe their cup tie against Basement was called off with the Grove pitch deemed unplayable.