Deeside Dragons vs Solway Sharks

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Recap

The BCD Solway Sharks travelled to North Wales on Sunday evening for their final league fixture of the season but at the end of the day had to be satisfied with a point as the Deeside Dragons kept their hopes of avoiding relegation alive with a tremendous comeback to earn a four-four tie.

For much of the first period the Sharks play was somewhat sluggish and uncoordinated as the seemed to suffer from bus legs and the Dragons took advantage of this to lead by a single goal at the first break as Filip Supa (07:18) neatly converted Scott McKenzie’s pass from close range.

Coach Scott McMeeken mast have read the riot act during the interval as Solway came out for the second period with all guns blazing and took just twenty-nine seconds to level the scores when Marc Fowley (20:29) rounded off a crisp move up the left involving Joe Coulter and Kim Miettinen. Worse was to come for the home side as six minutes later Duncan Speirs (26:58) converted Stuart Kerr’s pass to give the Sharks their first lead of the night and Jurag Senko (34:11) made it three-one when he fired home from Daniel Abercrombie on a delayed penalty call. The game looked to be won when Duncan Speirs (35:45) collected a loose pass and expertly found the net to give Solway a three goal advantage but a powerplay goal from James Parsons (38:23) with ninety seconds left in the session gave Deeside some hope.

Knowing that they needed at least a draw from the game the Dragons finally showed some fire in the final period and took the game to the Sharks at every opportunity with player-coach Scott McKenzie seemingly at the heart of everything and his four assists on the night were vital to his teams cause. With nearly five minutes of the session gone Filip Supa (44:35) had the home fans on their feet when he converted McKenzie’s pass and that’s where they remained for the remainder of the game.

Whatever coach McKenzie said during his time-out worked almost immediately as with just under two minutes to go he and Matty Wainwright combines to set up Jordan Bannon (58:04) to score the equaliser. A win would have been nice for Deeside but it was more important not to loose so the remaining seconds must have felt like hours for the fans in the stands but survive they did and deservedly so. Now the must beat Blackburn away next Saturday to avoid automatic relegation and earn a two-legged promotion-relegation play-off.

Man of the Match for the Sharks was presented to Stevie Moore.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
26th March 2017 5:30 pm NIHL (North) D1, Moralee Conference 2016/17

Venue

Deeside Leisure Centre

Results

Team1st2nd3rdPPGPPOT
Deeside Dragons122124
Solway Sharks040034

Deeside Dragons

Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
 4628324286

Solway Sharks

# Player Position G A SOG SA GA SV PIM
6Stuart KerrDefenceman0100002
7Daniel AbercrombieForward0100000
9Joe CoulterForward0100000
18Juraj SenkoDefenceman1000000
20Chris RaeNetminder0000000
21Stuart AndrewsDefenceman0000000
24Ben EdmondsForward0000000
25Connor HendersonForward0000002
32Calum HepburnNetminder000284240
34Marc FowleyForward1000000
38Duncan SpeirsForward2000000
47Kim MiettinenDefenceman0100000
51Struan TonnarForward0000000
55James HutchinsonDefenceman0000000
75Stevie MooreForward0000000
90Ross MurrayForward0000000
 Total 4432284244
G
4
4
A
6
4
SOG
28
32
SA
32
28
GA
4
4
SV
28
24
PIM
6
4