Diss finally get points on the board
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Ely City 1 Diss Town 2
Diss Town finally gained their first points of the season with a spirited fightback after being 1-0 down.
Diss fielded two new signings, goalkeeper Matthew Powley from Dereham Town and Stuart Walker from Haverhill Rovers.
The Tangerines' new keeper was in action in the 11th minute when he had to react quickly at the near post to push away a corner when under pressure.
Eoin O'Herlihy went close for Diss a minute later when he cut inside onto his right foot and sent a shot from just outside the edge of the area just over the crossbar. Matt Dixon also came close two minutes later when he got goal-side of Seymour but could only steer the ball wide.
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Two minutes later Dixon again found himself in a similar position although this time with more space allowing him to get a shot on target, but Galbraith made a fine save at the expense of a corner.
In the 21st minute O'Herlihy beat his man and got in a fine cross that Ryan Cotton headed over the crossbar. Nine minutes later, at the other end of the pitch, Newton cleared from Carmen at the near post following an Ely corner. Just before half-time, Ely came close to conceding a penalty when Galbraith rushed of his line as Mitchell took the ball into the penalty area. Mitchell half-hurdled the tackle but could not stay on his feet, however the referee was unimpressed and signalled a goal- kick to Ely.
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Diss came the nearest to scoring at the start of the second half with O'Herlihy hitting a low right-foot shot from 20 yards that had Galbraith scrambling across his goal as the ball zipped just wide of his right-hand post. Then in the 56th minute, Ely had an excellent opportunity to open the scoring but Carmen sent his free header straight at Powley. However, the home side only had to wait four minutes to take the lead, Fretwell scoring with a close-range header at the far post following a corner. The Tangerines won a succession of corners as they pushed for an equaliser. In the 79th minute Ager received the ball from a long throw by Walker and won a corner. There was a goalmouth scramble from the corner and Cotton was unlucky to see his shot blocked as Ely conceded yet another corner. From this corner Jacob Brown got a header on target but Galbraith pushed the ball away.
O'Herlihy picked up the loose ball in the penalty area and was tripped as he went past his marker, with referee Dexter then having no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Dixon stepped forward and coolly sent Galbraith the wrong way to score the equaliser comfortably.
Tangerines' boss Mike Derbyshire made two further substitutions to give Diss more attacking options as they pushed for the winner. Chris Holmes and then Jordan Lake came on for Alfie Griew and Ashley Mitchell, with Holmes giving Dixon support in attack. The Tangerines got the all-important winner in the 87th minute when O'Herlihy floated an inviting ball over from the right that dropped behind a defender and into the path of Dixon's run. His first touch was perfectly executed to take the ball away from a defender and he then took a stride before slotting the ball past the advancing Galbraith.
This sent the visiting contingent into raptures as they sensed victory with only three minutes plus added time remaining. Diss retained possession well and saw out the remaining minutes of the match to take the three points.
Diss are at home to Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday, 3pm.