St. An­thony’s con­tinue their winning streak

FO­CUS MATCH PREMIER DIVI­SION

Bray People - - Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

En­niskerry YC 0, St. An­thony’s 3: Three sec­ond- half goals en­sured St. An­thony’s main­tained their 100 per cent start to the Premier Divi­son while it left En­niskerry rooted to the foot of the ta­ble with three de­feats from three games.

There are only five other teams who can boast a 100 per cent record out of the 54 clubs and the Kil­coole side’s winning streak con­tin­ued thanks to strikes from Pa­trick Woods, Mat­tew Kennedy and Martin Wil­liams.

En­niskerry mean­while, hav­ing lost sev­eral key play­ers from last year’s side, will bre hop­ing to get some points on the board as soon as pos­si­ble.

The way the match started didn’t in­di­cate that Anto’s would run out as comfortable win­ners as they did. En­niskerry were on top early on and their front two of Damien Forde and Ashley McDon­agh looked very lively while the vis­i­tors’ Pa­trick Woods was a men­ace. Both sides played some neat foot­ball but when it came to the fi­nal third, the killer ball was miss­ing.

The first op­por­tu­nity didn’t ar­rive un­til well into the first- half, 28 min­uters in to be pre­cise, and it fell the way of the vis­i­tors.

Matthew Kennedy pinged a su­perb ball over the top for Woods and the striker’s at­tempted lob was a nice idea but un­for­tu­nately off tar­get.

Eight min­utes later Robert Red­mond ca­p­atal­ized on Kennedy los­ing the ball to un­leash a vi­cious swerv­ing ef­fort from 25 yards that had to be tipped past the far post.

Four min­utes be­fore the break St. An­thony’s will have con­sid­ered them­selves ex­tremely un­lucky not to have taken the lead. Wood’s low drive from the edge of the box beat Trevor McMa­hon, who will ad­mit he’s not a nat­u­ral be­tween the sticks, but came back off the foot of the post. Barry Hamil­ton then fol­lowed up but his ef­fort was clawed off the line by McMa­hon in the nick of time.

Af­ter the break An­thony’s be­gan to get well and truly on top of the game and might have taken the lead from a Stephen ‘Coco’ Cough­lan cor­ner had Woods’ ef­fort been on tar­get.

Woods was on tar­get on 64 min­utes how­ever, when he gave his side the lead.

Glen Tighe’s free-kick from al­most 30 yards caught McMa­hon by sur­prise and clipped the bot­tom of the cross­bar but didn’t cross the line. It did cross the line though af­ter Woods fol­lowed up and guided the ball in with his head.

Two min­utes later Derek Quigley’s low drive from 20 yards couldn’t beat Ro­nan McGowan and En­niskerry’s search for a first league goal this sea­son went on.

Their mis­ery was dou­bled ten min­utes from the end when Martin Wil­liams took his chance su­perbly to put his side two goals to the good.

The home side could have clawed one back when Red­mond’s left wing cross found Ashley McDon­agh at the near post but the Os­car Traynor star’s ef­fort was blocked away for a cor­ner.

Anto’s put the re­sult be­yond doubt with just three min­utes left when Cough­lan’s right wing cor­ner was pow­er­fully headed home by Matthew Kennedy.

Man of the Match: Matthew Kennedy ( St. An­thony’s). Did what was asked of him and got him­self on the score-sheet as well.

En­niskerry YC: Trevor McMa­hon, Derek Quigley, Noel Skelly, Ro­nan Walsh, Sea­mus O’Gor­man, Ger­ald Driver, Chris Loy (An­thony Gil­li­gan 78’), Gary Ka­vanagh, Robert Red­mond, Ashley McDon­agh, Damien Forde. Subs not used: An­drew Mur­phy, Ger­ald Har­vey.

St. An­thony’s: Ro­nan McGowan, James Hack­ett, Eoin McGovern, Fred Hamil­ton, Glen Tighe, Colm McGovern (Stephen Cough­lan 54’), Martin Wil­liams, Jake Mooney, Matthew Kennedy, Pa­trick Woods (Gary Kelly 79’), Barry Hamil­ton. Sub not used: Stephen Goff.

Ref­eree: Thomas Dowl­ing.

St. An­thony’s who main­tained their 100 per cent record.

En­niskerry, who lost out to St. An­thony’s.

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