St. Anthony’s continue their winning streak
FOCUS MATCH PREMIER DIVISION
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.