’Stones sink En­niskerry

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Daniel GOR­MAN

Grey­stones United 4, En­niskerry YC 1: The score­line is per­haps a lit­tle harsh on En­niskerry but there can be lit­tle doubt that Grey­stones de­served to win this match played in mis­er­able con­di­tions last Satur­day.

Chances weren’t in abun­dance at The Wood­lands but both sides put in a big ef­fort and worked ex­tremely hard on the day.

The first chance of the game ar­rived on nine min­utes and it fell the way of the home side.

The in­dus­tri­ous Adam Ben­son dinked the ball to his fel­low mid­fielder David Haughton. Haughton im­me­di­ately nod­ded the ball into striker Barry O’Don­nell’s path and his half vol­ley flashed nar­rowly wide of Ryan Wo­gan’s far post.

On 20 min­utes En­niskerry came close when Ar­ron Brack’s right wing cor­ner kick was headed pow­er­fully over by left winger Alex Bursey.

Two min­utes later a long ball for­ward man­aged to evade En­niskerry’s de­fence and Haughton looked set to score un­til Danny Nan­gle did su­perbly to get back and put him off.

Ten min­utes be­fore the break then Barry O’Don­nell got his first goal of the game and gave the hosts the lead.

Af­ter some good build up play, Fer­gal Devlin, who was fan­tas­tic on the day, got to the by-line and crossed to O’Don­nell who couldn’t miss from less than six yards.

Six min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod O’Don­nell dou­bled his tally.

Af­ter be­ing put through Haughton at­tempted to lob Wo­gan. His ef­fort wasn’t good enough how­ever and af­ter Bursey failed to clear the ball away, O’Don­nell popped up fir his sec­ond tap in.

With 56 min­utes gone, the num­ber nine had his hat-trick. Fer­gal Devlin showed some real skill to cre­ate an open­ing for him­self but his pile-driver came back off the post to the wait­ing O’Don­nell who found the net.

En­niskerry will def­i­nitely have felt that they were hard done by to be three goals down and within five min­utes had pulled a goal back when Brack’s cor­ner was blasted home by Bursey.

The hosts nearly grabbed a fourth mid­way through the half but Nan­gle got back to clear O’Don­nell’s ef­fort off the line af­ter he had been set up by Devlin.

They should have grabbed the fourth just three min­utes later af­ter Haughton found him­self with the ball at his feet and an open goal in front of him but three En­niskerry de­fend­ers launched them­selves bravely at his feet to block the ball out.

A fan­tas­tic 25-yard ef­fort from Ar­ron Wo­gan ten min­utes from the end al­most re­duced the deficit to one goal but Cian Byrne tipped his ef­fort over the cross­bar.

The vis­i­tors again came ag­o­niz­ingly close when Gary Doyle helped a cor­ner back into the box and Miguel Ar­rico rose at the back post and was des­per­ately un­lucky not to score.

Some con­fu­sion in the En­niskerry de­fence a minute from the end then al­lowed Haughton to stroll through un­chal­lenged and fire low into the net for Grey­stones’ fourth goal of the af­ter­noon.

Man of the Match: Barry O’Don­nell (Grey­stones United). When your lucks in, your lucks in. Gifted his three chances but had the com­po­sure to take them.

Grey­stones United, who beat En­niskerry in their Youth U-18 match on Satur­day.

En­niskerry YC, who lost out to Grey­stones United.

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