’Stones sink Enniskerry
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.