Town best in goal fest

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WICK­LOW TOWN emerged with the three points in this match which had more twists and turns in it than all the rides at Al­ton Tow­ers put to­gether.

Both sides put a tremendous ef­fort into this match at Ber­ry­field Lane last Satur­day and pro­vided a scin­til­lat­ing game of foot­ball that saw a grand to­tal of 12 goals.

At the half-time break it was only 2-2 and when Town raced into a 6-2 lead 16 min­utes into the sec­ond half it was game, set and match to the vis­i­tors. But En­niskerry had dif­fer­ent things in mind and staged an in­cred­i­ble fight-back com­ing from four goals down and re­duc­ing the deficit to a sin­gle strike in a crazy 13 minute spell.

And the Youth Club were gifted a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to com­plete the come­back when they won a penalty in the 79th minute but Wick­low goal­keeper Colin Smullen pulled off a great save to save his side.

The win was fi­nally sealed in the 90th minute when the hosts were caught out at the back by Trevor Doyle who com­pleted his hat-trick with his side’s sev­enth goal of the af­ter­noon.

Few could have guessed we were in for such a spec­ta­cle in the sixth minute when Sam O’Con­nor opened the scor­ing for Town. Doyle was de­nied a cer­tain goal by a great sav­ing tackle from Barry Mul­li­gan but at the sec­ond at­tempt his lob saw En­niskerry goalie Paul Crowe palm the ball onto the head of O’Con­nor and he stooped down to nod in from six yards.

Mid­way through the first pe­riod though O’Con­nor’s ef­fort was can­celled out by En­niskerry striker Alan Har­ris. Aaron Creavin’s inch-per­fect right wing cor­ner found the num­ber nine and he didn’t dis­ap­point, pow­er­fully head­ing home at the far post.

Har­ris’ cel­e­bra­tions were cut short how­ever as less than a minute later Wick­low were ahead once more. Mikey Dunne’s cross found the head of O’Con­nor but this time Crowe was on hand to deny the mid­fielder, turn­ing his ef­fort onto the cross­bar. Doyle was there how­ever to nod in the re­bound from three yards.

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