Town best in goal fest
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.