O’Re­gan tre­ble fires Seaview to vic­tory

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At New­town

SEAVIEW WAN­DER­ERS reignited their pro­mo­tion hopes on Sun­day morn­ing with a some­what sur­prise 1-4 win over New­town United B.

Mark O’Re­gan fired in a sec­ond half hat-trick for the Ark­low side as they moved to within nine points of sec­ond placed Celtic Stars.

Af­ter a dour score­less first half, O’Re­gan broke the dead­lock on 55 min­utes when he headed home Ross Turner’s cor­ner-kick.

O’Re­gan dou­bled the lead in the 75th minute when he cap­i­tal­ized on a de­fen­sive mix-up to stroke the ball into an empty net.

Alan Hud­son got in on the act two min­utes later when he volleyed home Iain O’Byrne’s cross and the three points were signed, sealed and de­liv­ered when O’Re­gan com­pleted his tre­ble six min­utes from time with his sec­ond headed ef­fort of the day.

Robert Doyle pulled a goal back for the hosts in the dy­ing mo­ments but it was too lit­tle, too late for the Mag­pies as they slumped to their fourth league de­feat of the sea­son.

The match may have ended in a flour­ish, but it be­gin in mind-numb­ingly dull fash­ion and that theme re­mained through­out the first pe­riod.

Danny Lawlor en­joyed an early chance for the home side when he raced onto a Robert Doyle through-ball but Seaview goal­keeper Bren­dan Doyle was out quickly to smother the young­ster’s ef­fort.

Wan­der­ers then con­jured up three shoot­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but failed to beat Ed­ward Doyle on each oc­ca­sion.

First, Cathal Doyle saw his 20-yarder de­flected nar­rowly wide. Then, blonde bomb­shell Iain O’Byrne teed up Hud­son but his ef­fort was eas­ily saved by Doyle.

Philip Or­monde was then also de­nied by Doyle when he was found by a bril­liant pass from An­thony Byrne, but his curler was dealt with by Doyle.

Both sides then squeezed in a half chance apiece be­fore ref­eree Mick Quinn’s half-time whis­tle.

New­town’s came cour­tesy of a Tom Fitzsi­mons cross but un­for­tu­nately Robert Doyle was un­able to fin­ish off the move; slam­ming his ef­fort wide in­stead.

And Seaview’s op­por­tu­nity had a sim­i­lar end­ing. O’Byrne won pos­ses­sion for his side with a fine tackle and found Turner. The mid­fielder played a quick one-two with Iain Bracken but blazed his shoot­ing chance well over the cross­bar.

The sec­ond half gladly had more life than its pre­de­ces­sor and the game sparked into life in the 55th minute when Turner picked out O’Re­gan with his right wing flag-kick and O’Re­gan’s bul­let header flew into the back of the net.

O’Re­gan came within inches of mak­ing it 0-2 just two min­utes later when he met Turner’s free­kick but on this oc­ca­sion the ball trick­led just wide of the far post.

He kept bang­ing at the door though and came close again on 69 min­utes when he col­lected O’Byrne’s cross be­fore dum­my­ing his man and blast­ing a yard wide of the tar­get.

Wan­der­ers pres­sure reaped its re­ward in the 75th minute though.

The New­town de­fence were play­ing the ball around the back but a sloppy pass was pounced on by O’Re­gan and with the goal­keeper out of his goal, the striker had the sim­plest of tasks; nudg­ing the ball into the empty net.

Two min­utes later it was three. Winger O’Byrne’s cross evaded O’Re­gan as he was hunt­ing for his hat-trick goal but it landed nicely for Alan Hud­son at the back stick and he smashed home a vol­ley to give his side some breath­ing space.

And O’Re­gan did man­age to get that elu­sive third goal eight min­utes later. Cathal Doyle con­trolled the ball out wide be­fore send­ing in a hang­ing cross for O’Re­gan who glee­fully headed past Ed­ward Doyle.

Robert Doyle then put a slight blem­ish on Wan­der­ers’ morn­ing when he fin­ished off Stephen Nolan’s cross but there wasn’t even time for the restart; three shrill blasts of Quinn’s whis­tle con­firm­ing that Seaview had done the dou­ble over the Mag­pies with the Ark­low side hav­ing beaten New­town 2-0 at the Ark­low Sports Cen­tre back in Oc­to­ber.

Top Form: Mark O’Re­gan (Seaview Wan­der­ers): Hat-trick hero.

Iain O’Byrne of Seaview Wan­der­ers tries the spec­tac­u­lar as New­town’s Kevin Mur­phy closes in.

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