O’Regan treble fires Seaview to victory
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.