EYRE TO THE THRONE

Round­wood’s Rob­bie is star man again

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN At Vartry Grounds, Round­wood

ROUND­WOOD’S peren­nial star man Rob­bie Eyre came to the fore again as he fired his side out of the bot­tom two in the Pat O’Toole Di­vi­sion 2 ta­ble.

Eyre found the net af­ter 12 min­utes with a rocket from dis­tance and Round­wood man­aged to stut­ter their way to all three points, which now lifts them out of eighth spot and up to sixth place.

The hosts, who hadn’t played in over two months, only had 12 men to choose from, while Saints trav­elled from Gorey with 14.

Both clubs knew what was at stake at a mis­er­able Vartry Grounds and the vis­i­tors showed the first signs of life when Thomas O’Reilly and Ciaran Tighe both had ef­forts blocked by the Round­wood de­fence from a third minute cor­ner kick.

Eyre had a chance to show off his goalscor­ing abil­i­ties mo­ments later as Adam Moore­house slipped a per­fect cross in from the left wing but the gan­gly mid­fielder com­pletely missed the ball as he looked to sweep it home.

Round­wood’s Paddy Lee tried his luck from 25 yards as the fran­tic open­ing to this match con­tin­ued but Colin Gre­gan showed safe hands as he caught it.

A minute later, there was no sav­ing Eyre’s thun­der­bolt. Eyre brushed a team-mate aside as he spun to face the Saints goal and in the blink of an eye; he had lashed an un­stop­pable drive into Colin Gre­gan’s bot­tom cor­ner.

He came close to grab­bing a sec­ond a minute later as he got his head to Moore­house’s cross but his header just evaded the far post.

Saints al­most stole an equaliser when Neil Gre­gan pick­pock­eted a Round­wood de­fender and bore a down on goal but he sliced his shot hor­ri­bly wide.

A free kick from the right for the away side was pro­pelled by the wind and it struck Dy­lan Gre­gan and looped men­ac­ingly to­wards goal; miss­ing the tar­get by only a mat­ter of inches. It would have been quite a goal, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing he knew noth­ing about it.

Saints tried again on 26 min­utes. Goal­keeper Gre­gan’s lump up­field sailed over the Round­wood de­fence and sent two Saints at­tack­ers af­ter it in hot pur­suit. Round­wood net­min­der PJ Turner came out but was un­con­vinc­ing, as his punch flew high into the air be­fore curl­ing back to­wards his own goal and go­ing out for a cor­ner.

Daniel Noc­tor then re­leased Neil Gre­gan with ease, he squared for Ja­son Van­der­jei­din but the front­man was de­nied a goal by Turner who stuck out a boot to knock it away.

Saints con­tin­ued their search when Van­der­hei­j­den over­hit a pass through to Neil Gre­gan. He didn’t give up though and was very nearly re­warded when Turner spilled the ball be­tween his legs but the ‘keeper re­cov­ered be­fore Gre­gan could pounce.

Round­wood made their soli­tary change at the break, while Saints sent on all three re­place­ments mean­ing in­jury for ei­ther side in the sec­ond pe­riod could be dis­as­trous. But thank­fully that faith was avoided in this good-na­tured af­fair.

Chris Sheridan sent Van­der­hei­j­den be­yond the last man but be­fore he could con­jure a shot, Rob­bie Eyre made a sav­ing chal­lenge to stop the striker in his tracks.

Round­wood fi­nally de­cided to test Colin Gre­gan again in the 66th minute when John­son’s vol­ley had to be tipped around the post by Saints’ num­ber one. From the re­sult­ing cor­ner, Ross Brown headed over and two min­utes later, a long throw-in from Ian Hamil­ton was flicked on by the boot of John­son but he could not find a way past Gre­gan.

Saints recom­menced bat­tle with the Round­wood goal quickly and their best chance of the match fell to Van­der­hei­j­den as he scam­pered through one-on-one but his fin­ish was di­a­bol­i­cal and Round­wood’s re­ward for keep­ing their clean sheet was three pre­cious points.

Top Form: Rob­bie Eyre (Round­wood): Thump­ing goal and a spir­ited per­for­mance.

ROUND­WOOD AFC 1. P.J. Turner, 2. Scott Kenna, 3. Ian Hamil­ton, 4. Ross Brown, 5. Tom Fitz­patrick, 6. Adam Moore­house, 7. Glen Hughes, 8. Robert Eyre, 9. Paddy Lee, 10. Tony Con­way, 11. Damo John­son. SUB: Bill Hal­li­gan for Hughes (H/T).

SAINTS FC 1. Colin Gre­gan, 2. John Lil­lis, 3. Brian Lil­lis, 4. Dy­lan Gre­gan, 5. Thomas O’Reilly, 6. Paul Gre­gan, 7. Ja­son Van­der­hei­j­den, 8. Daniel Noc­tor, 9. Neil Gre­gan, 10. Ciaran Tighe, 11. Chris Sheridan. SUBS: Mark Hobbs for D. Gre­gan (H/T); Conor Moyni­han for O’Reilly (H/T); Brian Wildes for Tighe (H/T). VENUE: Do­minic Lachausse REF­EREE: Varty Grounds, Round­wood

Saints FC’s Ja­son Van Der Gridin tries to beat Round­wood goal­keeper, PJ Turner, in the Di­vi­sion 2 league game.

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