Sub’s ‘Devine’ strike puts Glebe through
GLEBE NORTH LEIXLIP UNITED 2 1
breaking the deadlock were a couple of testing crosses from Adam Foley which were just missed by Andy Haran in the Leixlip box.
The game seemed to be drifting towards a 0-0 half-time score until Leixlip launched one last attack of the half which resulted in the opener being scored.
A cross from the Leixlip right caused confusion between Glebe goalkeeper Alan O’connor and Anto Mcguinness, resulting in the ball looping over the Glebe number one to present the easiest of tap-ins for the Leixlip striker.
Glebe came out for the second half looking like a completely different team and dominated from the off, with Chris Pollis and Keith Murray in full control of the midfield area. The home side were level within five minutes of the restart as the in-form Foley picked up from where he left off in 2018 with another goal for his ever-growing collection.
Foley controlled a Ger Sweetman cross before casually half-volleying the ball home to make it 1-1.
Glebe continued to control the game and they should have gone ahead just two minutes later when Foley saw his powerful drive cleared off the line by a Leixlip defender. A goalmouth scramble ensued, but unfortunately for Glebe they just couldn’t get the ball across the goal-line.
With 25 minutes remaining Glebe once again went close when substitute Devine saw his shot saved by the Leixlip keeper. The ball rolled out to Foley who uncharacteristically snatched at the chance as he blazed it over the bar.
Pollis blazed a similar opportunity over the bar from 12 yards out just five minutes later and at that stage Glebe must have been wondering whether that crucial second goal would ever come.
With three minutes remaining the home side were almost hit by the ultimate sucker punch when Leixlip had a great chance on the counter which produced a brilliant save from O’connor to ensure the game went to extra time.
Within a minute of the start of extra time Devine produced that sensational volley from an acute angle to finally give Glebe the lead they deserved.
Glebe sat back for the remainder of the game and comfortably saw out a 2-1 victory which sees them make it through to the next round of the competition. GLEBE NORTH: Alan O’connor, Oisin Kimmage, Aiden Bissett, Anto Mcguinness, Jason Rankin, Keith Murray, Chris Pollis, Andy Haran (Ian Devine), Sean Lynch, Adam Foley, Ger Sweetman.
Adam Foley fires home Glebe North’s equaliser against Leixlip United.