Sub’s ‘Devine’ strike puts Glebe through

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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.

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