Glenmuir made to work hard
GLENMUIR UNITED took all three points in a hard fought match against St Dominic's in the Friary field in their recent meeting.
Both teams were well matched but it was the away side that held that little bit of extra class going forward that saw them get the win.
St Dominic's started the game on the attack and they nearly opened the scoring after five minutes when captain Morgan McCaughey was sent through on goal. As the Utd 'keeper went to close the angle he skipped around him and fired towards goal only to see his shot cleared of the line by the Glenmuir defenders.
The visitors took control of the midfield after that early scare and started to create chances of their own. Mark Killagan was unlucky to see his low shot fizz past the post after 10 minutes.
The away side were creating chance after chance and it was no surprise when they finally scored after 22 minutes when a deep cross from the right was met by Conor Keenan, whose shot smashed against the crossbar, before the rebound was bundled into the goal by Stephen Rylands.
Things got better for the away side just before the break when the impressive Killagan produced a moment of magic as he weaved his way past three defenders before coolly finishing to get the second goal of the game.
The second half was a more even affair and the home side were unlucky not to score on numerous occasions. Both McCaughey and Tom McBride failed to convert chances. McCaughey went close once again midway through the second half when Mark Byrne in the Utd goal brilliantly saved his stinging drive.
As St Dominic's pushed to get back in the game they left themselves wide open to the counter attack.
Glemuir wrapped up the game with 10 minutes to go as Rylands slid the ball through to Peter McStravick who broke the offside trap and smashed the ball past Ciaran McGlynn to make it 3-0.
With the game almost over there was one last moment of drama when the away side got two players sent off as 'keeper Byrne was shown a straight red for a dreadful challenge on St Dominic's captain McCaughey. While Keenan received his second yellow card of the game after saying something to the referee following the incident.
St Dominic's: Ciaran McGlynn, Patrick Murtagh, Bryan Knipe, Andrew Connolly, Donal Johnston, Ulten McEneaney, Kieran Murtagh, Morgan McCaughey, Fintan Brady, Niall Jackson, Sean McCaughley, Oisin Conroy, Tom McBride, Ewen McEntaggart.
Glenmuir Utd: Mark Byrne, Ciaran Fee, Jan Pietroskey, Thomas O'Connell, Cian O'Donoghue, John McCreesh, Mark Killagan, Jaime Brown, Peter McStravick, Conor Keenan, Philip Ryan, Stephen Rylands, Jay O'Hagan.