Sweeney stars in goal feast
GLENMUIR United and Walshestown met in Glenmuir Park last Tuesday night in what would prove to be one of this year's DDSL classic encounters - a game that went to and fro from the very first minute to the very last.
The home side went in front when super play from Usna Kelleher and Shane Breen forced Walshestown to concede a corner kick which was perfectly delivered into the box by Johnathan Culleton and headed straight into the net by Christopher Sweeney to open his account.
The most improved team in this year's U-15 league were not going to give in without a fight and five minutes before the interval they coolly slotted home a free kick to send the sides in level a half-time.
A reshuffled Glenmuir midfield resulted in the home side attacking from the restart, and it wasn't long until Cillian Cunningham beat two defenders on the left-hand side of the pitch and whipped in an inch-prefect cross to set up Sweeney for his second and put the Glens in front once more.
The next 20 minutes of the game saw the Glenmuir midfield and defence lead by Ciaran Carter and Conor Conroy soak up and clear some heavy Walshestown pressure, but they could do nothing about a screamer of a free kick that levelled proceedings once more at 2-2.
With the sides all square and everything to play for Walshestown scored against the run of play to take the lead for the first time in the game.
The champions had to draw on all their experience and up stepped man of the moment Chinedu Osadebe to dribble into the penalty box, only to find himself upended to earn a spot kick, which he slotted home himself to level up proceedings yet again.
With mere seconds on the clock Brendan Sheils picked out a fantastic pass to Liam Lynch who squared it to man of the match Sweeney who beat three Walshestown defenders and the keeper to complete his hat-trick and earn the home side all three points on a night of pure entertainment.