St Mochta's narrowly edge past rivals Glyde
ST MOCHTA'S edged out Glyde Rangers by the narrowest of margins in this well contested local derby thanks to a stirring second half fightback.
Glyde started the game brightly and were soon three points to the good thanks to early scores from Trevor O'Brien, Barry Sharkey and Phillip McGahon. The Mochta's registered their first score through Ciaran Byrne, who departs for Aussie Rules side Carlton in December.
However, Glyde continued to boss proceedings for the remainder of the opening half with La O'Brien and Barry Sharkey helping to put the Tallanstown outfit five points clear at half time, 0-9 to 0-4.
The Mochta's started the second half brightly and an Eamonn O'Neill point meant there was just four points between the sides. Glyde were struggling to contain Ciaran Byrne in the half forward line and they were powerless to stop the 18 year-old as he burst through to score the game's opening goal.
The Mochta's were in the ascendency now and a Nigel Farrell score put them ahead for the first time in the game. Glyde weren't done with yet though and Trevor O'Brien's fourth point of the evening drew the sides level once more.
Ciaran Byrne who finished with an impressive 1-6 gave the Mochta's breathing space with two points in succession and that looked to have sealed a crucial home win for the Louth Village men.
St Mochtas: Conor Ryan; Paul Marron, Donal Gernon, Barry Cassidy; Phillip Englishby 0-1 , Gary Connolly, Andrew English; Gareth O'Reilly, Shane McMahon 0-1 ; Liam McGrenaghan, Ciaran Byrne 1-6, Eamonn O'Neill 0-2; Danny Kindlon, Gervaise Marron 0-1, Nigel Farrell 0-1.
Glyde Rangers: Anthony Nulty; Fiachra Sheridan, Shane Sharkey, Mark O'Brien; Phillip McGahon 0-1, Conor Sheridan, Ciaran Sheridan 0-1; David Devenney 0-1, Cian Sheridan; Jake Stewart, Brian Duffy, La O'Brien 0-1; Martin O'Connor 0-1, Trev O'Brien 0-5, Barry Sharkey 0-4. Subs: Alan Brown for Mark O'Brien, Peter Duffy for Martin O'Connor, Gerard Carroll for Phiilip McGahon.