BUTTEVANT kept the pressure on league leaders Ringmahon with this win over fellow challangers Everton on Wednesday night last, under lights at Abbeyview and as a result of their victory effectively ended Everton‚s chances of being involved in the run in title race in this division.
Though Buttevant were full value for their win, they struggled at times with a hard working but rather limited visiting city side. In fact until Buttevant went ahead, with about twenty minutes gone, it was Everton who looked the more dangerous of the two teams.
Once Buttevant did hit the front, with goals from Gary Shine and Micheal O‚Riordan , it was their own shortcomings , which caused them problems especially in defence, where only Chris Hallihan looked surefooted, luckily for the locals Everton were all at sea in front of goal and unable to take the chances which were handed to them by a home defence, in generous mood.
Buttevant were much more organised after the break and Jones resumed normal service at the heart of the defence. Kiely replaced the injured Kelly and he was involved in both Buttevant's second half goals.
The first saw Kiely setting up O'Riordan for his second, and even though Everton did bring the scoreline to 3-1, Buttevant sealed it in the closing minutes when Kiely was brought down by the visiting keeper and Shine converted his own penaly kick on the rebound for a vital set of points.
Best for Buttevant in a stuttering display were Brendan Jones, Shine and Nagle.