Toal goal wins it for Kenstown
Published 21/08/2013 | 05:28
KENSTOWN Rovers began their Division 1 campaign with a hard fought win over fellow relegated side Dromin Utd at the Junction.
Kentstown were awarded a penalty after Derek Bowens was fouled in the box on three minutes, but Sean Connolly got down low to save.
Dromin were lifted by that let-off and began to carve out a few chances of their own as Graham O Brien shot high and wide from a promising position.
Patrick Duff was next in line to try his luck from close range but Eugene Goulding wasn't troubled by the shot.
Kentstown eventually recovered from their penalty miss and began to cause the Dromin defence problems and they duly took the lead on 25 minutes when Gareth Toal netted from close range after some good work from Derek Bowens.
Seven minutes later Bowens had the ball in the back of the net himself after a Gareth Toal pass but referee Jim McKenna ruled it out for offside.
Andy Lynch and Anto Craig were combining well in midfield and and as the visitors got on top Bowens, Toal and McDonnell all missed chances to extend their lead before the break.
Bowens and his brother David started the second half brightly and combined well on 54 minutes, but David's his shot well saved by Connolly.
Kentstown kept up the pressure on in the second half with more chances going a begging through Bowens, Toal, Craig and Matty Garry.
Dromin brought on substitute Abi Sasore with seven minutes to go and he went close three times but Goulding stopped all three attempts.
Dromin Utd: Sean Connolly, Karl Martin, Darragh McKeon, David Donovan, Barry Casey (JP O Boyle 77), Anthony McLoughlin, Conor McCullough, Ger Conlon, Paul Adeniyi (Abi Sasore 83), Graham O Brien, Patrick Duff.
Kentstown Rovers: Eugene Goulding, Brian Hudson, Colin Lynch, Shaun Doyle, John Regan, Andy Lynch, Anto Craig, Paul McDonnell, David Bowens, Derek Bowens, Gareth Toal (Matty Garry 77).
Referee: Jim McKenna.