GLEBE NORTH WAYSIDE CELTIC 2 0: GLEBE North shrugged off some early signs of rustiness to begin 2013 with an important and thoroughly deserved win against Wayside Celtic at Market Green last Friday.
The Balbriggan side hadn't played in 38 days and it was backs to the wall for the first halfhour as they barely got a kick of the ball and rode their luck on a number of occasions.
Visitors Wayside had the bit between their teeth and forced four corners in succession, but somehow the ball stayed out of the Glebe net and from the fourth of those set pieces the home side broke and delivered a real sucker punch. Rory O'Connor latched onto a clearance and advanced menacingly into the Wayside half, supported by Noel Barrett who had been guarding his own post for the corner kick.
O'Connor supplied an inch-perfect cross for the hard-working Barrett to score with a simple tap-in.
The goal came completely against the run of play and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of Wayside for a while as Glebe reached half-time without further danger. After a few stern words from manager Liam Kelly, who warned that a return to the first halfhour's performance would cost Glebe dear, together with a few small tactical changes, the Balbriggan outfit came out and dominated the second half, and they got their reward in the shape of a second goal on the hour mark.
Once again O'Connor was the provider, and this time Keith Murray was on hand with an excellent finish to give Glebe some breathing space.
After that the hosts could have added more goals to their tally, but in the circumstances Kelly was more than happy with the result. 'We were very, very lucky to be in the game after 30 minutes, but you take the luck when it's going for you.
'We've taken six points against Bangor, Wayside and Crumlin and that's probably championship-winning form rather than mid-table form and we were unlucky to concede against Crumlin late on, and not get a point. 'I think the young lads are getting better and better and the experience of the first half of the season has stood to them and we're really looking forward to the next half of the season and pushing up that table.' Glebe's next assignment is an away trip next Sunday to Bluebell United whose title hopes have been all but shattered after taking just four points from their last five games.
Dean Smith, Jason Rankin, Reece McEnteer, Mick Clarke, Neil Beasley, Noel Barrett, Austin McCann, Pat Campbell, Rory O'Connor (Ronnie Maguire), Stephen Richardson (Stephen Chambers), Keith Murray.