Cian's late free earns gutsy Glebe the points
CIAN Bolger's late free kick sealed all three points for Glebe North Under-13s against a determined Clontarf at Town Park on Sunday morning.
Glebe had the upper hand from the start, with Bolger and Cian Nolan taking charge of midfield and playing some fantastic one-twos to twice open the Clontarf defence. However, the shots that resulted from Owen Pollis and Simon Farren went narrowly wide.
It was the same story with a Joe Gaffney header, but from the Clontarf kickout Bolger attacked down the right wing and this time his cross has met with a volley by Glebe forward Simon Farren. Clontarf's keeper did get his hands to the ball, but there was to much power behind the shot to keep it out.
Clontarf did fight back, but Ray Mumbu was excellent in goals, saving several shots and delivering the ball back into the Glebe forwards.
Justin Kavanagh was a rock in the middle for Glebe and his passing and control dazzled the Clontarf defence and allowed the other midfielders to attack.
The second half saw Glebe midfielder Seamus Cassin make an entrance and he combined well to make an opening for Owen Pollis whose shot was saved well.
From the kickout Clontarf broke although Adam Christie and Luke McClean defended the line well the ball broke to a Clontarf forward who buried the ball pasty Mumbu.
This spurred Glebe on, with Seamus Cassin putting Joe Gaffney through down the right wing and his cross was met by Dylan Andrews. Alas, the Clontarf keeper was well placed and made a magnificent save.
However, one minute later Seamus and Joe combined again to allow Bolger tee up an unstoppable half-volley from the edge of the box which went in off the post.
Clontarf attacked from the kick-off, however, and with a low hard drive made it 2-2.
It looked like this would be was the result, until Seamus Cassin was pulled down outside the Clontarf box and up stepped Bolger to beat the Clontarf keeper.
In the last five minutes some frantic defence was required from Luke McClean, Simon Farren and Joe Gaffney, but Glebe hung on to seal the win.
Star players for Glebe were Joe Gaffney, Simon Farren, Dylan Andrews and Owen Pollis, but the man of the match had to be two-goal hero Bolger.