PROMOTION contenders Greystones United were the visitors to Park Lane for the second time in three weeks and as before emerged as victors over Skerries Town - this time on a somewhat flattering 6-3 scoreline.
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However, there was no doubt about who were the better team on the day as the home side fell apart in the latter stages, having been competitive for the first hour. The visitors initially controlled the game and should have gone ahead as early as the eighth minute when their winger went one-on-one with Skerries keeper Shane Davis but pushed his shot just wide of the post. The lead goal was not long in arriving, though, as from their next attack a through-ball from midfield cut the home defence wide open and this time the Greystones striker made no mistake. Skerries then settled down and came more into the game, and following a move on the left involving Sean Cannon, whose far-post cross was turned back across the goal by Paul Cashman, Dean Monks was on hand to equalise from close range. Skerries' prospects got even better five minutes later, when Cashman got some space in the box and fired home from 15 yards to put the home side 2-1 up. For the next 10 minutes it was ping-pong football, with three further goals scored to level the game at 3-3 after only half an hour, and the score then remained unchanged until the break. On the resumption, Skerries took control and for the first 15 minutes dominated both territory and possession. But then, in a 10-minute spell of shambolic defending they gifted Greystones three goals to finish the game as a contest. The pattern of play was similar to the game three weeks previously, when the home midfield was completely overrun by Greystones, and on this occasion the lack of any kind of meaningful tackling made it a stroll for the remaining 20 minutes. Greystones' hunger, sharpness and overall fitness was just too much for the home side, who now look forward to another home game next Sunday against Templeogue to try and maintain any hope of mounting a challenge for promotion.