SKERRIES Town go into the Christmas break in joint third position in the table after a convincing 3-1 victory over Templeogue last Sunday.It all worked out in the end, but the home side made a nightmare start when a mis-kick by keeper Shane Davis gifted the Templeogue striker the opportunity to tap home the opening goal of the game after just 13 minutes. However, Skerries reacted positively to this setback and continued to pressure the visitors defence and got their reward in the 25th mnute when a throw-in by Aidan Bolger to the near post was finished to the net by the ever alert Paul Cashman to leave the sides level at the break. On the resumption the game was won and lost in a 10-minute spell, with two goals in quick succession killing off Templeogue's hopes of getting something from the game. Six minutes into the second half, a move started in midfield by striker Mark Doyle culminated in him holding off two defenders and delivering a perfect cross that left the in-rushing Dean Monks with the simple task of heading to the net to give the home side the lead. It was to get better for Doyle three minutes later when, after a patient build-up on the left, a through-ball from Shane Coleman left him with another straightforward task. There was still a half-hour remaining, but Skerries' workrate and organisation meant that the home keeper, Davis, was well protected. Any pressure that the visitors applied was comfortably dealt with by Ryan Beggs and his colleagues in the home defence. Skerries now look forward to the resumption of the league with a certain amount of optimism. There are still promotion places to chase and with the right mentality and application they can look forward to the new year in a positive frame of mind.