Early bragging rights go to Glebe after all-fingal clash

Published 18/09/2012|16:48

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FIRST blood in this season's series of top-flight Fingal derbies went to Glebe North as they picked up all three points at Malahide's Gannon Park last Thursday.

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Mals looked to have the momentum going into the clash, having won their two previous games, while the Balbriggan outfit were still looking for their first victory, but Liam Kelly's team started and finished strongly to make some progress up the table. Consolation for Malahide came in the shape of a subsequent 4-1 away victory over Bangor Celtic on Sunday, with Mark Higgins, Alan Corcoran, Gareth Logan and Mark Cashin scoring for Vinny Perth's side, and they'll hope to carry that momentum into this Thursday's home game against Arklow Town. In last Thursday's clash, though, it was Glebe who came out of the blocks all guns blazing and scored in the very first minute after a sequence of 10 passes. The move started with former Shelbourne keeper Dean Smith, making his debut, with Reece McEnteer, Noel Barrett and Stephen Chambers also involved before Rory O'Connor slotted past Mals keeper Stephen Trimble. O'Connor was then put through again and this time he was brought down from behind, resulting in a free kick, with Glebe protesting that the culprit should have seen red for a lastman tackle. There was no reward from the free as Chambers knocked the ball over the crossbar, and instead of pressing home their advantage Glebe found themselves pegged back on the halfhour mark. A long clearance was mis-judged by one of their centre-halves and went over his head into the path of Glen Crowe who duly lobbed the ball over Smith for the equaliser. Malahide improved after the break, but they looked vulnerable to the counter-attack and Glebe duly restored their lead as the clock ticked into the final quarter. This time they had a helping hand as Mals' Alan Doyle was dispossessed in a dangerous area by Barrett who went on to shoot past Trimble. From Glebe's next attack they won a corner and the delivery was met by Barrett, whose header was glanced over his own crossbar by a Mals defender. Former Drogheda United keeper Trimble then kept the home side in the game with a miraculous save. Keith Murray and O'Connor combined to fashion the chance for Adam Foley whose blistering shot was somehow pushed up and over the bar. At that stage Malahide still hoped to conjure an equaliser, but the result was put beyond doubt on 88 minutes when Murray and Barrett chased down Mals' left-back and dispossessed him. In trying to clear the danger, another defender could only screw the ball across his own penalty area and Foley pounced to slot past the helpless Trimble. A delighted Glebe boss Liam Kelly reacted thus: 'We've been playing really well and I'd said to the lads if we kept doing the right things we'll get our rewards, and that's what happened. 'We deserved to win, and I think 3-1 didn't do us justice.' Sadly Glebe have no early opportunity to add to that victory as Kelly takes charge of the LSL representative team next weekend, with three of his own players involved, namely Barrett, Austin McCann and Foley.

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