AFTER three home defeats on the bounce, Glebe North picked up a welcome three points when overcoming basement club Firhouse/Clover at Market Green on Thursday night.
The visitors were looking to bounce back from an 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Wayside only four days previously, but Glebe weren't reading too much into that scoreline as eight of their first-teamers were missing for that game, most of whom were back in time to face the Balbriggan men. As it happened Firhouse/Clover, playing their first game since appointing a new manager, put it up to Liam Kelly's men in the first half, which ended scoreless.
However, their heads collectively dropped once Glebe had got their noses in front and it was a comfortable victory in the end for the host club. Amateur international Adam Foley and Rory O'Connor had the only significant chances for Glebe in the opening 45 minutes, both of which were saved, but they raised their game in the second period and finally struck on 55 minutes when substitute Angel Fernandez swung in a dangerous corner kick and Stephen Larkin rose highest to plant a header into the net. And mid-way through the half the Balbriggan men grabbed the all-important insurance goal.
Keith Murray threaded a tremendous pass through to O'Connor who went on-on-one and eventually slotted home a rebound after his initial shot was saved by the Firhouse keeper. Foley, O'Connor, Murray and Fernandez all had opportunities to extend Glebe's advantage, but each attempt either missed the target or was saved.
Nevertheless, boss Kelly was more than happy with the outcome and was particularly happy with his youthful back four and goalkeeper, none of whom are aged over 20. Reflecting on the result, Kelly said: 'It was difficult mentally for the lads, knowing Firhouse had lost so heavily the previous weekend, and so it was good that the boys managed to do their work and in the end it was a good win.'
Dean Smith, Jason Rankin, Stephen Larkin, Ryan Thorpe, Reece McEnteer, Noel Barrett, Austin McCann, (Angel Fernandez), Pat Campbell, Adam Foley, Keith Murray, Rory O'Connor (Eoin Murphy).