Monday 24 July 2017

Good play doesn't bear fruit as Orchard take the points

GLEBE North are still looking for their first league win as they prepare for this week's Fingal derby against Malahide United, following this defeat at Market Green last Friday evening.

Liam Kelly's charges made an impressive start and Noel Barrett had three attempts from inside the box in quick succession, while Rory O'Connor might have done better when presented with another chance at the back post. Cherry Orchard then delivered a cruel blow by scoring from their first opportunity just after the half-hour mark, former League of Ireland star Mark Rutherford prodding home a rebound after a longrange shot was parried by Ciaran Bizzell. The second half followed the same pattern, with Glebe looking the more dangerous but failing to make the most of the chances created. O'Connor had two good efforts - a header which flew just wide and then a shot that clipped the outside of the post - and Spanish signing Angel Fernandez also went close. But disaster struck on 70 minutes when Bizzell called for his centre-half to leave a long ball over the top and then completed missed the catch himself. Orchard's Lee Collins was then presented with an easy tap-in to the empty net. That second goal knocked the stuffing out of Glebe North, but Kelly refused to be too downhearted and doesn't believe their poor start will have a bearing on this Thursday's clash with neighbours Malahide at Gannon Park (7.30pm). 'The way we're playing is encouraging, but we need to start tightening up defensively and cutting out mistakes and start getting points on the board,' he said. 'You could be bottom of the league going into a game like Malahide and it would have no effect. I'm looking forward to playing them. 'They are a great club - everything from the floodlights to the pitch - and it's great to have them back in the top division.' GLEBE NORTH: Ciaran Bizzell, Jason Rankin, Reece McEnteer, Darren McCann, Ryan Thorpe, Noel Barrett, Stephen Chambers, Pat Campbell, Rory O'Connor, Austin McCann (Keith Murray), Angel Fernandez (Adam Foley).

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