Hyde come up short against the pace-setters
GOALS in the first three and final three minutes saw Hyde Park come out on the wrong side of a 2-0 result as the Balbriggan side hosted the league leaders on Sunday morning.
The Balbriggan outfit are mathematically certain of their place in the Major Sunday for next season, but Gary Woodhead's side are still chasing a top-half finish.
Three minutes into the game the Bhoys hit the front from a corner when a whipped-in ball was headed past David Healy in the Hyde goal.
Hyde began to take control of the game, with Robert Halligan putting in a solid performance at centre-half as he mopped up any loose balls, but it was midfield where the game was really played out as Richie Collins and Keith Delehane both worked well and contained the Bhoys' limited attack.
Fran McDonagh had efforts either side of the break, but the striker just couldn't beat the Shamrock keeper. Both attacks were built from midfield where Hyde remained on top, but it was in front of goal where they were really lacking.
With time running down Park moved to a 3-4-3 formation to chase the game and as a result they were caught out when Bhoys broke and a sweeping move downfield saw David Healy left exposed and there was nothing he could do to prevent the visitors extending their lead. Ultimately it was a case of Bhoys being more clinical and taking their chances.
Park face a trip to college this Tuesday as they face bottom side Dublin University. A win for the visitors would put them in good stead for the final series of fixtures.
Hyde Park: David Healy, Steven Carragher, Robert Halligan, David Geary, Danny Baxter (Anthony Hammond), Richie Collins, Keith Delehane, Anthony Daly (Ger Sweetman), Fran McDonagh (John Richardson), Ryan McMahon.