WITH JUST one point separating the sides in the table, there was a lot at stake when Kinsealy Boys entertained Dunshaughlin on Sunday morning.
Kinsealy had a full squad to pick from with Alex Chuks in attack and Lorcan Burke between the posts, and it was the home side who started the brighter, creating some great chances in the first 10 minutes. Dunshaughlin defended brilliantly and didn't make life easy for Kinsealy and then hit the front themselves against the run of play in the 15th minute.
Some fine passing in midfield carved out the chance, but the goalscorer still had a lot to do with a shot from the edge of the box. Kinsealy pressed forward and created more chances but the Dunshaughlin 'keeper was in superb form, denying the home strikers time and again. Then in the 18th minute Dunshaughlin struck again, this time a scramble in the box wasn't cleared and the ball rolled into the net making it 20. It could of got a whole worse when a long range shot from midfield was cleared off the line by Mathew Egan with a fine header to keep Kinsealy in the game.
The home side were under pressure and the half time whistle couldn't come soon enough However, Kinsealy started the second half strongly again, dictating the play but this time the tempo was better and they took a firm grip of the the midfield sector. In the 40th minute all the pressure paid off when Kinsealy were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Dunshaughlin box and midfielder Adam Brant stepped up to clear the visitor's wall and give the keeper no chance. Fearing the worst, Dunshaughlin pulled everyone back to defend their slim one goal lead but that only allowed Kinsealy to attack at will.
However, the Dunshaughlin defence held firm until the prolific Alex Chuks picked up possession on the edge of the box and dribbled through the Dunshaughlin defence and smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Kinsealy's tails were up and they went looking for the winner. Dunshaughlin fought hard to hang on and in the final minute Kevin O'Reilly found himself in front of goal with the ball at his feet, but his shot was saved by the Dunshaughlin keeper. After a true game of two halves, manager for the day Graham Brant praised his team for all their hard work. Kinsealy Boys would like to thank their sponsors Garage Express for their continued support.