Nathan on song for Ita's
NATHAN O'Rourke bagged a hat-trick as St Ita's eased past Balscadden in this one-sided NDSL Under 13E fixture on Sunday.
That's three wins from four for Liam Owens' side, and on the evidence of this display they can look forward to having a good season.
Balscadden trailed 4-0 at the break, but to their credit they kept battling and improved in the early stages of the second half.
The lively O'Rourke headed in a right wing cross after two minutes, and shortly after he doubled his side's lead when he capitalised on hesitancy on the edge of the Balscadden penalty area.
John Keane made it 3-0 when he waltzed through a static visitors' defence and had plenty of time to pick his spot, and O'Rourke completed his hat-trick before half-time when he netted from close range after receiving a pass from Fionn Dineen.
Luke Farrell provided Balscadden with their best moment when he pulled a goal back two minutes into the second half.
Yinka Adeloduh, Balscadden's best player, split the St Ita's defence and Farrelly slotted past keeper Paul Hempton.
Unfortunately for Balscadden they couldn't capitalise on their goal and within two minutes St Ita's were back on the scoreboard. Dineen used the strong wind to his advantage and fired a fine short over the keeper's head and into the top corner.
Two minutes from time David O'Mahoney broke through Balscadden's de-fence to score and St Ita's were in seventh heaven near the end when Isaac Spratt played in fellow sub Conor Owens and the latter dispatched the chance with ease.
St Ita's Portrane: Paul Hempton, Daniel Drysdale, Leo Flood, Fionn Dineen, Ceilim Rowsome, David O'Mahoney, Joshua Curley, Andrew Morgan Fry, Daniel Read, Nathan O'Rourke, John Keane. Subs: Conor Owens Isacc Spratt, Matthew Keane, Adam McCourt.
Balscadden Boys: Valentino Farrell, Robert Byrne, Yinka Adeloduh, Alex Dempsey, Eathan McGrath, Kian Murphy Smith, Adam Grimes, Jack Sherlock, Aaron Sutcliff, Luke O'Farrell, Darragh Carolan.
Referee: Rory Robinson