Sunday 26 February 2017

Pat's sink St Sylvester's to keep promotion hopes alive

John Lynders is confronted by St Sylvester's 'keeper Stephen Finnegan.
John Lynders is confronted by St Sylvester's 'keeper Stephen Finnegan.

ST PAT'S Donabate maintained their push for a place in the promotion play-offs with Dinny Corcoran registering 3-1 in the first half in a crucial top of the table derby clash in Donabate on Saturday evening.

The win lifts Donabate into fourth spot and with two games to go, they are still on course for a second consecutive promotion. With games to come against St Margarets and newly crowned champions, St Finians of Swords, that is certainly an achievable goal while St Sylvesters who lie in third are also on course for a place in the semi-final. Sylvesters were missing some key players on the night but even with a full compliment they would have struggled to contain an on-fire Donabate team.

Pulling the strings once more was Niall 'Charlo' Collins who has proved a revelation since returning to his boyhood club from Parnells. Joey Collins turned in an equally influential display at midfield, while the driving runs of Sean Keogh from the wing back position were a constant theme throughout this game. And up and coming underage star Adam Darby gave another sterling display in defence, the full back keeping close tabs on Mark Finnerty throughout the course of the sixty minutes. Donabate got off to an explosive start when inside the first minute, John Lynders who was terrific on the forty, found Niall Collins with a long ball.

Collins was subsequently dragged down which resulted in a penalty for Donabate and up stepped Dinny Corcoran to convert past the keeper. Syls countered with a point at the other end before Donabate restored their goal advantage when Lynders kicked a terrific point on the run. Midfielder, Dean Styles, then sent over a 45' before Donabate increased their advantage to seven points on the quarter hour. Niall Collins had found Corcoran with a diagonal pass and the corner forward stepped inside his marker and found the back of the net with a sweetly struck shot off the outside of his boot. Sylvesters were now struggling to contain their dominant hosts and following a free from Corcoran, the same player collected a long ball from John Lynders before driving low past Stephen Finnegan in the Sylvesters goal.

That left it 3-4 to 0-1 at the break but Syls began to find their range after the restart with successive scores from Kevin Clarke and Mark Finnerty. And although the hard working Wayne Knight kicked a terrific score from the left, Alan Sexton having drilled in a point off the post then registered his second point with a shot on the turn. However, Sylvesters were then left facing an uphill task when on 43 minutes Donabate struck for their fourth goal. Keogh was the creator as he drew a number of players before offloading to Lynders who duly converted to leave it a 45 to 1-5 midway through the half. Sylvesters were duly handed a lifeline after Donabate had been penalised for a foot block on Finnerty as he lined up a shot at goal. Finnerty duly converted but Donabate then closed the game out with late scores from Styles, Lynders, and Corcoran.

ST PAT'S DONABATE: Adam Sullivan, Adam Derby, Darragh Mahon, Daryl O'Hara, Leon Knight, Sean Keogh, Mark Hender, Dean Styles 0-2 (0-1 45'), Mark Prunty, Wayne Knight 0-1, Joey Collins, John Lynders 1-3, Dinny Corcoran 3-2 (0-1f), Jesse Corcoran, Niall Collins

ST SYLVESTERS: Stephen Finnegan, Alan Morris, John Peacock, Brian Shalloe, Niall Higgins, Ciaran McArdle, Damen McMahon, Mark Reilly, Kieran Byrne, Kevin Clarke, 0-3 (0-2f), Alan Sexton 0-2, Conor Colclough, Philip Daly, Mark Finnerty 1-1 (1-0 pen), Mannix Ryan

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