THE opportunity to secure a top-four position was lost by Skerries Town last Sunday when they suffered this narrow home defeat to Lucan.
Following their impressive win the previous week over Garda, the home team entered this game with confidence and in the first quarter this was very much in evidence. However, the visitors' defence held firm and as the half progressed they came more into the game.
An injury to Shane Langan disrupted Skerries' momentum, but as half-time approached the overall perception was that the home side were still in control. Whatever the Lucan management said at the break certainly spurred them into life and three minutes after the restart, they went ahead. Their midfielder got on the ball and, holding off some ineffective tackles, played a through pass to the striker who gave home keeper Shane Davis no chance. In fairness, this caused an immediate reaction from Skerries and they surged forward in search of an equaliser.
A strong run by Con Martin was halted illegally on the edge of the area, but the resultant free by Mark Doyle was diverted for a corner. Shortly after full-back John Kennefik was fouled 20 yards from goal and this time there was no escape for Lucan as Kennefik himself took the kick and gave the keeper no chance as the ball flew into the top right-hand corner. But with 10 minutes left a long kickout was headed on by the Lucan striker to a colleague whose first-time strike nestled in the Skerries net.