SKERRIES Town's first home game of the new LSL season resulted in a hardearned win over a St James Gate team who gave them a few frights before the final whistle blew. It could have been a disastrous start for the home side, as two chances for the visitors went abegging in the first four minutes, turned in Skerries' favour with 10 minutes gone when Gate's number 2 bizarrely turned the ball past his own keeper when under absolutely no pressure.
This was the tonic that the home team needed as they then took control of the game, with Shane Langan adding a second goal after 20 minutes, heading home a left wing cross from Con Martin. For the remainder of the half, Skerries pressurised the Gate defence but were unable to add to their total.
They continued to dominate for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but then slowly they allowed the visitors back into the game. It came as now surprise when in the 73rd minute, the Gate eventually pulled a goal back to set up a nervous closing period for the home side.
With the back four of Aidan Bolger, Ryan Beggs, Steven Hogan and John Kennefik standing firm in the teeth of the continuous onslaught, it still required a man-of-the-match performance from keeper Conor Kavanagh to ensure that the scoreline didn't change. In a last break by Skerries, striker Sean Lyon was unlucky when his shot from an acute angle smashed against the upright and went wide, but they still got the result they wanted and can now look forward to an away trip to CYM Terenure next weekend.