CLUB captain Brenny Carberry popped up with a late equaliser to give Loughshinny a solid start to their Major 1B campaign last Saturday.
The Fingal club has been promoted for the last three years in succession and is on the up thanks to tireless work from the committee - led by chairman Paul Murphy and the dedicated Sarah McGirl - together with player managers Peter Ryan and Barry O'Rourke and head coach Edward Doherty. L
oughshinny started slowly, but the visitors never threatened in the first half due to solid defence led by Carberry and centre-half Matt Brady. Colum Wilde did have an early sight of goal after working hard for the opportunity, but the Verona keeper saved well on that occasion, while the home side suffered the disappointment of losing their most experienced player after only five minutes as Craig Rogan pulled up with a troublesome groin.
Nevertheless Loughshinny looked the more threatening in the first half and they were unlucky not to grab the lead after good efforts from Wilde, Mark Lumsen and a spectacular one by Stephen Byrne, while Killian McMahon, Lumsen and man of the match Alan Kerslake were also to the fore. For the second half Loughshinny brought on pacy winger John Farrell who proceeded to give the Verona defence a torrid time, while Caoilte Dillon also threatened with some good long-range shots, but somehow the score remained deadlocked. Verona then had a man sent off for a second yellow card, yet it was the 10 men who almost immediately broke the deadlock from a free kick which was only half-cleared, resulting in an excellent strike to put the visitors ahead.
That prompted Loughshinny boss Peter Ryan to make a tactical switch and it paid dividends in the final moments when some excellent play by Wilde set up Carberry who slotted past the Verona keeper. LOUGHSHINNY UNITED: Smith, McDonald, Brady, Carberry, Wallace, McMahon, Lumsen, Rogan (Dillon 5, Barrett 80), Byrne (Farrell 50), Kerslake, Wilde. Subs not used: O'Rourke, Bermingham, Whelan.