Woodhead birthday present is full points
HYDE Park handed their manager Gary Woodhead the perfect birthday present with a comprehensive win at home to basement side Athy on Sunday.
The three points was made all the sweeter by the club's first clean sheet in several weeks.
Hyde Park were boosted by the fact that they were almost at full strength, having several players back from suspension and injury.
Keith Delehane opened the scoring after only 10 minutes when a free kick from about 25 yards out was expertly curled over the wall and into the corner of the net, leaving the Athy keeper with no chance.
Arthur Daly then doubled the home team's advantage with a sublime solo effort when, having dropped deep, he gained possession on the half-way line and ran at the Athy defence before getting into the box and smacking a shot past the helpless keeper.
Athy rarely threatened, but the returning David Healy was called into action just after the second goal as the visitors broke and from close range they hit the target, but Healy made a fantastic reaction save to keep his goal intact.
Six minutes after the save Hyde Park really killed off the game when an in-swinging Danny Baxter corner was met by John Richardson and he powered his header into the net to see his team go in at the break three goals to the good.
Facing very little opposition, Woodhead chose to give a few other players a run-out as he emptied the bench in the second half.
Some poor defending saw Athy fail to clear and Daly added his second goal of the day when he netted from a snap shot inside the box.
Hyde Park controlled the game from there to the finish and although Athy had more attacks they offered very little going forward.
Hyde Park: David Healy, Robert Halligan, Johnaton Murray, John Richardson (Mark Teeling), Alan Hammond, Richie Baxter (Kieran Guildea), Keith Delehane, Richie Collins, Danny Baxter, David Geary (Fran McDonagh), Arthur Daly.