A SWEETLY-STRUCK penalty kick by David Hewitt two minutes from time sealed a third successive victory for Skerries in this closely contested Leinster Senior Shield clash at Holmpatrick on Saturday.The surroundings were somewhat grey on what was an autumnal day, but this was a very colourful, feisty encounter and with just 13 minutes on the clock DLSP's Alan Costigan was yellow-carded after an altercation in which nearly every player was involved. Skerries were already three points ahead at that stage following a Hewitt penalty awarded for holding on in the tackle, and they made their numerical advantage count shortly after Costigan's binning. After sustained pressure left wing Kevin McGrath dived over in the corner. However, some weak defence allowed Karl Moran and Conor Power to begin a move that ended with open-side flanker Jasper Pickersgill cancelling out McGrath's score, and at the end of the first half more poor defensive work saw Power himself get over for a converted try that left DLSP 12-8 ahead at the break. The influential Mike Sherlock and Conal Keane both shipped injuries and had to be replaced, but Skerries shrugged off that double blow and restored their led when number 8 Ross McAuley was put clear to score in the corner and Hewitt's conversion made it 15-12. Chris Tonge then spilled the ball just at the wrong moment as his pack colleagues were driving him towards the DLSP try line, but another Hewitt three-pointer extended Skerries' advantage to 18-12. Tonge's fumble looked like proving costly, however, when DLSP replacement Karl Miller was driven over by his forward colleagues and Michael Nevin converted to give the visitors a one-point lead. But there was to be one final twist as Hewitt stroked over a lovely place kick from just on the half-way line to snatch victory - one week after DLSP lost by the same margin to Boyne after missing an easy kick right at the death. Skerries have no game next weekend, and so are now turning their attentions to their opening Ulster Bank League clash away to Instonians the following weekend.