3DENNY DIV 2 'A'
Annascaul FC 4 Cedar Galaxy 2
NEWCOMERS Annascaul FC etched out their first league victory in their short existence at Mounthawk Park on Sunday with a hard earned but merited win over Cedar Galaxy.
Cedar started with their striker Conor Agnew starting as stand in goalie and it took them a long time to get into the game. Annascaul began in explosive fashion going ahead after just three minutes. The move began at midfield with Garret O'Donnell making space down the wing and he floated a great cross to Jason Hickson and he steered his header home from 10 yards. Gradually Cedar began to settle into the game and it took a fine save by Annascaul keeper Tommy Pierce to deny Sean Coppenger.
Down the other end Annascaul created an opening but Eamon Hickson's shot was well saved by Cedar goalie Conor Agnew. The Cedar defence were caught day dreaming in the 37th minute when Jason Hickson waltzed past defenders like poetry in motion and finished to the net from close range. However, Cedar were given a lifeline three minutes from the break when a handball in the box by John Bowler led to a penalty kick.
Their goalie Conor Agnew was given the task of taking it and he finished low into the bottom corner to throw the game wide open at half time. Cedar were enjoying more possession at the start of the second half but play was breaking down when they got close to goals. This all changed in the 56th minute when Brendan Fuller showed great skill getting past a defender and then from just outside the box he sent a sublime shot which went in off the bottom of the right hand post.
Now Cedar were the team with a spring in their step and they began to take the game to their opponents. However, against the run of play everthing changed for them in a two minute spell when Annascaul hit for two goals in as many minutes. Firstly a foul on Shane Foley led to a free kick near the right touch line. This was floated into the goalmouth by Eamon Lenihan but the shot evaded everyone including the Cedar goalie and Annascaul were back in front.
Two minutes later Cedar pulled the self destruction button when a poor kick out by their goalie found a defender under pressure and he was robbed by Eamon Hickson who now only had the keeper to beat and he finished in style. Annascaul can feel very happy with the result and on the evidence of Sunday's game they could be in the shake up for the title by the end of the season.