Glenmuir hit a rough patch
Dromin Utd. 3Glenmuir Uniteds expected strong challenge for the Meath and District League title is faltering with a 3-1 defeat by leaders Dromin United at Glenmuir Park on Friday night extending a sticky run for the home side.They were missing a number of key players, with Ciaran Dunne suspended, and regular goalkeeper Kevin Mullen injured, but Cedric Mupan who depu
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Glenmuir United’s expected strong challenge for the Meath and District League title is faltering with a 3-1 defeat by leaders Dromin United at Glenmuir Park on Friday night extending a sticky run for the home side.
They were missing a number of key players, with Ciaran Dunne suspended, and regular goalkeeper Kevin Mullen injured, but Cedric Mupan who deputised for the latter could not be in any way held at fault.
Declan Moran went desperately close to putting them in front after nine minutes when after receiving the ball on the wing from player/manager Alan Clarke, he cut into the Dromin penalty box and chipped the goalkeeper but a defender got back to clear.
Owen Armstrong’s goal-bound effort was cleared off the line when he shot through a crowded goalmouth on collecting a punched clearance just inside the 18 yard line following a corner by Alan Larkin.
Moran threatened again on 36 minutes when an opening was created for him with Armstrong rolling the ball into his path 12 yards from goal following a throw-in by Raymond Trimble. However, his shot carried no power.
Then a flurry of goals on either side of the break effectively decided the outcome. The visitors took the lead on 38 minutes. Dromin’s Darren Newman collected a throw-in and smartly evaded two home defenders and left Mupan with no chance with a bullet-like shot from the edge of the 18 yard box.
Glenmuir equalised four minutes later through Alan Larkin. A cross from the right by Trimble was missed by two defenders and fell perfectly for Larkin who slotted it home from ten yards.
But in a see-saw end to the half Dromin regained the lead right on the stroke of the interval whistle after Mupan denied them a minute earlier with a fabulous save from Newman when he broke clear of the home defence.
But there was nothing the ‘keeper could do when Paul Matondo latched onto a long clearance, sprung the Glenmuir offside trap, and with Mupan enticed off his line, he lobbed the ball over him and although he tried desperately he couldn’t get back to prevent it crossing the line.
The half finished with Keith Newell just heading over the bar from a Moran corner.
The result was settled six minutes into the second half when Dromin grabbed a third goal. Glenmuir were caught napping as the visitors won a free-kick 25 yards from the home goal. Before the Glenmuir defence could organise themselves, Aaron Doherty chipped the ball over the wall and into the net past Mupan.
Glenmuir’s only chance to cut the leeway fell to Paul Hoey, but he badly sliced his shot from a good position after Moran raced down the left wing and played a perfect low ball across the face of goal.
Otherwise Dromin easily contained the home team’s efforts to force their way back into the game over the remainder of the half.
Glenmuir: Cedric Mupan, Ray Trimble, Peter O’Kane, Keith Newell (Daithi Maher, 45), Alan Browne, Alan Clarke, Alan Larkin, Declan Moran, Paul Hoey, Owen Armstrong, Mark McGeown. Other subs, Damien Myles and Colm Smart.