Monday 14 October 2019

Glenmuir leave it late to snatch win

Schoolboys soccer: U-13 Premier - Glenmuir United 1 Walshestown 0

The league leaders found it very hard to break down the resolute resistance of opponents sitting in third last position in the under-13 premier division.

Mattis Lukojovkius in the closing minutes finally broke the deadlock and the hearts of the visitors to Glenmuir Park in midweek with a cracking drive into the corner of the net from a few yards inside the penalty box.

All the pressure that Glenmuir had applied had failed to yield a tangible reward until that point. Indeed Walshestown with attacking talent like Tadgh Casey and Ben Casey posed a genuine threat to ending the leaders unbeaten record with much lesser of the attacking play, but was more evident in the second half before the all important goal.

The first half the play as mainly all in the direction of the visitors goal but they coped well with the pressure, with the best chance Glenmuir had to score when Callum Clarke was released down the right wing by Shane Farrell. The former's cross was spilled by the Walshestown 'keeper Colm Hackett, presenting Jack McLaughlin with a gaping goal but he shot over the crossbar.

Clarke was the game's most dangerous player, with his penetrating runs down the right wing, and fittingly he created the opening that resulted in the all important goal.

But before then Glenmuir had to endure a lot of frustration, mainly through the stout defensive play of Jack Murtagh, Daniel Matthews and Callum Shevlin.

The stylish Tony McDonnell made an important interception and Grey was just too early with his run as he raced clear through the middle onto a great defence splitting ball by Donnacha Hodgins from half way. He was blown offside.

These were about the only times that the visitors looked like they might score in the opening half.

They then had two big let-offs in the early minutes of the second half. Clarke worked his way clear to the end line close to the near post but somehow his low cross right across the face of goal eluded everybody and the danger was cleared.

Hackett shortly after made an important advance to stop another move that that had goal written over it.

Walshestown grew in confidence, and Grey made a smart turn near the penalty box from a ball played in from the right wing by Turley and tested the home goalkeeper Erik Nomenta.

The play then switched to the other end and Matthews and goalkeeper Hackett between them thwarted an incisive run by Conal McGeough into the visitors penalty box, scrambling the ball for a corner that amounted to nothing.

A shot by Hodgins again from outside the penalty bounced awkwardly in front of the home 'keeper, as Walshestown asserted they more in attack. It took a timely interception by Sean Reilly to halt the menacing Hodgins.

Then the game was decided when Clarke broke free yet again on the right, and pulled the ball back for the Walshestown defence to block a first scoring attempt, but Lukosovkius made no mistake with the second as the ball broke to him.

Glenmuir: Eric Nomenta, Sean Reilly, Tony McDonnell, Liam Flanagan, Mattis Lukojovkius, Leon Yore, Callum Clarke, David Craven, Shane Farrell, Jack McLaughlin, Dillon Arrowsmith, Ben Keenan, Conal McGeough, Colm Drumm, Liam Rogers, Jack McLaughlin.

Walshestown: Colm Hackett, Daniel Matthews, Jack Murtagh, Callum Shevlin, Matthew Butterly, Ben Turley, Donnacha Hodgins, Tadgh Grey, Sean Boyle, Alex Aspell, Ryan Healy, George Bellew, Rhys Taaffe.

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