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Bottom club aren’t Bridge too far for Skerries


On target - Skerries Town's Bob McKenna.

On target - Skerries Town's Bob McKenna.

On target - Skerries Town's Bob McKenna.




SKERRIES Town picked up a much-needed three points, ending a run of six games without a win thanks to a fine second-half performance in Kildare.

Goals from Ken Costello, Bob McKenna and James Kimmage sealed a welcome victory for Alan Sweeney’s side who will now hope to gain ground on the top four when they play their games in hand over the coming weeks.

The visitors began the game well, with McKenna going close against a young, inexperienced Newbridge side who are bottom of the Senior 1 Sunday table.

Skerries’ early pressure saw them deservedly take the lead after just seven minutes thanks to a goalkeeping error. An in-swinging corner should have been gathered by the Newbridge keeper, but he fumbled, allowing McKenna to get a touch before Ken Costello toe-poked the ball home.

Skerries almost doubled their lead three minutes later after great work from McKenna who beat his man out wide before pulling the ball back for Eddie Rpubchka who smashed the ball off the crossbar with a powerful effort.

Skerries were well on top now and had another glorious chance just after the quarter-hour mark when McKenna was one on one with the keeper, but his effort was brilliantly saved.

Having weathered a lot of that early Skerries storm, Newbridge gradually began to get going and they dominated for the remaining 25 minutes of the opening half, with Shane Davies making two fantastic saves to ensure his side went in at the break with a narrow lead.

Skerries enjoyed a perfect start to the second half as they doubled their lead thanks to top scorer McKenna who latched on to a through-ball from Karl Young before slotting home for 2-0.

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The game was all but over with 20 minutes to go when Newbridge were reduced to 10 men following a dangerous tackle and Skerries were able to put the game to bed 10 minutes later when Kimmage finished well after being put through by McKenna.

Newbridge did manage a late consolation with a shot from distance in the final minute, but it was too little too late.

Skerries TOWN: Shane Davies, Emmet Mullen, Barry Davey, Ken Costello, Oisin Kimmage, Chris Polis, Shane Kiely, Karl Young, James Kimmage, Eddie Rpubchka, Bob McKenna. Subs: Karl Costello for Polis, Harry Nugent for Rpubchka.