Friday 23 August 2019

Fears of the drop mount for Glebe

PJ Murray

A 91st-minute goal consigned Glebe North to a narrow loss at home to St Pats CY, their second defeat of the year - but more worryingly for the Market Green side, their fifth league defeat on the bounce.

Glebe North 1 St Patrick's CY 2

The result leaves them just outside the bottom three on goal difference as Liam Kelly's side struggle for form.

Glebe were slow to start on Friday and really should have been two or three goals down inside the first 30 minutes. Twice they inadvertently teed up the Pats CY strikers with stray passes inside their own box, but luckily for the defence Pats scuffed the shots on both occasions.

With so much pressure on the team to pull away from the bottom, there is a lot riding on each game and disaster struck when the visitors' pressure finally paid off when they hit the front on the half-hour mark.

They held that slender lead going into the break, but in truth Glebe could consider themselves fortunate not to be further behind at that stage.

Probably buoyed by that realisation, the hosts began to press a bit more in the second half and take the game to their opponents. Noel Barrett had two headers from close range, both of which he failed to hit the target with.

On the hour mark Glebe won a free kick in close range to the Pats goal and Alan Connor stepped up to curl the ball into the top left-hand corner.

The Balbriggan side hit the crossbar soon after as they went in search of a lead goal.

Ken Costello also had a chance which drew a good save from the visiting keeper, but in the 91st minute, with both sides looking like sharing the spoils, the ball dropped to a Pats midfielder 25 yards out. His strike just rifled into the top corner, leaving Alan O'Connor with very little chance as Pats snatched the win right at the death.

The loss means that Glebe are level on points with Home Farm, but just outside the drop zone due to a superior goal difference. Kelly's side are idle next weekend before they face Crumlin United in the FAI Intermediate Cup the following week.

Despite the defeat the Glebe manager said he was pleased with the way his side bounced back from what was one of their worst first-half performances of the season.

He admitted that there was very little anyone could have done to prevent the winning goal and sometimes you just have to accept that.

Glebe NORTH: Alan O'Connor, Phil Kavanagh, Alan Connor, Ciaran O'Connor, Jason Rankin, Austin McCann, Noel Barrett, Pat Campbell, Steven Nolan, Sean O'Connor, Anto Burke.

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