Sunday 19 May 2019

Five-star Glebe into last four

Rory O’Connor claimed the match-ball after scoring a hat-trick.
Rory O’Connor claimed the match-ball after scoring a hat-trick.

GLEBE North breezed into the semi-final of the Charlie Cahill Cup on Friday, in no small part to Rory O'Connor who bagged a hat-trick.

This was a big improvement on their last game when they lost to title challengers Tolka Rovers in the league as Glebe played with a bit more flair and dominated from start to finish.

The hosts hit the front after only two minutes when Stephen Chambers whipped in a corner which was cleared back out to the midfielder and he delivered a left-footed cross which Rory O'Connor met at the back post to head home.

Leixlip knew they would have a big task, but that goal seemed to take all the wind from their sails and they barely threatened throughout the 90 minutes.

Glebe hassled and harried and in front of their own fans were in total control, sweeping the ball around the park with ease, and they should have been much further ahead.

With five minutes left in the half, though, Reece McEnteer picked out a defence-splitting pass for Rory O'Connor to race onto and he lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper to make it 2-0 at the break.

Leixlip literally had one chance in the game when they got around the full-backs and played a ball right in front of Eddie McDonald, but there was no one there to capitalise.

Again, Glebe started the second half much the quicker and on 50 minutes the ended the game as a contest. Stephen Chambers once again supplied the delivery and Rory O'Connor secured the match ball when he stroked his shot past the helpless keeper.

Glebe relaxed a lot more and were attempting the audacious with some shots from distance, but it was when they went back to basics that they added to their total.

Kingsley Karakitie got down the wing and delivered an inviting ball to the box which was half-cleared and Stephen Chambers came racing on to it and volleyed a shot into the top corner.

Karakitie was causing all sorts of problems on the wing and on 85 minutes he slid a ball across the face of goal which Donal Coughlan got on the end of to smash home.

Glebe have two league games this week, starting with the visit of local rivals Malahide United, before Wayside Celtic travel to Market Green for the final league game of the season.

The cup semi-final takes place on Wednesday 28th, with the draw yet to be made.

Glebe North: Eddie McDonald, Phil Kavanagh, Reece McEnteer, Stephen Chambers, Jason Rankin, Noel Barrett, Keith Murray, Pat Campbell, Rory O'Connor, Stephen Nolan (Donal Coughlan), Kingsley Karakitie.

Fingal Independent