Thursday 18 January 2018

Four-midable Glebe return from Ballymun with maximum points

GLEBE left Poppintree Park with all three points on Sunday morning after turning in a superb display against a strong Ballymun side.

Glebe were out of the blocks fast with Joe Gaffney on the right wing first to test the Ballymun keeper. After that Glebe got into their passing game going and for the first 10 minutes controlled the midfield with Seamus Cassin and Justin Kavanagh in the centre breaking up the Ballymun attacks. Kavanagh was lively in attack too and put Owen Pollis through on goal, but the striker dragged his shot wide.

Another attack saw Dylan Andrew's force the 'keeper into a fine save. As Glebe continued to pile on the pressure Pollis rounded a Ballymun defender on the wing and his cross was met by Joe Gaffney whose shot was also well saved. Ballymun somehow made it to half-time with their goal intact, and after two more promising Glebe attacks it was the home side that trook the lead against the run of play. The goal sparked the game to life and a Lewis Cafferey shot at the other end earned Glebe another corner.

This time Kavanagh's cross was met by Gaffney who helped the ball on for Dylan Andrews to equalize. Wioth their tails up Glebe took control and attacked again with Simon Farren putting Pollis through on goal, but for the again keeper made a great save to push the ball around the post. From yet another Justin Kavanagh corner helped on by Luke McClean, Andrews was on hand again to head home. Cassin was playing a star role in midfield aided by Simon Farren and Lewis Cafferey and it was this trio who played through the Ballymun defence to set up a chance for Luke McClean.

The shot was stopped by a Ballymun hand and a penalty was given, with Lewis Cafferey stepping up to drive a low shot past the keeper. At 3-1 with five minutes left on the clock, Gaffney was brought back to help defend and Farren moved into a forward role to help Pollis. However, a short Glebe kickout was intercepted by Ballymun and slotted home to make it 3-2. The last few minutes saw some extremely brave defending with Gaffney clearing off his own line. Then from the resulting breakaway Pollis netted a richly deserved goal to make absolutely certain of the points. Best for Glebe on the day were Lewis Cafferey, Joe Gaffney Simon Farren, Adam Christie and Justin Kavanagh, with Seamus Cassin edging the Man of the Match honours.

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