Thursday 23 November 2017

Glebe draw little comfort as more points dropped

Division 1 Sunday

Paul Byrne

Glebe North's promotion hopes suffered another setback as they were held to a draw by lowly Broadford Rovers on Friday evening.

Broadford Rovers 1 Glebe North 1

The Balbriggan side are now 10 points behind leaders Newbridge and seven behind second-placed Dublin Bus.

Following their defeat to league leaders Newbridge the previous week, Kevin Curley's side knew they couldn't slip up again if they were to remain the masters of their own destiny with regards to promotion.

That would be easier said than done, however, with Broadford showing good recent form despite their lowly position in the table.

An excellent away draw against the league leaders the previous weekend showed the Ballinteer outfit would be no pushovers.

Unfortunately for Glebe, they got off to the worst possible start as Broadford took the lead after just three minutes.

The goal came from a well-worked move which saw the Rovers striker react quickest in the box following a good cross from the right.

Glebe responded well to that early setback, with Phil Kavanagh almost equalising on 10 minutes after good work from Austin McCann.

The equaliser did arrive five minutes later as Sean O'Connor stabbed home the ball after Sean O'Rourke's header had hit the post.

It was no more than Glebe deserved as they looked to push on and find the winner.

The remainder of the half saw Glebe continue to create chances, but a combination of bad finishing and good goalkeeping ensured the sides went in at the break on level terms.

Given Glebe's dominance in the first half, it seemed as though it would only be a matter of time before they found a winner after the break. They opened the second half creating yet another chance as Phil Kavanagh beat his man down the right before sending in a peach of a cross which was met by the head of Sean Hughes.

However, the Broadford Rovers goalkeeper pulled off a good save to maintain parity for his team.

The away side continued to push forward and with 20 minutes remaining Noel Barrett thought he'd put his side ahead, but his snap shot just went the wrong side of the post.

Substitute Aiden Bissett had a chance late on to win it for Glebe, but his effort drifted just wide and proved to be the final opportunity of a game Glebe will feel they should have won.

With nine games remaining the Balbriggan side are going to have to be near flawless if they are to push themselves into a promotion place.

Glebe North: Alan O'Connor, Jason Rankin, Ciaran O'Connor, Keith Murray, Chris Polis, Philip Kavanagh, Paul Haran (Aiden Bissett), Austin McCann, Noel Barrett, Sean O'Connor (Sean Hughes), Sean O'Rourke (Andy Haran).

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