Friday 19 April 2019

Glebe goal blitz continues as Bandon knocked out

Soccer: FAI Inter Cup third round - Glebe North 4 Bandon 0

Glebe North proved far too strong for Cork side Bandon as Gary McCormack's side marched stylishly into the fourth round of the FAI Intermediate Cup.

The Balbriggan men have been in fine form of late and came into this game off the back of a 6-0 demolition against Drumcondra/Stella Maris in the Senior 1 Sunday.

Danger man Adam Foley has been enjoying a fine run of form, scoring goals in all of his last four matches as a rejuvenated Glebe side rise up the table after a number of early-season draws.

Foley took no time in introducing himself to the Bandon defence with a mazy dribble early on before playing the ball in for Andy Haran whose shot went just wide.

Glebe continued to dominate and took a deserved lead after half an hour when Adam Foley ghosted in behind the Bandon defence before expertly slotting the ball home for the game's opening goal.

It was a fine goal from Foley and no more than Glebe deserved. The home side had chances to extend that lead approaching half-time, but they were denied by a couple of good saves from the Bandon goalkeeper.

Glebe continued to pile on the pressure early in the second half as they looked to kill off the tie. In truth the home side were guilty of some wastefulness during a ten-minute spell of domination as Jason Rankin and Sean O'Rourke both missed gilt-edged chances to double their side's lead.

Rankin made amends in the 68th minute, however, with a wonderful finish which left the visiting goalkeeper with no chance.

Having scored that all-important second goal, Glebe began to relax and play some excellent possession football, leaving Bandon chasing shadows.

Sean O'Rourke, who is enjoying a fine debut season with Glebe, having arrived from Mourne Celtic during the summer, got in on the act with ten minutes remaining, finding the back of the net following some good work out wide by Adam Foley.

And Glebe capped off a fine performance with a fourth goal in the final minutes after the referee awarded them a penalty kick.

Up stepped Andy Haran to send the keeper the wrong way and put the gloss on a good day's work from the Balbriggan side.

Fingal Independent