Saturday 25 May 2019

Glebe make point thanks to supersub

Division 1 Sunday: Glebe North 2 Wayside Celtic 2

Paul Byrne

A magnificent last-minute free kick from substitute Andy Haran helped extend Glebe North's unbeaten league run to four games in Balbriggan on Friday evening last.

Having endured a nightmare start to the season, Glebe have really started to pick up in recent weeks, with a draw against Swords Celtic followed by back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Those two victories have moved Glebe outside the relegation zone and they are now looking up rather than down as they eye a strong finish to the season.

Wayside have also struggled for form this season, with just three victories from their opening 14 games, but they travelled to Glebe in good form, having earned a creditable draw away to UCD a week earlier.

Glebe began the game without captain Noel Barrett but looked dangerous early on, with Paul Haran and Sean O'Connor looking lively for the hosts. The first real chance fell to O'Connor who connected well with a first-time shot, but unfortunately for Glebe the ball flew just wide of the post.

Glebe did take the lead mid-way through the first half when Chris Polis played in Sean O'Connor who made no mistake as he hit the ball low into the corner of the net to give his side the lead.

Glebe continued to look strong as the half progressed, but they were hit by a sucker punch late on as Wayside broke before scoring just before the break. It was a goal out of nothing really and Glebe will have been disappointed going in level at 1-1, having dominated for large periods of the opening half.

Glebe started the second half well and really should have gone back ahead, having created a glorious chance for O'Connor. New signing Brian Cabraley swung in a teasing cross which found the unmarked O'Connor, but his header went straight to the Wayside keeper, much to the visitors' relief.

Glebe were made to pay for that glaring miss just minutes later as Wayside took advantage of a mistake in defence to take the lead. A long, hopeful ball forward from Wayside Celtic looked to pose little danger for Glebe, but new signing Jason Rankin under-hit his cushioned header back to his keeper, allowing the Wayside forward to nip in and slot it past Michal Skvaypozak.

To Glebe's credit they responded well to that setback and began to dominate as Wayside sat back trying to protect their lead.

Polis almost got Glebe back on level terms with a powerful effort from distance, but his shot was well saved by the Wayside goalkeeper.

With time running out Glebe sent on former St Patrick's Athletic striker Andy Haran to try and rescue something from the game and he was involved instantly as he went on a jinking run before being brought down at the edge of the box.

Haran picked himself up before hitting a quite sumptuous free kick from just outside the D which found the top corner of the net to rescue a point for Glebe. It was a magnificent effort from Haran and the goal helps move Glebe up to 10th in the table.

Glebe North: Michal Skvaypozak, Jason Rankin, Aiden Bissett, Ciaran O'Connor, Keith Murray, Daniel Doherty, Chris Polis (Conor Costello), Paul Haran, Shaun Whelan (Andy Haran), Brian Cabarley, Sean O'Connor.

Fingal Independent