Tuesday 22 October 2019

Goals the only missing ingredient in stalemate

Division 1 Sunday

Paul Byrne

A number of missed chances in the second half cost Glebe all three points as they had to settle for a draw against Home Farm in Balbriggan on Friday evening.

Glebe North 0 Home Farm 0

Glebe went into the match with confidence running high, having won four and drawn one of their previous five matches in Senior 1 Sunday, but they knew this would be their toughest test to date. League leaders Home Farm had tasted defeat just once this season and so this looked set for an intriguing battle in Market Green.

The game began with both sides feeling each other out early on and it was definitely a case of defences being on top during the opening half-an-hour.

Glebe keeper Michal Skvaypozak was having a relatively quiet time, but he had to be alert to keep a speculative long-range shot out. Just before half-time Glebe fashioned their best chance of the half when Sean O'Connor (pictured right) found a bit of space out on the left-hand side. His cross was met by the head of Sean Hughes, but agonisingly for Glebe the ball just went wide and the stalemate remained going into the break.

Glebe opened the second half very strongly and were now beginning to dominate proceedings. In the 50th minute they should have been ahead when Sean O'Connor was put through one-on-one with the keeper, but his shot went wide and the away side breathed a sigh of relief.

Glebe were well and truly in the groove now and some of their build-up play was mesmerising as Paul Haran, Noel Barrett and Adam Foley posed a constant threat to the Home Farm defence.

Foley was put through by Barrett on the hour mark, but once again Glebe were denied the opening goal as Foley's dinked finish was again just wide.

It seemed a matter of when and not if the opening goal would arrive as the home side continued to press and on 70 minutes Barrett was denied by excellent goalkeeping as his shot was tipped just wide.

Glebe continued to push for the winner and they created one last chance in the dying minutes as Foley connected with a spectacular overhead kick which just missed the target.

Shortly afterwards the final whistle put an end to a very good second-half performance from Glebe which was just missing that all-important goal.

Manager Kevin Curley was very pleased with his side's performance but understandably slightly disappointed that his charges couldn't make one of their second-half opportunities count.

'We were very, very good today and all that was missing from that performance was a goal. We created plenty of great chances in that second half, but we just weren't clinical enough.

'I can have no complaints with the lads' application and effort and I know if we play like that every week we'll win a lot more than we lose or draw.

'Ultimately, though, that isn't a bad point there today against a very good Home Farm side, so we won't be too down about not coming away with the win.'

Glebe North: Michal Skvaypozak, Jason Rankin, Philip Kavanagh, Keith Murray, Ciaran O'Connor, Sean Hughes, Noel Barrett, Paul Haran, Krzysztof Witkpwoski (Austin McCann), Adam Foley, Sean O'Connor (Andy Haran).

Fingal Independent