Monday 14 October 2019

It's still 'Lucan' good for Skerries

Soccer: Skerries Town 0 Lucan United 0

Skerries Town maintained their slender lead at the top of the Senior Sunday 1A table thanks to a hard-fought point against their nearest rivals Lucan Town.

Both sides had chances to win it, but ultimately a draw was probably a fair result, with Skerries and Lucan both enjoying spells of dominance during the game.

Skerries came into this top-of-the-table clash on the back of a good run and lay just a point ahead of Lucan but with four more games played, and manager Alan Sweeney knew a defeat would probably spell an end to any hopes of winning the title.

The heaven's opened just before kick-off on Sunday morning, which resulted in a bit of a mudbath as the pitch cut up badly early on. Both sides are known for playing some attractive football, but that wasn't the case here as the game got scrappy due to the poor conditions.

Lucan enjoyed more of the ball early on, but they struggled to open up a well marshalled Skerries defence, with Ken Costello directing operations at the back for the hosts.

Skerries produced the first big chance of the game after 20 minutes when Emmet Mullen surged down the right before playing in Darren Lynch. Lynch took a touch before delivering a wonderful cross to Bob McKenna who should have done better with a header which just cleared the crossbar.

McKenna has been in fine form in recent weeks and he will have been disappointed to miss what was a relatively easy chance.

Skerries went close again five minutes before the break when a long throw-in was flicked on by Keith O'Callaghan at the near post. Once again McKenna came steaming in at the back post, but his out-stretched boot just failed to make contact with the ball as Lucan breathed a sigh of relief.

The visitors went close just before the break with a free kick, but Dylan Sweeney in the Skerries goal got down superbly to tip the ball around the post.

Lucan began the second half strongly and opened up Skerries at the back to leave the visiting striker one-on-one with Sweeney. The Skerries goalkeeper did well, however, to usher his opponent wide and force him into missing the target from an acute angle.

Skerries were struggling to create much of note as Lucan upped the tempo in search of a winner.

The hosts were screaming for a free kick just outside the Lucan box late on when they felt Andy Kavanagh had been hauled down.

However, the referee adjudged otherwise and instead sent off Keith O'Callaghan when he fouled his man seconds later as Lucan launched a counter-attack.

The free kick was skied over the bar by Lucan and that proved to be the final chance of a tense game, with both sides picking up a point.

Skerries Town: Dylan Sweeney, Paul O'Carroll, Barry Davey, Ken Costello, Emmet Mullen, Shane Kiely, Keith O'Callaghan, Darren Lynch (Adam Clarke), Brian Snowe (Andy Kavanagh), Shane Langan, Bob McKenna (Shane Langan).

Fingal Independent