Thursday 23 November 2017

New boys in seventh heaven

NEWLY promoted Cloghertown opened their league programme with a convincing home win over Dunshaughlin.

While the management team of Noel Perry and Paul Madden will be happy with the win, they know that better teamwork and cohesion are necessary throughout the team if they are to be successful in this Division. Fahri O'Driscoll, who went on to score a hat-trick for the winners, opened the scoring with an individual effort in the twelfth minute, cutting in from the left and squeezing the ball inside the near post. Ten minutes later the home side scored two well taken team goals in quick succession. The first was a deft header by midfielder Stephen Kane after a precise cross by Patrick McGill from the right and the second was finished by O'Driscoll after a good inter-passing movement on the left involving David Morgan and Ben O'Brien. Dunshaughlin should have reduced the deficit shortly after when their centre-forward outpaced the Cloghertown defence only to see his shot rebound off the post. O'Driscoll completed his hat-trick approaching the break when he rose to meet a Morgan corner and sent a looping header over the visitor's keeper. At half-time Cloghertown made some changes and Edwinus Servaitis, who came on at centre-forward, went on to score in the fifth and thirtieth minutes after good work by O'Driscoll. Dunshaughlin converted a penalty shortly after when their centre-forward was pulled down, but Samuel Howard completed the scoring for Cloghertown when his long clearance from defence deceived the visitor's keeper and ended up in the net.

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