Wednesday 24 April 2019

Promotion rivals draw comfort after Skerries stalemate

Soccer, Leinster Senior League, Division 1A Sunday: Skerries Town 1 Kilnamanagh 1

Promotion hopefuls Skerries Town and Kilnamanagh shared the spoils in a cagey game at Park Lane on Sunday morning.

In the end both sides were relatively pleased with the point as they edge closer to promotion with just four games remaining.

Kilnamanagh travelled to Skerries lying second in the table, with goal difference the only thing separating the two sides. With three teams to go up, both sides knew a draw wouldn't be the worst result in the world and that made for a cautious opening to proceedings.

The game came to life on the quarter-hour mark thanks to a brilliant goal from Skerries striker Bob McKenna. The former Dundalk underage star beat his man before curling in a wonderful shot to the bottom corner to put his side ahead.

Kilnamanagh finished the half on top, but they failed to trouble Dylan Sweeney in the Skerries goal.

The visitors continued to press for an equaliser in the second half and they were given a lifeline on the hour mark when Ken Costello was adjudged to have fouled his man in the box. The penalty was despatched to make it 1-1. much to the disappointed of the large home support.

Skerries almost stole victory late on when Shane Langan's goal-bound shot was cleared off the line, but ultimately a draw was probably a fair result and brings both sides a step closer to promotion.

Skerries Town: Dylan Sweeney, Emmet Mullen (Donal Coughlan), Darren Lynch, Barry Davey, Ken Costello, Keith O'Callaghan, Shane Kiely, Ross Hopkins, Shane Langan (Andrew Kavanagh), Brian Snowe (Adam Clarke), Bob McKenna.

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