Wednesday 22 November 2017

Skerries are sunk by flurry of goals

SKERRIES Town exited the Metropolitan Cup on Sunday last at the hands of Senior Division side Sacred Heart from Tallaght.

A three-goal burst in eight minutes shortly after the restart decided this game which, despite the eventual scoreline, was always entertaining.

An 11am kick-off due to the FAI Senior Cup Final in the Aviva Stadium meant an early start for all concerned and a cold and blustery morning made conditions challenging for both teams.

The opening exchanges were even enough until the 17th minute when a quick break by Sacred Heart caught out the home rearguard and let in their right winger to slip the ball past the advancing keeper Shane Davis.

As the first half progressed Skerries came right into the game and by the half-time whistle it was the visiting keeper who was the busier, with shots from Barry Davey and Kevin Farrell bringing out the best in him.

On the resumption, however, the game turned when Hearts were gifted three goals in quick succession and with 30 minutes remaining the game as a contest was over.

Hearts' second goal came when Davey was dispossessed in midfield and their striker was allowed a free run on goal, and he made no mistake from just inside the penalty area.

The home side then went on the attack and forced a corner at the other end, but the over-commitment of bodies in the Hearts penalty box allowed the visitors to break quickly and after just four passes they had the ball in the net at the other end.

Ex Sporting Fingal captain Paul Caffrey is pulling the strings for the Hearts these days and he helped himself to the fourth goal five minutes later.

To their credit, this Skerries side kept pressing forward and were denied a consolation goal by some excellent defending by the visitors who held on comfortably to the end.

Overall, it was a good workout for the young home team against higher-rated opponents, and next up is a renewal away to Fingal neighbours Portmarnock in the Moore Cup.

No doubt Ports will be seeking immediate revenge for the surprise 3-0 defeat by Skerries in the FAI Intermediate Cup the weekend before last, although that match was played at Town Park.

Fingal Independent

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