Saturday 19 October 2019

Skerries end super season with thriller

Soccer, Leinster Senior League, Division 1A Sunday: Skerries Town 4 Inchicore Athletic 3

Paul Byrne

Skerries Town finished off a wonderful season with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Inchicore in park Lane on Sunday morning.

Alan Sweeney's side were already in celebration mode having clinched promotion seven days earlier but they were determined to end the season on a high in front of a large crowd who had come out to congratulate their local side.

The Fingal side have had to cope with plenty of injuries this season but they have done so brilliantly and a run of just one loss in their final twelve games saw them finish the season like a steam train to secure promotion.

It's been a truly memorable season for Skerries who began their campaign way back in August with an FAI Cup tie against Waterford where they ran the Premier Division side really close in front of a huge crowd at Holmpatrick.

Skerries needed a point to secure second place and given how lively they looked at the beginning of the game they seemed determined to achieve that goal.

The home side deservedly took the lead after fifteen minutes following a sustained spell of pressure when Barry Davey headed a Brian Snowe free kick powerfully home to make it 1-0.

Ross Hopkins and Alex Doyle had chances to double that lead midway through the opening half but they were both denied by some good goalkeeping from the Inchicore netminder.

Having dominated the opening half Skerries probably felt slightly aggrieved to be going in at the break with just a one goal lead.

They say that a one goal lead can be very dangerous in soccer and so it proved as the visitors drew level ten minutes into the second half.

Skerries goalkeeper Dylan Sweeney has been in superb form for his side this season but unfortunately for Skerries it was his error that led to the equaliser. A back pass to Sweeney went under the young goalkeeper's foot and straight into the net for an own goal as the visitors celebrated.

Bob McKenna has been lethal in front of goal this season for Skerries but he turned provider on Sunday as he sent in a wonderful cross to Alex Doyle who finished emphatically to put the hosts back in front.

Inchicore responded well however and thanks to two goals in five minutes they took a 3-2 lead to dampen the party atmosphere at Park Lane. However, celebrations were soon back in full flow when Ross Hopkins corner was headed home by Shane Langan with seven minutes to go.

Langan struck again four minutes from time with a clever finish which he hooked over the Inchicore keeper to seal a dramatic 4-3 victory and put the cherry on what has been a brilliant season for Alan Sweeney's talented young side.

Skerries Town: Dylan Sweeney, Emmet Mullen, Barry Davey, Ken Costello, Keith O'Callaghan, Shane Kiely, Alex Doyle, Brian Snowe, Ross Hopkins, Shane Langan, Bob McKenna. Subs: Paul O'Carroll for Brian Snowe, Harry Nugent for Bob McKenna, Emmet O'Neill for Emmet Mullen.

Fingal Independent