Tuesday 23 July 2019

Skerries keep title bid alive

Divison 1A Sunday: Templeogue United 0 Skerries Town 0

Paul Byrne

Skerries Town remain in second spot in the Senior 1A Sunday table following a hard-fought point away to in-form Templeogue.

Alan Sweeney's side have propelled themselves well and truly into the title picture with a fine run of form in recent weeks and were looking to continue that upwards curve with an away win in Templeogue.

The Fingal side knew they faced a stiff challenge, given Templeogue had lost just once in their previous seven games, but Skerries were looking for their fifth win in six games and they should have gone ahead as early as the seventh minute when they came within inches of breaking the deadlock.

Bob McKenna's shot was smothered by the keeper, but the ball bounced out to Eoin Dempsey whose first-time shot was somehow cleared off the line by a scrambling Templeogue defender.

Skerries went close again 10 minutes later when Brian Snowe's long-range effort just cleared the crossbar, much to Templeogue's relief. The home side finished the first half strongly, however, and but for a brilliant save by in-form Skerries goalkeeper Dylan Sweeney the visitors would have been going in 1-0 down at the break.

Skerries came out for the second half with all guns blazing and once again came close following an almighty goalmouth scramble. The ball was bobbling around in the box before Bob McKenna forced a good save from the home keeper. The ball came back out to Darren Lynch whose goalbound shot was deflected out for a corner by a lunging defender.

It was Skerries who were counting their blessings ten minutes later as Templeogue's striker hit a shot which struck the inside of the post before being cleared to safety.

Sweeney was called into action again ten minutes later as he pulled off another impressive save to ensure Skerries left Templeogue with a point. This was Skerries' first draw of the season, but it could well prove a valuable one come the season's end.

Skerries: Dylan Sweeney, Barry Davey, Ken Costello, Emmet Mullen (Emmet O'Neill), Darren Lynch, Eoin Dempsey, Keith O'Callaghan, Shane Kiely, Brian Snowe, Shane Langan (Andy Kavanagh), Bob McKenna.

Fingal Independent