LUCAN SARSFIELDS 2-11
ST PEREGRINE'S 3-1
Lucan Sarsfields proved too strong for St Peregrine's on Sunday morning at 12th lock in what was a keenly contested Dublin under-15 football league Division Three tie.
Indeed, the final score perhaps does not reflect the overall pattern on the play, as Peregrine's had more than enough possession, particularly in the first half, to hurt their opponents.
They failed to make the most of their chances however, and having failed to score in that opening period, a late flourish served merely to put some respectability on the result.
The Blakestown boys are still finding their feet at this level, having cut a swath through Division Four last year, and it is tough lessons such as this that will bring them on in their development. It is also worth noting that they were missing a number of key players due to a school trip.
That is not to take away from the Lucan lads though. Patrolling their sideline was Ken Robinson, right hand man to Paul Curran in the Ballymun Kickhams senior management team. His son, Michael, was a powerful presence at centre-back. He burst forward to score no less than six points from play, all impressively struck from distance.
And it was his brace that got the scoring underway. One of the best performers over the hour was the visitors' goalkeeper Stephen O'Rourke. He pulled off a stunning save to deny Paul O'Grady who was played in by Ciarán Smith's clever pass.
Smith then got on the scoresheet when his mazy run cut through his opponents defence, after a fine catch by Caoimhín Ó Conghaile set the attack in motion.
Peregrine's midfield duo of Kevin Diallo and Conor Hynes were battling hard to supply their forward line with the ammunition they required. But they met a well-drilled and organised Lucan rearguard in which Daniel Forde and Robinson excelled.
The latter got forward once more to extend his teams lead on 22 minutes, before a long-distance free from Ciarán Dowling gave the hosts a 0-5 to 0-0 interval advantage.
In an identical start to the first half, Robinson fired over another quick-fire brace on the restart. Smith then looked certain to score a goal only to be denied by some excellent defending by full-back Jack Beirnes.
The Blakestown men finally got off the mark when Jarod Flynn finished off a fine move involving Andrew Keogh, Diallo and Hynes after 40 minutes.
But the game was ended as a contest in a disastrous two minutes spell from a Peregrine's perspective.
After Flynn's score, they attacked with intent again, but Robinson showed he was well equipped for his defensive duties too, when he won possession back for Lucan. Within seconds, the ball was worked to the other end of the field, where sub Jonathan Murphy was at hand to finish low into the Peregrine's net.
Lucan then won the resultant kickout and a direct ball found full-forward O'Grady in acres of space and he sent home and unstoppable low shot from just inside the 14-metre line.
It was a real body blow for Peregrine's, who were beginning to find some rhythm. They continued to battle however, and substitute Eoin Reynolds pounced on a loose ball to grab a goal with 10 minutes remaining.
Further points by O'Grady, Ó Conghaile and Robinson quelled any notion of a comeback, but there was still time for Hynes to get two outstanding individual goals for Peregrine's, who at least had the final word on what was a difficult morning.