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o'grady on the double for 'wood


LUCAN UNITED.......................1

BEECHWOOD got their first win in the SDFL Under 8 Division 6 section on Saturday morning with a narrow 2-1 win over Lucan United in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, in what was a cracking encounter.

With 15 goals between them in their last game, Beechwood drawing 5-5 and United winning 5-0, there was always going to goals in this one.

Both defences were on top form over the course of the game. Beechwood's keeper Hugh Fitzgerald dealt with everything thrown at him and United's Molly O'Toole was on top form and can look back with pride on a fine performance.

Plenty of chances and no goals, from either side, in the opening half meant that something had to give when the second half kicked off.

And we didn't have to wait long as inside the opening two minutes the home side hit the front through Frank O'Grady, with a brilliant effort.

Picking the ball up on the halfway line O'Grady went on a mazy run, that took him past a couple of defenders, before he slammed home from inside the area.

O'Grady doubled that lead two minutes later, and it was almost a carbon copy of his first, when picking the ball up in midfield and heading into the box before scoring.

It no more than they deserved as they had been slightly the better side up to that point.

That could been curtains for Lucan but they upped their game after those setbacks and began to gain the upper hand, and their pressure finally paid off with three minutes remaining.

Ben Fennelly was the instigator as he cut into the box on the left hand side and fired in a wicked cross, that was deflected by an unlucky defender and ended up in the Beechwood net.

But it was too little too late as time ran out and Beechwood bagged the points in an enjoyable encounter.

Beechwood: Cormack Gunning, Ano Ryan, Hugh Fitzgerald, Cormack Dee-Brown, Frank O'Grady, Matthew escott, Devin O'Keefe, Kai Dung, Oran Magan.

Lucan United: Mark Daly, Seam Muir, Ben Fennally, Eoin O'Sullivan, Niall Walsh, Joseph Fitzgerald, Molly O'Toole, Edward Murtagh, Karolis Cricus, Daniel Jackson.