Electric Enniskerry in quality win over Shankill
LSL Premier 1 Sunday: Enniskerry YC 5 Shankill FC 2
A strong second-half performance from Enniskerry YC propelled them past local rivals Shankill FC and consolidated their position at the summit of the LSL Premier 1 Sunday table in what is becoming a memorable season for Graham O'Sullivan's side.
The performance of Rian Greene was one of the strongest aspects of the Enniskerry performance, with the winger shining bright throughout this game including when he was switched up front in the second half from where he bagged two goals, one from a header.
A strong showing around the middle of the park was another key factor for the Berryfield men. After a bright start by Shankill FC that saw them open up a 2-1 lead in the opening half the home side began bringing a lot more energy and hunger to the exchanges and allowed them to operate in a more attack-minded mode.
The visitors were well up for the challenge in the early stages and went ahead through Mark Tuke who reactd quickest to a breaking ball from a corner conceded by Colin Devitt to fire home a missile high to the roof of Jamie Curran's net.
Almost from the beginning of this game, Rian Greene was causing major headaches for Shankill down the right wing with his electric pace and impressive creativity and ambition and it was from one of his dangerous crosses that the ball fell to the strong David Duffin who controlled before firing in a low worm-burner at Dan O'Neill who saved with Jay Keogh spurning the chance from the rebound.
Rian Greene frightened the life out of the Shankill defence when he lashed a shot across the face of O'Neill's goal only to see it whizz narrowly wide, but the equaliser was coming you felt.
And come it did. A whipped cross from the burly Ashley McDonagh found the head of David Duffin whose well placed header beat the flailing O'Neill in the Shankill goal much to the delight of the Enniskerry management and subs.
Shankill were not overly disturbed by this. There was plenty of endeavour in their side and they struck back shortly after Enniskerry's goal when Simon Grehan got in behind the scampering defender to slide home past Curran. Graham O'Sullivan would have had every reason to be critical of his defence because this was a ball that should have been cleared.
It remained 1-2 at the break in a blustery and cold Berryfield with both sides having a number of half chances prior to the break.
However, from early on in the second period it was abundantly clear that Enniskerry were only getting started and when they drew level for the second time through Colin Devitt the writing was on the wall for Shankill.
Devitt's goal was preceded by the introduction of former Newtown man Luke Martin who possesses a very reassuring and unhurried approach down the wing with plenty of physical strenght thrown in. Martin will probably be disappointed that he didn't get on the score sheet, but he brought plenty to the occasion when he was introduced.
An early Shankill chance was blazed over the Enniskerry crossbar early in the second half and it was from then that Enniskerry started to turn the screw although it should be noted that they were helped by some fairly significant defensive errors over the course of the second half.
Colin Devitt was the man who made it 2-2 but Dan O'Neill will not want to see the replay of a shot he should have held on to.
A beautifully squared ball from Luke Martin found Andy O'Keeffe just outside the Shankill box after 55 minutes and the powerhouse drilled home sweetly to the bottom corner to give Enniskerry a 3-2 lead.
That man Rian Greene, constantly causing problems for a beleaguered Shankill defence got his head to a corner to beat O'Neill at his near post and judging by the reaction of Greene's colleagues on the sideline headers are not his strong point. This one was a peach, though.
A savage ball from David Duffin (that should have been cleared to be fair) found Greene inside and his shot was half-blocked by O'Neill, but it continued on and landed in the back of the Shankill net for the 5-2 tally.
In fairness to Shankill, they kept trying to unlock that stubborn Enniskerry defence and they did rattle Jamie Curran's crossbar late on but there was no hope of a comeback as Enniskerry were just that bit too strong and they showed exactly why they are top of the table.
Manager Graham Sullivan will be delighted with the performances of Rian Greene, David Duffin, Ashley McDonagh and Alan King.
Enniskerry YC: 1. Jamie Curran, 2. Corey Tracey, 3. Darren Lyons, 4. Fergus O'Brien, 5. Colin Devitt, 6. Mikey Donegan, 7. Conor Whelan, 8. Ashley McDonagh, 9. David Duffin, 10. Rian Greene, 11. Jay Keogh. Subs: 12. Oisin Hennessey, 13. Andy O'Keeffe, 14. Luke Martin, 15. Paddy O'Brien, 16. Darren Neiland, 17. Alan King.
Shankill FC: 1. Dan O'Neill, 2. Luc Meyler, 3. Herbie McKenna, 4. Ross Whyte, 5. Luke Moore, 6. Ray Quilan, 7. Kevin Hynes, 8. Mark Tuke, 9. Jordan Williams, 10. Jack Dunne, 11. Simon Grehan. Subs: 12. Andy Cunningham, 14. Oscar O'Farrell, 15. Alex Eracleous, 16. David Veltom, 17. Ethan Costello, 18. James Veltom.
Referee: Umre Alckilk