LSL Division 1
Martin O' Neill replaced the suspended Luke Harrison in the heart of the Saints defence and he had an excellent game. O'Neill was the only change to the side that defeated Peamount 6-0 in last weeks FAI Umbro Intermediate cup tie.
The opening exchanges were scrappy and frantic with the final ball letting both sides down at times. Jordan Lancaster was withdrawn injured in the 12th minute with Jonathan Lyons his replacement. The first chance of the game came in the 17th minute when Glen Crowe's header was kept out by a fine save by the Peamount goalkeeper Kevin McCormack. The hosts took the lead three minutes later when a chip into the penalty area caused some indecision in the Saints defence and James Hannigan slotted the ball into the back of the net. Peamount came close to making it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when a very good move ended with a header just going over the crossbar. The Saints were struggling to get going and in the 36th Brian McCarthy was forced to make another substitution with Jonathan Lyons coming off with a shoulder injury. Dean Thomas was his replacement. The Peamount goalkeeper Kevin McCormack made another great save parrying away Crowe's strike in the 38 minute.
On the stroke of half time the Saints were awarded a penalty for handball, it was a controversial decision and it's one where you see them given, but feel aggrieved when they go against you, the Peamount defender claimed he couldn't get his hands down as he was so close to the ball, but the referee didn't hesitate and pointed to the spot. David Somers stepped up and slotted the ball home to score his fourth league goal of the season.
The Saints started to dominate in the second half with Brian Fitzpatrick and John Reilly linking up well on the right. Glen Crowe was superb and the Somers brothers kept probing and driving the team forward. Fitzpatrick was replaced by Smith in the 69th minute as another player hobbled off. David Somers was sent off with fifteen minutes remaining for his second bookable offence, a Peamount player stood on his foot as he was on the ground and he flicked it away. It was a harsh yellow card and if you book one player surely you have to book both. The game as you would expect was very competitive, but it was never dirty game.
Peamount were galvanised further by the sending off came at the Saints who always posed a threat on the break.
Settling for a point was not the ambition and sometimes fortune favours the brave. With seven minutes remaining Karl Somers popped up to score after some terrific play by John Reilly on the right, the Saints committed players forward and Karl pounced to score after Reilly's brilliant low delivery into the danger area caused panic in the Peamount defence. The goal was scrappy but down to 10 men and away from home it was beautiful.
It was always going to be a totally different game to the previous week and that proved to be the case. The team last week won playing sensational football, tonight it was determination, ambition and a very good team spirit that ground out another three points. Three wins and a draw in our first four games. The Saints go marching on.
Team : Fee, Fitzpatrick ( Smith 69 ) Kelly, O' Neill, C.Sheridan, Deegan, D.Somers, K.Somers, Reilly, Lancaster ( Lyons 14, Thomas 36 ) Crowe.
Subs : Lyons, Thomas, Smith, O' Brien, Wilson.