LSL Division 1
Leixlip left Porterstown Road regretting two missed penalties. The Saints were reduced to ten men on the hour mark, when Luke Harrison was sent off. A sloppy back pass by Karl Somers was pounced on by the Leixlip forward and Harrison brought him down. Warren Fee saved the penalty and he made a fantastic save on the follow up. Fee was up rapidly to make a save and he had an excellent game. His was assured and confident and dealt with some dangerous deliveries into the penalty area. The second penalty was awarded in the 78th minute when Lancaster made a rash challenge in the penalty area and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot for the second time. United's penalty went high over the crossbar.
Saints, Manager Brian Mc Carthy was relieved and delighted with the win, " It's another win on the board and we rode our luck giving away two penalties. Warren made a superb save for the first one, we were a bit flat today and a break in games can do that, but we dug it out and played some excellent football at times."
It was a quiet first half with not many chances. O' Brien forced the Leixlip goalkeeper into a save in 30th minute and both sides were restricted to shots from distance. O' Brien's effort was the last chance of note in the first half. Glen Crowe went close with a volley that just flew past the top corner in the 57th minute. Two minutes later Leixlip were awarded the first penalty and Harrison saw red, Craig Sheridan dropped back and went in centre half beside Dean Thomas. Fee made another top class save six minutes later when he dived low to save a good effort after Leixlip got in behind the Saints defence with a terrific move. Crowe hit the post in the 68th minute and the Saints continued to give the visitors some problems on the break. With twelve minutes remaining Leixlip missed a second penalty and they were deflated after that. The Saints had chances to kill the game off, Martin O' Neill had a shot that went wide late in the game and Lancaster was denied by the goalkeeper when he was through on goal after a quick break. The goalkeeper did well to pounce as Lancaster tried to round him. The Saints held on to win and it's another three points.
It won't be our best performance of the season, but that's what great sides do, win when they are not at their best. Two weeks without a league or cup game didn't help. It was a hard fought win and the goal was of the highest quality. The win moves the Saints up to fourth in the table. It's a very good positive start. We would take two home wins and a point on our travels in the first three games.
There was a minutes silence before the game for Bernard O' Keefee our former chairman who passed away on Friday. Our thoughts are with Bernard's family and friends at this very sad time.
Team : Fee, Kelly, Harrison, Thomas, Smith, Lyons ( Deegan 64 ) C. Sheridan - C, K.Somers, Reilly, O' Brien ( Lancaster 54 ), Crowe ( O' Neill 79 )
Subs : Wilson, O' Neill, Lancaster, Deegan, Hughes.