LSL Division 1
The Saints had the better of the opening exchanges with Reilly forcing Greystones goalkeeper Eoghan Smullen into making a fine save in the 18th minute. Sheridan's goal arrived when the Saints were starting to dominate the game. David Somers went close to making it 2-0 when he turned O' Neill's cross just past the post. Greystones are a very good side and they responded well after going behind, they are in the wrong end of the table but they will be confident of moving up the league after the Christmas break. The Saints crossbar was rattled with a brilliant 30 yard strike and two minutes later the home side were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Smullen was sent off for handling the ball just outside the penalty area and denying Stephen Deegan a goal scoring opportunity. It was a massive blow for the home side against the league leaders. Somers hit the crossbar from the resulting free kick, substitute goalkeeper Gavin McGEE was rooted to his spot and a spectator after Somers lifted the ball over the wall. McGee made two excellent saves to deny Reilly and Crowe as the Saints looked to increase their lead before half time.
Greystones started the second half very positive and they applied some pressure but when Reilly slotted home Crowe's sublime pass on the hour mark, it was along way back for the side from Wicklow. The league leaders were playing some terrific football and used the extra man with ruthless effect. John Reilly made it 3-0 in the 70th minute when he smashed the ball into the roof of the net after a beautiful move involving the magnificent Deegean and Somers. Ten minutes later David Somers got his name on the score sheet with Deegan and Crowe once again linking up to carve open Greystones. The home side scored a consolation with six minutes remaining when a shot took a deflection off Luke Harrison and ended in the corner of the net.
It was another huge result for the Saints and another tough away game gone, nothing is ever won in football at Christmas but it's a fantastic feeling to be sitting on top of the league. The team have played some amazing football and have entertained our supporters in every game. The strength in depth of the squad is incredible and with the signing of winger Lee Dixon from Tolka Rovers it's a squad that is only going to improve. 2014 was an amazing year, another promotion, Moore Cup Winners and a trip to Cork City FC and we now finish 2014 on top of the league. Thank You.
Team : Doyle, Wilson ( Kelly 67 ) Smith ( Doran 57 ) Harrison, Fitzpatrick, Deegan, O' Neill ( Snowe 74 ) C. Sheridan, Reilly, D. Somers, Crowe.
Subs : Kelly, Snowe, Doran, M. Sheridan, Lancaster.