LSL Division 1
The first half was open with both sides playing some good football and attacking. John Reilly went close to making it 2-0 when his shot went inches wide after he cut in from the left and looked to find the corner of the net. Although the pitch was heavy, credit must go to both sides who tried to play football. David Somers tested the Belgrove goalkeeper twice from free kicks before the away side spurned a great chance to equalise in the 35th minute. A shot from a clever pull back should have tested Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee but the ball went harmlessly wide. John Reilly was denied just before half time when the Belgrove goalkeeper made a superb save with his feet after a fantastic Saints moved opened up the visitors defence.
Belgrove applied some pressure after the break and the equaliser arrived four minutes after half time with a beautiful finish into the corner of the net by Eamon Lynch. The away side deserved the equaliser and they continued to apply the pressure forcing Fee into making a good save in the 57th minute. The Saints came alive and David Somers restored the Saints lead with a shot that found the bottom corner in the 62nd minute. Somers goal arrived at a stage in the game when the team wasn't having a good spell and it lifted the team and huge crowd. Five minutes later John Reilly evaded a couple of tackles and was denied a brilliant goal by a superb save by the Belgrove goalkeeper. The visitors got a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining when the referee pointed to the penalty spot for a rash challenge by Jonathan Lyons. Eoghan Murray stepped up and slotted the penalty into the corner of the net.
Two minutes later it was 3-2 when Craig Sheridan was bundled down in the penalty area and the referee once again made the correct decision and pointed to the penalty spot. David Somers made no mistake to score 11th league goal of the season. Belgrove threw everything at the Saints but they couldn't force an equaliser and the Saints held on to win the very important three points.
It's a massive result for the Saints, Belgrove are a very good young side and they left Porterstown road disappointed not to get something from the game. The Saints created more chances and only for some fantastic saves by the Belgrove goalkeeper the game could have ended more comfortably than it did. Next up for the Saints, Verona away.
Subs : Dixon, Lancaster, Lyons, Snowe, Doran, M. Sheridan.
Report : Derek Nulty.