LSL Division 1
Paul McCullagh opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he headed home Brian Kelly's cross. Kelly on the right found some space and his delightful inch perfect cross was headed home by the centre forward, who scored his first goal for the club. The lead didn't last long, three minutes later it was all square, Shay Brien beat Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee with a low powerful drive that nestled in the bottom corner. The league leaders enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half, although not many clear cut chances were created. Greystones looked to be going into the break the happier of the two sides, but that all changed when Martin O' Neill restored the lead with a powerful header from Jordan Lancaster's set piece.
Greystones who are at the wrong end of the table, came out in the second half and they would have to throw caution to the wind. It was a largely scrappy second half, although that suited the visitors. Paul McCullagh was replaced in the 55th minute by Reilly, McCullagh picked up an injury, it was a disappointing end to his game after scoring his first goal for the club. Warren Fee's crossbar was struck with a header, and four minutes later he made a terrific point blank save to keep the lead intact. Although it wasn't a nervy Porterstown road, the Saints needed the third goal and a cushion. It arrived in the 82nd minute when David Somers was gifted his 21st goal of the season, thanks to a sloppy clearance from the goalkeeper that fell to Somers who slotted the ball home into the empty net. John Reilly added the fourth in the dying minutes of the game, with an empathic finish after he linked up with substitute Aaron O' Brien. Another three points. Job done.
Manager Brian McCarthy was delighted with the win " It's a great result, Greystones have had some excellent results and they played with confidence, Karl Somers and Glen Crowe were absent today due to illness, that illustrates the strength in the squad, we had a really strong bench, I'm delighted with the win, Paul scored his first goal for the club, with other results going our way, it's a great day for us".
Team : Fee, Kelly, C. Sheridan, Harrison, Smith, Deegan, O' Neill, Lancaster ( Wilson 80 ) D. Somers, Dixon ( O' Brien 76 ) McCullagh ( Reilly 55 )
Subs : Wilson, Doran, M. Sheridan, Reilly, O' Brien, Brown.
Report : Derek Nulty.