Herald Metropolitan Cup - Round 3
Jonathan Lyons was influential in the Saints midfield, and he denied the home side a goal with a timely block on the half hour mark. The Saints were enjoying plenty of possession and with space a minimum on a tight pitch it was difficult to find openings. Lancaster tested the goalkeeper from 35 yards with a vicious drive, the Greystones keeper was equal to the task and tipped the ball over for a corner.
Aaron O' Brien replaced the injured Lancaster at half time, and he was straight into the game, setting up David Somers who's shot was saved by the goalkeeper. Karl Somers looked to have opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when he rounded the goalkeeper only to have his shot cleared off the line. The angle was tight and the defender did well to clear it away just in time. The Saints dominated the early stages of the second half, the goal just would not come. Greystones defended well and made some excellent last ditch blocks to keep the score sheet goalless.
On the hour mark, the home side applied some pressure and Warren Fee made a couple of good saves. The deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute when Paul Barr was on the end of a low driven cross, and his touch diverted the ball into the corner of the net. Five minutes later it was 2-0. Carl Forsyth raced onto a through ball, his first touch was perfect, his second was emphatic and Fee was left with no chance. The Saints threw everything at Greystones, Luke Harrison and David Somers both had efforts cleared off the line, and that summed up the Saints day. You need that bit of luck in cups, the Saints didn't get the run of the ball today. Though take nothing away from Greystones, they scored when they had their best spell, and killed the tie off five minutes later.
Team : Fee, Kelly ( O' Neill 80 ) C. Sheridan, Harrison, Fitzpatrick, Lyons, Deegan, K. Somers, McCullagh ( Smith 66 ) Lancaster ( O' Brien 45 ) D. Somers.
Subs : O' Neill, O' Brien, M. Sheridan, Wilson, Smith, McGarry.
Report : Derek Nulty.