LSL Division 1
Manager Brian McCarthy was pleased to get back to winning ways "We played some great football in the second half, we wanted to get back to winning ways after the defeat to Dublin Bus, so I'm delighted with the win."
The home side created the first opening of the game in the 14th minute. Warren Fee made a fine save parrying the ball away to safety. Two minutes later, the Saints took the lead. Lee Dixon released David Somers who raced clear to slot the ball into the corner of the net for his 29th goal of the season. The home side equalised on the half hour mark. Eoin Doyle chased down a back pass and he got some luck when Warren Fee's clearance took a ricochet off Doyle and ended in the back of the net. On the balance of play the home side the home side deserved to be level. Belgrove should have took the lead three minutes later, a free header from a corner went just past the post.
Lee Dixon was replaced by Jonathan Lyons in the 38th minute. Lee was withdrawn with ankle trouble and he will have a race to be fit for the Cockhill Celtic game on the 31st. Belgrove started the second half on the front foot although they didn't create any real clear cut chances they applied some pressure. Jonathan Lyons restored the Saints lead on the hour. Arriving at the post to finish Craig Sheridan's header across the penalty area. Lyons had an excellent game and he was involved in everything since his introduction. The game went away from the home side after the second goal. The Saints were playing breathtaking football and playing with supreme confidence.
Gavin Smith went close in the 65th minutes with a low range strike that went just over the crossbar. Graham Hughes replaced Aaron O' Brien and both players can be pleased with their contributions. Unfortunately Graham's season ended in the dying minutes with a badly torn hamstring.Craig Sheridan added the third with ten minutes remaining. Sheridan's shot deflected off a Belgrove defender, wrong footed goalkeeper Sean Gorman and went into the back of the net. Craig deserved his goal. He was outstanding again. The Saints skipper has had another fantastic season and he will lift the league title on Wednesday night. The Saints football was wonderful, slick and incisive. Nights like this are very special, a wet pitch under lights in a superb venue watching the champions play beautiful football. Perfection.
Our thanks to Belgrove/Home Farm for the care shown towards Graham Hughes after he suffered his injury and for the very warm welcome to Whitehall.
Team : Fee, Kelly, Fitzpatrick, Harrison, Smith, Deegan ( McCullagh 77 ) O' Brien ( Hughes 69 ) C.Sheridan, Dixon ( Lyons 41 ) D. Somers, Crowe.
Subs : Lyons, McCullagh, Brown, Wilson, Hughes, McGarry.
Report : Derek Nulty.