LSL Division 2
After the heavy rain on Friday evening the pitch had an inspection by the referee an hour before the game, to the Saints delight the pitch was deemed playable and the game went ahead. Conditions were not perfect as the rain, wind and sun all played its part in the game.
The pressure was on the Saints to deliver three points and maintain the excellent start to the season. The home side started the brighter and dominated the opening 20 minutes . Beechhill's goalkeeper produced some top class saves to deny efforts from Mark Sheridan, Dylan Sweeny and Wayne Fay. Billy O' Neill broke the deadlock on 22 minutes heading home from an excellent John O'Leary corner. Five minutes later, Jonathan Lyons who stepped in at right back to replace the injured Jarod Flynn found Dylan Sweeney’s head from a 40 yard cross field ball, Sweeny made no mistake and headed past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper to double the Saints lead. John O' Leary added the third on the half hour mark. Sweeney was the creator pulling a ball back for O'Leary after some magical work on the wing. O' Leary made no mistake and slotted the ball home with a composed finish.
Brian Flynn's side continued to dominate in the second half and Sweeney made it 4-0 with a magnificent finish after some clever play by the classy Mark Sheridan. The visitors scored a consolation a minute later with a powerful drive that beat Saints goalkeeper James Sheridan and found the top corner.
Dylan Sweeney completed his hat trick minutes later with a brilliant finish after some very clever play from Nicolas Moutou. Dylan is now top goal scorer with six goals this season. The Saints always looked solid in defence, Dave Bellew and James McElvaney forming a formidable partnership that every ball is won by the two imposing centre halfs. James Sheridan the Saints goalkeeper was rarely troubled and had a relatively quiet afternoon. Brian Flynn freshened up the side in the second half with substitutions Gary Carr, Danny O'Reilly and A.J Ryan. The three substitutions all made a huge impact to the team adding fresh legs and more quality. It's a testament to the quality of the whole squad that whoever is on the bench, it's a bench that is full of talant.
Aaron O' Brien was outstanding and he deserved his goal with four minutes remaining. Aaron was a constant menace with his movement, talent and vision. O' Brien's long range hit the back of the net after the goalkeeper could only manage to tip it onto the underside of the crossbar. Aaron was a constant menace with his movement and vision.
The Saints have some momentum and have won eighteen points from a possible twenty one, hard work and commitment from players and the management team is paying dividends. There is a long way to go, but the Saints will be delighted with the form and the confidence throughout the squad.
Team : J.Sheridan, J.Lyons, D. Bellew, McElvaney, N.Moutou, M.Sheridan( A.J.Ryan), B.ONeill , D.Sweeney (D.OReilly), A.Obrien, W.Fay (G.Carr), J.Oleary.
Subs : T.O Leary, G.Carr., D.OReilly A.J.Ryan
Report : James Sheridan.