TERENURE COLLEGE CY….4 BALBRIGGAN FC………….0
LEAGUE LEADERS Terenure College put on an impressive display at Terenure Sportsgrounds on Saturday to blow away second placed Balbriggan with a four goal haul – and it could have been even more in this LSL Premier Saturday encounter.
The David Hannon managed side bossed the 90 minutes with an excellent team display backed up by some compelling individual performances with Aengus MacDonnachadh, Jamie O’Rourke, Pete McEvoy and Shane Clarke catching the eye.
By Eamon Scott
Having recently travelled to Balbriggan to pick up a 5-0 road success in August, the game offered the visitors an opportunity for quick revenge, but those hopes looked decidedly remote just five minutes in with Pete McEvoy drilling home from the edge of the box after Aengus MacDonnachadh had done the work to set up the opportunity.
Jamie O’Rourke then flicked the ball on for Shane Clarke to get a sight of goal but Eoghan Ruddy smothered the ball to avert the danger as Terenure began to take a stranglehold on proceedings.
Terenure deservedly doubled their advantage in the 15th minute after great work by Aengus MacDonnachadh down the inside right channel to set up Cathal MacDonnachadh to get a shot away which was blocked out by Ruddy for a corner.
From the resulting kick central defender Cian Hore rose high at the back post to nod home.
Balbriggan skipper John Deegan was doing his best to stem the Terenure tide but the home side won the ball back constantly breaking up the rare incursions from the north Co Dublin side into the home side’s penalty area.
Paul Reid and Liam Kirwan were also trying hard for Balbriggan but Terenure’s slick passing and movement ensured that most of the traffic was headed towards the visitors’ goal.
On 37 minutes centre forward Shane Clarke got in on goal and while he managed to lob Ruddy in the Balbriggan goal, his effort rolled the wrong side of the post.
The divisional pacesetters did get a third after Clarke tore into the Balbriggan penalty area and his cross found Sean Naughton with Jamie O’Rourke finishing to the net past an exposed Ruddy.
Balbriggan did have a chance to reduce the arrears when Liam Kirwan tried to get a shot away but Terenure got numbers back and the opportunity was lost just before the half-time whistle.
Straight from the restart Balbriggan scythed through the Terenure defence but Kian Maguire couldn’t find the target.
Terenure immediately broke upfield and Cathal MacDonnachadh pulled the ball back from the endline only for O’Rourke to scuff his shot with the goal beckoning.
There was a flurry of yellow cards – mostly going Balbriggan’s way and Paul Tuite was then forced to flash a red to Dara Campbell in the 64th minute. Tuite had an excellent game but backchat and verbals ensured that the yellow card saw a lot of daylight!
Three minutes later Terenure had another opportunity to score when Ruddy dropped the ball and Ross Kelly saw his shot blocked on the line.
Terenure College however were not to be denied and Steve Thompson got his name on the scoresheet with an excellent finish.
Balbriggan had bodies back but the Terenure substitute – with his back to goal – pivoted and he got his shot away from outside the box. His shot was true and it arrowed past a couple of Balbriggan defenders to find the back of the net.
There was still time for Jamie O’Rourke to hit the base of the upright from a freekick with five minutes left on the clock but there was no denying that Terenure deserved their success.
It will take a good team to overcome the league leaders and although they have suffered one loss at the hands of DCU, Larkview with games in hand might might have a say in the final destination of the league title too.
TERENURE COLLEGE CY: Gavin Moore; Sean Naughton, Kevin O’Sullivan, David Farrelly, Cian Hore, Aengus MacDonnachadh, Jamie O’Rourke, Peter McEvoy, Shane Clarke, David Kelly, Cathal McDonnachadh Subs: Cian McMahon, Steve Thompson, Domo Murphy, Ross Kelly, Gavin Lennon, Jack Thompson, Christy Burns, Shay Coohe.
BALBRIGGAN FC: Eoghan Ruddy; Ciaran Maguire, Shane McCaffrey, Lee Connolly, Jack Nolan, John Deegan, Jack Purdue, Paul Reid, Kian Maguire, Liam Kirwan, Dylan Thomas. Subs: Darren Fanning, Yonas Earliom, Dara Campbell, Ben Sherry. Tom Cheevers, Aaron Caldwell, Tiernan Byrne.
Referee: Paul Tuite.