DRUMCONDRA AFC…..10 DUBLIN POSTAL FC….3
THIRTEEN GOALS AND an emphatic win for the home side in this Division 3 UCFL encounter at Albert College on Saturday.
And remarkably, the losers enjoyed a long spell of domination – in the 20 minutes before the interval – and although they chased the game for most of it, they enjoyed good possession periods and produced a couple of excellent goals.
By EAMON SCOTT
Dublin Postal’s sole league victory to date was a 3-2 home win over Drumcondra at Kiltipper in September.
Thus, revenge was sweet and for Drumcondra AFC manager Damien Deehan it was a Saturday where his ‘real’ side turned up.
Lack of consistency has dogged their season with highs and lows going from defeating the league leaders to coming out the following week and suffering a heavy defeat.
Still, he insists that with a solid central pairing for games they are a more formidable force while up from the pacy Niall Fitzpatrick proved a thorn in Dublin Postal’s side all afternoon.
He had a hand in the opening three goals as Drumcondra raced into a commanding lead by the 26th minute with Fitzpatrick bagging the first couple of goals and then setting up Saul Carolan for a thumping strike.
Dublin Postal pulled one back with a back post headed in by Rob Lynch but Stephen Collins then restored the three goal lead in the 31st minute with a clinical finish just inside John Murphy’s near post.
The visiting goalkeeper endured a torrid time claiming a lack of protection time after time as a rampant Drums laid siege to the Postal goal.
Trailing badly early on, Dublin Postal introduced substitutes Aaron Lynch and Paddy Kinsealla and suddenly they looked transformed and a more solid team with a bit of pace to their game and they actually enjoyed a spell of domination.
Niall Cully, in midfield, was at the heart of much of their attacking play and they got the score back to 4-2 when Reece Cleary could not hold a set piece freekick and Aaron Lynch reacted quickest to force the ball over the line past the Drums ‘keeper.
Fitzpatrick added to his own haul in the 53rd minute before Lee Phelan went on a rampaging run and the ball fell kindly for him to drill past Cleary from an acute angle.
That was as good as it got for Dublin Postal and at 5-3 you thought the next goal would make things interesting if it went the visitors’ way. But it was not to be and Ciaran O’Brien got the score ticking again when he made it 6-3 in the 64th minute.
This was the goal they finally broke the visiting teams’ resistance and from here to the finish the Drumcondra ‘afterburners’ kicked in.
Jordan Davidson hit a screamer from distance, Ciaran Wood lobbed Murphy for number eight in the 68th minute, Alex Dowling got in on the act in the 72nd minute and the tenth went to Luke Maher – a goal that saw Murphy resign his fate and opt for the sideline in an act of utter frustration.
Postal’s collapse was complete and it also included all Drumcondra’s substitutes finding their way onto the scoreline and for manager Damien Deehan a broad smile of satisfaction.
“Every effort on goal seemed to end up in the net,” he reflected. “It was just one of those days and if we can get that consistency into our play, we might be able to work our way into the reckoning and have a say in the destination of the title.”
Going to Saturday’s display, I wouldn’t rule it out.
DRUMCONDRA AFC: Reece Cleary; Jack Ryan, Jordan Davidson, Ian Brunton, Ciaran O’Brien, Jamie Mahon, Niall Fitzpatrick, Joshua Nolan, Sean Connick, Steve Collins, Saul Carolan. Subs: Luke Maher, Sean Purdue, Ross Kelly, Finn McManus, Alex Dowling, Colm Doyle, Ciaran Woods.
DUBLIN POSTAL: John Murphy; Ry CArpenter, Lee Phelan, Jordan Bowden, Alex O’Brien, Rory O’Grady, Niall Cully, Dan Peppard, Anto Brennan, Rob Reilly, Mark Foley. Subs: Rob Lynch, Aaron Lynch, Paddy Kinsella, Dan Brennan, Adam Crawford.
Referee: Conor Farrell.