TERENURE COLLEGE……..2 LARKVIEW BOYS FC………..0
TERENURE COLLEGE’s relentless march to the Premier Saturday 1 LSL league title continued unabated with a hard earned win over fellow title contenders Larkview Boys FC.
In ideal conditions at CYM Sportsgrounds, the home side carved out a deserved two nil success after a feisty contest which was capably handled by Dave Fitzsimons and while there were lots of meaty challenges both sides got on with it and delivered up an entertaining spectacle.
By EAMON SCOTT
A defeat to DCU and a draw with Baldoyle United are the only blemishes on Terenure Colleges’s record this campaign and Larkview were one of the few teams that could catch them in pursuit of the league title.
Terenure’s pace up front is exceptional and Jamie O’Rourke, Rory Knight and O’Doherty cover the ground very quickly and always carry an offensive threat.They like to play football and stroke the ball about but the pitch on Saturday was ‘bobbly’ and it invited challenges but once the ball was moved wide College’s ability to hit the turbo boost came to the surface and Larkview struggled to contain the free running opposition.
Larkview has some excellent individual players and on Saturday Larkview gave Terenure College a serious test of their credentials and on occasions pinned College in their own half as they probed for a goal that might put the title destination back into the mix.
But those aspirations would never come to fruition and once Dave Fitzsimons pointed to the penalty spot in the 22nd minute for a tackle on Ryan O’Doherty, the game slipped away from the Whelan Park side.
They felt hard done by the decision to award the spot kick but Kevin O’Sullivan dispatched his spot kick expertly into the corner of Sean Patchell’s net with supreme assurance. Still Larkview were well in the mix and the excellent Maitias MacDonncha came within inches of a sublime lob of home goalkeeper Gavin Moore from out on the touchline but the ball agonisingly went the wrong side of the home crossbar.
Then College had a glorious chance to double their advantage when O’Doherty broke clear to square the ball for Cathal MacDonnacadh but the ball got caught under his feet and Patchell pounced to avert the danger.
But there was little the Larkview keeper could do about Terenure’s second goal which resulted from a corner kick. The low flighted ball to the near post saw O’Doherty get the slightest of touches but it evaded Patchell and although the visitors had players of the line, Dave Fitzsimons was ideally placed to see that the ball had crossed the line.
The home side were forced into a couple of halftime substitutions losing the experienced pair of Cian Hore and Alan Cleary and their loss upset the hosts’ game plan and Larkview enjoyed more possession of the ball but Terenure College as a squad are well drilled and do not lack motivation putting up a united front to help stem the tide.
They put in a big second half shift covering a lot of ground and what they lacked in experience they made up for with endeavor.
MacDonncha had an excellent chance to reduce the arrears but his glancing header was wide of the target on 55 minutes when well placed in front of goal. Home netminder Gavin Moore had only one real test of his goalkeeping abilities when he showed excellent reactions to clear the danger by punching firmly away under pressure from Ronan Deasy.
Larkview fullback Alex Gleeson possessed a monsterous long throw but Terenure – especially O’Sullivan in the heart of the back four along with skipper Sean Naughton were excellent.
Terenure College could have added late on when substitute Steve Thompson fed O’Doherty but Larkview got numbers back to shut the route to goal.
In the end those two first half goals were sufficient to take the points and the maths is quite simple for Terenure College. With five games left to play they need to win just one of them to ensure the LSL league title will be out of reach for all others.
Few would back against that happening and the work done to amass their total to date has laid the groundwork for a brilliant league campaign which is certain to take the glory road.
TERENURE COLLEGE: Gavin Moore; Sean Naughton, David Kelly, Kevin O’Sullivan, Cian Hore, Alan Cleary, Jamie O’Rourke, Peter McEvoy, Ryan O’Doherty, Rory Knight, Cathal MacDonnchadh. Subs: Ross Kelly, Cian McMahon, Domo Murphy, Steve Thompson, Jack Thompson, Gavin Lennon, Shane Clarke.
LARKVIEW FC: Sean Patchell; Daniel Murphy, Alex Gleeson, Rory McPhillips, Phil Cullen, Gareth Hynes, Graham Doyle, Maitias MacDonncha, Marc Boylan, Ronan Deasy, Robert Sweeney. Subs: Conor Flynn, Jack Wright, James Yendole, Dave Campbell.
Referee: Dave Fitzsimons.