JENNINGS ON THE DOUBLE AS DAA FC BAG UCFL 3B POINTS AT ALSAA
DAA FC……………………………..…….4 MID-SUTTON SPORTSLINK……..0
THREE welcome and deserved points for DAA FC in their UCFL Division 3B clash at Jack Cullen’s pitch at ALSAA on Wednesday evening.
The final scoreline might be a tad harsh on the visitors who contributed much to the entertaining 90 minutes and enjoyed some passages of attack that sadly, for them, lacked a cutting edge in the finish. Mid-Sutton had won the earlier fixture 5-2 but had no answer on the night to DAA’s finishing ability.
DAA FC will be delighted and their commitment to push forward at every opportunity reaped a rich reward and while early on both sides had to battle through a downpour of heavy rain, the sun finally broke through and with it a lively game which belied the status of 3B.
BY EAMON SCOTT
The first real opportunity fell to Luke Jennings of the home side in the 12th minute when a ricochet landed at his feet as he bore down on goal, Liam Earley advanced, Jennings chose to shoot and lifted the ball over keeper and crossbar.
Then a brilliant diagonal ball from Stephen Keogh inside the fullback put Glen Connell in on goal but his shot from an acute angle couldn’t find the target.
MSS were not without opportunity either and Brian Tobin was excellent in the heart of the visitors’ rearguard both fullbacks Faz VeiIjrev and Amir Zhalee, looked to get forward down the flanks when opportunity arose .
Their best chance in the opening period came after a mistake in the DAA defence gifted possession to Luke O’Brien but the visiting skipper pulled his side wide of the target.
The opening goal fell to Luke Jennings on 52 minutes off a well flighted corner from Dylan Twiss and Jennings reacted quickest to the dropping ball to stroke home from close in.
DAA doubled their lead on 63 minutes when Jennings was fouled on the left just inside the Sportlink half. This time off the free kick central defender Evan Mellerick got on the end of Rob Corcoran’s free kick finishing to the net with a diving header from five yards out.
Mid-Sutton’s best chance of getting back into the game came when substitute Dave McDonnell showed good strength to prise the DAA defence wide open and as he rounded Sean McCauley in the DAA goal team mate Luke O’Brien – in an offside position – finished to the net and the goal was ruled out by match official John O’Toole.
That really deflated the visitors and with a raft of substitutions on both sides, the structure of the game deteriorated, but rather than undermine the competitiveness, it led to more open approach play and Cillian Braqdy showed some excellent touches on the right wing for DAA.
On 75 minutes the game was put to bed with another excellent diagonal pass and as Earley raced off his line, substitute Sean Drumm kept his composure to slip the ball past him to nestle in the back of the net.
The light was beginning to fade and the thermometer began to drop a few degrees but there was still time for DAA FC to put the icing on the cake with the best goal of the night.
Substitute Brady showed wonderful footwork to earn a yard on the byline on the right wing and his inch perfect cross was met at the near post for Jennings to get his second of the night with a peach of a header.
Both sides are mid-table with DAA a point ahead of Mid-Sutton Sportslink who have a game in hand on their hosts – but both teams will meet again in the upcoming UCFL Shield.
DAA FC: Sean McCauley, Stuart Ryan, Jason Docherty, Evan Mellerick, Daniel Hannigan, Rob Corcoran, Stephen Keogh, Glen Connell, Gavin Doyle, Dylan Twiss, Luke Jennings. Subs: Darragh Markey, Kevin Fitzgerald, Cillian Brady, Sean Drumm, Aaron Lalor.
MID-SUTTON SPORTSLINK: Liam Earley; Faz VeiIjrev, Amir Zhalee, Brian Tobin, Aidan Black, Garvan Harris, Luke O’Brien, Conor Donnelly, Ciaran Smith, Alberto Catala, Conor Phelan. Subs: Stephen Redmond, Conor O’Farrell, Eoghan McGarry, Dave McDonnell, Mick Carr, Rob Bailey,
Referee: John O’Toole.