A super game our second in two days however this did not affect our performance energy levels or commitment.
We startred well and were dominating the early exchanges of this game with some quality one and two touch football.
When we are in the mood the opposition find it hard to live with us or get the ball back from us , we just need to take the next step and convert the chances that our play deserves.
When we got promoted this year we knew we would be making a step up in quality however we have dominated most matches in terms of possession and chances created but we need to be more clinical in front of goal and put teams away which our performances have merited.
Every aspect of our game on Friday night was good from Ewan Wilson in goal who was coming of his line and dealing with any balls over the top and helping to organise the defence, to Aidan Martin , Eamon Swail, Odhran Sherry and Jamie Wilkinson in defence stoping St.Marys creating any oppourtunities in the first half, the midfield of Harry Graham, Matthew O’Rourke , Rhys Worthington and Joseph Tunney were breaking up St.Marys attacks and driving us forward with some super football and creating chances for the excellent Rory Timoney and Declan Magee who were causing the St.Marys defence all sorts of problems with their pace and trickery.
We opened the scoring when Declan Magee exchanged passes with Rory Timoney who slipped the ball through to Joseph Tunney who took a super first touch to take him away from the defender and which allowed him to use his body to protect the ball and with the keeper rushing out Joseph poked the ball into the corner of the net.
We kept pushing forward but could not get the second goal that our football deserved and the longer this goes on the oppossition start to go direct to clear their lines.
At half time we made a change with Gary Topping replacing Rhys Worthington and we pushed Jamie Wilkinson further forward but still we couldnt kill the game off.
After a succession of corners and long throw ins into our box which we where dealing comfortably with, we looked to have seen the game out but for one last chance for St.Marys after we conceeded a soft corner with 2 minutes remaining when the ball was delived into our box the St.Marys player made contact to steal a share of the points.
At times in this game we were guilty of over playing and causing our own problems but
this was harsh on the boys who had done enough to win this game , and as this has happened on a few occasions this season we are playing well and are dominating possession and creating chances and just need to convert our all round play into goals .
Ewan Wilson, Eamon Swail, Aidan Martin, Odhran Sherry, Jamie Wilkinson, Rhys Worthington, Matthew O’Rourke, Harry Graham, Joseph Tunney , Rory Timoney, Declan Magee, Gary Topping, Matthew Winchester, Joe Tolan, Rory Gorman.
Man of the match
Aidan Martin – superb in defence
Rory Timoney – a big threat up front with his pace and trickery being matched by his desire to work hard and close down defenders.