Soccer News - Sunday 19 Mar 2006
Milltown United V St. Joseph’s
Milltown went away with three points with the first meeting of these two teams. This game was a lot closer than the score line suggests. Both teams tested each other’s defences in the early exchanges. St. Joseph’s were unlucky not to go one up on their first attack, when Mark Deane’s effort was stopped by the home keeper. Milltown were also unlucky when they were almost through to score, except for the skilful play of Neil Byrne, when he stopped an almost certain goal with an excellent sliding tackle. The exchanges remained evenly balanced for most of the first half. Milltown went one up in the 27th minute when defender Niall Fitzpatrick headed the ball into his own goal from a corner. Lady luck completely abandoned Joey’s when in the 28th minute, a Milltown free kick was skimmed to the roof of the Joeys net by their own Barry Kennedy.
H/T score Milltown Utd 2 – St. Joseph’s 0
Joeys restarted the second half very strongly, playing excellent football from defence right through to the opponents scoring area, but they could not break through the strong home defence. Milltown put the game away when they scored in the 51st and 58th minute. Joseph’s really had an uphill struggle now, and they threw everything at Milltown and were rewarded with a penalty when Sean Delaney was taken down in the square. Eoin Maddock converted the penalty to the roof of Milltown’s goal. Within two minutes Joeys Sean Delaney had the ball in the Milltown net again, when he was put through after good ball work from Greg Murphy and Eoin Maddock. Joey’s went all out to snatch a draw, but this was not to be when Milltown scored their final goal in the 58th minute.
This was a well-deserved victory for Milltown United, but fair play to St. Joseph’s they never gave up and played excellent football throughout the entire match.
Best for St. Joseph’s were Aaron Doyle, Shane Kelly, Neill Byrne, Christopher Gaule, Sean Delaney and Eoin Maddock.