Leinster Senior League
St Patricks CY-3
Daniel Kelly finished off a brilliant second half comeback and high octane back and fort final few minutes to ensure St Patricks CY returned to winning ways in dramatic fashion on Friday night.
Portmarnock looked odds on to make it four straight Senior Sunday wins in a row as they took a two goal lead into the break.
However, a fired up CY fought their way back to draw level with 10 minutes remaining. Like two boxers do when they get notification only 10 seconds remain in the final round the sides just opened up and let loose for the final 10 minutes.
Both let fly and went toe to toe in search of winner and it was Kelly who landed the knock out blow blasting home into the top corner from 14 yards with virtually the last kick of the game.
Portmarnock couldn’t have got off to a better and were ahead after just three minutes when Chris Burgess headed home a brilliant Philip Rusk corner.
The sides shared an equal amount of possession over the next few minutes, but Porto looked the more impressive.
They were not afraid to put balls in the box from wide areas or look to for Burgess early when the chance arose. They also looked well drilled, vocal and organised across the back. However, it was their superior intensity and bite that really made them look the more impressive during a period were Noel McGinty stood out.
The home side did have periods of possession with Aaron Montgomery trying to get them to play, while Kevin Dunne forced Portmarnock into a debate as to how to handle anything long to him and Kelly had two half chances- one wide and one routinely saved.
However, it was Porto who scored next not long after Burgess had dragged an effort wide after a good Ray Whelahan pass McGinty was heading home. If like Alex Ferguson said ‘Charlie Adam’s corners make him worth 10 million alone’ then Rusk is worth 20 million in today’s market.
The wide left player whipped in another delivery and bagged his fourth assist in two games as McGinty made it two.
Another clever pass from Rusk, this time from play afforded Burgess the chance to treble the lead, but fired over after having two bites of the cherry.
However, the visitors still looked comfortable and odds on to win going in at the break.
The home dugout was unusually quiet at the tail end of the first half, but they must have been saving their breath for a half time roasting.
St Pats CY came out a different team after the turn. Three changes were made with Thomas Dunne, Joseph Gimenez and Paul Healy coming on -Healy’s the only enforced one- and they seemed to make the difference. The tempo and indeed mood changed both instantly and dramatically.
Thomas Dunne almost pulled one back after he gambled and met a low Kelly cross, but he lifted his effort over two minutes into the half.
Kelly then went on a trade mark inside left drive and despite over running the ball just when he got in the box the incident seemed to get the home line believing.
At this stage the hosts were first come second ball time and were cranking up the pressure. Two chances from Gimenez set pieces followed before Kelly had an effort saved when he pounced on a blocked Kevin Dunne shot.
The organised and calm approach to the away sides back play just seemed to vanish at that stage. Then A couple of injury breaks one after Dean Kelly was taken off seconds post his brother Daniel fired just wide seemed to stem the constant flow.
Porto did get some breathing space and Burdges had a have chance before the onslaught resumed. Thomas Dunne forced a save after a neat turn 18 yards out before the hosts got the goal their hard work deserved.
Jason Doyle pounced on a sliced clearance burst into the box, beat one challenger and cut back for Gimenez to finish.
CY continued to push and try and get back level. Two more half chances followed from Gimenez deliveries before an improvised overhead kick from Thomas Dunne was saved. Doyle then cut in from the right and fired over as the chances kept coming.
Porto looked somewhat rattled, but CY’s abandon meant there was space at the back to attack for the visitors. Brudges exploited that and did have a headed opportunity and a chance to kill off the fight back, but headed over unmarked unaware the keeper had come off his line.
The newly promoted side were left to rue the miss within seconds as CY levelled. Kelly bought himself some space with some clever foot work, before sending a cross field pass the way of Thomas Dunne. The CY legend crossed low into the forcing Porto to block from Kevin Dunne and Doyle. The second block fell the way of Kelly and the player that started the move finished if off to square things up.
At that stage momentum looked to be with the Ringsend outfit and they certainly were not going to settle for a point. However the fact they pushed everyone forward gave Porto hope a winner could be attained.
The next 10 minutes were back and forth as an exciting a passage of play your going to see this season followed.
During that period Burdges did force a brilliant save from the home keeper but just when it looked the teams would have to settle for a point a piece Kelly smashed home a last minute winner.
A free won on half way was punted into the area by the keeper. Kevin Dunne managed to pick up the second ball wide on the left and the big man proceeded to play a clever one two before pulling back invitingly for Kelly. The wide man, who return to the club from Crumlin last Summer, didn’t have to break stride as he buried home into the top corner.