Donnycarney FC (AUL Premier B) 5 – 2 Sheriff YC (AUL Premier C)
Donnycarney FC continued their impressive start to preseason by running out comfortable winners against Sheriff YC’s third team on a hot and humid evening in St Annes Park. After a slow start with Sheriff having most the ball in the opening 20 minutes, they could not capitalise on their possession and never really threatened the Donnycarney FC goal.
Donnycarney FC took the lead after 25 mins when an Alan Talbot corner was headed in by David Heary on the line. Almost immediately after this, Talbot collected the ball from Mark Ludlow and turned his man and hit a low shot that somehow evaded the goalkeeper’s grasp to make it 2-0.
The rest of the half continued in the same vein with Donnycarney coming more into the game with each passing minute. The half was to finish with a spectacular goal from Ian Finn. Luke Darling sprayed a long pass in Finns direction he controlled the ball with his head before letting the ball drop and coolly volleyed the ball with the inside of his foot into the far top corner to make it 3-0 to Donnycarney FC at half time.
Both sides made numerous changes at half time as is the norm in these type of preseason encounters. Alvin Lawlor was introduced by Donnycarney and almost scored instantly but the keeper Aidan Magrane got down low to stop the shot after Talbot had played him through on goal. Sheriff were then to grab one back when a quick break and mix up in the Donnycarney defence allowed Deco to calmly stroke home to cut the deficit back to 3-1.
After a series of silly frees from both sides the game came back to life again, this time with Donnycarney’s Finn playing Lawlor in to scoop over the onrushing goalkeeper and restore Donnycarney’s three goal lead at 4-1. Another Lawlor chance was passed up as the striker failed to convert from 2 yards after great work by Finn again. Sheriff then had a small period of pressure which resulted in a free kick. Craig Kavanagh stepped up and smashed home an effort from 35 yards which beat keeper Jason Smith in the Donnycarney goal with the aid of a slight deflection.
The last noteworthy action of the game came when Talbot swung in a free from the left which found Ian Finn at the back and he nodded home to make it 5-1 to Donnycarney which is how the game finished. A great workout for both sides and on the face of it both should go very well in their respective divisions.