LSL Metropolitan Cup
Kilbarrack Utd – 3
Verona FC – 2
Sean Doyle fired Kilbarrack Utd into round 2 of the LSL Metropolitan Cup with a victory over Verona FC at Greendale Road on Friday.
Doyle hit the decisive strike after Verona mounted a second half fight back.
Whilst the scoreline suggests a tight game, the reality was a dominant Kilbarrack display against a side who are a division above.
Kilbarrack started the game on the front foot and had early chances through Sean Doyle, Aaron Brennan and Sean Beresford but each failed to convert.
The opener came after 11 minutes when Anto McKay floated a free kick to the back post where Eoin Fowler rose high to powerfully head home. Just two minutes later Kilbarrack were two to the good. A Verona defender went over on his ankle whilst in possession and Sean Beresford raced onto the ball before skilfully curling the ball into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.
Kilbarrack looked to be in cruise control and were heading into the break with a two goal advantage until a refereeing error saw the visitors awarded a penalty. A ball through the the centre was raced onto by a Verona attacker. Goalkeeper Matt Lyons ran out of his area and clipped the attacker and the referee amazingly pointed to the spot despite the offence occuring in the D. The resulting spot kick gave Lyons no chance.
After the break Verona were fastest out of the blocks and they levelled it up on 52 minutes when a well delivered corner was met with a strong header into the net.
Kilbarrack remained calm and regained their control of the game as they sought to restore their advantage.
With 61 on the clock Sean Doyle scored what proved to be the winner. Mark Nolan swung a ball into the box and as he did was on the receiving end of a late challenge. Many Verona players stopped expecting a whistle, the referee played the advantage and Doyle controlled the ball expertly before calmly slotting home.
Kilbarrack continued to look the more likely to add to the scoring but could not add to their tally and the three goals on the night was enough to send Chris McDonnell’s side into round 2.