LSL Senior Sunday
St Patrick’s CY-2
Drumcondra proved looking at the table before any Senior Sunday clash is futile as they secured what could prove a moral boosting result on Wednesday night.
The Drums put two fingers up to their bottom of the table standing with an impressive display in Ringsend, while a CY side flying in the top half looked at times if they went into the clash believing the hype.
The visitors were deserving of a point and probably had the better chances throughout, but CY looked lethargic at times- and while they showed enough quality to get a result there were occasion throughout the game were it looked like they felt they just had to turn up to become the seventh team to beat the side from the other side of the Liffey.
CY did bring a lead into the break and held it up and until late on, but an 81 minute finish from Taigh Keogh saw them register just their first point in six games and just their fifth of the season.
While Keogh’s late heroics will be most remembered his energy and desire early on played a part in setting the tone. The hosts were defensively amiss particularly in the opening 10 minutes and with a bit more confidence and composure in the final third Drums could have landed a final ball and taken the lead.
Adam Burch did and effort from range routinely saved during that period, but the visitors didn’t make the most of their bright start.
No doubt the hosts looked off the standards set this season in particular, but they too had a chance early on as Thomas Dunne benefited from some nice footwork and a lay off from Kevin Dunne, but saw his shot saved.
When the game settled there wasn’t much between the sides, Raoui Lassoued did have another shot routinely saved and Burch fired over for the visitors, but it was relatively evenly matched.
Conor Ralph and Ger Jameson did look to have a nice bit of bite about them in the middle of the park and used the ball well when they got it, while Cian O’Toole’s distribution from the back often lead to Keogh bring in a foot race in behind CY’s back four.
However, after 23 minutes it was home side who took the lead. After winning a free high up the pitch a half cleared delivery fell to Joseph Giminez, the Spaniard’s cross was cleared to the edge of the boxing were Dean Kelly was waiting to pounce. The wide, whose brother has received massive plaudits this season, volleyed brilliantly first time into the back of the net to break the deadlock.
Given the sides contrasting form this season it seemed logical at that stage that CY would settle and Drums confidence would drop allowing the hosts to push further ahead.
But to their credit the away side responded well and within 4 minutes were back on level terms Keogh’s footwork down the left eventually let to a corner being won and Bobby O’Reilly headed it home emphatically to square proceedings up.
Within a minute Keogh came close to putting his side ahead but after rising brilliantly to meet Stephen Cantwell’s cross he saw his effort brilliantly saved low down to the keepers right.
Only a brilliant block then denied Cantwell after an error at the back from the hosts before Keogh latched onto another ball down the channel by O’Toole only to fire across the face.
Joseph Giminez then threatened to split the Drums defence open twice in quick succession as the game opened up further, but the offside flag and some sweeping from Nathan Murphy prevented CY from benefiting.
Jamie McGylnn had another good chance for Drums the left back, who really impressed after the turn, bullied his way into the area but fired across the keeper and wide of the post.
The away side were eventually punished for the misses right on the stroke of half time as a bit of class from Aaron Montgomery saw him land the ball on the head of Thomas Dunne and a player of his finishing ability was never going to miss from 6 yards.
The second half didn’t see as many chances and was again relatively even in terms of possession. However, the visitors looked more threatening during their spells on the ball. CY were sloppy on occasion and struggled to find a tempo, but Drums looked reluctant to up it a gear and throw caution to the wind in a bid to get a result.
In saying that St Patrick’s CY needed another brilliant save from their keeper after a Whelan free was deflected toward the bottom corner, Ralph had an effort saved after good play from both Drums full backs and Keogh saw a header sneak over over the bar.
CY never really took a ‘what we have we hold’ approach and at times it looked like they were just one decent passage of play away from being able to put the game to bed. Montgomery became important for them as the half went on both with and without the ball, but they just seemed off in comparison to the performances they have put in this season.
Just when it looked like they were going to win despite not playing to their best, an occurrence that would have won them praise, Drums got the equaliser.
With less than 10 minutes to go a break down the left allowed Whelan to cross into the area, sub Jordan Cromwell did well to get a shot off at the back post, his strike was saved but fell to Keogh and he got the goal his all round effort deserved to earn a massive point for his side.
The shared point wasn’t good enough to get Drumcondra off bottom spot but did see second placed CY close the gap on leaders Killester to four points.