Kilbarrack get Usher revenge and put five past league leaders
AUL Premier A
Kilbarrack did old rivals Sheriff YC a favour on Firday and got revenge over Usher Celtic in the process.
Kilbarrack were left smarting as defeat to Usher in February all but put paid to any title hopes they may have had, but responded positively and put a winning run together since that reverse.
Indeed just over a month after conceding five to current league leaders the Kilbarrack managed to put five past their fellow Premier A side and gain the ultimate revenge.
For the off it was apparent United had learnt lessons from the sides most recent encouther. They dropped off the deadly Donnelly to negate his pace and man marked Jordan Buckley to stifle his influence on the game.
So while Usher had some early possession they failed to create chances of not early on. Indeed it was the hosts who managed to take the lead.
Kilbarrack won the ball high and Karl O’Reilly split the defence with a clever pass before Fowler finished into top corner.
The home side managed to extend the advantage and took a two goal lead into the break as David Jackson found Gav Gaughran at the back post come set piece time and Gaughran found the back of the net.
Kilbarrack managed to take a two goal and a man advantage into the break as Buckley received straight red for a stamp on O’Reilly’s calve.
Usher to their credit responded well, the current league leaders pulled one back after the restart thanks to a brilliant Donnelly strike.
However, Kilbarrack were not going to be reeled again by Celtic and they moved through the gears once a danger they could be caught surfaced.
A sharp Fowler got on the end of a loose ball and finished well to push the cushion back to two soon after.
Usher changed their shape and tried to get back into the game but the hosts used the extra man well and won a peno after Jonner Meleady played through Fowler only for the striker to be brought down.
Meleady stepped up and turn what looked like a potential assist into a goal finishing from 12 yards.
Meleady than another as he wrapped up a lovely team move with a neat finish. Sean Beresford collected a ball from the net mind and played Gibbons down the line, the former Amateur International pulled back for Meleady just outside the box and the former Crumlin United player finished over the keeper to make it a five star display.
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