LSL Premier Sunday 1
Free scoring Palmerstown FC maintained a very impressive start to season under the lights at Ratoath Harps superb City Jet Park facility in County Meath on Friday evening.
The LSL Premier 1 side produced went on the rampage just after the break hitting what turned out to be four crucial goals in a 20 minute spell.
That goal blitz brought their season total to 25, but more importantly ensured they secured victory as the hosts attempted a comeback in what turned out to be a seven goal thriller.
A first half largely controlled by the visitors from Dublin in terms of possession was even by way of chances. Jamie Rice and Jack McDonnell with the best opportunities for Palmerstown while Ratoath Harps best attempts came from centre back Danny Ennis and front man Gavin McKane
An action packed game with some very impressive football on display didn’t deliver the first of seven goals until some 42 minutes into the game. A flowing passing move from back to front ended with Ratoath’s number 9 Robbie Marks picking out a defence splitting pass into the path of Gavin McKane who raced onto the ball approaching the by-line. McKane managed to loft the ball across goal into the path of the onrushing Matthew Gunn who blasted a right footed volley low into the bottom corner of the net from all of six yards out.
A spell of 20 minutes after halftime completely changed this game. A Palmerstown FC side who had persisted all evening with their total football approach appeared to go through the gears. Within two minutes of the restart Jamie Rice levelled matters as his deflected effort from the edge of the Ratoath penalty area found it’s way into the back of the net. Moments later a sweeping move from back to front saw Palmerstown midfielder and recent CP World Cup Golden Boot winner with the Rep of Ireland Dillion Sheridan smash a 25 yard pile driver against the bar before Tadhg McPhillips missed from the rebound.
Ratoath were struggling to cop with the Palmerstown onslaught and found themselves 2-1 behind on 58 minutes as Dillion Sheridan slid Danny McSweeney through on goal. The Palmerstown front man made no mistake with a clinical finish.
The single goal cushion became two on 66 minutes. Palmerstown midfielder Gerard Kelly winning an aerial duel in midfield that released Danny McSweeney clear on goal once again. This time the front man audaciously taking his time, firstly rounding a defender as he attempted to recover and then nonchalantly dinking the ball over the advancing Eoin O’Connell in the Ratoath goal.
That cushion was pushed to four within just two minutes of the restart as Craig Fitzgerald showed blistering pace to get beyond Ratoath Harps defence before squaring the ball into the path of Jack McDonnell who finished with aplomb.
A dramatic last ten minutes to the game was assured when a searching free kick into the Palmerstown penalty area was cleared into the path of Damien Darcy. Darcy kicked the ball high into the sky goalbound. Misjudging the flight of the ball Palmerstown net minder Nathan Johnston could only palm the ball into the path of Rathoath substitute Adam Griffiths who gratefully accepted the chance he was given six yards out.
Johnston made up for that error minutes later as Rathoath’s Gavin McKane was denied from point blank range. The resulting corner kick saw the ball land at the feet of Danny Ennis who somehow smashed an attempt off the crossbar from four yards out much to the relief of the visitors.
At the other end Craig Fitzgerald raced clear on goal before rounding the Ratoath keeper, his resulting goal bound shot brilliantly cleared off the line by Adam Owis.