LSL Senior Sunday
Photos- D.Earl Photography
St Mochtas showed true bounce-back-ability with what could prove a crucial win on Sunday.
The league champions travelled to Armagh Road to face Crumlin United on the back of three straight defeats- two of which came in the league and one in the cup.
A third straight league reverse would have seen them lose valuable ground. However, they showed resolve and determination to register a win over title rivals and move back up to second in the table at this early stage.
The opening exchanges as expected were lively and competitive, but neither side could muster a shot on target in the first 15.
Keith Dunne finally found the target on 26 mintues, but couldn’t find a way past David Meehan, who produced a brilliant save, but it wasn’t long before the visitors were celebrating an opener.
Luke Kelly took the resulting corner, Dunne won a header at the near post and goal scoring midfielder David Somers was on hand to tap the flick on home from less than six yards.
Crumlin attempted response, but struggled to create anything clear cut and after Lacey was denied by Meehan Mochtas were not long about increasing their lead.
Dunne was again involved, this time he won a free kick 19 yards out and former Crumlin midfielder Luke Kelly fired it home to put his side two up at the break.
Crumlin dominated after the turn, but some fine Morgan Cranley keeping, some solid defending and a lack of cutting edge prevented them from getting within one in a 20 minute spell of dominance.
Lacey then had a chance to put the game to bed but fired wide after breaking in one on one. Minutes later he elected to try and round the keeper rather than fire past him when a similar chance arose, he hit the dirt, the ref pointed to the spot, but after discussion with his officials awarded a goal kick.
Crumlin took control again, but couldn’t turn pressure into goals. Murphy produced a number of blocks while Cranley produced another top quality save.
As a result Mochtas held out to record a win that is important more in terms of stopping a mini rot than anything.