AUL Premier A
Collinstown FC 1
Seaview Celtic 2
By Nathan Kelly
Collinstown remain pointless after three games in their debut season in the AUL Premier A after Seaview completed a late snatch and grab win in Ballyowen Park last night. The Clondalkin side will be left kicking themselves after they looked the stronger side for lengthy periods. The importance of the tie cannot be underestimated, as both sides were chasing their first points of the campaign.
The opening exchanges were quiet enough with Collinstown seeing a lot more of the ball without really threatening Robert Byrne’s goal.
They broke the deadlock after 15 minutes however, after Byrne flapped at Dean Carpenter’s curling corner and centre-back Damien Cuffe nodded the ball home. The corner routine was a clever one which was repeated throughout the game and saw Collinstown pack the goalkeepers line with their players waiting for the right delivery.
Five minutes later, Seaview looked to hit back and came close when right winger Frank Wilson was involved in some clever link-up play on his side, drove towards the edge of the area, but dragged his shot wide of Ross Costigan’s far post.
Gareth Brogan, who was leading the line in place of the suspended Anthony McCormack, would go close for Collinstown, when he dispossessed the left-back on the halfway line, used his pace to get away from him before attempting a chip from 25 yards which Byrne tipped over for a corner. Moments later, Brogan used his lightning pace again to get on the end of a lofted ball over the top from Carpenter only to be denied by a last ditch tackle from the Seaview centre-half.
Things became scrappy with a high free-kick count on either side. Before the half ended, one of these free kicks was taken quickly by Collinstown’s Ian McNeill on the right wing to Mark O’Neill, who skipped by two defenders to get to the by-line, centred past the keeper but Brogan’s attempt to finish was thwarted by two defenders.
Nine minutes after the restart Seaview thought they were level, after Kelly glanced a header over Costigan after a high ball beat the Collinstown defence. The ball did not beat the offside trap however and the goal was ruled out.
The hour mark saw wholesale changes as Collinstown introduced Aaron Behan and Daniel Matthews, while Seaview made three changes of their own.
On 70 minutes the away side were left amazed that they were still behind when Costigan pulled off one of the best saves you will see on any pitch from a powerful volley 10 yards out which was heading straight for the top corner.
The Portmarnock club did get an equaliser with fifteen minutes left on the clock when Darren Kelly was released thanks to a ball over the top. The front man took the ball to the by-line, squared it, and watched on as Frank Wilson slotted the ball home.
With the clock running down, both sides looked for a winner and the away side got it on 82 minutes after Kelly raced on to another high ball which took out all of the Collinstown defence. The striker controlled the ball, entered the box and placed the ball past Costigan into the top corner.
Despite late pressing, ‘Town could not snatch a late point but would be wondering how after substitute Michael Griffin saw the ball sit up for him about two yards out but could only blaze it over before the referee blew his whistle.
Man of the match: Darren Kelly
The Seaview front man did not get much chances until the end but chased every long ball and worked till the last. Never gave the Collinstown centre backs a minutes peace and deserved his winner.