Tuesday September 1st
LSL Major Sunday
Phoenix FC 0
Skerries Town FC 2
After an impressive 6-2 opening day win versus Manortown, promotion-chasing Skerries Town FC traveled the relatively short distance to face Northside rivals Phoenix FC. The Scribblestown side were hoping to spring a surprise and bounce back after a heavy reversal at the weekend at the hands of Mullingar,
Skerries started off sluggishly, perhaps due to having played their previous game just two days beforehand and, to their credit, Phoenix were well organised and gave little away. The Dublin 7 outfit got on the ball well in the middle of the park – although rarely threatened the Skerries rear guard.
After a tight opening, the deadlock was finally broken just past the half hour mark. Good work from Sean Lynch found strike partner Darragh Walsh and the youngster was able to turn nicely and shoot. A miscalculation by the ‘keeper, who believed the ball to be going wide, allowed the shot to bounce off the post and rebound into the box and into the grateful path of the on-rushing Shane Langan who was able to grab his first goal of the season.
After the half time interval the game failed to find a tempo and became quite stop-starting with some silly tit-for-tat fouls from both teams. Eventually, Skerries began to find Sean Lynch in the second half a bit more, and the powerful striker’s pace was causing all sorts of problems for the Phoenix defence. After being denied by the excellent hand of the Phoenix ‘keeper, Lynch was taken down for a penalty. The big man dusted himself off to step up and send the ‘keeper the wrong way and score his fourth goal in two games – effectively killing the game off as a contest.
Towards the end, Skerries would go close again through Lynch and substitute Barry Davey.
Both sides will now have a weekend spent idle before looking to crack on next week. Undefeated Skerries will hope to make it three wins on the bounce, while the rebuilding Phoenix are aiming to secure their first points of the season.