LSL Senior Sunday
After 90 minutes that played to four seasons worth of weather a rainbow decorated the Wicklow sky, but their wasn’t a pot of gold to be found for either Killester United or their hosts Wayside Celtic.
Rather both shared a pot of silver and would have been disappointed to do so. Both top flights sides would have felt they should have banked three points in an entertaining clash, Killester will be unhappy to throw away a two goal lead, while Wayside had more than enough chances to claim victory.
Even more frustrating for both is three points could have really changed the complexion of their respective seasons. Killester could have put themselves in the title mix with a win on a day no other clubs took to Senior Sunday action, while Wayside could have put significant distance between themselves and the drop zone.
Gushing winds and freezing cold hail didn’t dampen the opening exchanges as both sides tussled for superiority. Indeed both sides had early chances as both net minders were called into action.
It was Killester who took the early initiative as they game settled as they broke the deadlock, a high Josh Mullen cross that was turned home by a home defender.
Wayside could have leveled matters twice soon after as they responded well to fashion two good chances, the best of which was headed wide from 8 yards by former Amateur International Ray Whelahan.
Ten minutes later and Celtic taught they had leveled, when Peter Durrard hit the back of the net but the linesmans flag cut short their celebrations. A sensational strike five before the break then saw Killester open a two goal half time cushion.
Darren Kavanagh clipped a ball down the wayside left, the inform Alan Talbot chased after it, leaving two men in his wake before cannoning a shot from an almost impossible angle of the back post and into then net.
True to the nature of the tie Wayside managed to fashion another chance before the break, but Ciaran Bizzel was on hand to make a smart save down to his left from another Durrad effort.
A wind assisted Wayside made a posted start to the second half. A couple of pot shots from range didn’t really cause any trouble, but they were not long getting back into contention.
A wiped free from the left was precisely volleyed home by Durrad . Within minutes the hosts found themselves level as Mike Narciso looped home a clever header with nigh on his first touch.
Both sides gave everything to try get the winner over the last 20 minutes.
Sean Fitzgerald hit a rasper from 30 yards that hit the outside of the Wayside post, before Talbot had a left footed effort saved by the keeper, while Wayside fashioned a number of less eye catching opportunities to no avail and as a result they sides had to share the spoils.