Back To winning Ways

15 October 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With only two days to recover from their tough encounter against Cork City, Monaghan United went to Drom with every expectation of collecting all three points and improving their present goal difference. Salthill Devon were aware that they couldn’t do much about the first aim but they were determined to do something about the latter especially remembering that they conceded six goals on the previous occasion that the sides met in Galway. So what followed was a very scrappy encounter, Salthill employed the blanked defense and a very narrow pitch to their benefit but were also fortunate to have a very inform keeper who denied United with some excellent saves throughout the game.

Mick Cooke made a number of changes from the Cork game he rested Conor McMahon and replaced him with Aidan Lynch and Alan Byrne started on the bench, and Karl Bermingham hadn’t recovered sufficiently from his recent knock.

Monaghan United took the game to Salthill Devon from the start and Philly Hughes was proving to be a handful up front, his first attempt was forced out for a corner and his next was well saved by the keeper.  Eventually United’s pressure paid off in the 14th minute when they were awarded a free in front of Salthill’s penalty area, Cathal O’ Connor took it short to Shane Grimes, he trapped the ball, side footed a defender and curled it beautiful towards the six yard box where it was met by Aidan Lynch and he powered the ball to the back of the net for his first league goal of the season. After 25 minutes Salthill had their only attempt of the first half, it came from a 30 yard free from Mikey Gilmore who was by far their best player, the ball took a deflection and shaved the foot of the upright, a goal would have been a terrible embarrassment to United as they had been in total control. Keeper Ronan Forde denied Sean Brennan when he got his foot to the ball and an excellent strike from Shane Grimes was deflected over the bar. Cathal O’Connor raced into the area and if he could have picked out either Brennan or Hughes on either side of him United would have scored. Despite all United’s pressure they could not get a second before half time.

Salthill continued to frustrate United in the second half and they appeared to be more content with keeping the score line down than getting their own score. Only a minute had elapsed when Brennan came close with a delightful free from the touch line. Ten minutes in and Salthill had their only chance of the second half, it came from a corner and was headed over.  Immediately at the other end Forde made a brilliant reaction save from Lynch. Alan Byrne came on for Stephen McCrossan.  Hughes clipped the ball over from a close in free.  Salthill were also awarded a number of close in frees but each was poorly taken.  Forde got his hand to a looping ball and did just enough to keep it out. Finally United got the second insurance goal on 79 minutes, they were awarded a corner and Byrne rose highest to head home. Then United were most unfortunate to be reduced to 10 men when Barry Clancy was given what looked like a very harsh second yellow card. Darragh Hanaphy got United’s third in the first minute of injury time, he played a one two with O’Connor and with only the keeper to beat he finished coolly. The winning score line did not flatter United, Salthill did well to keep them to three but Mick Cooke and his side expected this since the Galway side had recently caused both Waterford United and Derry City a lot of trouble, hopefully they can continue to do so again next weekend against Derry City and do even better than they did in the Brandywell. This is Salthill’s first season in the league and they have shown a lot of improvement since the sides first met the and the hope is that they are successful in getting re-elected to the league.

Salthill Devon: Ronan Forde, Colm Horgan, Gearoid O’Leiduinn, Brian Geraghty, James Whelan, Ciprian Siraut (Luke O’Connell 46), Robbie Porter, Mickie Gilmore, Victor Collins (Damien O’ Reilly 73), Brian Gaffney, Cian McBrien.

Subs not used: Mick Kennedy, Conor Murray, Ronan Burke

Monaghan United: Gabriel Sava; Aidan Collins (Paul Whelan), Shane Grimes,  Aidan Lynch, Brian Gartland, Dom Tierney, Cathal O’Connor, Stephen McCrossan (Alan Byrne 61, Sean Brennan, Philly Hughes (Darragh Hanaphy 80), Barry Clancy.

Subs:  Ian McNeill, Anthony Costigan.

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