GLEBE North got their first win of the season as they battled from behind to win 2-1 away to Dunboyne on Saturday.
The Leinster Senior League Senior 1 Sunday side maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to goals from new signing Lar Ivors and Andy Haran.
Glebe, who were missing six players between holidays and suspensions, were reduced to ten men for the final stages but defended their patch to take the win and move up to second in the table.
It was the visitors who took the lead just after the half-hour as Brian Crossan sent a long-range free kick sailing past the Glebe goalkeeper.
The hosts felt they’d equalised almost immediately when Ivors’ cross was carried into his own net by Dunboyne keeper Cian Maher, but a Glebe attacker was deemed to have impeded him.
Glebe started to get on top and they did level it up shortly after when Chris Pollis played a through ball for Ivors, who had the pace to beat defenders and keeper to the ball help it find the back of the net.
The visitors then took the lead for the first time early in the second half as Ivors turned provider, linking up with Aidan Bissett before crossing for Haran to volley home from the edge of the box.
Ivors – who scored the goal that relegated Glebe from the Senior Division two seasons ago – is one of three players, alongside Lee Fahey and Lee Sheridan, to sign from Tolka Rovers this year.
There’s a fresh look to the squad with the new additions and youth players under manager Gary McCormack, who recently stepped up from assistant to Kevin Curley.
Ivors had a chance to wrap up the points from the spot 15 minutes from time but Maher made the save, before Bissett was sent off to tee up a nervy, backs-to-the-wall conclusion.
“We held on with the ten men to get the result,” McCormack told GazetteSport.
“After the previous week – being 3-1 up against Tolka and conceding the two goals in the last ten minutes – we showed a bit of bottle and belief to hold out with ten men to get the win.
“We’ll only get better as the weeks go on. It’s gelling well, so I’m hoping the next few weeks we can get a few results and just build a bit of momentum and belief.”
Having only falling short of promotion back to the top tier in the final weeks of last season, McCormack expects to challenge again in a tougher league than last year.
“Promotion is the main objective. Last year we just missed out on it, but I think that was a hangover from the year before, getting relegated the way we got relegated.”