History repeating as Ville turn the corner in Senior 1

by Dave Donnelly

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Glenville manager Wayne Kelly hopes his side have turned a corner after coming from behind to pick up their second league win of the season over high-flying Home Farm on Sunday.

Bobby Cullen and Darragh Doyle scored in the second half after Matt McEntee had headed the visitors into a half-time lead.

Home Farm had started the season in fine form, winning six and drawn three going into Sunday’s game, while Glenville were struggling just above the relegation places on seven points.

And things looked to be going according to the formbook when McEntee nodded a corner kick into the back of the net to put Home Farm in front midway through the first half.

That’s how it remained at the break, but a tactical tweak from Kelly saw him switch from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2, and the extra body in midfield counted as they began to assert control.

Josh Clifford was heavily involved in both goals, and it was his corner that led to Cullen’s headed equaliser ten minutes after the break.

Cullen has only just returned to the club after a year out training for the marathon, and he made an instant impact upon starting up top.

And Glenville hit the front ten minutes from time when Clifford was fouled outside the box, and Doyle stepped up to smash the free kick straight in.

“For the first five or six games of the season, we were missing seven or eight first team players from our squad with injuries and some lads were away,” Kelly told the Dublin Gazette.

“It is way too many players for us. The last month we’ve started to get those players back, which has made the difference.

“It was the same last year – one point from our first five games, then we dropped the same number of points in our next 20.”

An astonishing run of form in the second half of the season saw Glenville only narrowly miss out on promotion having been staring relegation in the face early on.

The task this year is tougher, with the likes of Home Farm and Wayside Celtic performing so well, and Kelly feels a cup tilt may be more realistic.

“We may have left it a bigger task this year, the way the top of the table is looking, but all we can do is plug away and hope to win one of the cups.

“It’d have to be an unbelievable run from now until the end of the season to get us back in the frame. The aim now is to get safe as quick as we can and get a cup run.

“We’ve a lot of young lads who are playing Saturday football and doing really well and I want to get them involved in Sunday football.

“It’s a good chance to get them involved this season and get something valuable out of the season.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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