Skerries finding feet on new LSL Senior 1 stage

by Dave Donnelly

SKERRIES Town manager Alan Sweeney feels the north Dublin side are ‘finding their feet’ following a difficult start to life in LSL Sunday Senior 1.

Skerries were promoted last year alongside Lucan United and Kilnamanagh but have been faced with a tough fixture list that includes a strong Lucan side, Sacred Heart/Firhouse Clover and Home Farm.

A 3-1 win away to Greystones United on Friday night, their second win in two games following a 2-0 triumph at home to UCD, suggests they are adapting to the higher level.

Despite falling behind inside the opening ten minutes, Skerries won out thanks to goals from Carl Costello, Bob McKenna and Shane Langan.

“It’s been a tough start,” Sweeney told the Dublin Gazette.

“We’re finding our feet a bit now but the first three or four games we played a couple of the top teams, Lucan and Sacred Heart and Home Farm.

“We were probably unfortunate not to pick up a win. We had a couple of draws and Lucan beat us 2-1 and Sacred Heart beat us 3-1 at home.

“But, in general, we’ve been playing reasonably well without getting the bit of luck. The cup game down in Portlaoise kind of turned it for us.

“We went down there on the Wednesday night and played really, really well and beat them 2-1. The confidence has grown since then and we got a great win against UCD, beat them 2-0 at home.”

Greystones hit the front inside the opening ten minutes when a mistake from Carl Young, who lost the ball on the edge of his own box, let the home side in on goal.

The visitors quickly found their feet after that but were frustrated in front of goal as both Bob McKenna and Carl Young fell foul of the woodwork.

McKenna struck the post from just inside the box before a wonderful effort from Young from 25 yards struck the base of the post.

Skerries finally drew level on the stroke of half time as McKenna picked the ball up inside his own half and played in Costello.

Costello was clean through on goal and kept his head to lob the ball calmly over the Greystones keeper and level the tie.

Ten minutes into the second half, Skerries were in front as Young picked the ball up in his own half and pinged a 40-yard pass over the centre-halves to McKenna.

The striker had a lot to do still but he carried the ball into the area and slotted the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot.

And the away side sealed the three points ten minutes from time when Langan took the ball up on the right wing and beat two men before hammering a shot into the top corner.

Sweeney added: “We’re getting players back from injury and we’re in much better shape than we were. It’s positive at the moment and we’re happy enough.

“Keeping ourselves in there is the aim for the rest of the year – if we hold our own I’ll be happy enough.”

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