Mochta’s battle for win

by Gazette Reporter

DAVID Somers scored twice in a hard-fought win against a very good Belgrove side to continue St Mochta’s push for the LSL Sunday Senior 1 title last Sunday.

The prolific striker has now scored 11 league goals this season with his second the winner from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute. Stephen Deegan opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a beautiful half-volley that flew into the top corner from 25 yards. It was an unstoppable shot and the perfect start for the league leaders.

It came in a wide open first half with both sides playing good attacking football. John Reilly went close to making it 2-0 when his shot went inches wide after he cut in from the left and looked to find the corner of the net.

Although the pitch was heavy, credit must go to both sides who tried to play football. Somers tested the Belgrove goalkeeper twice from free kicks before the away side spurned a great chance to equalise in the 35th minute.

A shot from a clever pull back should have tested Saints goalkeeper Warren Fee but the ball went harmlessly wide. Reilly was denied just before half time when the Belgrove goalkeeper made a superb save with his feet after a fantastic Saints moved opened up the visitors’ defence.

But Belgrove were back on terms four minutes after the break with a beautiful finish into the corner of the net by Eamon Lynch. The away side deserved the equaliser and they continued to apply the pressure, forcing Fee into another good save in the 57th minute.

The Saints replied in kind as Somers restored the Saints lead with a shot that found the bottom corner in the 62nd minute. Five minutes later, Reilly evaded a couple of tackles and was denied a brilliant goal by a superb save by the Belgrove goalkeeper.

And they capitalised from that moment to level for a second time with 10 minutes remaining when the referee pointed to the penalty spot for a rash challenge by Jonathan Lyons. Eoghan Murray stepped up and slotted the penalty.

Two minutes later it was 3-2 when Craig Sheridan was bundled down in the penalty area and the referee once again made the correct decision and pointed to the penalty spot.

Somers made no mistake to score his 11th league goal of the season. Belgrove threw everything at the Saints but they couldn’t force an equaliser and the Saints held on to win the very important three points leading into derby day with Verona.

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