Saints stunned in thriller

by Gazette Reporter

ST MOCHTA’S Saturday side found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-goal thriller in Porterstown last Saturday, falling in an epic 6-4 encounter to Palmerstown FC in their first game of the second half of the LSL Saturday Division 2.
Mochta’s headed the table over the winter break and were in confident mood for the second half of the season but found themselves stunned by the fourth placed side, making it much tighter at the top of the rankings.
The conditions were wet and muddy but a last minute pitch inspection from the referee was positive and the pitch was deemed playable. Brian Flynn’s side looked confident early on and passed the ball well in difficult conditions.
The two wingers, Dylan Sweeney and AJ Ryan attacked well and created plenty of chances with good vision and some clever link up play. As the half progressed, the Saints dominated possession, creating chances and keeping the Palmerstown keeper busy. At the other end the Saints keeper James Sheridan was a mere spectator with only a couple of touches in the Saints goal.
On 25 minutes, John O’ Leary opened the scoring slotting the ball home from six yards after the Palmerstown keeper parried a shot. Derek Rochford made it 2-0 10 minutes later with a powerful header.
Mark Sheridan hit the post from a superb strike from 20 yards just before half time. Porterstown Road, however, was stunned when the visitors turned the game on its head after the break, scoring three quick goals to take the lead.
Wayne Fay made it 3-3 on 64 minutes with a powerful strike that flew into the back of the net. The Saints applied plenty of pressure but couldn’t find a goal and were soon punished.
Palmerstown made it 4-3 against the run of play when Sheridan was beaten with a superb strike into the corner. The home side threw caution to the wind searching for another equaliser were left exposed at the back and Palmerstown scored two goals on 80 and 84 minutes to seal the win and three points.
Dylan Sweeney scored the final goal of a thrilling game in the 90th minute with a fantastic free kick.
The result leaves Mochta’s on 18 points after eight matches this season, level with Drumfinn Celtic and Cherryfield United who have both played an extra game.
Palmerstown are three points off the pace with the same number of matches played, making for a fascinating couple of months.
St Mochta’s first team, meanwhile, lost 5-0 to Firhouse Clover in the LS Sunday Senior to sit in seventh place overall but still in contention with the leading pack.

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