LSL Division 3 A Saturday
Mount Merrion Youths FC – 1
Kilbarrack United – 3
On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon Kilbarrack United Division 3A Team traveled to face Mount Merrion Youths FC in a middle of the table clash.
Frank Spain & Mark O’Riordan arrived with a panel of 15 players to choose from including the luxury of having 2 keepers with David Kiernan getting the nod over Dean Byrne. I don’t envy the selection headache the management team have with all players at a similar level to each other, however only 11 players can start and judging on the performance, the selection was correct.
Kilbarrack were straight into their stride and took a deserved lead when Ryan “Fozzy” Foster controlled the ball from a throw in to turn the defence inside out before burying the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0.
Mt Merrion could not find a way past the Kilbarrack defence with Max Slobodkin and Brian “Bronco” Dennis shutting down the flanks and Jake Taffe & Ciaran Whelan slamming the door on the Merrion attack at every opportunity.
Fozzy & Josh McKenna looked composed and comfortable in their roles in midfield just in front of the defence. Indeed it was McKenna who added the 2nd goal after a pinpoint corner from the always excellent Daniel “Lofty” Loftus was met with a header from McKenna which was perfectly placed leaving the keeper rooted to the spot.
Kilbarrack were growing in confidence and spurned a number of chances with Kaylan Sweeney, JJ Nolan, Lofty and Eamonn White all going close.
Kilbarrack used all 3 outfield substitutes with Conor Leech, Ger Colton and Calvin Ryan slotting in to great effect. It was Calvin Ryan who added the 3rd to end this game as a contest when he slotted home after a scramble in the box following a corner from Loftus.
Mount Merrion pulled one back after a free kick was sent into the box and knocked home, it proved to be a mere consolation as Kilbarrack made it 3 straight wins in the league for the first time in their maiden season.
After a slow start to the season obviously due to this team only getting to know each other as players rather than friends, they have finally started to gel into a machine which has become a unit and are very hard to beat. The remaining games in this division will also be learning curves as they prepare for an assault on the League Title next season. For now, any of the top teams who have to play this Kilbarrack side will be made to battle to get anything out of this emerging team.