Enniskillen Town United had their very own Saint Patrick’s Day Parade as they sleepwalked into Round 3 of this years Mulhern Cup after a 2-0 win over Junior Cup semi-finalists Lisnarick at The Complex on Saturday last. The rest of us just slept.
Town Manager, Rory Judge, was all dressed up and in his glad rags before the game had even kicked off.
The first half was desperate. An early Gary Beckett effort hit the bar following some good approach play from Adam Breen (or Russell Wheeler’s Cub as everybody seems to refer to him as). Gary Lynch had a goal correctly chalked off for hand ball while a timely Matt Chambers intervention denied Peter Law. In between watching the paint dry, Town took the lead on twenty-nine minutes. Lynch controlled a ball on the edge of the area before showing admirable technique in firing a low volley into the corner of Francie Ward’s net.
The second period continued in cruise control. A Beckett free kick grazed the bar and he also went close with a deft flick following a near post corner from the quick thinking Matthew Keenan. Substitute Ryan Hanna was just wide following Stephen Chambers’ perceptive pass.
A Niall Gormley free eventually forced Town keeper Pat Cadden off his deck chair on the hour mark. He had barely topped up on the sun cream when Town made it two – Beckett finishing a Wallace cross. Cadden then very nearly gifted the visitors an unlikely lifeline with a poor clearance but recovered well to deny Gormley.
Hanna shot wide after some clever hold up play from fellow substitute Frank Wallace. A raking Keenan delivery was nodded on by Wallace, the arriving Beckett volleyed over. Visiting keeper Ward got down splendidly to parry a vicious Beckett free while Hanna again went close following a sublime Beckett delivery. Then we had the ridiculous – a red faced Gormley firing harmlessly wide when totally unmarked from four yards.
Town did make it “three” with a late effort. Hanna’s industrious block ricocheting over Ward’s line. Referee, Dermot Monaghan, saw it differently. The decision sparked loud and angry protests from a number of Town players. Did it really matter?
Lisnarick have bigger fish to fry.
The Town: P Cadden, M Chambers, M Keenan, D McQuade, N Dunbar, S Clarke, A Breen, M McAuley, G Beckett, S Chambers, G Lynch.
Subs – F Wallace for Lynch (49), R Hanna for Russell Wheeler’s Cub (56), P Crane for Clarke (61).
Referee: Dermot Monaghan – I can’t see Hawkeye’s job coming under threat any time soon but other than that he was fine.
Attendance: 62 – including Town’s youngest supporter, Anthony Corrigan.
Top Townie: Gary Beckett.
Comedy Moment: Niall Gormley’s late howler is set to earn him a small fortune as he becomes the new face of Sky Plus. TV you can rewind again and again and again…
“So You Did Sons Moment”: Matthew Keenan and Gary Beckett’s innovative, fifty-third minute corner routine deserved better.
Words from a Song: Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon.
Manager Watch: He’d want to put a few of them boys on a diet – starting with Beckett…
…And Finally: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!