St Vincent’s continue ‘Lucan’ for answers

26 Nov 2018 | 0 Comment(s)

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St Vincent’s suffered an away defeat at the hands of Lucan United. Lucan opened and closed the scoring. Rory Durand smashed in a leveller that ultimately proved to be in vain. A tight affair, Vincent’s were left to rue a number of squandered chances that should have changed the outcome.

The stormy Saturday predicted by Met Éireann never materialised, and conditions were ideal for an afternoon match. Vincent’s knew they were in a game from the beginning. Lucan raced out of the blocks, and a sustained period of pressure led to the opener. A half-clearance was recycled to the corner of the box, and an excellent cross split the two centre backs, to be steered home by the opposing striker — 1-0 down.

Vincent’s took control soon after. John Cosgrove, fantastic once again, took ownership of the midfield area. Aidan McGrath’s influence grew as he saw more possession, and began tormenting the defence and getting behind on countless occasions. Following a number of wasted openings, a deserved equaliser arrived. Aidan used his pace to burst past an overmatched opponent, and stung the goalkeeper’s palms in winning a corner. The delivery fell to Rory Durand, who smashed a half volley into the roof of the net from close range — 1-1. Lucan was awarded an extremely dubious penalty on the stroke of half time, which was converted to make it 2-1. Such decisions seem destined to go against the away team.

The second period was in equal parts encouraging and frustrating. Eddy Wrynn, Gavin Kane, Rory Durand and Aidan had chances, but the leveller never came. Vincent’s seemed to get in behind the defensive line at will, but the incisive pass or ruthless finish was consistently lacking. Lucan threatened on the counter as Vincent’s pushed further forward, coming closest when Sean Keane tipped a rasping 25-yarder onto the crossbar.

So, 2-1 was the final result. Vincent’s did more than enough to get a point, and on balance probably deserved all three. On a bad run of form, the club needs to put this disappointing game in the rear-view mirror and rebound quickly.

Vincent’s key performer

John Cosgrove was absolutely superb in the middle of the park. He is a genuine midfield maestro and would walk into teams competing at a much higher standard. Comfortable in possession, two-footed, and able to put in a tackle, he represents the complete package. JC is seen as a key man as we look to turn things around.

Matchday squad

Sean Keane, Martin Hayes, Darren McMahon, Kieran Keane, Dean Huggard, Gavin Kane, Rory Durand, John Cosgrove, Brian Kelly, Eddy Wrynn, Aidan McGrath, Darragh Egan, James Clarke.

What’s next?

St Vincent’s took part in a relegation battle with Dundrum FC at St Benildus on Friday, 16 November. The result was a 2-1 loss. The league is very closely bunched, and a few consecutive positive results could see the team looking down on a number of opponents in the standings, rather than up.

In addition...

The FAI National Draw takes place on Wednesday, 21 November. We wish all those who bought tickets in support of the club the very best of luck.

Training will be every Wednesday evening from 20:15 to 21:45 at St Kilian’s German School until late March, and we are always looking for new faces to get involved.

Follow the St Vincent’s Hospital FC Facebook page, or get in contact via email: svuhfc@gmail.com.

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