William Enright and a GB Rovers player vie for possession last Saturday.

William Enright and a GB Rovers player vie for possession last Saturday.

Youths Division 2: Feenagh 5 GB Rovers 5
The goal rush at Lansdowne Road on Saturday evening was bettered by 3 goals earlier in the afternoon by the youths of Feenagh and GB Rovers as the home side deservedly picked up their first point of the season. Only 5 minutes had elapsed when a long punt down field by keeper Ger Moore bounced over the head of the last defender and Luke Ryan showed good awareness to nip in and nod the ball over the advancing keeper and then finish the ball to the empty net. Rovers equalised 5 minutes later before Ryan put the hosts in front again. Good link up play between Maurice Fitzgibbon and Calvin Moran released Ryan down the left flank from where he won a corner. Moran delivered the corner to the back stick where the unmarked Ryan headed home. Not long after, GB Rovers made it 2-2, with only twenty minutes of play elapsed. The next 25 minutes of play were glorious from a home point of view as they scored 3 goals to give themselves a commanding position. On 28 minutes Ryan and Moran reversed roles, with a corner from the former being headed home by the latter. Ryan completed his hat-trick on 35 minutes by using his pace to get into a good shooting position inside the area before firing past the keeper. Just before half time Ryan raced onto a good through ball from Hayes-Daly and was brought down by the advancing keeper, who was rather fortunate to just escape with a yellow card. The foul seemed to be inside the penalty area but a free kick on the edge of the area was awarded. This wasn’t to matter as William Enright curled a superb effort over the wall and keeper into the top right hand corner of the net. 5-2 to Feenagh at the break but the margin could even have been wider as Ryan and Fitzgibbon both came close with efforts. The first chance of the opening half also went Feenagh’s way, as a ball over the top from Seán Shine found the ever dangerous Ryan who latched onto it but his effort went the wrong side of the post. GB then took over and showed why they are near the summit of the table. Feenagh began to retreat deeper and deeper as the visitors began to apply the screw. 5-2 became 5-3 which in turn became 5-4 shortly after. An equaliser looked inevitable and it duly arrived. But the home side rallied to create two good chances before the finish. Moran headed at the keeper from a Ryan cross and Ryan O’Gorman unleashed a thunderbolt from all of 30 yards that brought a fine save from the Rovers keeper in one of the last actions of the game. Many positives for manager Barry Gilbourne to reflect on from this tie. Minus a few key players the side played great football in the opening half creating and converting numerous chances and had a side at the top of the table on the ropes at half time. The recurring negative for this group however is that they continue to squander leads. They need to remain focused for the full game and keep pressing their opponents high up the field.
Team: Ger Moore, Keith Shine, Seán Shine, Richard Walsh, Mark O’Connor, Ryan O’Gorman, Dylan-Hayes Daly, William Enright, Calvin Moran, Luke Ryan and Maurice Fitzgibbon. Sub used: Evan O’Flynn.
Referee: Colm Dalton