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Match Report Skellig Rangers v Waterville

posted 3 Mar 2013, 16:47 by Unknown user

Skellig win wonderfully at Waterville

Micheal O'Sullivan

Asst. Pro Skellig Rangers

Skellig Rangers travelled to Waterville on Sunday last in search of a win in their first match in the South Kerry League. Thanks to a flurry of goals, the Portmagee side came away victorious in an entertaining clash in Waterville.

The game commenced with Rangers playing from left to right and Waterville attacking into a slight breeze. Rangers were first on the scoreboard when a driving run from Brian Murphy led to the Ardcost man slipping it to Micheal O’ Sullivan who slotted over the bar. Waterville failed to settle and Portmagee were 3 points clear after the first quarter when Bernard Casey pointed. 
Waterville, having started sluggishly, got their first score and it came from the boot of Stephen O’ Dwyer. However, Portmagee were on the attack once again and after a long ball was played in from Brian Hickey, Martin O’ Sullivan rose highest, swivelled and rocketed a shot into the top corner. It was O’ Sullivan who was involved in the next move again as a diagonal ball played into the full forward was tapped down and Alan Devane directed it to the back of the net soccer style. Portmagee defence were very stubborn and defended immensely with Bernard Walsh commanding at full back.The sides went in at Half Time with Skellig Rangers leading by 5 points.

A rejuvenated Waterville came out in the second half and as expected put on an improved display with O’ Dwyer latching onto a high ball from Seamus O’ Sullivan in the first few minutes and curled a long range effort between the sticks. Waterville had the lions’ share of breaks in the opening few minutes and got a lifeline when Stephen O’ Dwyer burst through the Skellig Rangers defence and slotted past Mike Brennan in goal. Soon after, they were awarded a penalty when Barry O’ Dwyer was tripped in the area. His cousin Stephen stepped up and dispatched the penalty confidently. Both sides used substitutes with the likes of Gerard O’ Sullivan, Colm Martin and Brian O’ Driscoll all brought on to freshen up the midfield area, an area where Waterville had asserted control in the second half.

Skellig Rangers were in danger of throwing away the lead they worked so hard for in the first half but when another searching pass into Martin O’ Sullivan broke to Micheal O’ Sullivan he tapped it into the empty net. Alan Devane and Brian Hickey pointed for Portmagee so Waterville resorted to the long ball tactic but the Skellig Rangers defence were marshalled well by Walsh and Brian O’ Sullivan. Barry O’ Dwyer tapped over again but Mike Keating replied with a point having ran nearly 50 yards to get on the end of an attack. That was to be the final action of the encounter where Skellig Rangers ran out winners on a scoreline of 3-7 to 2-5.