League leaders Shamrock Youths fell to their first defeat of the campaign against a very impressive Seatown in front of big crowd in Fatima last Wednesday evening.
Anton Reilly thought he had given the home side the lead on ten minutes, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
As the half wore on, Seatown gradually got on top and it was no surprise when Michael Osadebe put them ahead, a lead they held to the break.
Early in the second half the Youths defence only half cleared a corner kick and Denys Cholach duly punished them with a fine shot to put Seatown 2-0 ahead.
With ten minutes left ot play Anton Reilly reacted quickest in a goal mouth scramble in the Seatown defence to throw his Shamrocks side a lifeline.
It was all Shamrocks now as they poured forward in search of an equaliser, but a resolute Seatown defence held firm and in a break-out David Asare left two Shamrocks players in his wake before finding the raiding Michael Osadebe with a perfect pass and he finished clinically to seal a famous victory for the visitors.
Just five minutes from time Barry Casey, the Youths player/manager was sent off for a second bookable offence. After the game Anton Reilly received a red card also.
Caulfield goal sinks Doms
MUIRHEVNAMOR can thank a wonderful strike from Chris Caulfield that enabled them to collect all three points from this very tight struggle with St Dominic’s last Thursday night.
Both defences were on top throughout a very uneventful first 45 minutes.
The second half saw the home side in a more positive attacking mode and Thomas Woods’ cross-cum-shot almost decieved Maxi McAllester in the Saints nets in the first few moments of the new half.
A Conor Mulvenna free was well taken by the keeper, before he saw a sweetly struck effort from Phil Duffy whistle past the post midway through the second period.
Eventually the home side’s pressure yielded a score 15 minutes from time – a super strike, low to the bottom corner from Chris Caulfield proving to be the match winner.
St Dominic’s forced the title holders on to the back foot for the last ten minutes of the game and it took a wonderful full length save from Jason McConville to deprive the Friary side from sharing the spoils.
Great start by newboys Dundalk Inter
BAY United fell to their first defeat of the season against a Dundalk Inter team who were making their Summer League debut.
A defensive mix up early on allowed Kazysztof Arent to put Inter ahead. The same player doubled Inter’s lead with a shot from 20-yards which the Bay goalkeeper should have saved.
A Bernard Whelan shot from distance, early in the second-half, reduced Inter’s lead.
Bay went all out for an equaliser but they were caught on the break when Gatis Miroslawski sealed his side’s first win in the Dundalk Summer League.