Glenmuir's John Byrne. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
NEFL Division Three
Glenmuir FC 2 Skryne/Tara 2
Whatever Wayne Conroy has done since taking up residence at Glenmuir Park, it's had the desired effect. Having failed to register a point in their opening seven matches, in the three since Conroy's appointment as manager they have amassed four-points.
Striker John Byrne is another who has profited from the new dawn. His goal in Friday night's 2-2 draw with Skryne/Tara at Hoey's Lane means he has scored in each of Conroy's matches in charge.
The Blues shipped five goals in their last meeting with the league leaders, however, they looked a lot brighter in this meeting and Byrne had them ahead inside five-minutes, finishing well after being set away by 'keeper Dave McKenny's accurate punt.
Byrne and 16-year-old Luke Murray went close to extending the hosts' advantage, though they remained a goal in front at the change of ends.
But the game was turned around early in the second-half as the Meath men struck twice to take the lead.
Glenmuir weren't to be denied a deserved share of the spoils, however, as David O'Donovan smashed home a penalty in the closing minutes. And things could have got even better for Conroy and co. in the final minute had Byrne's shot not been deflected off the line.
Nonetheless, Glenmuir's safety quest has taken yet another boost.
Glenmuir FC: Dave Mc Kenny; Willy Kelly, Edgar Bitanis, Óisín Murray, Niall Hand; Brendan Sheils, Eamonn Kenny, Dave O'Donavan, Eimhin Caldwell; John Byrne, Luke Murray
Subs: David McKenny, Liam McKenny, Andrew Hayes, Seán Murray