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Castleview 1 Village United 0
It wasn't quite highway robbery when David Deveraux kicked in the injury time winner that gave Castleview a 1-0 victory over visitors Village Utd in Murphy’s Stout AUL Premier A.
The ’View probably had more of the chances but Village keeper Jamie Donovan and his defence will feel robbed, particularly because the steal came so late, more particularly because the burglary could well have been prevented with a little more in the way of neighbourhood watch.
Village had survived a torrid final quarter and lively ‘View striker Shane Brady seemed on mission impossible when he chased a through ball. A defender blocked his path and keeper Donovan was advancing.
But the advance was not rapid enough. The terrier like Brady forced the error. The ball squirted loose and sub Deveraux arrived right on cue to whack it ball into the empty net.
Martin “Nipper” Meehan represented the Castleview management trio at O’Sullivan and he looked like the cat that got the cream, all of it, as he grinned from ear to ear: “I think you could say we sneaked it,” he said. “Still, we put in the work. Our back four, particularly Anthony Donovan and John Sexton, were outstanding and Jamie Bolger worked his socks off upfront.”
The wind was a frustrating factor at O’Sullivan Park. Passes to the forwards were regularly overhit and the ball hopped wide and out of play too frequently. Besides, both sides employed the offside trap.
And the spectators weren't the only ones feeling frustration. Ask Castleview midfielder Terry Furlong. He could have had a first half double but ended up scoreless. He had no problem finding promising positions but just couldn’t come up with a finish on the day.
Midway through, Furlong raced after a typically intelligent though ball from Deccie Sheehan and tried to lift it over advancing keeper Donovan. But the Village keeper did very well here - he did have quite a good game overall – and his jump enabled him knock back the attempted lob.
In the 24th minute, Donovan must have been fearing the worst. This time, Brady pounced on a loose ball after a Anthony Donovan free and passed to Furlong in the box. He was unmarked but rushed his shot and drove it over the top.
Furlong wasn't the only Castleview man missing the target. Garvey played strike partner Brady through in the 39th minute. Brady beat the advancing Donovan to it but put his shot off target. Jamie Bolger did hit the target a couple of minutes later. This time keeper Donavan had been drawn off his line but Davy Quirke was on hand to head clear.
Village too had some great first half scoring opportunities, the first in the 11th minute when, following good build-up play by Alan O’Brien and Brian Sheehan, Jonathan Cooney drove just over the far angle.
Their best chance came on the half-hour mark when Brian Sheehan broke through the offside trap. Keeper Kevin O'Riordan, just back for vacation in Florida, had been complaining of the cold but had his hands warmed as he dived to turn the shot out for a corner.
Kevin almost handed the Village a present in the 44th minute. He failed to cut out a cross and eventually knocked the ball down towards incoming Village striker Sheehan but the lone raider wasn't expecting the gift and screwed his volley well away from the gaping target.
Furlong’s frustration was almost relieved in the opening seconds of the second half when he tried to find the net from the re-start but his long range shot was well pushed over by keeper Donovan. Garvey got on the end of the corner but volleyed it just off the target.
The ‘View finally got a handle on the wind in the final quarter and easier hit passes gave their forwards more of a chance. But the next noteworthy effort came from a 72nd minute free by Sheehan, well dealt with by Donovan who, five minutes later, after a long period of Castleview dominance, saw John Sexton head just over.
Donovan made a fine catch from yet another Sheehan corner as the game wound towards its conclusion. Village seemed to have weathered the storm as the tie entered injury time. But Brady wasn't letting go and Deveraux was on hand to crack in the winner.
Castleview: Kevin O'Riordan, Brian Murphy, Anthony Donovan, John Sexton, Steven O’Connell, Terry Furlong, Roy O'Sullivan, Deccie Sheehan, Jamie Bolger, Kevin Garvey and Shane Brady. Subs: Tony Hackett for O'Sullivan (82nd minute), Glen McCarthy and David Deveraux for Murphy and Garvey (both 84th).
Village United: Jamie Donovan, Denis Long, Leslie Kepple, Conor Jones, David Quirke, Jinty O'Sullivan, Conan Burns, Alan O’Brien, Brian Sheehan, Richard Burns and Jonathan Cooney. Subs: Terry Lotty for C. Burns (65th minute), Wayne Rogers for Kepple (81st) and Kevin McGee for R. Burns (84th).
Referee: Damien O'Mahony.