|Kinsale's David O'Donovan scores past Jamie O'Donovan. AUL Premier League, Silverheights, 17.05.05, Village 0 Kinsale 1, Billy Lyons|
Village United 0 Kinsale 1
Thirty-three minutes into Tuesday’s top of the table game in Silverheights, Kinsale put a great move together and midfielder David O’Donovan cracked in the goal that won the seasiders this crucial top of the table tie.
It could well be the goal that means Kinsale take the Murphy’s Stout Premier League for the third year in a row.
Kinsale are at home to relegated Killumney this Friday evening, and away to the same opposition on next Tuesday. The expected two wins would then leave them with the task of beating Village in their final game to pip current leaders Maymount Celtic by a point. Tuesday’s defeat means Village can’t now win the title.
Village came close to taking the lead in the 4th minute but Paul Burke’s well taken free crashed back off the post and Jinty O’Sullivan blew the rebound across the goal and wide of the far post. Midway through, Kinsale keeper and captain David O'Callaghan went full length to intercept a potent cross by O’Sullivan.
In the 32nd minute, O’Sullivan crossed into the Kinsale area and Fleming’s close range header again brought the best out of O’Callaghan.
Kinsale took the lead in the next minute, O’Donovan on target after good work up the left by Derek McCarthy and a penalty box back-heel by the impressive Declan Ryan.
Kinsale went for the kill and in the 40th minute, following a corner, a close range effort by Ryan was blocked on the line by Dave Quirke, the Kinsale man convinced that Quirke had handled.
Village’s best chance of an equaliser came 13 minutes into the second half but both Brian Sheehan and O’Sullivan failed to make the best of a cross from the left by Eric Fleming.
Kinsale were lucky again in the 73rd minute. Then a Fleming free cleared the crowd in the box but hit Cooke at the far post and ran wide. They had just a few half chances after that, though keeper O’Callaghan had to react quickly when a Fleming effort came off a defender and later on Village sub Trevor Cambridge blasted over from just outside the box as they saw their chances vanish in the night air.
|Village's Jinty O'Sullivan on the ball as Jeremy O'Sullivan closes in. AUL Premier League, Silverheights, 17.05.05, Village 0 Kinsale 1, Billy Lyons|