Dunne delivers to send Galty soaring
Islandbridge ... ... ...... ... ... ... ... .1
Galty Celtic ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .....3
The significant stretch in the evenings and the increase in levels of sunshine indicate that spring has finally sprung .
This is a good time of the year then for any team to tap into a rich vein of form.
And Galty Celtic certainly indicated with this victory that they are poised to make a concerted push for the Saturday Division 1 title with Aaron Dunne helping himself to a superb hat-trick.
This was the kind of victory that usually leaves a manager gushing with praise for his troops and Galty Celtic's supremo Brendan Dempsey was no different. "The lads played well today, we now have a well-organised, settled team," he added.
Not only did manager Dempsey see his side defeat an Islandbridge outfit on the 15 Acres. He also witnessed his charges engineer a morale-enhancing comeback. However, Islandbridge's cause wasn't helped by the fact that they had to play a large chunk of the game with only 10 men after a red card was shown.
Islandbridge have not lost many games this season in cup or league. It was looking good for them early on in this contest when they edged in front, captain Derek Murphy played in Jason Cleary and he made the net dance.
And shortly before the break the more superstitious among the Galty Celtic ranks could be forgiven for thinking that this simply wasn't to be their day as John Lennon missed from a penalty kick. Islandbridge 'keeper Mark Kavanagh made one of a string of brilliant saves.
Then it all changed. After a few words from manager Dempsey Galty Celtic moved up a few gears and they left their opponents trailing in the rear-view mirror.
Despite their best effort the Islandbridge defence could not subdue Dunne's sharpshooting instincts and he took full advantage to fire home his three goals that secured the points.
But it wasn't as if Galty scored from three chances created. They made most of their extra man to hatch up a string of opportunities.
Barry O'Hanlon, Robbie Kinsella and Damien Mullen were just some of the Galty Celtic contingent who had chances to add to their team's account. Their back-four of David Dempsey, Barry Whelan, John McNevin and John Lennon was also picked out for particular mention.
"We fought a great battle but with 10 men we just couldn't cope with their extra player," said Islandbridge captain Derek Murphy after the final whistle.
Islandbridge players Kavanagh, Murphy, Anthony Plunkett, Mark Dunne and Stewart Mitchell were praised for their efforts but there was no glory for them on this occasion. Now Galty Celtic will be looking to take something from their forthcoming clash with Cashel Celtic, a potential title decider.
Galty Celtic: Anthony Flynn; John Lennon, Barry Whelan, John McN evin, David Dempsey, Aaron Dunne, Mark Gorman, Damien Mullen, Martin Quinn, Robbie Kinsella, John McCarthy. Subs: Joey Glynn, Joe Gannon, Barry O'Hanlon, Shane Mahony, Kenneth Carr.
Islandbridge: Mark Kavanagh; Derek Murphy, Jason Doran, Mark Doyle, Stewart Mitchell, Mark Fogarty, Luke Hinchon, Anthony Plunkett, William Wynne, Jason Carey, Darren Brady. Subs: Stephen Gleeson, James Keogh.