walley's ace for grange
GRANGE WOODBINE ..............................4
LUSK UNITED ........................................0
TABLE toppers Grange Woodbine scored twice in each half as they secured their latest victory in the Brenfer League Under 10C section at Woodbine Road on Saturday morning.
On a day when the sun finally came out and we didn't have to endure cold frosty conditions Grange Woodbine turned up the heat and style with a deserved 4-0 win over a battling Lusk United.
They were into their stride early on and although it took them 17 minutes to take the lead they were always in control.
In fairness to Lusk, they never gave up and continued to fight to the final whistle. Late on they got into a few dangerous positions, but couldn't find a way past Jack Walley, who was solid throughout.
Early on it was the crosses of Cian Ivors which were causing all kinds of problems for Lusk. The home side's number eight sent in some great deliveries, but sadly for the hosts they led to nothing.
Inside the opening ten minutes Jack Dalton and Craig Sutton got on the end of fine Ivors' crosses, but failed to convert, while Sutton was also denied by a timely block from Andrew Akanbi.
Then it was Lusk United who almost took the lead just after the quarter hour mark as Ryan Pigott's shot was heading for the top corner, only for Walley to produce a great save.
A minute late and the home side were ahead with a cracking goal. A long kick-out from Walley glanced off the head of a Lusk defender, but Sutton reacted first to meet it on the volley and thunder it past a helpless Fionn Malone. A superb goal.
Half chances to draw level fell to Pigott and Adam Cronin Green, but both were blocked by a solid Woodbine defence.
And the hosts were to finish the half strongly. Sutton could've had a second only for a timely block from Ryan Patterson, while Ivors was denied by the outstretched foot of Malone.
But in first half stoppage time it was 2-0. Ivors' corner was punched clear, but Mark Farren was lurking outside the area and fired home with a low shot to the back of the net through a crowd of bodies.
Five minutes into the second half Grange Woodbine had their third. William Amphlett hooked the ball into the danger area and Caleb Brady was first to react to clip the ball past Malone.
It was then the turn of Malone to produce a top quality save as he pushed a goal bound Dylan Farren free kick away from the top corner.
Pigott was Lusk's main danger man and his cross in the 40th minute found Taofeek Busari who just failed to convert. Busari then thought he had scored but Walley pushed his effort away for a corner with his feet. From Cronin Green's resultant corner, Pigott blazed inches over.
The closing stages saw Grange Woodbine look for more goals and Dalton thought he had one with five minutes left, but Malone dived full stretch to push his shot one handed around the shot, while the 'keeper made another fine save soon after to deny the same player.
But Dalton's perseverance was rewarded just before the end. Kalvin O'Keeffe was unlucky not to score as his effort was blocked but Dalton was alert to fire the ball home for number four and round off a polished performance from the home side, who have lost just once all season.
GRANGE WOODBINE: Jack Walley, Max Slobakian, Conor Latchford, Dylan Curley, Mark Farren, Jack Dalton, Kalvin O'Keeffe, Cian Ivors, Caleb Brady, Craig Sutton, Dylan Farren, Jack O'Reilly, Jacob Brady, William Amphlett. Managers: Gerry O'Keeffe, Dave Brady.
LUSK UNITED: Fionn Malone, Jack Hamilton, Ryan Patterson, Andrew Akanbi, Taofeek Busari, Cian Doyle, Ryan Pigott, Adam Cronin Green, Luke Farquharson, Dylan O'Brien, Jerry Bosch. Managers: David Farquharson, Kevin Doyle.
Referee: John Reilly.