By Jim MacArdle
The Drogs Under 19s made it two wins in a row with a good performance away to Athlone on Saturday. They were 3-0 up after 42 minutes and hung on well in the second half for a 3-2 victory. They made one change in the starting eleven with Stephen Doran replacing Sean Cronin and James Carroll came onto the bench after an injury lay-off.
The game kicked off with the home side doing all the pressing and Daniel Grace made a good save on 6 minutes to keep his goal intact. Under pressure from the home attack, some alarming gaps appeared in the Drogs defence, but after about 10 minutes they got a bit of a grip in the middle of the park and on 18 minutes they were awarded a free outside the box on the right hand side. As the Drogs’ dead-ball specialist Eoin McPhillips prepared to take the kick, he spotted a gap in the home defence and with the home defence expecting a cross, he slotted the ball into the corner of the net for a great lead goal.
This gave the Drogs a great boost and they came into their own in the middle of the field with McPhillips, Oisin Proudfoot and William Hondermarck slotting some great balls through to Tom Adeyinka and Jordan Adeyemo. On 24 minutes Jordan was straight through on the keeper but his shot was blocked away. On 37 minutes following great work by Dylan Connolly and Tom Adeyinka, Adeyamo added no 2 from close range.
5 minutes later Proudfoot and Connolly combined to put Adeyamo through again and he easily made it 3-0 to the visitors.
This stung the home side into greater efforts and in the 46th minute, Cian Quinn was adjudged to have handled a cross in the box and Athlone made it 1-3 from the resultant penalty.
From the start of the second half Athlone pressed the Drogs defence with more direct football and on 54 minutes they made it 2-3 from a goalmouth scramble. Two minutes later, keeper Daniel Grace, who had a great game, made a good save, the Drogs defence started to come under increasing pressure. On 66 minutes, Jordan Adeyemo headed over from a good Eoin Broughan cross.
As time ran short from the home side, it was the Drogs who looked stronger in the final quarter and they came away with a good victory from a tough and physical match where they continued to play disciplined football on the ground and time and again played their way out of defence to set up numerous attacks and goal chances.
Team : Daniel Grace, Dylan Connolly, Eoin Broughan (Leo Tang ),Stephen Doran,Cian Quinn, Oisin Proudfoot (James Carroll), William Hondermarck ,Eoin McPhilips (Clinton Apos ), Luke Neville (Gabriel Aghinita) , ,Tom Adeyinka (Josh Scully) Jordan Adeyamo ,
Sub not used : Euan Niven,