Men’s Division 3 Playoff
Glenanne 4 (Matt Lucas 2, Jonathan Kane, Clive Kennedy) Pembroke 0
Glenanne finally claimed the division one/three double at Belfield this evening, bursting over the hurdle of Pembroke with three goals in the closing seven minutes sealing the deal.
But a campaign which began way back in mid-September was finally settled as the Tallaght club had the edge in the first half and saw the tie home with late efforts to calm the nerves.
Clive Kennedy’s individual skills created the first on 32 minutes, swishing first left and then right before angling an excellent ball from the right of the circle wide of the left post where Matt Lucas tapped home.
Pembroke toiled in the opening period, creating little of note while finding Paul Fitzpatrick’s stick a magnet for crash balls. But the Serpentine Avenue outfit smartened up in the second period, Mossie Elliott key while a buzz of excitement greeted Justin Sherriff’s interventions.
Chances were limited, though, Kennedy shutting down a first corner and, with time running out, Glenanne showed a much more potent attacking threat.
Jonathan Kane – the first team’s top scorer this term – scored a brilliant second, racing forth from halfway before laying off to Neil Byrne. The Leinster underage star did really well to draw the last defender and lay off around his left shoulder and Kane delicately chipped over the sliding Peter Collins.
Persistence from Lucas saw the striker capitalise when he charged down an attempted clearance, finishing into an empty net, before captain Kennedy did likewise after an initial fresh air – both efforts greeted with Mourinho-esque slides down the sideline by coach David O’Malley.