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It was a baptism of fire in the top division of the Leinster Football League today for the senior side as they came up against last season’s league champions!


It’s going to sound bias if we say it wasn’t as one sided as it sounds but it’s genuinely true as the Libbos started on top and were the better side for the first 15 mins with Bobby Clarke, playing a lone striker role, causing problems for the home defence! Bobby twice burst through 1 on 1 in the opening minutes….but fired over on one occasion and forced the keeper to make a fine stop with the second…


Unfortunately, cliché alert, if you don’t take your chances at the top level you get punished….and that lesson was rammed home in spectacular style as a 15 min spell from Tallaght put the game well beyond reach as Tallaght scored not once, twice, three times but four times….30 mins on the clock and it was game over! It was a damaging spell and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was going to become a cricket score…..


This was especially true at HT when goalkeeper Robbie Magee had to be taken off injured and Hughie Morrissey had to make a number of changes to his side and his formation! Conor Farrell took the number 1 jersey, a blow to lose him in the middle but he was very solid and composed in goal in the 2nd half! Joey Farrell stepped up from CB to CM and added an energy to the middle, as a result just shading the MOTM award. Mark Boland also brought a composure to the back 4 renewing his partnership with Graham Quinn!


The changes made a difference and despite the final score, with the amount of chances the Libbos had it really could have been different! Clarke himself hit the post from another chance, Craig Farrell brilliantly sidestepped 2 defenders, did the hard bit, but couldn’t beat the keeper….there were half chances for Robbie Best and Robbie Bowes….but a goal did eventually come when a lovely move between Clarke and Farrell ended with the on rushing Paul Waters burying the ball into the corner……

Tallaght grabbed another goal to make it 5-1 late on through slack marking from a long throw but by then the 3 points were already well and truly theirs…..


It’s a tough start, but with new signings on the line supporting which was great to see, there are a lot of positives! We also know that Tallaght will be the team to beat this season while we try and bed ourselves into the top division with a new squad!

Better days ahead….

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