Sean McConigley struck twice as Sporting Ennistymon took command of this Premier Division fixture against Shannon Town, despite early lapses in a 5-2 win.
Sporting started the stronger and had four corners in quick succession in the first 15 minutes but found the Shannon keeper in top form. Then Ross O’Doherty was taken down outside the box after a great run but the resulting free kick was drilled against the wall. The next chance was once again a Sporting one when Michael Leigh unleashed an outrageous strike that slammed against the crossbar which rebounded out and back in to play and cleared.
While Sporting had all the early chances, it was Shannon Town who got the opening goal. A Sporting attack was intercepted by Shannon midfield and the quick counter attack resulted in a free kick just outside the Sporting box to the right. Shannon’s number 8 curled the free kick around the wall and inside the near post to give the visitors the lead.
Sporting could’ve been back on level terms only to be denied again by the Shannon Town keeper. Shannon again scored in the 30’ minute after some good play down the left and a finish from an acute angle gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time.
After the break Sporting got the recovery underway with Ross O’Doherty turning and finishing in the box just 10 minutes after the restart. Sporting then went in search of an equaliser and were rewarded when a Ciaran Monaghan corner found its way to Michael Leigh who finished high into the roof of the net. Sean McConigley put Sporting into the lead on 74’ from another Monaghan corner.
Sporting to their credit began to pull away at this point and added another 2 goals to the scoreline to finish 5-2. This was a great team effort by Sporting and it was hard to single out anyone for man of the match.
Sporting Ennistymon : James Leigh, Ryan Burke, Jack O'Dea, Michael Leigh, Eoin Marrinan, Michael Duffy, Ciaren Monaghan, Ross O'Doherty, Sean McConigley, Cathal McConigley, Joe Gallagher. Subs: Shane Kearney, Conor Gallagher, Martin Mongan, Damien Flanagan, Michael Crehan
Man of the Match : Ross O'Doherty (Sporting Ennistymon).