Tolka Rovers 1 Mount Merrion 3

Played in Tolkas ground this was a very entertaining even affair. As it was MM first match of the season they looked very rusty for the first 20mins, with Barber & Whelan running the show with out really creating any chances. MM stared to get into their stride midway through the half with a decent shout for a Peno when the Tolka CH just through his hand up at a cross, ref bottled it and gave a free out to Tolka. Tolka then created a great scoring chance but a brilliant double save by Paddy Whealan kept it at nil all. Then with five mins before the break a great volleyed pass by Darren Berrigan to Mikey McCann created the opening for him to strike a thirty yard bullet into the top hand corner to put MM in front.

Second half was about ten mins old when a couple of decent blocks by Tolka CH sent the ball to the right hand side of the box where Mikey McCann pounced again to send left footed drive deflecting off a defender into the corner for 2-0. within five mins Tolka got there passing game going again and created a very good goal down the left hand side of the pitch with a good low cross swung in for CF to bury it from six yards. The game was very evenly balanced for the next ten mins with neither side really creating anything, then a terrible back pass by Tolka right full let Brendan Markey cap an excellent personal performance by beating the keeper to the race for the ball to slide it under him for 3-1. That ended the game as a contest. The scorline is probably a bit flattering but MM took the few chances they created while Tolka did not.

An excellent first outing in the Senior division for the club, there were many fine performances throughout the pitch but two stood out. Sean Kelly was outstanding in defence but the man of match award has to go to the two goal hero Mikey McCann with a contender for goal of the season.