Mount Merrion through the second round

Mount Merrion are through to the second round of the Metropolitan Cup after a hard fought win over Dalkey.

MM had a very solid first half with their two forwards creating all sort of problems to the Dalkey defence. A David Lee header in the back post after 20min gave Merrion the lead after good work from Ian Roche on the left side. Lee added a second with a superb volley from 20 yards however a school boy mistake at the back in the end of the first half gave Dalkey the opportunity to get back into the game.

Second half started brightly as the first with Mount Merrion adding a third. Good work from Mark Cullen on the right side meant that Hysa had an easy job to push the ball into the net. The game looked over however poor defending again gave Dalkey the opportunity to comeback for a second time in the game. From there on MM where suffering and weren't able to use their experience to calm the game down. Dalkey understandable were pushing for their third and they had a couple of shouts for penalties. MM are next to the second round with some relief should be said as Dalkey deserved something more from the game. MM will have to defend better if they want to compete for the league this season.

Team (Whelan Paddy, Mitchell Anthony, Crowell Mark, Kelly Sean, Gifford Stephen, Roche Ian, Kelch Keith, Cullen Mark, Berigan Darren, Lee David, Hysa Alban) Sub - Cogan Karl for Ian Roach 75min

Goal scorer Alban Hysa pictured above right