Terenure Rangers 2, Spartak 6
A powerful second half burst by the Sky Blues saw three goals scored without reply in the opening 15 minutes; this effectively sealed the points.
Spartak’ defence began poorly with some careless passes, and it was from one of these that the home side took the lead.
With Jason Northey injured, Martin Costello took the gloves and had a fine display.
The Sky Blues created a few chance, and Ger Byrne, Neil McGowan and Steve Walsh all had attempts at goal. However it took some composed play on the wing by Ger Byrne to tee up Steve Grier at the edge of the box to fire in a deflected equaliser.
Just a minute later, Steve Walsh fired in a second from Paul Kinsella’s pass. Terenure equalised from a corner right on half time.
Spartak took the lead when Dave Browne won a challenge and fed Steve Grier; Stev’e first attempt was blocked, but he showed good balance and composure to fire the second attempt low beyond the keeper from the edge of the box.
Ger Byrne robbed a defender before coolly and unselfishly setting up Steve Walsh for an easy tap in, and Neil McGowan then scored form 20 yards via the foot of the post to make it 5-2.
During this period the Spartak defence showed composure and aggression to keep the locals at bay, as Terenure fought to prevent the game slipping away from them.
Ger Byrne then rounded off the scoring with a rare right footed effort when put through by Steve Walsh.
A fine second half performance, and the only downside was the injuries a number of players; Dave Kernan took a knock which precipitated his withdrawal and several others were carrying injuries by the end.
Martin Costello 8 Keith Kelly 7 Dave Browne 7 Paul Kinsella 7 Kevin O’Toole 7 Ken Buckley 7 Neil McGowan 8 Dave Kernan 7 Steve Grier 8 Ger Byrne 9 Steve Walsh 7
Subs: Mick Leslie 6 Ciaran Keane 6