Peare nets double to win it for Moyne

Brendan Furlong

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Darren Naughton of Kilmore United battles with Diarmuid Cullen of Moyne Rangers
Darren Naughton of Kilmore United battles with Diarmuid Cullen of Moyne Rangers

Substitute James Peare made a huge second-half impact with two goals as he steered Moyne Rangers to three crucial points while consigning Kilmore United to the relegation zone following this Wexford Football League Premier Division clash at Kilmore on Sunday.

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The tall midfielder was needed after his side had fallen behind to an early second-half goal, but his two clinical finishes along with a Tomás Mahon goal in between capped a fine comeback as they dominated the closing 20 minutes once they upped the tempo of their game.

Following the prolonged break owing to the inclement weather, both sides looked somewhat rusty during the opening 45 minutes, a period that produced some dreadful football.

Neither side managed to string any worthwhile passes together, with the result that it was very much a hit and miss affair, so it was no surprise that the game remained scoreless to the break.

There wasn't a direct shot on either goal during this opening spell, with Moyne's best efforts coming from veteran Tomás Mahon, who saw two attempts drift just wide, while at the opposite end Darren Naughton, making some deep runs from midfield, was unlucky with a couple of efforts that drifted low to the wrong side of the post.

Both sides began to use the ball with greater accuracy on the resumption as they upped the tempo. It did not take long before the deadlock was broken as the home side took full advantage of some dominant midfield play from David Moore and Darren Naughton.

Moore and Naughton linked up down the right, with Moore playing a lovely ball back into the path of David Miller who unleashed a tremendous right-footed shoot from the edge of the area to the opposite corner of the net, giving his side a 1-0 lead.

Having delivered the opening goal one expected the home side to push on, but Moyne gradually wrested the initiative back through the excellent play of Diarmuid Cullen and Patrick O'Shea, along with Sean Bourke and Mahon in midfield. They hadn't long to wait before they were back level in the 59th minute.

Cullen built a fine attack down the left, and when the home back four failed to clear their lines, the veteran Mahon kept his composure to control the ball before side-footing low into the bottom right-hand corner of the net, making it 1-1 which was no more than they deserved.

Moyne Rangers were now completing more of their passes, helping them to put the home side's back four under terrible pressure. It came as no surprise when the Enniscorthy side foraged a lead after 64 minutes.

Seán Bourke played a tremendous ball over the back four for Peare to run on to. Peare in the difficult conditions showed marvellous control to take the ball forward to beat substitute 'keeper Aaron Goff with a low finish to the net, making it 2-1. Goff had replaced the injured Kevin Keating midway through the opening half.

It was all Moyne now with Kilmore consigned to a couple of long-range efforts that drifted wide. As the home side pushed forward in search of an equaliser, it left Peter Marsden with some space up front but his right-footed shot crashed back off the crossbar.

Three minutes from the end Kilmore were caught at the back, leaving Peare to drift through and rifle a fine shot to the net, making it 3-1 and assuring his side of three crucial points.

Kilmore United: Kevin Keating, Conor Whelan, Gary Moore, David Moore, Peter Goldsmith, Martin Frayne, Darren Naughton, Shane Goff, David Miller, Killian Dove, Graham Healy. Subs. - Aaron Goff, Luke Jordan, Aaron Kielthy.

Moyne Rangers: Gary Murphy, Rory O'Connor, Diarmuid Cullen, Patrick O'Shea, Seán Kenny, Seán Bourke, Conor Bruce, John Peare, Peter Marsden, Tomás Mahon, Peter O'Rourke. Subs. - Paul Devereux, Patrick O'Rourke, Daithí O'Mahoney, Dillon Redmond, James Peare.

Referee: Brian Fenlon.

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