Maryborough had their first game in three weeks thanks to the inclement weather and showed no sign of rustiness as they recorded their first victory of the year.
It was Maryborough who made the better start and had some close chances through JoJo Thompson and Brendan Molloy. Abbeyleix came into the game after quarter of an hour but a goal line clearance and a good save from the Maryborough keeper kept the sides level.
Maryborough broke the deadlock after 22 minutes. The ball was picked up by Loi Thanh Thai who played it through to Dan Langan on the edge of the box. He in turn played an inside ball to the onrushing Brendan Molloy who coolly finished low past the keeper.
Maryborough were the stronger for the rest of the half and should have built on their lead. They came close with a header from Donal O’Driscoll which hit the crossbar. Abbeyleix started the second half the stronger and within a minute of the restart had been awarded a penalty.
The Maryborough defender had been adjudged to push the Abbeyleix attacker to the ground. Fortunately for Maryborough, the Abbeyleix attacker drove his penalty kick wide. Abbeyleix were unfazed by the penalty miss and equalised five minutes later.
The ball dropped to the Abbeyleix attacker after it wasn’t cleared by the Maryborough defence. He hit it on the half volley into the corner, leaving the keeper no chance. With the goal the Abbeyleix confidence grew and the game became more even.
Maryborough retook the lead after 65 minutes. A flick on by Brendan Molloy was met by Dan Langan who dinked the ball over the keeper into the empty net. Maryborough increased their lead eight minutes later. A strong run and shot by Seamus Lawless hit an Abbeyleix defender’s arm and the referee pointed to the spot.
Sean O’Driscoll stepped up and slotted the ball into the corner. Two minutes later the game was over when the referee awarded another penalty, this time for a foul on Sean O’Driscoll. He dusted himself off and again finished well, this time into the opposite corner.
It was a great win for Maryborough and they will build on this victory as a platform to a successful cup run. Best on the day for Maryborough were Brendan Molloy and Loi Thanh Thai.
Maryborough: Hugo Griffin (Shane Tynan 65mins), Mark Preston(Cormac Fitzpatrick 76mins), Donal O’Driscoll, Seamus Lawless, David Brennan (Garreth Dunne 53mins), Kelvin Omoregre (Nathan Da Silva 59mins), Colm Phelan (Sean O’Driscoll 46mins), Dan Langan, JoJo Thompson, Brendan Molloy, Dan Langan