Square United picked up their first home win of the campaign on Sunday afternoon, seeing off Torro United 2-1 at the Boys School Field.
At the tenth attempt, Square finally managed to secure three points in the league at the Boys School Field – despite playing 70 minutes with ten men after Evan Farrell’s sending off.
The home side came into the game knowing that bouncing back from their Ardee Derby defeat to Ardee Celtic seven days previously was pivotal. Their home travails throughout the campaign are no secret and they’ve enjoyed much more success on the road than in Ardee in 2016/17.
Back in August, goals from Jonny Sheridan and Kian Moran earned United their first league win of the campaign away to Torro in Kilberry. Repeating the trick against today’s visitors means Square have now taken a huge step towards securing their Division One status for next season. Even if this turns out to be their last victory of the season, it will surely be considered the match in which their fate was decided.
The aforementioned duo were paired in midfield again on Sunday and they helped the home team start the game with real intent and purpose.
Like in the return fixture, Moran was again amongst the goals. He scored direct from the free kick to hand United the lead. Evan Farrell’s harsh dismissal made things worse for Square and hopes of keeping a first clean sheet of the campaign were dashed when Torro were awarded a penalty by referee Brian Murphy.
Just prior to the interval, Darren Henry took down his man and the spot kick was despatched to send the teams in level.
The winning goal came courtesy of Brian Corcoran after the Collon man finished well and it could have been even better for the home side but Corcoran spurned two further one-on-one chances against the Torro stopper.
With four games to go, this result sees the Ardee men give themselves a cushion and a real boost in their battle to avoid the bottom three.