Bell’s final day decider

by Gazette Reporter

WITH their game headed into injury time against relegation battling Home Farm last Sunday, Bluebell United’s hopes of retaining their LSL Senior Sunday title looked to have suffered a severe blow.
They were a goal down and looked dead and buried against a team they were hot favourites against pre-game.
Incredibly in what could be two season defining injury time minutes, Bluebell hit back on the double through a superb Sean Byrne free kick and a Jordan Keegan wonder goal to put themselves firmly back in the driving seat in their race with Crumlin for the league crown.
As it stands, Bluebell have three games remaining and they are three points clear of their great rivals and recent FAI Intermediate Cup winners Crumlin.
They have still to face Glenville and St Pats CY away from home and finally, in what could be a winner takes all match, they will welcome Crumlin United to the Red Cow.
Speaking to the Clondalkin Gazette after Sunday’s late victory and looking ahead to a huge couple of weeks for the club, manager Andy Noonan is expecting it to go to the wire.
“If we had lost on Sunday it would have been a huge boost for Crumlin with them also winning the Intermediate Cup. We didn’t play well and didn’t do enough. For 85 minutes Home Farm were the better team. In saying that we were unlucky in some games this season to drop points and this time we were lucky. That’s the way it goes, these things balance themselves out over the course of a season” said the young manager.
Last season, Bluebell United won the LSL’s top tier for the first time in 28 years but Noonan is adamant that if they were to win it this season, it would be a more satisfying and better achievement.
“Last season we were a big physical team and we could enforce ourselves on games. It worked well for us but this season we have a lot of new players in and a new backroom team.
“We have a more talented football team this term. With all the changes we have had I wasn’t expecting to be in this position but it’s great to be there.”
Heading into a massive few weeks for the club, Noonan is looking forward to the games ahead and potentially winning the title in the last game of the season.
“We have three big league games to go and an FAI Senior Cup game away to Limerick sandwiched in there so it’s going to be tough. It would be great though to win it on the pitch this year.
“Last year Crumlin dropped points meaning we won it without kicking a ball. This time it would be nice to do it on the pitch.”

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