League Senior Sunday Division 1B

by Gazette Reporter
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Just as it looked like the storyline was going to revolve solely around reigning champions Malahide, FAI Intermediate Cup title holders St Mochtas and amateur powerhouse Crumlin, Killester Donnycarney marched onto the stage. 

The Northside club added extra drama to the LSL Senior Sunday title race with two wins in five days, the second an impressive victory over second-placed Saints.

Six points in less than a week moves Killester up to fourth. They now sit just four points of league leaders Malahide, two points of Mochtas – who have lost two of their last three league games- and a single point behind James Lee’s Crumlin United.

The first of those three points were banked on Wednesday night thanks to a goal to nil victory over Edenderry. Sean Rodgers, a midfielder so regularly on the scoresheet they argue he has two eyes for goal, with the decisive effort.

Mick Kelly headed a Stephen Chambers cross onto the bar and Sean Rodgers found himself in the right place once again, finishing near post via his left foot.

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The Gary Howlett managed side were not long about following that away win up with an impressive victory that had top-end ramifications.

Killester put two past St Mochtas, the side that beat them in the 2020 FAI Intermediate Cup final, at Hadden Park on Sunday morning.

Rodgers was again on the score sheet but it was Steven Nolan’s effort that caught the eye. Nolan let fly from range 11 minutes to break the deadlock in style.

Sam Burges threatened to level on 39 minutes, only for his header to ping back off the base of the post. To make matter worse for the visitors they were two goals down 60 seconds later as Rodgers added to his season tally to double the advantage a minute later.

Mochtas changed things up at half time and did attempt to get back into the tie twice forcing Evan Whelan into saves, but the hosts finished with a deserved two goal cushion and registered a win that may just change their season.

Photo: Martin Doherty

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