St Mochta’s

ST MOCHTA’S hold on the Leinster Senior League is looking ever stronger, after the Porterstown club dished out a hammering to struggling Drumcondra at Morton Stadium in Santry on Sunday.
The win puts the Saints six points clear at the top of the Leinster Senior League with eight games of the season remaining ahead of a crucial and defining date against third place Crumlin United away on April 5.
Drumcondra didn’t look likely to be a serious threat to Mochta’s from just the 12th minute, when visiting striker David Lacey found himself through on goal. He was to be denied illegally by the Drumcondra keeper, who saw red for using his hands to prevent Lacey getting a shot away whilst outside the box.
Mochta’s had been in charge even before the intervention but against 10 men they looked utterly dominant and proceeded to add to the home side’s growing relegation woes.
It was the Alan McGreal show in the first half as the forward first polished off a sparkling Keith Dunne cross to put Mochta’s in front on 23 minutes.
And he added a second four minutes later, planting the ball home from just inside the area.
The former Crumlin man has been a key acquisition for Mochta’s this year and, given the reduced numbers in opposition, the emphatic way in which he put away Drums might be more worthy of attention here than anything else.
McGreal turned provider for the third with Karl Somers showing flair to pummel a volley into the back of the Drums net, and effectively put the game to bed with 34 minutes on the clock.
Mochta’s did take their foot off the gas but, nevertheless, David Lacey got the goal he deserved for his first half showing on 49 minutes, beating the goalkeeper with a smart flick from a Niall O’Reilly ball in.
McGreal turned provider again – meaning he’d been central to four of the five Mochta’s goals – as he played in captain Craig Sheridan for a fifth with 10 minutes remaining.
Drumcondra’s late consolation never looked like meaning much as Mochta’s ran out with both a 5-1 win, and a boost to their goal difference that makes that gap to title-holders Bluebell United look all the more substantial.
Mochta’s had other reasons to celebrate, too, as they received a €2,000 development grant from the Blanchardstown and District Credit Union last week.
They’ve also set about installing a set of seats, provided by Bohemians, alongside their Porterstown Road pitches, providing the first permanent seating in a facility that’s also been expanded to include an astroturf training area in over the last couple of seasons.


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