As it happened: 117 minutes that decided LSL Senior Division.

by James Hendicott
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With the LSL Sunday Senior league title going right down to the wire last Saturday evening’s final round of matches, three teams were in the race for top honours in the LSL Sunday Senior. Bluebell United, Crumlin and St Mochta’s were all chasing glory on Saturday night, with Bluebell deemed by most to be in pole position to retain the title.

Going into the evening dubbed Super Saturday, Bluebell sat ahead of St Mochta’s by virtue of a two better goal difference, having missed the chance to take the title a week earlier. While Crumlin were also in with an outside chance if they could beat Bluebell and other results went their way. We look at how Super Saturday played out across the final 117 minutes of 2016/2016 LSL Sunday Senior season.

7.30: Both games get underway. As it stands Bluebell are champions with an advantage over St Mochtas on goal difference.

7.47: Bluebell penalty, Crumlin down to 10 men for a handball clearance by David Vickery.

7.48: Tony Griffiths fires Bluebell’s penalty a foot over the Crumlin bar.

7.57: Karl Somers puts St Mochta’s in front at Wayside Celtic. As it stands: Mochta’s ahead.

8.20: Half time in both games. Mochta’s in pole position but Bluebell arguably still favourites facing 10 men.

8.43 David Kelly puts Mochta’s 2-0 up.

9.11:Gareth Cooney hooks Bluebell in front at Crumlin. As it Stands: Bluebell lead by one goal on goal difference.

9.12: Conor Murphy immediately equalises for Crumlin. As it stands: Mochta’s

9.13: Denis Moran scores from distance to put Mochta’s 3-0 up, bringing the goal difference in to play. As it stands: Mochta’s

9.15: Karl Russell strike deflects in for Bluebell, they lead 2-1. As it stands: Mochta’s lead on goals scored.

9.20: 90th minute, Dean Kelly penalty for Mochta’s leaves Bluebell needing 2 more in Crumlin. 4-0. The game concludes shortly afterwards. As it stands: Michta’s on goal difference.

9.27: The game has a long tail in Crumlin, but Bluebell never seriously threaten to net; the final whistle goes to wild celebrations at Wayside. Mochta’s are LSL Sunday Senior Champions!

Check out Your Local Gazette this Thursday for full match reports.

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