Leinster Senior League: Senior 1 Sunday Division

by Jonny Stapleton
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St Francis – 1

Kilbarrack United – 1

By Jonny Stapleton

It was a case of ‘as you were’ in the promotion hunt as St Francis and Kilbarrack United were forced to share last weekend.

It ended honours even when the Dublin clubs meet at John Hyland Park, meaning neither of the clubs, that have developed one of the biggest non top-flight rivalries as they worked their way from Major football to the verge of the Intermediate promised land, secured much desired bragging rights, nor did either gain three points that could have proved massively valuable at the top of the table.

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The hosts did have their noses in front at one stage when Stephen Dunne reacted first to a brilliant freekick that came off the bar to head home.

However, the lead lasted less than two minutes as Kilbarrack leveled via Mark Townley, the former Irish amateur international bought himself some space on the edge of the box before finishing effortlessly with his left foot.  

The result means three points still separate the sides, who have been battling at the top end of various divisions together for five years, with Kilbarrack in third and Francis in fourth.

Both sides have games in hand over Tolka Rovers, who United play next, and UCD, who occupy first and second respectively.

Tolka Rovers kept their noses in front thanks to a hard fought away win to Glenville while UCD stay ahead of Kilbarrack on goal difference after a 2-2 draw away to Edenderry.

St Kevin’s Boys and Inchicore Athletic endured the same faith as Francis and Kilbarrack after they meet in Senior1A over the weekend.

A draw means the Dublin teams stay in third and fourth respectively in the third tier.  

Luke Rossiter, Kian Ekhuemeto found the net for the Inchicore at Bluebell Astro,while Cian Harney, Jordan Cromwell were on the scoresheet for Kevins.

Usher Celtic lead the way in that division and are three points clear of Arklow at the top of the table thanks to a 2-3 win over Ayrfield, Gary Gannon’s brace proving vital in that game.

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