Leinster Senior League: Noel Ryan Cup

by Jonny Stapleton
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Old County 2

Bluebell United 1


Two Dean Longhi screamers roared Old County into the Noel Ryan final two last weekend.

The LSL Major 1 Saturday invincibles remain on course for the double after they scalped Bluebell United in an entertaining semi-final at Brickfield.

There were suggestions it may need something special to settle a final-four clash between two top Saturday sides and Longhi delivered just that. In fact, just to make sure he produced two moments of magic to set up an intriguing final with St Francis.

The Old County talent broke the deadlock on 35 minutes with a goal-of-the-season contender, he lined up a free kick 40 yards out and somehow whipped a rocket into the bottom right-hand corner.

His second, which came in the second half was equally as impressive. A clever Old County press eventually forced a turnover high up the pitch, Longhi pounced, his first touch sat the ball up to be hit and he certainly hit it, letting a left-foot volley fly into the top corner.

PHOTO – Fullam Jersey Touch KD Crumlin

Bluebell did pull one back via Troy Carey but the FAI Junior and Leinster Junior Cup latter-stage participants done enough to reach a decider.

Old County now face a straight shootout with St Francis after the Saints marched impressively into the final.

The young John Hyland Park side, who secured promotion to LSL Major Saturday over a busy few days, put four past Glebe North away from home to reach the final two.

Dylan Stack had give Francis the lead as early as 11 minutes in but Ballymun leveled before halftime. The tide really turned in the visitor’s favour 10 minutes after the turn, as Leon O’Brien put them ahead and United were reduced to 10.

Ballymun remained competitive and it was tense right up and until the last five minutes when two goals, one of which came from the boot of Sam Kennedy, sealed the deal.

The semi-final wins mean Saturday Major 1’s top two will renew acquaintances is the final. The pair drew one a piece at John Hyland Park in the league, while Old County registered a 4-2 at their ground.

Caption for second pic, easiest to attach to this story as it’s just standalone pic so caption below..

killester show class with fullam tribute

KILLESTER DONNYCARNEY FC showed their class last week when they presented Crumlin United with a jersey in honour of the recently departed Glenn Fullam who featured for Crumlin United and the Irish Defence Forces as part of a glittering amateur football career

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