Leinster senior league: major 1 saturday division

Huge crowd is treated to Hyland Park thriller

by Jonny Stapleton
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It’s a case of as you were at the top of the LSL Major Saturday table after st Francis and Old County FC played out the opposite of a bore draw on Friday night.

Four hundred people turned up to John Hyland Park to watch the top of the table second-tier Saturday clash – and while neither set of supporters went home elated with the result, all who attended certainly left the Clondalkin ground entertained.

The sides went at it hammer and tongs from start to finish, something that was reflected in the excitement levels and the fact both sides finished the game with 10 men.

The Saturday outfits also finished with a goal apiece and a share of the spoils as a result.

It was a case of cometh the hour cometh the main man when Old County stole in front on 60 minutes. Eoghan Roe broke the deadlock with a special individual effort. Roe was feed the ball to feet on the right-hand touchline mid-way through the home side’s half, he turned and nutmegged his opponent simultaneously, set off toward the box where he used a defender to hide a clever finish and catch the keeper off guard.

It was a goal worthy of winning any game, but didn’t win this one! Francis leveled before full time as [waiting on the scoreer] converted a spot kick.

The result means Francis remain two points clear of their Crumlin rivals, although the unbeaten Old County, who are in FAI Junior Cup action against Limerick side Ballynanty this Saturday, have two games in hand over the side above them and Railway Union in third.

A quickfire double from Penguins poacher Jamie McCaul helped Seaford Rock come from behind to secure victory in the same division on Saturday.

The Blackrock natives found themselves a goal down after Rob Bolton headed home for Swords. However, McCaul’s brace saw the home side make a positive response and steal in front.

First, the front man fired low into the net from the edge of the box, and then got on the end of Scollard’s low cross to lift a clever finish into the top corner.

Conor Geoghegan  put the icing on the cake in style latching onto a clever Sam Browne flick before lobbing home. The win see’s ‘Rock cement mid-table status.

Liffey Wanderers won the division’s other game, beating neighbors St Patricks CY thanks to goals from Gary Young and Paul Mooney.

It was all hands to the mast as St Francis and Old County played out a top-of-the-table thriller at Hyland Park. 

Photos: Eddie Lennon

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