Finglas secure title on dramatic final weekend

by Jonny Stapleton
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By Jonny Stapleton

Finglas United got their noses in front right at the death, winning a tight LSI Senior 1B title race via a photo finish.

The Northside club came from the back of the field to eventually pip the likes of Rush Athletic, Ballyfermot United, and particularly Kilmore Celtic to the Intermediate fourth tier title.

Kilmore actually went into the final weekend in title pole and with their title faith in their own hands thanks to a superior goal difference.

However, their enthralling 2-2 draw with Ballyfermot on Saturday opened the door for Finglas to steal the crown.

United went into their game with mid-table Dublin University knowing a win would see them go up as champions. They didn’t buckle under the pressure and banked the three points they needed at Larney Park on Sunday morning.

Dean Ivory and Troy Owens were the goal-scoring heroes bagging a brace apiece in the decisive game.

Two goals in one first half minute settled the home support nerves as a penalty from Ivory on 16 minutes and an Owens finish 60 seconds later put them firmly in the driving seat. The pair then scored just five minutes apart in the second-half to make sure of the title win before an hour had passed.

Dublin City did pull one back but the result was never in jeopardy by that stage nor was the title’s destination.

United were able to claim the title on the last day because Kilmore and Ballyfermot shared the points in a thrilling agony and ecstasy game at the Oscar Traynor.

With just minutes to go it looked as if Kilmore had bagged the points they needed all but secure the title, meaning Ballyfermot were about to miss out on promotion on goal difference to Rush Athletic.

However, Warren Kershaw popped up last minute to change the script.

One of Ballyfermot’s go-to men leveled up a game that had four goals, two red cards, a penalty and plenty of drama, with a late finish.

The header sparked wild celebration among the nine Ballyfermot men remaining on the pitch, as well as the watching Finglas contingent, and left Kilmore and Rush supporters with their heads in their hands.

Finglas have now become the first Intermediate side to be crowned champions this season, while Kilmore and Ballyer make it back to back promotions and continue their rise up the ranks.

Finglas United celebrate after the secured the Leinster Senior League 1B title on Sunday morning. Pictures: Darren O’Hanlon

Ballyfermot United celebrate their last-gasp equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Kilmore Celtic last week. The result meant Finglas United’s victory on Sunday secured the 1B title

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