Leinster Senior League: Division 3a Sunday

O’Connor on fire for Loughshinny

by Jonny Stapleton
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A striker with a better goals-to-game ratio than Erling Braut Haaland is propelling Loughshinny United toward Division 3A Sunday success.

Rory O’Connor is averaging two goals a game this season, making him more prolific than the Norwegian superstar – whose ratio of 1.79 goals per 90 minutes pales in comparison.

It’s form that has also made his club three point prolific and put Loughshinny in title and promotion pole early in the season.

O’Connor’s third hat-trick of the season was key in helping United make it seven league wins from seven last weekend.  

The former Glebe North star man pushed his personal tally to 14 for the term as the North Fingal club accounted for fellow seaside town Portmarnock and opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

O’Connor got his name on the scoresheet early, the former Tolka Rovers and St Mochta’s goal getter pounced on a knockdown from midfielder Conor O’Neill to guide the ball home left footed from the edge of the area after just six minutes.  

R O’C rolled in another one soon after but his close-range finish was ruled out for offside.

Portmarnock eventually found a way into the game and leveled on the half-hour mark but O’Connor was on hand to make sure his side lead at the break, converting a penalty his good work earned on 38 minutes.

O’Connor thought he had completed the perfect hat trick when he meet a beautiful cross from Cian Ensor with a diving header, only for the referee’s whistle to deny him for the second time in the game.

He did eventually got his and his sides third on the hour mark, pouncing on rebounded Ross Connell effort to fire home via the crossbar from close range.

Ensor rounded off another impressive goal-scoring performance for the hosts as he finished off a counterattack with a fine left footed finish just eight minutes later.

Loughshinny will now be looking to bring their league form into the Leinster Junior shield where they compete next week.

The Loughshinny United side that got the better of Portmarnock to remain on course for promotion

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