Leinster senior league: Dublin Bus get back to winning ways in Coldcut

by Jonny Stapleton
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There were warm celebrations in the Coldcut for the first time since the opening day of the season as Dublin Bus returned to winning ways on Sunday morning.

The Senior Sunday 1A side bounced back from a disappointing one-sided defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls Aryfield United with a deserved if hard-fought win over Larkview Boys in Clondalkin last weekend.

Dylan Moore gave the Hooped Coldcut Road side the lead on 30 minutes, volleying home first time after a late run saw him unmarked in the box come set piece time.

That strike was the difference between the teams until Sean Maher found the net with five minutes to go. Maher, a regular attacking threat for The Bus, took advantage of some Stephen Johnson work down the flank to score.  

Larkview did pull one back soon after, setting up a tense finish, but the home side held firm to collect their third win of the season.

The latest three points see Dublin Bus remain within touching distance of the top three in one of the more competitive Intermediate divisions.

Two of the promotion favourites Usher Celtic and Inchicore Athletic shared the spoils in the division’s game of the weekend. Former Malahide wide man Calvin Douglas scored a fine individual goal for Usher, while Luke Rossiter pounced for Inchicore after former LOL and Sky One’s “Football’s Next Star” winner Craig Walsh rattled the bar.

Another two fancied sides St Kevins and Templeogue United shared the same 1-1 scoreline on the same Friday night.

Moore put United ahead after he wrestled his way into a one-on-one situation on 24 minutes. Speedy Stephen Cantwell leveled on the stroke of half time racing into the box on the break before passing the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

It was a family affair as Aryfield moved level on points with league leaders Usher with a 2-1 win away from home on Sunday.

United went a goal down after against Drumcondra after only eight minutes before Eric Madden leveled from the spot on 36 minutes.  A minute later and the peno converter’s brother, Stefan was firing home what turned out to be the winner of a keenly contested clash.  

Caption: Things get heated during Lucan United’s scoreless draw with Crumlin on Sunday, a result that left Lucan sitting eighth in the Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday Division, one point and one place behind Crumlin. Killester and St Mochta’s currently share top spot.

Leinster Senior League senior 1a Sunday: Dublin Bus2 Larkview Boys1

Picture: Darren O’Hanlon

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