Leinster senior league: Senior Sunday division

Red-hot McCaffrey sends Mochta’s top

by Jonny Stapleton
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Gareth McCaffrey fired St Mochta’s back to the top of the Senior Sunday table while firing himself back to the top of the top-flight scoring charts last weekend.

Last season’s Leinster Senior League Player of the Year proved the difference as Mochta’s won a top-of-the-table clash in Porterstown.

The Saints came from behind to beat Maynooth University Town to return to the summit and the former Hibernian youth and League of Ireland frontman’s double proved key to the success.

The brace also sees the striker move to the top of the goal-scoring charts, regaining top spot after a mid-week double from last season’s Senior Sunday top scorer, Jake Walker for Crumlin against Malahide, saw him temporarily regain Golden Boot poll.

McCaffery on seven and Walker on six are followed closely by Wayside duo O’Connor and Faye, who are both on five league goals respectively.

Kilmore Celtic boast the highest scorer in Intermediate football in Michael McCabe, the talented attacker has scored an impressive 13 goals in 10 Senior 1 B league games. Conor Young is the only other intermediate striker to hit double figures having scored 10 for Ayrfield United in LSL Senior 1 A.

Maynooth, who went into the game as league leaders, opened the scoring on 27 minutes, Paddy O’Sullivan’s effort from the edge of the area breaking the deadlock in style.

The hosts pushed for a leveler and it came just minutes after they had an effort cleared off the line. Go to goal getter McCaffrey equalised with a magnificent finish from outside the penalty area four minutes shy of the break.

There was little by way of clear-cut chances early in the second half.

However, Moctha’s got their noses in front on the hour, McCaffrey slotting home from 12 yards after a penalty was awarded.

The visitors held hope of sharing the spoils up until minute 90 when Alex O’Hanlon made sure of the three points for the Saints.

The former Liverpool Under-23 skipped past a challenge and unleashed an unstoppable net buster to put two between the sides at the death.

The three points move Mocthas two points clear of Maynooth at the top of the top flight, with Ballymun United in third despite suffering defeat to Liffey Wanderers in Senior Sunday’s only other game of the weekend.

Jack Doyle opened the scoring for The Mun as early as five minutes of Senior Sunday’s only other game last weekend – but goals in from Curtis Murphy and Anto Purdy saw Wanderers wander into the lead.

The hosts were then reduced to ten before a Ritchie Purdy increased Decko Heavey side’s advantage. 

Levi Boardman did reduce the arrears but did so in injury time meaning it was too late to stage a comeback. The win helped the Pearse Street side move out of the relegation zone.

Featured Image: Action from St Mochta’s Senior Sunday win over Maynooth – Gareth McCaffrey sending the Saints back to the top of the LSL top flight.

Photo: Martin Doherty

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