MALAHIDE United regained top spot in LSL Sunday Senior in spectacular fashion with a well-earned 2-0 win over reigning champions Crumlin United at Pearse Park on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Levi Boardman and captain Darren Craven saw the Seasiders to a statement victory at the home of a side who went the entirety of last season without a league defeat.
Ger Coughlan’s side led as early as the seventh minute when striker Boardman took a long ball in his stride and slotted coolly past the advancing Michael Quinn.
Cillian Timmins was within a whisker of doubling the away side’s advantage as the midway point of the first half approached but he couldn’t quite reach Ciaran McGahan’s inviting cross.
They didn’t have to wait long to double their tally, however, as they were awarded a spotkick when Boardman was bundled to the ground by Quinn.
The referee pointed to the spot and Craven made no mistake from 12 yards in front of a stunned Crumlin crowd.
Crumlin did eventually get a handle on the game and twice went close through playmakers Alan McGreal and Jake Donnelly as the first half drew to a close.
The hosts would have plenty of the play in the second half but lacked the incision displayed by the away side in the first half, and Boardman could easily have added a third on the break.
Crumlin very nearly forced a grandstand finish, however, when McGreal’s free kick found Craig Walsh, but the former Shelbourne winger saw his effort crash back off the crossbar.
With St Mochta’s held by Maynooth University Town in Clonsilla, Coughlan’s side lead the Saints at the top of the table by a point, with Bangor GG three points further back in third.
An Alan Byrne own goal within the first minute put Maynooth a goal to the good against the Saints before Gareth McCaffrey levelled to secure a point for the Clonsilla side (see page 28). 2017/18 champions Bluebell United were stunned by bottom-placed Portmarnock on Sunday as they were beaten 4-2 at Paddy’s Hill.
Porto had lost each of their last six games – and ten from 11 in total – coming into the game and would have feared the worst against the champions of three of the past five seasons.
Goals from Alan O’Shaughnessy, David Sheppard, Kaito Akimoto and Chris Burgess saw Brian Irwin’s side kick off 2020 in fine style
Despite conceding after just five minutes, Porto showed good character to hit straight back as O’Shaughnessy found the back of the net with a shot from more than 30 yards.
The home side hit the front on the 20-minute mark as a corner delivery bounced around in the box and former Galway United striker Sheppard prodded home.
Bluebell levelled shortly before the break but it was Porto who would go into half time in the lead as Japanese winger beat two men before picking his spot to make it 3-2.
Striker Burgess scored the vital fourth after the break, showing deft skill before rippling the net, and Porto survived a late Bluebell surge to take a vital three points.
Meanwhile, Rush Athletic extended their lead at the top of LSL Sunday Major to four points with a fine 5-0 victory over struggling FC Translyvania.
A Brian McAllister hat-trick, plus goals from Mark Doyle and Liam Mulcahy, saw Declan Whyte’s side warm up for Sunday’s FAI Junior Cup last 32 clash away to Villa FC in style.