Donnelly brace keeps Mochta’s in driver’s seat

by Jonny Stapleton
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By Jonny Stapleton

Two delightfully delicate Stephen Donnelly finishes helped ensure St Mochtas keep their title fate in their own hands on Sunday.

The talented frontman pulled out chip and a lob in either half as 10-man Saints defeat Wayside Celtic at Porterstown.

The victory moves into second place behind Maynooth University Town FC but Brian McCarthy’s men have the luxury of having three games in hand over the front runners.

Donnelly was star man come full time but it was captain Karl Somers that got the ball rolling. The LSL representative and former Tolka Rovers player broke the deadlock 60 seconds in, firing home a half volley into the back of the net.

Gareth McCafferty and Dean Casey both threatened to add to the advantage before 25 minutes had passed before Quinlan had stopped Kelly from equalizing with a brilliant save in and around the half-hour mark.

Donnelly tested out his chip technic on 35 minutes and nearly caught the keeper out from just outside the box. He had the wedge out 10 minutes later and this time found the pin to give the hosts a two goal lead.

Mocthas three point hopes lessened somewhat when Sean Heany saw red earlier in the second half but after surviving an attempted Celtic fight back they made sure of the win.

Donnelly was once again the scorer this time lobbing Doyle to fluff the cushion to three.

Darragh O’Connor pulled one back for the away side with 15 minutes to go and Quinlan was forced into another fine save, but by that stage the three points were secure.

Mochtas leapfrogged Killester Donnycarney to go second after the Northside team shared the spoils with Lucan United.

Killester were involved in a game with six goals for the second time in a manner of days, but this time drew rather than won.

Dean Kelly, Jack Power and Sean Rogers all found the net for the Hayden Park side, while Gary Seery scored his second goal in a week for Lucan and was joined on the scoresheet by Mark Byrne and Anto Kavanagh.

Kilnamanagh did the chasing pack a favour as they took points of Maynooth on a busy Sunday, Bluebell United put three past Glebe North and Crumlin United beat Liffey Wanderers by the odd goal in three.

Action from St Mochta’s crucial LSL Senior Sunday win over Wayside Celtic. Photos: Martin Doherty

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