Rushing up the leagues

by Karl Graham

RUSH Athletic maintained their 100% start to the season with a 3-1 win over Leixlip United in the LSL Major 1B Saturday at Collinstown Park last weekend.
The win makes it six from six in the league for the Seasiders as they look to secure their third promotion on the bounce.
Centre back Rory Byrne gave the visitors an early lead but Paul Storey equalised just over 10 minutes later. Rush soon retook the lead when an excellent team move was finished off by Dylan Kelly, before Alan Kerslake secured the points in the second half.
As a result of the win, Rush have maintained their four point advantage over Hartstown Huntstown FC who moved into second place on goal difference. CIE Ranch also sit on 14 points but have played two games more than both.
Rush started on the front foot and were ahead within three minutes when Byrne met Jonathan ‘Bam Bam’ Hanratty’s corner into the box and flicked his header into the corner of the net.
The visitors were on top and held the majority of possession but Leixlip were not without their danger. They’ve picked up just one point from their last six games following an opening day victory over St Mochtas, but they managed to draw level on 17 minutes when Storey got on the end of a set piece and lobbed over the head of Stephen Kirwan.
Despite the setback, Rush continued their approach and it paid dividends seven minutes later when Kelly found the net.
The midfielder picked up the ball wide on the right before producing a wondrous piece of one-touch magic with Barry McAllister. The duo worked their way past the Leixlip defence like they weren’t even there and the move finished with McAllister squaring for Kelly to tap home.
Rush took their lead into the break but got off to a slow start in the second half after making a couple of changes.
They eventually, restored dominance over the game, however, and with Leixlip struggling to find a way back into the match, Kerslake ensured his side would be walking away with all three points once again when he pounced on a mistake at the back in the 73rd minute.
Rush will take a break from league duty this weekend as they travel to Ringsend on Sunday to take on South William Street Celtic in the third round of the FAI Junior Cup.
The club’s second team also tasted victory last weekend with a David Kelly brace and Jack Fay strike giving them a 3-1 win away to Confey FC. The result sees them climb to fourth in the LSL Division 3A Saturday, with second-placed Iveagh Celtic the opponents this Saturday.

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