Lucan hold off Liffeys to take top spot in top flight

by Gazette Reporter
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Lucan United 4

Liffey Wanderers 1

BY John Mooney

LUCAN United went joint top of the Leinster Senior League, Senior Division, on Sunday morning when they ran out convincing 4-1 winners over a struggling Liffey Wanderers in O’Hanlon Park.

Make no mistake United were full value for their win, and it could have been a lot more if they had put half the chances they created away. Then again you are never going to score everytime you shoot.

It was a very pleasing morning for head coach Keith Baker, who had seen his chargers get beaten 3-1 away in their last encounter, to see his squad bounce back in such commanding fashion, and with two games in hand over St Mochtas at the summit the Lucan lads are in a strong position.

After going close on three occasions it was surprising that it took 25 minutes, against a strong wind, for Lucan to open their account, when Jamie Doyle slotted home a penalty after a hand ball in the area.

Two minutes later, after a sweeping move, Anthony Kavanagh almost doubled that lead but he shot inches wide.

But for all their dominance Lucan were shocked with five minutes to go to the break when they conceded a penalty of their own, one that Liffey’s Sean McClean was only too happy to tuck away and draw level as we headed into the interval.

But the visitors’ joy at being level was short lived as Doyle was fouled on the edge of the area, barely three minutes after the restart, and Gary Seery stepped up to deliver an unstoppable free kick into the roof of the net.

And before the visitors could string a few passes together they were even further behind, when Doyle slotted his second penalty of the morning to more or less kill this game as a contest.

Doyle was on fire and was looking to bag the match ball, and he dually completed his hat-trick on 60 minute before being withdrawn from proceedings.

Add to that a shot that crashed off the crossbar from Kavanagh and numerous other chances and you could see how one-sided this game was.

All in all a job well done.

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