Kellys late hit steals draw for Mochta’s

by Jonny Stapleton
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St Mochta’s 3

Kilbarrack United 3

Alex Kelly’s late leveller means it’s a case of as you were at the top of LSL Senior Sunday.

Kelly’s 87th-minute strike secured St Mochta’s a point against Kilbarrack United in the only top-flight game of the weekend.

The result means the reigning Senior Sunday champions remain a point behind the current league leaders and reigning Senior Sunday 1 champions at this early stage.

The hosts took the lead in the exciting encounter courtesy of defender Sean Heaney.

The former Bray Wanderers player glancing home a set piece from former Shelbourne attacker Jake Donnelly.

Kilbarrack, who have had a sensational start to their first-ever Senior Sunday season, were level just after the half-hour mark, Deric Hyland finding pace in the box to head home his fourth goal of the season.

Last season’s top flight top scorer Gareth McCaffrey joined Hyland on four goals for this season as he gave Mochtas a halftime lead, finishing from the spot on 43 minutes.

Jack Kelly wasn’t going to be left out, the young goal-getter levelling matters with a brilliant strike from 20 yards on 57 minutes before giving the visitors the lead with just under 10 minutes remaining.

Kelly looked like he had earned Ross Carigg’s men a massive three points on the road with a swivel and shot on 81 minutes, but the hosts were not done.

Another Kelly proved to be the hero, as Alex pounced on a loose ball in the area to level for Brian McCarthy’s men.

The result means Kilbarrack remain top with Lucan United in second ahead of  Mocthas on goal difference.

A late Alex Kelly goal snatched a draw for St Mochta’s against table-toppers Kilbarrack.  Picture: Martin Doherty

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