LSL Sunday Senior 1B
Hartstown Huntstown 6
It’s one Blanch derby to another this Sunday as Hartstown Huntstown look to continue their perfect start to the LSL Sunday Senior 1B season away to Verona.
Dave Byrne’s side made it four wins from four on Friday night with an emphatic 6-0 win over Corduff in IT Blanchardstown in the first of a series of local derbies.
Yaya Camara scored a hat-trick, Jamie Philips scored twice and Winny Lombe rounded off the win late on as a callow Hartstown Huntstown side saw off an even younger Corduff outfit.
The presence of several Dublin 15 sides – Castleknock Celtic are also in the division this season – has created a buzz around the area, reflected in a large crowd in the IT on Friday night.
“We’d a few interested spectators [at Corduff],” Hartstown Huntstown manager Dave Byrne told the Dublin Gazette.
“The crowd was huge on Friday and it’s rare you see it in intermediate. But it just shows that the derbies bring out a lot of interest.
“We haven’t competed at senior level with Verona in decades. They’ve been relegated from the division above us last year and it makes for an interesting game.”
Verona have been the top side in Blanch for a long time but, at senior level, have suffered three straight relegations while HHFC are on an upward curve.
Further intrigue is added by the fact several members of the Verona squad and coaching staff moved from HHFC last year.
Ex-League of Ireland striker Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien will debut for HHFC against his former club, while experienced players like Al Kelly, Derek Roche and Graham Gibbes have also signed up.
That experience told against Corduff on Friday as the visitors led inside three minutes and never let up against a team who played the entire second half with ten men.
Philips opened the scoring early on as he nodded home the Camara’s left-wing cross before the lively winger cut inside on his right foot to make it 2-0.
Camara got his second direct from a free kick before half time and things got worse for Corduff when reduced to ten men just before the break.
The fourth arrived early in the second half as HHFC built from the back through Brian Lynam and a flowing move was finished off by Philips.
Camara sealed his hat-trick with a well-taken finish before Lombe rounded off a tireless performance up top with a goal of his own.
“Corduff are a young side and, to be fair to Keith Mooney, the manager, they’ve a pretty much new 11.
“Credit to Corduff because they are a young side and were doing OK up to that, and I’d say they’ll be a different team when we play them next at home, having learned from it. Overall, the experience and depth of the squad helped us, but local derbies always bring out freak results.”