Hartstown race clear at head of LSL Senior 1B

by Stephen Findlater

LSL Sunday Senior 1B
Hartstown Huntstown 4
Larkview Boys 1

Hartstown Huntstown went three points clear at the top of LSL Sunday Senior 1B thanks to a well-deserved 4-1 win over Larkview Boys on Friday night.

A brace from Sean O’Reilly and strikes from Kenny Clinch and Winnie Lombé saw the Blanch side to a comfortable win after the sides emerged for the second half scoreless.

It was a return to winning ways for HHFC in the league, following disappointing defeats to local rivals Verona and Mid Sutton Sportslink in their previous two outings.

A win over Senior 1 side Glenville in the Metropolitan Cup had restored confidence to the group and they moved two points clear of St Kevin’s Boys with a hard-earned counter-attacking win.

O’Reilly opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half as he strode in off the left wing, latched onto Kenny Clinch’s pass and rounded the keeper before finishing. Clinch got in on the act shortly afterwards with a smart finish following good work from Alan Kelly and Yaya Camara, but Larkview pulled one back following a defensive lapse.

O’Reilly, who only recently returned from a horrific facial injury, made it 3-1 with a carbon copy of his first before sub Winnie Lombé made it four late on.

“The attitude has been great because it shows that when we got a couple of bad results, we were able to bounce back,” Hartstown Huntstown boss Dave Byrne told the Dublin Gazette.

“We won our first four and then lost 3-1 against Verona away. We never really showed up – they wanted it more. The complacency set in too early on and we would have expected more from the lads.

“Then, we went out against Mid Sutton and the same thing happened against a team that, going into the game, would have been firm underdogs. The mindset kind of changed since then. We went in with a gameplan [against Larkview] – we sat off and allowed them to play out from the back. It was 0-0 at half time and we were pleased with the way we’d played.

“We expected them to come at us, and they did, and we caught them with counter-attacks a couple of times to go ahead.

“I’m very happy with the lads’ mindset and the attitude that’s really shone through over the past couple of weeks.”

The star of the show once more was the former UCD and Bohemians underage winger Camara, who Byrne admits the club are working hard to keep from suitors higher up the leagues.

“Yaya has been incredible. We started him out on the left wing and he terrorised them. When we swapped him and Sean over, Yaya’s pace still caused problems.

“There’s teams going to man-mark him out of games. It was disappointing that I heard a couple of calls from players on the pitch to “do him” but that’s what players resort to. He’s been a sensation.”

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