Mochta’s derby delight as unbeaten run continues

by Gazette Reporter
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Saint Mochta’s advanced to the second round of the cup with a 2-1 win over local rivals Hartstown/Huntstown built on first half goals from Mark O’ Neill and Luke Kelly.

Sean O’ Reilly reduced the deficit on 77 minutes but it was the LSL Sunday Senior side who prevailed to keep up their unbeaten start to the season.

The home side started on the front foot and created the first chance of the game on three minutes. Striker, Kenny Carr’s volley was parried away from the impressive Kyle Delaveri.

O’ Neill opened the scoring on five minutes slotting home with a classy finish following a neat interchange with Dean Kelly. Kelly was the provider again on 17 minutes when he set up Luke Kelly to fire home with a low powerful strike making it 2-0.

Midway through the half, HHFC responded and forced Saints goalkeeper Craig Hyland into producing two saves to keep out efforts from Russell and Ian Brazil. The last chance of the half was a Noel Murray strike that was saved by Delaveri.

In the early stages of the second half, it was much the same with the Saints enjoying the majority of possession. Saints midfielder Karl Somers went close on the hour mark.

It was a delightful move involving Dean Kelly and Denis Moran carved open the visitors and found Somers whose shot went narrowly wide.

Hartstown/Huntstown pulled a goal back with 13 minutes left when O’ Reilly found the back of the net with a beautiful finish following a clever turn.

The visitors couldn’t manage to build on the goal, however, and it was the Saints who finished the stronger.

The final opening of a good cup tie arrived 5 minutes from time when Sean Quinn’s free kick found Noel Murray who was unlucky to see his header rattled the crossbar.

The Clonsilla club followed up with another hard fought win on Monday evening when they got the best of southsider Broadford Rovers in the first round of the Metropolitan Cup.

Ben Meegan had given Broadford the lead from the penalty spot but Cathal O’connor levelled the game before half-time. Dean Kelly then won the tie in the closing minutes to send them through to the second round.

The two cup wins follow an unbeaten start to the league campaign with four wins and two draws thus far leaving them in second place in the top tier of intermediate football, three behind Crumlin United but with a game in hand.

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