Usher set for dream final with Gypsies

by Jonny Stapleton
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Usher Celtic sharpened their scalping knife by putting Swords Celtic to the sword last weekend.

Usher continued their perfect start to their debut Leinster Senior 1 season by putting seven past their second-tier rivals just days before they take on Bohemians in the biggest game in the club’s history. Jimmy McHugh was a hat-trick hero for the free-scoring hosts, while Darren McConnell, Michael Malone, Gary Gannon and Calvin Douglas also found passage onto the score sheet.

The win was Usher’s fifth league win on the trot and puts them clear at the top of LSL Senior 1, a division they are competing in for the first time this season.

It also means one of the form teams in Irish football go into Monday’s massive Leinster Senior Cup final with Bohemians full of confidence and as well placed to cause a major shock as anyone.

The Inner City side have already taken two League of Ireland scalps in the competition, beating Bray Wanderers in the semi-finals and Drogheda United in the final, putting four past both in the process.

They also defeated VEC, Sheriff YC, Gorey Rangers and Senior Sunday’s Malahide United en route to the Dalymount Park hosted decider.

They are the first amateur side since St Patrick’s CY – who lost 1-0 to Shamrock Rovers -in 2012 to reach the final and will hope to become the first amateur winners since Wayside beat Athlone Town in 1999.

Bohs 2023 Leinster Senior Cup resume already has two amateur sides on it. On their route to the final, Bohs have seen off Leinster Junior champions North End United, 2022 Leinster Senior Sunday champions Crumlin United as well as Shelbourne.

Collinstown and Inchicore Athletic have also made unbeaten starts to league life, both have nine points from three games but trail leaders St Kevins on goal difference in an LSL Senior 1A division that includes big names and strong teams like Finglas United, Kilmore, Dublin Bus Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot and more. Hartstown Huntstown are four from four and top 1B.

Action from Usher Celtic’s giant-killing of Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds earlier this summer. The LSL Senior 1 Sunday leaders will face SSE Aitricity Premier League giants Bohemians in the LFA Cup final on Monday night.     

Picture: Gerry Scully

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