Title still in Mochta’s sight

by Gazette Reporter

ST MOCHTA’S continue to exceed all expectations in their first season in the Leinster Senior League Senior Sunday, gathering nine wins from 18 games while acting as the league’s highest scoring team with 38 goals.
Last weekend witnessed a crucial 2-1 win over Tolka Rovers which maintains the Saints’ outside chances of topping the table. They are four points off Malahide in top spot with three games in hand heading into the season’s run-in.
Goals courtesy of David Somers and Garreth Cooney cancelled out Lar Ivers’ opener for Rovers as Mochta’s conjured up a significant fightback in Porterstown that could prove crucial come the final stages of the season.
Ivers’ shot from range looped beyond goalkeeper Mark Osborne’s dive into the top lefthand corner for the lead, as the hosts were punished for giving the ball away too cheaply. Denis Moran returned from injury to replace Lee Dixon after 53 minutes as he and Keith Dunne both returned from injuries suffered earlier in the season.
Mochtas levelled on 69 minutes when a showing of composed work by Hughes allowed Somers in to equalise – his 13th goal of the season. The turnaround was complete three minutes later when some intricate play by the returning Moran played Cooney through to slot home and take the lead.
Rovers were reduced to 10 men in the latter stages while former Shelbourne ace Philly Hughes also missed a penalty to set up a nervous final period for Brian McCarthy’s side. Nevertheless the Clonsilla club rode out the final exchanges, with the Mochta’s manager remarking just how crucial those three points could prove to be.
“It was a huge three points in the scheme of things”, he told GazetteSport. “We have been plugging away and there was a bit of a gap developing at the top with Firhouse Clover.
“Firhouse lost on Sunday against Home Farm so it has gone from a five point swing to a two point swing, so it was a huge three points.”
His side dominated LSL Sunday Senior 1 as champions last year having won the Moore Cup the season previous in 2014, all under McCarthy’s stewardship. The Saints have defied all expectation in making the move up to Senior Sunday, with their manager ambitious that they could yet win the title.
““I don’t see any reason why we can’t”, he said. “We’re good enough to do it and as long as it’s mathematically possible, we can still win it because we are good enough. The likes of Crumlin, Bluebell and Firhouse are good sides and won’t give a lot away. So we’ll really have to be at our best for the rest of the season to have any chance of the title.”

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