A BRACE from Cobi Asanta helped Rush Athletic to their first win of the season in this derby clash played at St Catherines Park on Sunday morning.
The visitors certainly gave a good account of themselves on the day with David Moore really standing out. Moore is the owner of two quick feet, which made United very dangerous on the counter attack. Indeed were it not for the fine goalkeeping of Jack Shanahan, Lusk may well have come away with something from the clash. But they were chasing the game from an early stage with Asanta converting from inside a congested goalmouth off Jack Fay's corner from the right.
And with Justin Keller linking up well from defence, Rush continued to press and duly doubled their lead when Fay expertly placed the ball beyond the 'keeper midway through the half. However, Lusk grew into the game as the half progressed, with Mark Walsh putting in some crunching tackles in defence.
And they almost pulled a goal back with Shanahan forced to push Moore's fierce drive around a post. With Dylan Walsh taking up some good positions, Lusk were still well in the game at the break. After Asanta had just cleared the Lusk crossbar with an ambitious long range effort, Patrick McGuinness was then just inches away from finding the target for the visitors when his chip over the 'keeper just went wide of the target. However, the visitors were left facing an uphill battle when off Fay's diagonal ball from out wide, Asanta expertly placed the ball across the 'keeper into the far corner.
Nonetheless the visitors finished the game positively with only another fine save from Shanahan denying Moore after the Lusk forward had dispossessed the Rush centre half just outside the box. Lusk deservedly pulled one back when McGuinness expertly rolled the ball past the keeper from the penalty spot, before Fay shot just wide in the final action of a terrific game.