RUSH ATHLETIC 2
TULLAMORE TOWN 0
Rush Athletic came away with all three points from a tough game at home to a dogged Tullamore side on Sunday morning.
Two goals in the final 13 minutes ensured that Rush made it three wins from their opening five games.
Tullamore travelled to north Dublin on the back of several heavy defeats and the Offaly side were in defensive mode right from the start. This really hampered any chances of a free-flowing or entertaining game.
Modelling their new kit, supplied by Morning Fresh Farms, Rush tried to break down a strong Tullamore defence to no real avail.
Indeed the hosts were limited to half-chances in a very one-sided first half.
Darragh Walshe had the best effort when he was played through one-on-one, only to see his shot saved.
Tullamore didn’t look threatening at all and it felt like the dam might burst if Rush could nick a goal.
With the game still scoreless with 20 minutes left, Rush brought on Barry McAllister for what was his last appearance before he travels to Australia.
The breakthrough came in the 77th minute. Ross Hopkins had been battling all day and he successfully chased what appeared to be a lost cause and played a neat one-two before finding the net with a brilliant finish.
The introductions of Dan Thornton and Sean Lynch also made a difference and when Thornton squared a pass to Lynch he finished into the bottom corner to secure the win.
Had Rush been held to a draw it would have felt like two points dropped, such was their dominance.
They have a two week break now, with their seconds in FAI Junior Cup action this weekend.
The Rush third side had a good win in Division 3A, coming from 2-1 down in the final five minutes to beat Derry Rovers 4-2.
Rush: Eric McGuinness, Ryan Beggs, Oisin McGuinness, Rory Byrne, Aaron Kelly, Jake Kenna, Cathal Sweetman, Dylan Kelly, Darragh Walsh, Ross Hopkins, Charlie Kiernan Subs: Sean Lynch, Eoghan Dempsey, Luke Ring, Brian Gillen, Dan Thorne, Alan Kerslake, Barry McAllister.