RUSH ATHLETIC 3
Rush Athletic climbed to fourth place after a late flurry of goals saw off a dogged Hartstown/Huntstown outfit on Friday evening.
The Fingal side are now just three points off the third and final promotion spot and with seven games to go they could yet mark their first-ever season at intermediate level with a remarkable promotion.
Rush were looking to get back on track after promotion rivals Castleknock had given them their first defeat in 10 games a week earlier.
Poor weather conditions meant that both sides struggled early on, with chances few and far between during the first 30 minutes.
As half-time approached Rush created probably the best chance of the opening half when Ross Hopkins put Darragh Walsh through, only for the Rush striker to be denied by a fine stop from the home keeper.
The second half saw the wind pick up, making it even harder for players to control the ball, and with both sides struggling to create any chances of note it seemed like a first scoreless draw could be on the cards for Rush.
However, with 20 minutes remaining they fortuitously broke the deadlock when a scramble in the Hartstown box resulted in a clearance hitting off striker Walsh and into the net, much to the delight of the visitors.
That goal meant the home side had to take chances now, and that was music to the ears of the visitors who took advantage of the extra space to double their lead three minutes later thanks to a fantastic header from Ryan Beggs.
Rush were in total control now and they wrapped up victory and three points late on when Dan Thorne showed great composure as he unselfishly squared the ball for Walsh to score his second of the game.
Rush ATHLETIC: Vinny Whelan, Alan Kerslake, Luke Ring, Ryan Beggs, Aaron Kelly, Dylan Kelly, Aaron McGuire, Ross Hopkins, Barry McAllister, Darragh Walsh, Dan Thorne.