Monday 22 July 2019

Maurs spurn chance of full points

Adult Football League: Divisions 1 & 2

Despite coughing up a sizeable lead in their midweek clash away to Thomas Davis, St Maurs remain just two points off a top four spot after playing out a 2-16 to 3-13 draw with their Tallaght opponents.

The Rush men suffered a set back before the warm up when corner back Podge Butterly picked up an injury, forcing coach Cathal Sweetman to deputise at centre back with Mark McGrath moved out to wing back.

This upset the balance of the team somewhat with key forward Ciaran Archer already ruled out due to his involvement with the Dublin Under 20's that evening.

Nonethless, goals from Cian Savage (1-1), Conor McGuire (1-1) Eoghan Conroy (1-0) along with a number of frees from Chris Carthy had left Maurs up by seven points up with twelve minutes remaining.

However, Maurs would spurn two good goal chances in the final stages and were then dealt a further blow when defender Ciaran Sweetman went off with an injured hand.

And then, with moments to go, Thomas Davis sent over the equalising score off a free, albeit after the referee insisted the free be retaken.

Level on eleven points are Ballymun Kickhams who were resounding 5-12 to 1-12 winners at home to Skerries Harps. Dean Rock, after an impressive cameo off the bench in Dublin's Leinster final win over Meath last Sunday week, scored 1-4 while Ciaran Murphy hit 1-3 for Harps, who were short a number of players on the night.

Meanwhile, St Judes remain the closest team to runaway leaders Ballyboden St Endas after their 3-15 to 1-10 win over Fingallians, who need to pick up points soon if they are stay up.

In Division two, St Sylvesters made a quick return to winning ways with a 4-17 to 0-10 win over Naomh Olaf. It was the perfect response to their derby game defeat to Lusk seven days previously with the Hazley brothers, Jack (2-2), Mark (1-4) and Ross (1-4) the chief scorers to keep them in second spot.

Currently top on points difference are Castleknock, who recorded their sixth consecutive league win with a 5-19 to 1-2 victory over St Patricks Palmerstown.

The mid-table clash between Scoil ui Chonnail and Round Towers Lusk at Clontarf Road saw the home side record a 2-8 to 1-10 win.

A Darragh Kelly goal had put Lusk 1-2 0-3 up early on but two goals before the break from the home side saw them up by four point. And while Cormac Howley (0-8) attempted to bring Lusk back into into the game after the break, Scoil ui Chonaill prevailed.

Fingal Independent