Thursday 25 April 2019

First-class Railway too strong

Leinster League Division 1: Railway Union 5 Dublin North 1

Dublin North fought hard and were competitive for much of the opening period, but ultimately Railway's class shone through as they poured it on during a dominant second half.

Having beating neighbours Portrane 3-1 last month, Dublin North have lost three in a row since then and it looks at this stage as if the two Fingal clubs will fight it out to see who can avoid ending the season in bottom spot.

Finishing bottom of Division 1 won't necessarily be fatal for either club as the league offers a second chance of survival, with the bottom club in Division 1 facing off against the top-ranked 1st XI side in Division 2 (second XIs cannot be promoted or play in promotion play-offs).

Although Dublin North came into the game having lost three matches in a row, they would have been heartened by their performances, with Shane Dempsey's side competitive in all those losses. This, however, was the ultimate test for Dempsey's side against a Railway team who were sitting pretty at the top of the league, having lost just one game all season.

Railway had already beaten Dublin North 2-0 earlier in the campaign and they were strong favourites to repeat the trick at home on Tuesday evening.

Railway began the game well and opened up the Dublin North defence as early as the fourth minute, with Rob Devlin going close. Devlin had a second bite of the cherry two minutes later and this time he made no mistake as he stroked the ball past Luke Carroll to make it 1-0.

To Dublin North's credit they responded well and enjoyed a 10-minute spell of dominance which yielded a deserved equaliser mid-way through the opening half. Liam Metcalfe reacted quickest of all as he stroked the ball home from a corner breakdown to make it 1-1.

However, Railway regained the lead on the stroke of half-time, and although Dublin North fought hard in the second half they just couldn't find that quality in the final third and faded late on as the home side scored three goals without reply.

Fingal Independent