Free-scoring Rush in hurry as they take bragging rights
RUSH Athletic claimed the derby spoils following this fast-flowing game at Orlynn Park on Saturday.
The visitors got off to a flying start with two strikes in the first three minutes. Jack Ryan finished off a superb move, before Dylan Hahne-Moore's brilliant individual effort made it 2-0.
But Callum Toms' brace hauled the hosts back into contention, his first somehow finding the net through a forest of Rush defenders and the second a class finish following an evasive run on the left side of the penalty area.
That left the scoreline reading 2-2 after 11 minutes and the game was very much in the balance at this point, with defender Arthur Beitlers and midfielder Cian Farrell showing well for the Lusk boys.
But Rush trio Jack Ryan, Oisin Touson and Dylan Hahne-Moore combined in a slick passing move to prise open the Lusk defence. A finely threaded through-ball found Max Ferguson clear and he provided a flawless finish.
Ferguson's goal swung the game Rush's way and they increased their lead with two more goals before the half-time whistle. Oisin Touson's unselfish pass set up Ferguson for goal number four and Jack Ryan caught keeper Sean Tolan off his line to bag his second and Rush's fifth.
Lusk began the second half on the offensive and they were nearly rewarded with an Adam Bond goal, but his effort just missed the far post.
The tenacious Lusk captain Lewis Mc Givern sent Cian Farrell free on the left, but not for the first time Aidan Finnegan and Sean Mullett stamped out the danger.
Having spent the first half in goal for the visitors, Luke White was now enjoying his midfield role, and he was instrumental in providing the killer pass for goal number six, scored by Oisin Touson who celebrated in great style with a slide and roll in front of the Rush fans.
The roles were reversed for Rush's seventh and final goal when Touson turned provider for White who displayed some dazzling fleet-footed skill before slotting the ball into the corner of the net.
Lusk Utd: Sean Tolan, Callum Toms, Lewis Mc Givern, Cian Farrell, Emmet Burke, Arthur Beitlers, Adam Bond.
Rush Ath: Luke White, Sean Mullett, Jack Ryan, Aidan Finnegan, Max Ferguson, Oisin Touson, Dylan Hahne-Moore.