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Killester achieve their senior goal

KILLESTER UNITED claimed the Senior Division 1A title last Tuesday night as they defeated second place St Francis by two goals to nil in a dramatic finale.

To heap further misery on the luckless Saints, Glenville defeated Rathcoole Boys on the same night to clinch the runners-up spot behind the jubilant United.

It was United that held the top spot by goal difference going into the final round of games. The Saints were second, locked on 61 points with the Haddon Park club, while the Glens were a point further back.

Sean Ryan settled Killester's nerves when heading home after a quarter of an hour and the same player tucked home a second-half penalty to complete the job and land the title for Joey Graydon's boys.

Firhouse survive by toppling Edenderry

The LSL's great escape artists have done it again. Firhouse Clover retained their Senior Division status with a closing-day victory against Edenderry Town, winning by two goals to nil on Wednesday night.

Firhouse knew it was win or bust, while Town, who were two points ahead of the Tallaght side, needed only a draw to keep their Senior Division status intact.

Firhouse went in front through Irish international Lee Murtagh, who also added a second to kill off Town's hopes.

This was Firhouse's third game in an extraordinary six days. Last Friday, they grabbed a point away to Cherry Orchard to keep their survival hopes afloat and less than 48 hours later they claimed the Cahill Cup before picking themselves back up to beat Town.

Donnelly's Boro hero

Ian Donnelly covered himself in Gilligan Cup glory yesterday as the Beggsboro goalkeeper saved two penalties to hand Damien Dunne's side the trophy and deny Killester United a league and cup double.

After 120 minutes of football drew a blank from both sides, Cabra's finest held their nerve in the tense shoot-out.

Wayne McDonald, Anto Costigan, Craig Dunne and man-of-the-match Carl Costello all put away their spot-kicks while Donnelly shut out two of United's efforts. The 'Boro now face Ballyfermot United in the quarter final of the Ryan Cup on Thursday night.