LSL Senior Sunday round-up: Malahide United play out draw with St Mochta’s as Bangor Celtic, St Francis and Bluebell United record wins
Malahide United struck late to deny league champions St Mochta’s an away win at Gannon Park to secure a 1-1 draw.
Brian McCarthy’s men have moved to the top with their success but they could have edged further clear if they held on to win.
Former Drogheda United striker Gareth McCaffrey was on target in the 52nd minute for the Porterstown Road men to open the scoring.
And it looked as if they were going to hold on before Alan O’Sullivan levelled matters ten minutes from time.
The result leaves Kevin Craven’s outfit in mid-table on 12 points after eight games played, while Mochta’s are on 20 points having played two games more than second-placed Lucan United. Lucan sit on 19 points.
But Malahide could have stayed in seventh place if it was not for Bangor Celtic’s 2-1 win at home to Maynooth University Town.
John Scott’s men have lost just once this season - a 4-2 loss against Wayside Celtic last week.
And they maintained their form with a solid win at home against the Co Kildare side.
Ronan Hanaphy and Dylan Reilly both scored for them to put them 2-0 up early on.
And while former Longford Town and St Patrick’s Athletic prospect Eoin O’Neill scored from the spot for Maynooth, they could not salvage a point.
In fact, Bangor could have won by more if it was not for Harry Halwax’s second-half penalty save.
Meanwhile, St Francis and Bluebell United combined to defeat Liffey Wanderers 5-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Last Wednesday, Francis were on song to score their second win on the spin after beating Lucan United away earlier this month.
And they did so with five different scorers against Wanderers.
Ryan O'Callaghan, Darragh Murphy, Sean McManus, Stephen Dunne and Charlie O'Connor all netted for the John Hyland Park side.
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St Francis FC 5-0 @LiffeyWanderers
A great win at home tonight against a tough side in liffeys. Charlie O Connor added a 5th in injury time to cap off a good night. All the best to Liffeys @AlQuinn2015 | #lsllivescore |
Bluebell then compounded a disappointing week for Liffeys with a 3-0 win.
The Bell eased home with three first-half strikes from Aaron Brazil, Vasyl Tropanets and striker Joshua Ojelabi.
Crucially, the win sends Mick McLoughlin’s men up to tenth place.
And Bluebell have been further boosted by the return of former League of Ireland Robert Bayly to their coaching staff. Will Nicholson has also joined their senior team’s management team.
Full table here.
St Francis 5-0 Liffey Wanderers
Scorers: (St Francis) Ryan O'Callaghan, Darragh Murphy, Sean McManus, Stephen Dunne, Charlie O'Connor.
Malahide United 1-1 St Mochta’s
Scorers: (Malahide United) Alan O’Sullivan. (St Mochta’s) Gareth McCaffrey.
Bangor Celtic 2-1 Maynooth University Town
Scorers: (Bangor Celtic) Dylan Reilly, Ronan Hanaphy. (Maynooth University Town) Eoin O’Neill.
Bluebell United 3-0 Liffey Wanderers
Scorers: (Bluebell United) Vasyl Tropanets, Aaron Brazil, Joshua Ojelabi.