Men’s Leinster Division Two
Portrane 0 Weston 4 (Rob Lynch 3, Phil Baron)
Four corner goals saw Weston move within two points of the playoff position and one off Dublin University in third place. Phil Baron’s fifth drag-flick of the season provided the only goal of the first half, coming in the 20th minute. And Rob Lynch snagged a second half hat-trick – bringing his seasonal tally to 19. His first was a direct effort early in the second half before he was the finisher as Baron’s initial shots were saved and rebounded to put the Lucan side in the winner’s enclosure.
Dublin University 1 (Stephen Horsfall) Rathgar 0
A low-key tie, Trinity did not play up to their usual tempo but still deserved the points at Grange Road as Stephen Horsfall’s fourth goal of the campaign on the stroke of half-time divided the sides. Cian Speers created it, bursting onto the ball on the 25 and hitting the baseline before crossing on his reverse. It came at waist-height but not dangerous and Horsfall volleyed in. In the second half, the Chiefs upped their game to create a couple of decent chances but Trin also hit the post a couple of times which could have extended the lead. They close to within a point of second but have a tough run in, still to play Portrane – cancelled once again in midweek – Weston and Avoca.
Avoca 5 (Sean Walsh 2, Martin Naughton, Peter Haughton, Mark Haughton) Mullingar 1 (Chris Bull)
Avoca moved another three points closer to promotion, building their lead over the chasers to six points with victory over Mullingar in Newpark. Sean Walsh and Martin Naughton scored scrappy goals to move 2-0 up before a bizarre goal got Gar back in the tie. An initial topped shot from Chris Bull on the slide which sent Stefan Gallagher diving out for the intended target. The miscue stayed in an inviting position with the goal now open and the attacker rolled the ball along the endline to the vacant goal. But Peter Haughton cracked home a second phase corner to restore the two-goal wedge at the break. Walsh and Mark Haughton’s first of the season picked off the three points.
10 Responses to “Trin and Weston zone in on playoff place”
March 4, 2012 3:22 am The bomb squad says
Serious lack of Divo’s bombs in Division 2 today. Heard the great man hit the gym hard today to sculpture the guns. Bomb Squad – over and out!
March 4, 2012 6:55 am Uber Deutschland says
Was at portrane v Weston game, Weston looked pretty good in possession but created little from it in open play. Took their corners well.
Although, portrane looked very light, only had 11 players, with one or two clearly injured players watching. Nasir looked injured and billings on crutches..!
Makes for interesting finish anyway
March 4, 2012 9:12 pm Completely biased and proud says
Uber Deutschland although u acknowledge Weston looked good u seem to portray the impression that Weston had 4 corners and subsequently 4 goals. Weston had 2 taken of the line by last man, one crossbar, 8/9 corners and about 90% of the ball. Portrane didn’t even have one shot in the entire game. Weston had 12 players. They are the facts although it’s difficult to substantiate ball possession as a percentage.
March 4, 2012 11:17 pm Dr. Who says
Also, one of the Weston lads at the back was injured, as was the keeper. creating nothing from play is a bit harsh, they had about 15 shots. that lynch fella is a bit of a comedian with they he got one or two of them corners.
March 5, 2012 12:05 am secret admirer says
Would be good to see Avoca back in Div 1
March 5, 2012 8:45 am Dan Needham (not anonymous!) says
I thought the TCD vs Chiefs game was very even…draw would have been fair…not many chances for either team…
March 5, 2012 10:21 am Uber Deutschland says
@ completely biased and proud.
There is no REAL reason that Weston beat portrane this weekend apart from portrane injuries. Their previous 2 meetings made for a 4-4 and 3-2. So it’s obvious that Weston walk through a weakened portrane on sat…..!
March 5, 2012 10:34 am Divo's Dreamboats says
Divo was ODP on Saturday night at a gaf party. He did a handstand in the jax and a load of peanuts fell out of his shirt pocket but he was able to catch every single one of them while maintaining the handstand…the guy is a joke
March 5, 2012 11:14 am Mr.Magoo says
You can only play the team thats in front of you.
If we all had to wait to face fully fit teams with all their players then the leagues would never get finished.
March 7, 2012 3:04 am Carl green says
Have seen Weston play a good few games this year, they have strong defence and midfield. But nearly all there goals are short corners. And lynch has scored more goals than all forwards combined. If Weston had goalscorers they could compete in the 1st division. Suprising to see them struggling in div 2.
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