Leinster Men’s Division Two
Fingal made it three wins from three as they inflicted a 5-3 result on Railway Union II in a novel fixture. David Bane lined out for the ALSAA club against the club that he now coaches the first team of and he saw the hosts build a 3-2 lead at half-time.
Declan Brady opened the scoring five minutes in when he got onto a loose breaking ball and slid it past Simon Thornton. Chris Neville scored from his own rebound for 2-0 before Railway got one back via Phil Baron as a Fingal clearance was returned with interest to the p-spot where the former Weston man finished.He levelled, too, with a corner drag-flick but Neville deflected home for Fingal for the lead at the break. Shane Dempsey stretched out the margin to 4-2 early in the second half before Eoin MacArthur to intercept a Fingal ball out of defence and shoot home on the reverse to bring the tie back into the mix.
But Adrian Sweeney scored a typical-Adrian Sweeney goal to seal the deal when he was set free down the right wing all on his own, dodged past Thornton and walked it home.
Monkstown II continued their move up the table with a second straight win to count as they shaded a 4-3 result against Three Rock Rovers II in a shoot-out at Rathdown on Sunday.
French Under-21 international Edouard Delobelle – a member of their European A division bid last summer – got his first goal for the club since arriving in Ireland, adding to efforts from Iain Styles, Ross Quirke and Andrew Gaw.
James Walker scored a double in reply for Rovers who were without defensive lynch-pins Peter McConnell and Alan Bothwell and saw their winning run come to an end.
The other two ties were mis-matches with Clontarf sweeping eight past YMCA II while Pembroke II did likewise to Corinthian II.
Saturday: Clontarf 8 (John Mullins 2, Timmy Cullen 2, Kevin Mullins 2, Tom Noonan, Matthew Dawkins) YMCA II 0; Corinthian II 0 Pembroke II 8 (Patrick Good 2, Scott Furlong 2, Craig Wilson 2, Cillian Hynes, Mick O’Connor); Fingal 5 (Chris Neville 2, Declan Brady, Shane Dempsey, Adrian Sweeney) Railway Union II 3 (Phil Baron 2, Eoin MacArthur)
Sunday: Monkstown II 4 (Iain Styles, Ross Quirke, Andrew Gaw, Edouard Delobelle) Three Rock Rovers II 3 (James Walker 2, Dylan Shirley)