Railway Union and Corinthian look set to face a straight battle for the men’s Leinster Division One title as the reds consigned UCD to a third successive league defeat.
It ended 3-2 as Ian Stewart boosted his league tally to 23 goals for the season with a hat trick. UCD had the best early chance with Ross Murray making a good save off Ewan Ramsey.
Corinthian, though, had been holding much of the play and they went ahead midway through the first half when Jack Perdue linked up with Stewart to score a great individual goal, beating a UCD player at the top of the D then chipping the keeper on the run to lead 1-0.
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The students equalised through David Nolan’s stroke in the second half and then took the lead via Andrew Keane. Corinthian replued in kind through a Stewart direct corner and then went ahead from a well-worked goal from play.
UCD has a couple of corners at the death but failed to take advantage, dropping them to third place and four points off leaders Railway. The Sandymount club, for their part, recorded a 9-0 blitz of Dublin University.
Fourth placed Clontarf made it five wins in a row as goals from Timmy Cullen, Kevin Murray and Dylan Eustace out-did one from Riley Shoebridge, a superb piece of anticipation to deflect his brother Cameron’s shot into the top corner.
Dublin North got their third win of the campaign when they beat Avoca 3-0 with Adrian Sweeney scoring all of them on their return to ALSAA.
He got two in the first half, the first one from Shane Dempsey’s ball into the D which hit the post and fell kindly for him to tap in. The second came after Jim Dunne played Sweeney in from a long corner and he found the bottom corner with a reverse. His treble was complete from another reverse to put an end to the game as a contest.
They remain just behind Kilkenny, though, as the cats recorded an impressive 3-0 home win over Rathgar, ending a rough run of results in style.
Eddie Dore followed up two counters to net the first two goals, the latter from a defensive corner break-out.
Rathgar were unlucky from a few crashed balls not to get more from them and they won more corners but Kilkenny were more incisive. David McClure was credited with the third goal as he looked to pick a pass but it was redirected in by a defender. It was Kilkenny’s first clean sheet of the season.
On Sunday, Avoca beat Dublin University 2-0 with Cian Funge and a Jonathan Elmes stroke doing the damage. Portrane host Rathgar on Wednesday evening in a back match.
Men’s Leinster Division 1
Saturday: Clontarf 3 (T Cullen, K Murray, D Eustace) Portrane 1 (R Shoebridge); Corinthian 3 (I Stewart 3) UCD 2 (A Keane, D Nolan); Dublin North 3 (A Sweeney 3) Avoca 0; Dublin University 0 Railway Union 9 (J McKeever 3, R Forrest 2, A McGregor, M McKenzie, A Colton, A O’Callaghan); Kilkenny 3 (E Dore 2, D McClure) Rathgar 0
Sunday: Dublin University 0 Avoca 2 (C Funge, J Elmes)