Railway aim to halve UCD’s lead in men’s Division One

Railway Union will look to halve the gap to UCD at the top of men’s Leinster Division One as the pre-Christmas schedule comes to a close on Saturday.

The Park Avenue outfit currently sit six points off the pace with a game in hand and face a tester on Saturday away to Clontarf.

Railway Union’s Kenny Carroll. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The Bulls have been involved in the lowest aggregate of scores to date in the league with only more than one goal in the difference on two occasions and they are the only side to hold UCD at bay, 1-1.

There are a couple of former Tarf men meeting their old club with Michael Fulham set to be involved while Richie Forrest comes up against his younger brother Robert.

Railway have kept together a decent tranche of their side from last season’s EYHL team with Stephen O’Keeffe, Fergal Keaveney, Simon McKeever, Kenny Carroll and Rob Devlin bringing plenty of top-line experience.

While Clontarf have not scored a huge amount, they do have the equal third best defence with David Lawless between the posts while John Lennon and Cain Cooney provide their knowledge to younger stars.

Kilkenny face Portrane with the hope of recording their first win since the second day of the season. It has been a tricky run but this should be a good battle between eighth and ninth in the division.

Sixth plays seventh when Dublin University take on Avoca. Trinity’s good run was punctured last time out by Railway in a 3-0 outcome while Avoca nicked an important result with a 2-1 win over Dublin North.

Powerful kiwi Eli Bigwood scored the winner in that tie with a late drag-flick while John Cummins return has also made an impact on their fortunes.

Corinthian reduced their gap to UCD in midweek to four points with a 1-0 win over Dublin North. Ian Stewart got the only game of the game midway through the second half.

Tom Fee was outstanding for the NSC club between the posts, making a series of top-class saves to keep the game in the balance throughout.

Men’s Leinster Division 1
Tuesday: Dublin North 0 Corinthian 1 (I Stewart)
Saturday: Clontarf v Railway Union, 12.15pm, Mount Temple; Dublin University v Avoca, 12.45pm, Santry Avenue; Kilkenny v Portrane, 3pm, Kilkenny College

Peard Cup semi-finals: Cork Church of Ireland B v Bandon, 12pm, Garryduff; Cork Harlequins v UCC, 3pm, Farmers’ Cross

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1