UCD strike late to move six points clear in Division One

Late goals proved the order of the day as UCD and Avoca both scored very late wins in men’s Leinster Division One to take the spoils in their respective ties.

David Nolan scored twice for UCD. Pic: Adrian Boehm

For UCD, it gives them clear daylight at the top of the table for the time being as they moved six points clear with this seventh win from eight outings, beating Corinthian 4-3.

In a frantic opening, the reds had a trio of corners before Peter Lynch finished off a breakaway with just three minutes on the clock.

It proved the only goal of the first half. Corinthian levelled in the second half via Johnny Roberts but David Nolan inspired UCD to fight back and soon turned it into a 3-1 lead with goals from play and a stroke.

Andrew Sutton’s corner deflection and an Ian Stewart goal saw the reds race back to 3-3 but it went down to the last play when UCD won a corner which Ziggy Agnew netted for the crucial goal.

Avoca, meanwhile, came back from 1-0 down to a Shane Dempsey drag-flick for Dublin North to win 2-1 at Newpark. Evan Rankin equalised a couple of minutes before half-time and Eli Bigwood popped up with the winner from a set piece with just two minutes left in the game. Their second win of the season moves them up two places to seventh in the division.

Rathgar are back in the top four thanks to two goals each from the Malcolm brothers Stuart and Andy, helping them to a 5-0 win over Kilkenny at the High School.

Portrane and Clontarf shared the spoils in Donabate. Imran Khan gave the Fingal side the lead in the early stages while Timmy Cullen got the leveller in the last quarter of the contest for a 1-1 outcome.

Midweek sees Corinthian look to get back on the horse when they go to Dublin North on Tuesday evening in their last match of the league before Christmas.

Men’s Leinster Division 1: Avoca 2 (E Rankin, E Bigwood) Dublin North 1 (S Dempsey); Portrane 1 (I Khan) Clontarf 1 (T Cullen); Rathgar 5 (S Malcolm 2, A Malcolm 2, M Holland) Kilkenny 0; UCD 4 (D Nolan 2, P Lynch, Z Agnew) Corinthian 3 (J Roberts, I Stewart, A Sutton)

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1