Corinthian take advantage to eke out single-point lead in Leinster

Corinthian ended a manic weekend in men’s Leinster Division One at the top, level on points with UCD, as Railway dropped to third from first.

It leaves just one point in the difference but the reds have the title very much in their own hands with a Tuesday night back match in hand against free-falling Rathgar.

The reds had too much in the tank for Dublin North as Ian Stewart scored a hat trick to close in on 30 league goals for the season with Andrew Sutton scoring a pair. It was 3-0 at half-time and Corinthian won out 5-1 in the end.

Corinthian’s Andrew Sutton. Pic: Adrian Boehm

There was a sour note, though, as the game was delayed for over an hour due to a horror injury to Conor Motyer with a suspected dislocated knee.

Clontarf have played a significant role in the title run-in and they took points off another incumbent of first place on Saturday when they drew with Railway Union 1-1.

The Bulls made a good start and surprised Railway at times in a scoreless first half before going ahead via a Davyn Keuter corner. Railway had a series of corners with Kenny Carroll eventually slotting a nice one.

They had all the pressure in the last 15 minutes but were denied a winner when a corner was awarded just as the ball looked set to cross the goal line.

For Clontarf, it was quite a turnaround from their 8-1 loss before Christmas and assures them of fourth place with a chance at possibly playing in EYHL2 next year depending on how the promotion-relegation situation works itself out.

UCD got back to winning ways after three straight losses with a six point weekend, starting off with a 3-1 success against Rathgar who fell to a seventh successive defeat.

On Sunday, they overtook Railway with a 2-1 success once again. An even enough first half saw both sides controlling the ball for periods, both looking to attack from deep via the likes of Carroll, Matteo Romoli and Ziggy de Boe Agnew.

UCD opened the scoring through David Nolan via a short corner variation. Railway equalised before half time with a goal from open play courtesy of Daragh Curley.

The second half was a more open and scrappy affair. Both teams had chances to counter attack and tensions ran high at points with cards being shown. Iain Styles did well to arrive at the goalmouth to tip in a crash ball past the Railway keeper for the winner.

Portrane made it two wins in succession for the first time this season. They won in midweek against Rathgar 1-0 thanks to a Sean Graham goal.

The followed up with a 2-0 success against Kilkenny in Donabate with Imran Khan getting both of the goals. The first cam when a corner was never fully cleared and the former Pakistan international finished off.

In the second half, Khan broke into the circle and fired home a reverse for 2-0, rising off the bottom of the table as a result.

Dublin University beat Avoca 2-1 with Daniel O’Donovan scoring in the first half and a Greg Arrowsmith stroke ultimately was the difference.

Men’s Leinster Division 1
Saturday: Avoca 1 (J Elmes) Dublin University 2 (D O’Donovan, G Arrowsmith); Corinthian 5 (I Stewart 3, A Sutton 2) Dublin North 1 (S Dempsey); Portrane 2 (I Khan 2) Kilkenny 0; Railway Union 1 (K Carroll) Clontarf 1 (D Keuter); Rathgar 1 (M Collins) UCD 3 (A Tutty, P Lynch, M Samuel)
Sunday: UCD 2 (D Nolan, I Styles) Railway Union 1 (D Curley)

Tuesday: Rathgar v Corinthian, 7.30pm, High School

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1