LSL Senior Sunday
St Mochtas helped to inject new tension into the title race by dropping points for the second time in a matter of days on Sunday.
The Saints failed to bounce back from their defeat to Crumlin midweek with a win and drew with relegation threatened Firhouse at IT Tallaght.
The league leaders certainly had the chances to win a tie that lasted 97 minutes, but hit the woodwork three times, were thwarted by some good Ian Molloy saves and were victims of their own poor finishing.
The draw allowed both Bluebell United and Crumlin close the gap to just four with six games remaining.
Mochtas started well and Ross Carrig had a header on 2 minutes before Dennis Moran had an effort blocked.
Morgan Cranley wasn’t a complete by stander at the other end and did make a save to deny Clover around the 15 minute mark.
The sides began to cancel each other out over the next few minutes, but the usually lethal David Lacey missed a glorious chance before the break, passing back to the keeper from 10 yards rather than smashing the ball home.
Firhouse started the second half well and had two half chances either side of a David Lacey blocked effort.
From the hour mark Mocthas really went what would have proved a crucial winner. First Keith Dunne diverted a Luke Kelly delivery onto the post from close range, Denis Moran then saw a shot tipped onto the post by Molloy.
The home side to their credit did enjoy a spell of pressure, but they were left grateful Ian Molloy save from Dunne at the death to secure a point, that wasn’t good enough to get them out of the bottom three but may prove vital.