LSL Senior Sunday
Killester United – 2
Wayside Celtic – 1
Killester United will go into the Christmas break on the back of a hard-fought win against a dogged Wayside Celtic side after they came out 2-1 victors in an intense game at Hadden Park yesterday afternoon.
The game started off at a fair gallop with both sides having multiple efforts from distance although none that really looked like being the opening goal.
The best chance of the early stages came through Stephen Chambers following a nice passing move before the midfield man was unlucky not to score from the edge of the area following a decent stop from the Wayside keeper.
The deadlock was eventually broken on 35 minutes when John Brophy found the net with a great effort that flew into the net.
It looked like the home side would take the one goal advantage into the break however Wayside put together their first meaningful attack on the stroke of half time which resulted in an equalizing goal.
A good break down the right channel resulted in the ball being sent to the back post where Craig Dowling was on hand to loop the ball into the net with a downward header.
Wayside carried their momentum into the second period and created some decent opportunities in the first fifteen minutes, however they failed to capitilise.
Killester began to regain control as the half wore on with Chambers, Alan Talbot and Sean Fitzpatrick beginning to combine well in the United midfield.
Indeed it was the same trio who set up the winning strike when Chambers, Talbot and Fitzpatrick played a neat passinng move before the ball was spread wide to Philly McMahon who sent a curling ball into the danger area where Brophy rose above his marker to head against the post and into the net for his and Killester’s second of the day.
Wayside pressed late into the game with a series of free-kicks and corners but couldn’t find a leveller and Gary Howlett’s men sealed the three points.
Killester now move up to sixth in the table on 18 points, ten off leaders Bluebell United with two games in hand over the pace setters.
Wayside, meanwhile, drop to ninth on 16 points in an increasingly tight Senior Sunday mid-table.