LSL Major Sunday
An O’Rourke double helped Newlands/Castle Park to reach the top of a competitive Major Sunday on Sunday morning.
The Moyle Park residents took full advantage as a number of the teams hoping to secure Intermediate football were in Leinster Junior Cup action to bank three points that sent them top of the pile at this early stage.
Drogheda were actually on top for long spells in the first half, but a side lacking confidence due to just one win in their previous four clashes couldn’t take the lead.
A clinical finish from John O’Rourke then saw the home side take the lead. One of two O’Rourke’s in the starting 11 cut in from the right wing and let fly to break the dead lock.
Just before the break a nigh on carbon copy effort from another O’Rourke saw Newlands double their advantage. This time Liam O’Rourke cut in from the left flank before finding the net.
Drogheda felt they had reduced the arrears in the second half, but the ref deemed the ball hadn’t crossed the line.
The hosts wasted a big chance to put the result beyond doubt soon after, but missed from a few yards.
David Herd then ensured the new league leaders didn’t have to endure a nervy finish when he pulled off a great save late on from a visiting free kick.
One of a number of Clondalkin sides in the entertaining division are now two points clear of former AUL big guns and recent FAI Junior Cup finalists Kilbarrack, but have played more games than all the other sides in the division.