LSL Senior Sunday
Bluebell United put their FAI Intermediate Cup disappointment by making it seven league games unbeaten on Sunday morning.
A week after Dublin Bus knocked them out of the FAI Intermediate Cup ‘Bell were defeating Leixlip at home to close the gap on leaders Killester United to just six points.
Goal’s either side of half time looked set to secure the home side a comfortable win, but complacency allowed Leixlip in late on and Bluebell had to see out the game for the final few.
Bluebell started brightly and but for some top class keeping could have wrapped the game up before half an hour had passed.
The visiting net minder produced a number of saves three of which outstanding. Bluebell did manage to break the deadlock just before the break as Gary Seery showed searing pace to race onto a brilliant ball slide down the channel to find himself in one on one. The in form wide man showed composure to find the bottom corner and give his side a half time lead. Although Leixlip, who showed in patches that they have a side capable of competing at the level, did have a chance to pull level before the break.
Bluebell continued to have more of the ball after the turn and created a number of half chances, but to no avail.
Leixlip were defending admirably during that period, but there was nothing they could do to prevent Shane Stritch from doubling the advantage.
The Bluebell striker produced a lovely touch out in front to buy himself space before sliding past the keeper.
Bluebell continued to probe and showed the dept of the squad by bring on five subs with 20 to go. However, the hosts had issue breaking a high visiting line meaning the Kildare side remained within touching distance.
Bell did look comfortable, but the visitors pulled one back late on when a brilliant ball split the home rear guard and was followed by a clever dinked finish.
Leixlip did try find an equaliser, but Bluebell saw out the game and banked another three points.