LSL Senior Sunday
A moment of quality from Alan Talbot settled a tie between two sides hoping to gain some ground on the Senior Sunday front runners on Sunday afternoon.
Talbot produced a beautiful chip finish to ensure Killester took three points from a tense and tight game to bank three points for the hosts.
Crumlin will be cursing their luck as they some how failed to grab an equalizer as the clock wound down and Killester rather than them closed the gap on the likes of Bluebell, St Mochtas and Cherry Orchard.
The game was barely three mins in when Eoin Mooney could and should have put the home one up. Good play involving Talbot and John Brophy lead to Brophy playing Josh Mullan in on goal but David Meehen was off his line in a flash and denied Mullen. However the ball fell back to Brophy who set up Eoin Mooney from 10 yards out but the player who found the net in style the week previous failed to hit the target.
Crumlin seemed to be holding onto the ball better and created a couple of half chances. The visitors always looked dangerous from set pieces and it was from a free kick they had there best chance of the half.
A wiped ball into the Killester danger zone, but neither Noel Murray or James Lee could find the touch needed to get the ball over the line.
Within seconds of the hosts managed to break the dead lock when a long ball was flicked on by Brophy. Talbot beat Murray in the race that followed and collected the ball just outside the box before lifting it over the advancing Meehan and nestling the ball into the bottom corner.
Mooney almost made it two soon after with a great effort from 30 yards that looked to have Meehan beaten but the veteran keeper made a terrific save to deny the midfielder on his return from injury.
Crumlin pressed on for the rest of the half but the final ball or touch was just lacking.
The second half started like the first with both sides trying to attack, but with little in the way of clear cut chances.
The withdrawal of Talbot early in the second trough injury seen centre midfield Gerard Jameson take his place as Gary Howlett tried to stem the crumlin tide.
Crumlin new boy Lee Dixon was introduced to the fray and got straight to his usual game patrolling the left touch line. Next up it was Dean Hurley’s turn to try his luck, great play in the Crumlin midfield led to Hurley stinging Ciaran Bizzells hands with a powerful shot when he probably should have done better.
Crumlin continued to press and their best chance fell to Lee. A brilliant floated ball found the veteran midfielder at the back stick unmarked but his header smashed the post and was cleared to safety.
The visitors had a couple of shouts for penalties waved away before Philly Mcdonagh should have sealed the points for Killester.
A break away lead to the wide player breaking free into the box, but hesomehow managed to drag his shot just wide of the post and Killester went into the final few minutes with the smallest of cushions.
Crumlin had a flurry of late chances, but despite carrying a knock Bizzell pulled off two fine saves to deny the visitors a point.