LSL Senior Sunday
An Alan Talbot inspired Killester United eventually saw off a doggid Tolka Rovers to collect all three points in an entertaining Senior Sunday clash on Sunday afternoon.
Tolka produced a performance that bellied their bottom of the table standing and certainly made the scoreline look a little harsh, thus forcing Killester to work hard for what in the end was a sizeable win.
The home victory owes a lot to the display of the diminutive and tricky Talbot the left sided player was played a part in all four goals and was impressive throughout.
The visitors did make Gary Howlett’s men work for their sixth win of the season and it was Rovers, who started the brighter of the two sides.
Alan Barrets brilliant freekick from 25 yards put them one up inside ten just 10 minutes. Tolka continued to press and created another couple of opportunities that they really should have converted, most notably a missed header from 3 yards after a whipped free kick from Adam Crowther.
After the early period of Tolka pressure Killester began to assert themselves on the a game which was at times full blooded. The hosts should have equalized on the half hour when John Brophy headed Alan Talbots free kick onto the post.
Killester had another couple of great chances but the visiting net minder some how saved both with his feet, firstly from Talbot then from Stephen Chambers.
Tolka looked destined to take a lead into the break, but Killester managed to level on the stroke of half time.
Terry Macaulay sent over a deep cross, Talbot cushioned a header into Brophy’s path and the striker smashed home from four yards out.
The home side came out in the second half much better than they had the first, but it took until just after the hour for Killester to go ahead. Talbot was taken down on the left wing and proceeded to swing in a free kick that eventually fell to MaCualey at the back post and the defender slotted home from 10 yards.
From that point on their only ever looked like there would be one winner.
Killester put the seal on the game with 15 left to play. A scramble In the Tolka box saw the ball fell to Talbot, his goal bound effort was handled and it gave Chambers the the chance from the spot. He duly obliged and increased the cushion to two.
Three quickly became four when Eoin Mooney burst through on goal, his shot cannoned back off the post and Talbot was on hand to steer it home to round of an impressive second performance.
The win see’s Killester move to within a point of fourth, while defeat leaves Tolka seven points off safety.