LSL Senior Sunday
Killester United prevented Cherry Orchard from ending the first round of fixtures in 2017 at the top of the Senior Sunday table on Sunday.
Gary Howlet’s charges showed they are better than their league position suggests by sharing the spoils with the Ballyfermot side thanks to an impressive battle hardened display.
A draw was not ideal for the home side especially with St Mochtas winning, but Deko Hevey will be happy his young side showed spirit for the fight and got a point in muddy scrap.
Orchard started well and former Crumlin and Bangor front man Danny McGuiness flirted with opening the scoring, only to be denied by a great block.
The Winter signing wasn’t to be denied and opened his Orchard account in style soon after. The striker let fly from 30 yards and his effort dipped into the back of the visiting net on 20 minutes.
Killester responded well and started to dominate from that point on. Big John Brophy started to cause all manner of problems and but for a Karl McGrath block could have leveled the tie.
Two more chances came and went for visitors, but the eventually equalised before the turn via inform midfielder Eoin Mooney.
A real battle ensued post the turn around with no quarter asked or given. Alan Talbot thought he had give his side the lead, but saw his effort ruled out for offside and Sean Holmes had to play sweeper keeper to keep the game level soon after.
Chances were at a premium in a dogid second period, but Stapleton did have a late chance to win for the hosts.