Aaron strikes late to keep Rush run go­ing

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -

MA­JOR 1 Sun­day new­boys Rush Ath­letic re­main un­beaten fol­low­ing a hard-fought 2-1 vic­tory over New­lands/cas­tle Park.

Rush have been pro­lific at home thus far, scor­ing 11 goals in their open­ing two home games, but it took them a while to get go­ing in this game against a side prop­ping up the divi­sion.

Aaron Kelly had Rush’s best chance of the open­ing half, but his ef­fort was well saved by the Cas­tle Park goal­keeper. Although Rush had plenty of pos­ses­sion the visi­tors de­fended well and 0-0 at half-time was prob­a­bly a fair re­flec­tion of the game.

Rush ramped things up in the se­cond half, though, and the dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken ten min­utes in - and what a goal it was. In-form Brian Gillen re­ceived the ball just out­side the area and with his left foot he un­leashed a thun­der­bolt of a shot which flew into the top cor­ner.

Rush pushed on look­ing for a se­cond,but three min­utes af­ter scor­ing the opener they were level once more as Cas­tle Park con­verted a penalty.

With time run­ning out it seemed as though the hosts would have to set­tle for a point, but with five min­utes re­main­ing a free kick into the Cas­tle Park area was headed home by Aaron Kelly for the win­ner.

RUSH ATH­LETIC: Stephen Kir­win, Liam Cal­laghan, Aaron Kelly, Ryan Beggs, Craig Vaughan, Jonathan Han­ratty, Con­all Mcna­mara, Bryce Nd­j­tang, Alex Neary, Brian Gillen, Solly O’con­nor. Subs: Alan Ker­slake for Solly O’con­nor, Scott Penco for Liam Cal­laghan, Nathan O’brien for Jonathan Han­ratty.

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