Aaron strikes late to keep Rush run going
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.