Dublin North rooted to bottom
DUBLIN NORTH RAILWAY UNION 0 2
DUBLIN North’s fifth defeat in six games ensured they remain rooted to the bottom of division one but there were signs that Shane Dempsey’s side are improving.
Railway Union travelled to the National Sports Centre in good spirits having won three of their previous four matches including a 6-1 demolition of Rathgar just two nights earlier.
Dublin North were taking to the pitch for the first time in almost four weeks having lost 5-4 in a close match to Dublin University.
That break between games seemed to affect Dublin North early on with the visitors looking more composed in the opening quarter of an hour. However, despite enjoying plenty of possession Railway struggled to create any chances of note against a solid looking Dublin North backline and they almost paid for their lack of creativity when the home side came close midway through the opening half. Paddy Gahan received the ball after a Railway Union attack broke down and he played in Adrian Sweeney who missed by a whisker much to the relief of the Railway Union keeper.
Following that scare, Railway Union picked up the pace and with ten minutes remaining in the first half they broke the deadlock in slightly fortuitous circumstances. The visitors won a short corner which caused panic in the home defence before the ball squirted through to the back post where it was tapped home by a Railway Union attacker.
Dublin North went close to an equaliser two minutes before the break when Michael Gahan unleashed a ferocious shot which was brilliantly saved by the visiting keeper. That ensured Railway Union went in at the break with their 1-0 lead intact.
The second half saw Dublin North bring the game to their opponents as they searched for an equaliser. Paddy Gahan went close with a clever flick which drifted just wide before Jim Dunne just missed the target with a long-range strike. With ten minutes remaining Railway Union wrapped up the points with a goal from a short corner routine.
Dublin North almost grabbed a consolation late on when player coach Shane Dempsey had a shot cleared off the line but despite some late pressure the goal wouldn’t come. Next week sees the Fingal side take part in a crunch game as they travel to second from bottom Avoca in a relegation six-pointer.
DUBLIN NORTH: Tom Fee, Andy Quinn, Ronan Gahan, Ben Chillingsworth, Alex Mckeever, Liam Metcalfe, Jim Dunne, Paddy Gahan, Michael Gahan, Adrian Sweeney, Shane Dempsey.