Dublin North rooted to bot­tom

Fingal Independent - - SPORT -


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.

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