Henderson’s hat-trick fires Crumlin back into title race

By Jonny Stapleton 

A brilliant Jamie Henderson hat-trick helped fire Crumlin United back into the title race over the weekend.

United put five past old enemy Bangor GG on Sunday to wrap up a point-laden October with a derby win and regain contender status in the process.  

The win, Crumlin’s fourth on the trot and fourth league win of the month, sees the Pearse Park powerhouse leapfrog reigning FAI Intermediate Cup holders St Mochta’s into second place. 

It also positions them just three points behind league leaders and reigning champions Malahide as we close in on the halfway stage.

Lofty positions are nothing new to Crumlin, Senior Sunday winners as recent as 2018/19, but with their Alex Ferguson, Martin Loughran standing down over last year, a readjustment period was predicted.  

However, it seems new manager James Lee, who alongside Martin Cramer and Ger ‘Buzzer’ Rowe was part of possibly Senior Sunday’s best midfield three, is making sure this transition year isn’t a doss year.

The weekend’s win came thanks in part to former Shelbourne youth Henderson, in fact, the young midfielders’ goals proved the difference between the sides.

Henderson opened the scoring on 17 minutes before ‘The Real Deal’ Alan McGreal got in on the act, the wide man and former FAI Intermediate Player of the Year doubled the advantage on in first-half injury-time.

Henderson got his second as the hour mark approached before Bangor pulled one back via former LOI goal-getter Davy O’Sullivan. It looked like the comeback was on when former Bray Wanderer Cian Maher then put the minimum between the sides. It was tense to the end but to add insult to Bangor injury two injury-time goals from Tommy Cafferty and Henderson put a massive gloss on the scoreline. Crumlin face Sacred Heart Firhouse Clover at Armagh Road this coming Sunday. 

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The Tallaght side gave their survival hopes a boost with a surprisingly one-sided 4-1 win – only their third of the season – over Liffey Wanderers last weekend.

Killester Donnycarney made it four on the bounce, scoring four goals to inflict a fourth successive defeat on Edenderry in the latest round of games and can now start looking up the table, while Wayside also registered a welcome win, defeating Bluebell United at home.

The eagerly anticipated Mocthas Malahide meeting was called off but both title hopefuls return this weekend. Malahide face fellow form side Maynooth while The Saints take on struggling Edenderry.

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