Leinster Senior League: Kilbarrack on fire in 1a Sunday 

Kilbarrack United 12 / Tullamore Town 0

BY Jonny Stapleton

A hat-trick of hat-tricks helped Kilbarrack United extend their unbeaten league start in style last Friday night. 

United put 12 past Tullamore Town on match week 12 to increase their lead at the top of the intermediate third tier.

The goal difference-enhancing victory came thanks in particular to three in-form front men, as the Greendale Road clash saw a treble of trebles.

Kilbarrack legend Mark Townley hasn’t taken too long in finding his feet since returning from a nigh-on four-year injury lay off, as he found the back of the net three times in the second half, while two players at the opposite end of their careers equalled that scoring feat.

Former Shelbourne underage attackers Deiric Hyland and Kevin Mare also added three goals to their personal tallies in the one-sided victory.

The home side started as they meant to go on, breaking the deadlock as early as the first minute via a close-range Aaron Humphries finish.

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Hyland extended the advantage on 19 minutes,  and the local youngster doubled his tally just five minutes before the break.

Townley increased the lead after the turn, taking advantage of some poor defending to slot home a rebound. Hyland made it five within seconds of the restart and Humphreis got his second five minutes later before former Irish amateur international midfielder Dean Gibbons got on the scoresheet. 

The goals kept coming and strikes from Townley – another former amateur international wearing the Kilbarrack crest – and Mare left United one goal shy of double figures with 20 minutes remaining.

Mare made it a perfect 10 on 74 minutes as he cushioned home Townley’s cross – and another goal apiece from the pair sparked a three-way fight for the match ball. The win sees Kilbarrrack increase their lead at the top to seven points.

The Northside outfit have won 10 of their 12 games thus far, meaning Irish amateur football legend Ross Carrig has still yet to taste league defeat as a manager. 

One of Ireland’s most capped amateur internationals took the reigns from Brian Mooney at the start of this season and now looks well on course to secure the former FAI Junior Cup finalists another promotion.  

Kilbarrack’s Saturday side attempted to match the first string’s goal-scoring feat in their LFA Junior Cup clash with Roc Celtic but fell two goals short.

A hat-trick from Jack Kelly and a brace from JP Brennan saw them hit 10 and make it a whopping 22 goals for the club’s senior sides over the weekend.

Hyland games: Deiric Hyland celebrates his hat-trick –  one of three scored by Kilbarrack Utd, another bagged by Mark Townley (below) – in the Dublin side’s demolition job on Tullamore

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