BY JONNY STAPLETON
SUPER-SUB Levi Boardman produced the cameo of cameos to fire reigning champions Malahide back to the top of the Senior Sunday pile last weekend.
The striker came off the bench to sensational effect, scoring three times in the closing stages to secure himself the match ball and three valuable points. The game had stalemate written all over it as it remained scoreless going into the final 25 minutes, but Boardman’s introduction swung things the way of the Gannon Park side.
The frontman, a former Drogheda United U-19 player, gave a finishing masterclass and did so in just over 20 minutes to all but single-handily secure win number six for his side. The victory saw the holder’s leapfrog surprise early leaders Liffey Wanderers into the top LSL Intermediate spot. United, who have only conceded six goals this season, move into title poll position courtesy of a superior goal difference.
The result ensures they remain unbeaten so far this term and have two games in hand over the Pearse Street side. Wanderers relinquished top spot after they eventually shared six goals and thus the spoils with Keith Foy’s Kilnamangh. Deco Heavy’s men needed a last-minute equalizer to secure a point against the newly promoted team but did lead by two at one stage. Sean Noble fired them ahead on 20 minutes before tricky wide man Clayton Maher doubled the advantage 13 minutes later. ‘The Rockets’ halved the deficit after the turn before continuing to race from the rear and into the lead. With 15 minutes to go the Tallaght side were a goal to the good but Dean Murphy ensured a fitting end to a dramatic game leveling things up with seconds to spare.
Nika Arevadze, Peter O’Donnell, Gary Murphy were on the scoresheet as Sacred Heart drew three a piece with Cherry Orchard in a neutral friendly early ‘relegation six pointer’. While a brilliantly executed 85th minute Paddy O’Sullivan free-kick inflicted a second successive defeat on Shane ‘Mario’ Dolan’s new look Bluebell United. This weekend sees league leaders Malahide take on Kilnamanagh at the other end of the M50, while Liffeywanders welcome Senior Sunday legend James Lee’s Crumlin United to Irishtown on Friday night.