By John Hudson
Pat Scully the long serving TU Dublin-Tallaght manager admits he is quiet pleased at the impressive start both of the sides have made to the new Rustlers Colleges and Universities League season.
Fresh from guiding the unbeaten Division One North outfit to a 1-0 victory on their trip to Letterkenny IT last Wednesday Scully was back on the touchline the following afternoon at Whelan Park, Kimmage calling the shots as the Tallaght second team also continued their perfect start to the Division Three campaign with a 2-1 win over hosts Rathmines College.
Shelbourne midfielder Sean Quinn was the Tallaght hero in a tight affair at Letterkenny and his second half penalty proved enough give Scully’s side a second successive victory following their opening day 3-2 defeat of Queens University Belfast.
The Tallaght boss was really pleased to come away from Donegal with all three points in the bag and heaped praise on Quinn.
“Sean (Quinn) was outstanding for us in Letterkenny and when the opportunity came for him to put us ahead from the penalty spot he made no mistake.
“Hopefully he’ll do well next season now that my old club Shelbourne are back again in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division which I’m delighted to see.
“Letterkenny is always a difficult place to go to they are a good footballing side, hard but fair, but I was delighted at the attitude shown by our lads.
“ It’s been a heartening start to the season for both sides. We have a good group of players to work with and hopefully the good run will continue.
“The first team’s bitter disappointment at loosing out on promotion to the Premier League last season with that defeat in the Division One final to TU Dublin-Blanchestown has been put aside and we are all determined to give it a right go this time and make it back to the league’s top tier.
The Tallaght second string are also in fine form and they managed to hold on in their Divison Three game against Rathmines after Michael Facho’s early second half goal put them 2-1 in front.
The sides were evenly matched in the opening 45 minutes and went in level at 1-1.
Mare Umudjere grabbed the Rathmines goal while Martins Olakaiya was on the mark for Tallaght with the help of a deflection.
Joel Bekombo worked hard as Rathmines battled hard to get back on terms but he couldn’t find a way to test Alan Kiernan in the Tallaght goal.
Late on Eoin Ennis had a great chance to seal the Tallaght win with a third goal but he was denied by a fine save from Rathmines ‘keeper Tommy Duff.
The win following last week’s 6-0 crushing of IADT Dun Laoghaire gives Tallaght the perfect start in their bid for honours.
At this early stage Scully is a far too experienced football man to read too much into this impressive early start for both teams but no doubt he’ll be bringing all his football knowledge to good use in the chase for honours as the season progresses.