Thursday 19 October 2017

Darcy nets four as Fairwood open up

DIVISION 3 is in danger of becoming a two-tier league. Five sides still are still left kicking the dirt at the foot of the table with zero points while a whopping seven sides currently have nine points or more. MK Dons, with three points to their name, find themselves stuck between the two groups.

And with all six fixtures in Division 3 pitting a top half side against a bottom half team, it'll come as no surprise to hear that there were one or two heavy defeats dished out this weekend.

Rather unsurprisingly, Fairwood Celtic were behind the biggest victory as they dismantled Saints FC B in Gorey. Tony Darcy racked up a four goal haul against the Wexford side, with Richard Walsh and the O'Keefe brothers (PJ and Paul) adding singles.

Fairwood's fellow perfect record holders Arklow United were also flexing their attacking muscles this week. A 6-0 thrashing of St. Patrick's B at Ferndale Park saw them keep their place at the top of the pile.

Alan McBride even outdid Tony Darcy as he fired five goals past the Avoca side. A Paul Flusk effort ensured that it wasn't a one-man assault for the league leaders.

Shamrock Celtic kept their grip on second place thanks to a narrow victory over MK Dons. Keith Broughan and Craig Doyle notched for the Celtic Park side to land them their third league win of this term.

Ballywaltrim FC suffered a frustrating outing last time out when their clash with St. Patrick's B was abandoned after 21 minutes due to an injury to a Pat's player, but the Bray side got back on track this week thanks to a 0-2 win over Carnew United, who were making their first appearance of the season. Lee Doyle's brace earned the visitors the win on Sunday.

Fassaroe YC are another Bray side celebrating a triumph this week. They travelled to Greystones for their encounter with Greystones United B and strikes from Stephen McGrane, Dan Mohan and John Grainey saw them run out 1-3 winners. Michael Batten registered the home side's effort. That win for Fassaroe sees them nestled alongside three other sides in fourth place, a point behind third placed Avonmore FC B, who got the better of Wicklow Town B this weekend.

Emmet Goucher landed a goal for the hosts at Finlay Park but Oliver Byrne and Patrick Fox both found the back of the net to see Avonmore return home to Rathdrum with the win.