Friday 24 March 2017

Doyle keeps Ashford's hopes alive

DIVISION 2: Dean Doyle kept Ashford Rovers' title hopes alive on Sunday as he struck the only goal of the game in his side's 0-1 win over Aughrim Rangers.

Doyle's effort helped Rovers to stretch their lead over Celtic Stars to four points but the Ballinalea Park club has enjoyed two more games than their glory-seeking rivals.

Roundwood pulled off a superb comeback against Glencormac United to keep their promotion hopes alive and kicking. Goals from Niall Meldon and Colm Nolan had given the Kilmacanogue side a 0-2 lead over their rivals at the Vartry Grounds.

But Robbie Eyre and Ross Brown appeared to have salvaged a point for their side as the duo struck singles to claw themselves back to two goals apiece going into the closing minutes.

But then Eyre stole all three points for his side when he popped up with a lastgasp winner. That memorable win lifts Roundwood to within four points of the promotion places. Seaview Wanderers also harbour ambitions of Division 1 football next term but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Wicklow Rovers at the Whitegates. Goals from Jim Foley and Niall O'rourke inflicted defeat on the Thomas Scott Cup champions.

The relegation issue could also now be just one game away from decision. East Coast Albion lined out for the final time this term on Sunday and suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Charlesland AFC. Garry White bagged a brace for the Greystones side with Gavin Slattery also on target for the visitors.

Basement side Ballywaltrim FC have six games remaining to save their skins. They sit three points behind Albion.

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