THE BALANCE of power has shifted in Division 2. Saints FC's reign at the top of the table is now under serious threat after the Wexford side started 2013 with a whimper, or a 01 loss to Newtown United B to be more precise.
The Magpies started the weekend closer to bottom side Arklow Celtic B than they were to Saints FC but they ripped up the form book as they conjured up an inspiring performance that saw them claim all three points thanks to Conor Eccleston's penalty.
Second-placed Seaview Wanderers were not in action this weekend so they were unable to knock the Gorey side off top spot, but Glencormac United would've moved to within four points - and with two games in hand - with victory over Conary United at Ryder's Field. And the Kilmacanogue side didn't disappoint; winning 1-0 thanks to Kevin Redden's ninth minute strike.
Wanderers and United both hold their potential title destiny in their own hands now but something will have to give this weekend as the pair go head-to-head in United's backyard. Saints FC will hope to bounce back from their defeat to Newtown when they take on Redbank United this weekend but the Moneystown men proved to be plucky contenders on Sunday as they picked up a point against Arklow Celtic B, despite only having ten men from the start.
Mikey Doyle gave the home side the lead at Celtic Park but Robin Byrne struck to earn the ten men a share of the spoils.