Bridge spring league surprise
Published 25/02/2014 | 05:30
BRIDGE Rovers stunned Albion in Castlebridge on Saturday morning and in the process closed the gap between the sides at the top of Under-14 Division 1A to just three points.
Bridge Rovers 4, Wexford Albion 3:
The win will give Rovers great confidence in their bid to avoid the drop as they also opened up a three-point gap over Forth Celtic, who are currently propping up the table.
Before kick-off Rovers had only won once this season and things have been going from bad to worse for an Albion side which has not won a game since early October.
Rovers opened the scoring through Aaron Jackman early on but the visitors got back into the game and then took a 2-1 lead as Aaron Smith struck twice. Rovers pulled level again through Darragh Malone and went in at the break 3-2 up after Hugh Peter Manley raced through to slot home.
Mossy Scallan extended the home side's advantage to two goals early in the second-half. Albion struck back though when a fine move was rounded off by Brian Carr.
From here on in it was backs to the wall stuff for Rovers. Their rearguard stood firm though and held on for the vital three points.
St. Cormac's 1, North End United 12: There were no home comforts for St. Cormac's on Saturday as a rampant North End cruised into the quarter-finals of the Under-12 Cup and maintained their 100% start to the season.
The Hollygrove boys took control from the start and never let go. With only three minutes on the clock Kyle Scallan's powerful shot left the home 'keeper with no chance.
It was 2-0 minutes later as Seán O'Reilly found the top corner with a fine strike from outside the penalty area. The on-form Thomas Donovan then bagged a ten-minute hat-trick to put the visitors five up.
Cian Kinlough added a sixth before Donovan struck his fourth on the stroke of half-time.
The hosts started the second-half brighter and pulled a goal back when Ryan Milling's fine strike left Jason Gordon with no chance. That goal, however, sparked North End into life again and Thomas Donovan added two more, to end the day with a double hat-trick.
Further goals from Joey Jackson, Leon Sinnott and Michael Mackey completed the rout for North End.