Published 09/10/2012 | 09:45
NORTH END United started this month just as they had ended the last one, by dishing out a hammering to another unsuspecting side.
The Hollygrove outfit made it five wins from five in the Premier Division as they dismantled Campile United on Sunday last.
Campile currently sit rather pretty in fourth spot but even they were powerless to prevent North End from steamrolling past them and into top spot outright.
Paul Murphy stole the show as he conjured up a hat-trick for himself, while Keith Kearney and Kyle Dempey chipped in with singles. North End now move three points clear of Shamrock Rovers who were idle at the weekend.
New Ross Town currently portray North End's polar opposites. Their four outings have yielded zero points, their latest defeat coming at the hands of New Ross Celtic, who leap to fifth as a consequence of Sunday's derby victory.
Courtown Hibs' record made for slightly more pleasant viewing going into the weekend. They'd managed to record a draw prior to their meeting with Park Hotspur but on Sunday evening they were celebrating their first triumph of the season.
And the Ounavarra Park side did it in some style, firing five past the former Division 1 side to record a 5-1 win.
Leighton Gleeson showed why he was worthy of his recent involvement with the Republic of Ireland amateur squad as he landed a single strike, as did team-mates Daniel Kennedy, Craig Foster, Lar Kinsella and Eugene O'Brien.
Sunday also saw Wexford Bohs and Gorey Rangers go head-to-head but that tie failed to produce a winner, with the duo nullifying each other on their way to a 0-0 draw.
St. Leonards were brought crashing back down to reality on Sunday as they suffered their first Division 1 defeat of the season and saw their spot at the top of the table come under scrutiny.
The saints hadn't tasted defeat until they hosted Ferns United and now the table-toppers have been left with a sour taste in their mouths after crashing to a 2-0 defeat. United shoot to within a point of top spot thanks to that win.
St. Leonards and Kilmore United were the only sides with a zero in their loss column prior to the weekend, but United have clung onto theirs following a 2-2 draw away to Enniscorthy United. Shane Cassidy and Mark Doyle netted for the Ballyseskin-based club who climb onto nine points courtesy of that draw.
Adamstown would have had a keen eye on events between St. Leonards and Ferns United, and the result in that match allowed them to move to within striking distance of the league leaders owing to the fact that they overcame Bridge Rovers in their own fixture.
The third-placed side travelled to The Bogside and both Lee White and Shane Bradley scored to secure a 2-1 success for the away side.
Curracloe United would have jumped to joint third spot had they snatched maximum points from their clash with Rosslare Rangers but unfortunately for the River Field men, efforts from Craig McCabe and Liam Donnelly couldn't prevent them from slipping to a 3-2 defeat.
There was one other fixture up for decision in Wexford's second tier and Shamrock Rovers 'B' decided that one emphatically. They entertained Bunclody at Fr. Murphy Park and fired five past the strugglers to record a 5-1 win.
Colin Sheehan landed two of those strikes, while Emmet Quirke, Seán Wildes and Chris McKeown all weighed in with singles.
Trials for this season's Under-12 and Under-14 league training centres take place on Sunday next in Bunclody. The Under-12s will be in first between 2 and 3.30 p.m., and players born in 2001 and 2002 are eligible.
These will be followed by the Under -14s between 3.30 and 5 p.m. Players born in 1999 and 2000 are eligible for this age group.
All players interested in attending for trials should contact Elayne Grant on 087-1215136 and remember, this is the first step on the way to playing in the Gaynor Cup next June and potentially international football in the future.
Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, Kilmore United have qualified for the national Under-12 finals after coming through a very competitive Leinster section with two wins and two draws.