Newtown claim league points
DONARD-GLEN travelled to Newtown on Saturday to battle for a brace of points that could put them in the running for a place in the top division of the SFL when that competition is being re-structured next year.
The plan is to divide the top division of the league as it stands at present into two eights, making it Division 1A and 1B to ensure more even matches. Teams that finish from one to eight in the present league will make up 1A with the remainder going in to 1B.
That arrangement is adding a new dimension to the closing stages of the present league. There are only a few matches still to be played but all, or most, of them could have a bearing on the make-up of the new league.
After a very close but low-scoring first-half the sides were level at 0-4 each at half-time. However, goals by man of the match Garrett Doyle and Liam Martin sent the home side on the road to victory.
Brendan Daly had a great game in the Donard defence and could be on the way back to the form that made him a regular in the Wicklow defence a few years ago.
Donard-Glen needed this game badly; they are waiting patiently in the semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship while their opponents, whoever they may be, are slogging it out in the quarter-finals.
Scorers - Newtown: Garrett Doyle 1-4; Liam Martin 1-3; Niall Martin and S. Wilson 0-1 each.
Donard-Glen: Ed Flynn 0-7; Alan Daly 0-2; Brian Lennon, Dermot Daly and Conor Healy 0-1 each.
Newtown: Ciarán McGirl; Glen Carthy, Shane Mooney, Seán Reardon; Trevor O'Brien, Neil Martin, Terry Murphy; Mark Fitzsimons, Paul O'Reardon; Garrett Doyle, Ross Odlum, Luke Martin; S. Wilson, Eoin O'Reardon, Danny Brady.
Donard-Glen: Owen Kelly; Brendan Daly, Rory Toomey, Kevin Osbourne; Conor Healy, Alan Tutty, Clifford Grace; John Hanbidge, Niall Curran; Brian Lennon, Pat Flynn, Dermot Daly; Alan Daly, Ed Flynn, Colm O'Neill.
Referee: Pat Dunne (Hollywood).