Leaders drop points

Published 08/05/2013 | 05:44

Are the Division 3 frontrunners wilting under the pressure? Title favourites Fairwood Celtic and Arklow United B both dropped points this week, and it has wedged the door open another sliver for Ballywaltrim to gatecrash the title run-in.

Fairwood Celtic had two home ties to contend with this week; one against St. Fergal's AFC B and the other against previous league leaders Shamrock Celtic.

St. Fergal's - who'll contest the Charlie Byrne Cup final on Sunday against Arklow United - prepared for that final by taking a point from the table-toppers. Tony Darcy netted the home side's effort as they were held to a 1-1 draw.

And the schedule didn't relent for the Dunne's Field men as Shamrock Celtic rolled into town on Sunday but this time they did manage victory; PJ O'Keefe netted the only goal of the game.

Arklow United only had one date in their calendar this week and that was a tie with huge repercussions against Ballywaltrim FC at Ferndale Park. Lee Doyle struck for the visitors to earn them a 1-1 draw and keep their interest in the final few weeks alive.

The Bray club were in action again on Sunday in Wexford where they picked up a resounding 1-4 win over Saints FC B. Kevin Cowan (2), Mark Flanagan and Andrew O'Rourke were the Brays club's marksmen.

Ballywaltrim now host Fairwood Celtic tomorrow evening (Thursday, May 9) in a match that will have a massive say in both the title and promotion race.

The Charlie Bishop Cup spots look to be sewn up but fifth placed Fassaroe YC still went out and did the business against Avonmore FC B as they picked up a 1-0 win.

Shamrock Celtic are one of those sides looking nailed on for a top four finish and they secured victory during the week over Greystones United. Craig Doyle, Stephen McGuinness and Robert Gillespie all found the net as their side ran out 3-1 winners at Celtic Park.

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