Thursday 27 July 2017

Villagers within five of Wicklow

SHANE DOYLE blasted a rather large dent into Wicklow Town's title hopes on Sunday.

The young Rathnew hotshot landed the only goal of the game as Rathnew AFC A earned a 0-1 win over the reigning top flight champions in Finlay Park.

Victory for the Villagers there propels them to within five points of Town with three games in hand, while it leaves Wicklow Town facing a six point gap between themselves and table-toppers Arklow Town A.

Arklow Town, Wicklow Town and Newtown United A have looked like the three main contenders for the crown all season but Wicklow Town clearly failed to get the memo on Sunday because as they were slipping to their fourth league defeat of the season, Arklow Town and Newtown United were cruising to five goal winning margins in their respective ties.

Glenview FC welcomed Arklow Town to the Vevay Temple Sportsfield on Sunday the visitors ran out 16 winners.

The Bray side had the audacity to take the lead early on when Phil Doyle headed home from a corner but five minutes prior to the half time whistle Ian Reid levelled matters.

Glen Murray then headed the away side into the lead before Willy Kavanagh nodded his side into a two goal lead.

Kavanagh then added two more goals to complete his hat-trick before Glen Murray put the icing on the cake in the closing stages as he made it 6-1.

Newtown United matched that exact scoreline at the Matt Kelly Memorial Grounds though as they dismantled Arklow Celtic A. Dessie Waters and Neill Martin both racked up two goals apiece, with Ross Odlum notching a single for the Magpies. Arklow Celtic put through their own net for the sixth goal.

The big victories weren't just restricted to the top two as Enniskerry YC also flexed their attacking muscles this weekend.

They visited Shillelagh United and returned home with all three points thanks to a 1-4 success in Ballard. Sean Cleary found the back of the net twice for the Berryfield Lane side, with Justin Melia and Barry Brennan also contributing efforts. Brendan Behan bagged United's consolation effort. There was also top flight action on Friday night as Richmond Rovers and Wicklow Rovers did battle in Ballywaltrim. The match ended all square though as strikes from Darren Lyons and Mark O'sullivan for the home and away side respectively cancelled each other out.

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