Tuesday 23 January 2018

Beatings galore as top three go on the rampage

ROBIN HOOD would not be a fan of the Premier Division, where the rich not only rob from the poor; they beat the living daylights out of them as they do so.

Newtown United, Rathnew AFC and St. Anthony's currently occupy the top three spots in the top flight and this week they went to war with the three clubs languishing in the bottom three.

The Magpies and the Villagers showed no sympathy to their struggling opponents.

Berryfield Lane was the scene of the first slaying as table-toppers Newtown United took on Enniskerry YC on Friday evening and a 0-6 grilling ensured the Matt Kelly Memorial Grounds side retained top spot.

Dean Odlum and Dessie Waters' strike partnership continued to grow as both bagged braces against the YC. Mark Fitzsimons and Darren Gammell chipped in with singles.

Rathnew AFC were a lot less merciful as they tore Arklow Celtic B to shreds at Shamrock Park. Rock-bottom Celtic suffered another outing to forget as Jay Taylor's rampant form saw him notch a treble.

Also on target for Rathnew were Theo Smith (2), Ken Doyle (2), Philip Murphy and Chris Gregory.

St. Anthony's did a rather good Robin Hood impression in their clash with Ashford Rovers as they committed a robbery.

Trailing by a goal to nil going into the last six minutes, the Saints somehow managed to escape with all three points thanks to late goals from Matt Mannix and Matt Kennedy.

That defeat leaves Ashford Rovers in the murky waters of the relegation zone but one side who put some distance between themselves and the drop zone this week was BBK United.

They travelled to Ferndale Park and shocked Arklow United as they took a 0-2 lead into the break. Tom Kavanagh and Gerry Earls pulled the scores back to 2-2 but United escaped from the Arklow venue with the win thanks to a late winner.

Niall Garvey, Paddy Reid and Ryan Garvey were the Brittas Park side's marksmen.

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