Saturday 20 January 2018

Greystones Utd forced to bow out of league

THERE WAS a sense of déjà vu in Division 1 this week as Greystones United announced their withdrawal from the league.

The Seasiders only lasted briefly in last season's second tier and they were forced to abandon ship again at the weekend after finding themselves unable to field a team.

United were scheduled to take a trip to Avoca but their decision to fold means that St. Patrick's received a walkover and that set of points has seen them steal top spot from St. Fergal's AFC, who suffered a second defeat from as many outings on Sunday.

The Bray side were in action against Celtic Stars and they were prised apart with relative ease as the Division 2 champions stormed to a 4-1 win over the Saints. Lucasz Niewiadomski helped himself to a double against the Ballywaltrim side, with Denis Kealy and Paddy Byrne also amongst the goals.

Fergal's slip-up meant that a victory for Rathnew AFC B over Wolfe Tone Celtic at the Vevay Temple Sportsfield would have lifted them to joint first in the table but the Shamrock Park men remain in fourth place despite the best efforts of Jason Devlin, who netted both strikes for the visitors as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Celtic.

And those dropped points have seen Rathnew leapfrogged by Wicklow Town B, who faced the small matter of a local rivalry at the weekend. Wicklow Rovers made the very short trip to Finlay Park but they were unable to stop Town from picking up a third successive victory thanks to strikes from David 'DOC' O'Connor and Lenny Carton.

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