Coachford share Premier lead with Park as Pearce Celtic's title hopes end
Pearce Celtic 0
This win put Coachford on top of the Premier League with three games to play. The result also finished Pearce Celtic's outside chances of taking the title and they are now in third place, seven points behind the leaders. This win showed good title credentials as Coachford improved on the four-all draw between the sides last month.
Coachford's Alan Jeffers returned from injury for a game against Greenwood two weeks ago and scored a hattrick. The striker also made an impact against Pearce as he put Coachford ahead ten minutes into the second half. He did well to score from a tight angle under pressure. His strike partner John Corcoran made it two-nil when he hit a rebound off the keeper low into the Pearce net. That second goal steadied Coachford with 25 minutes to play and they contained the home side for the remainder. Pearce are one of the best sides in AUL football but the closest they went to a late goal was a free kick that grazed the crossbar.
This win, coupled with the 7-1 victory over Greenwood in the previous game, settled Coachford as they go into their last three games.
By now the Premier League title is a two-way race between Coachford and Park United who moved joint top of the table with a win over Blarney Street Athletic on Tuesday.