Saturday 25 November 2017

New Ross Town return to top

NEW ROSS Town returned to the promised land last week. Wexford Celtic were the side who had the potential to spoil the party for Town as they locked horns twice in the space of five days in Noel Kehoe Pitch Development Division 1.

Celtic had their own agenda though as they still faced the possibility of relegation, but they were powerless to prevent New Ross Town from sealing promotion as they emerged victorious in both encounters.

On Thursday evening in Good Counsel College, Junior Somers fired home a sensational free kick to earn his side all three points and leave them on the cusp of promotion.

And the New Ross men completed the task on Sunday thanks to a 3-1 win over the Sinnottstown Lane club.

Junior Somers' double saw him make it three goals in five days and he was joined on the scoresheet on this occasion by the capable Nicky Murphy.

Despite falling to defeats in both matches, Celtic avoid the drop due to Gorey Celtic's loss against Duncannon. Those victories, however, see Somers and co. guaranteed top flight football next term and it also means that they will have at least a play-off for the Division 1 title to look forward to.

That potential play-off will only become reality should Moyne Rangers win their two remaining fixtures to move level on points at the top of the pile.

Should Rangers fail to pick up maximum points, the title will belong to New Ross Town. Rangers kept the play-off possibility alive on Wednesday last thanks to a 4-0 success over St. Leonards.

Rovers' final two fixtures occur tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 2) when they meet one-time promotion hopefuls Bridge Rovers, and then seven days later they play what they hope will be their penultimate match, against Kilmore United.

Victories in both of those outings will set up a winner-takes-all clash with New Ross Town. At least four points will secure promotion.

With the aforementioned duo the only thing standing between themselves and potential glory, Rangers may well have had a scout at the Bogside on Sunday evening last as Rovers and United locked horns. That match saw United run out comfortable 4-0 winners.

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