Wednesday 25 April 2018

Rovers slip up gives Premier table a rattle

HOLD THE phone, this Carlton Millrace Premier Division title race is far from run.

Table-toppers Shamrock Rovers were subjected to just their second league defeat of the season on Sunday as they came undone against New Ross Celtic.

Mikey Grangel and Philly O'connor landed a goal apiece for the Butlersland side to help shake things up a wee bit at the table summit.

Ricky Fox's goal from the penalty spot meant that the final scoreline was 2-1 in favour of fifth-placed Celtic.

And the upsets appeared to be infectious as fourthplaced Wexford Bohs slipped to an unexpected 3-1 home defeat at the hands of former basement side Forth Celtic.

Gordon Simpson and Darren Jordan were both on target as Celtic climbed off the foot of the table and closed the gap on Campile United.

An own goal accounted for the Murrintown club's third goal strike, while Lee Chin netted Bohs' consolation.

Campile United is the team the bottom three are chasing as they look to guarantee themselves topflight football next term.

They hosted Bunclody at the weekend and the visitors slashed the gap between themselves and United to just two points thanks to a 5-1 win.

John Breen (two) and Adrian Wanchzk gave their side a commanding 3-0 lead at the break.

And Wanchzk added his second after the re-start and was joined on the scoresheet by Marek Wanchzk before the home side pulled back a strike in the dying minutes.

Bunclody find themselves now just a possible win away from propelling themselves out of the play-off place.

Gorey Rangers float just a point above Campile and they tasted their ninth loss of the season on Sunday as Leighton Gleeson's lone strike handed Courtown Hibs a 1-0 win.

Hibs now trail Shamrock Rovers by six points.