Sunday 17 December 2017

Shamrock Rovers go on scoring spree

SHAMROCK ROVERS are laughing in the faces of their doubters.

Having been crowned Premier Division champions in May; all eyes have been on the Father Murphy Park side in these opening weeks of the top flight.

They began the defence of their title with two successive 3-0 victories and then on Sunday they went on a goal frenzy as they walloped eight goals past Forth Celtic.

Forth Celtic's start to the season has been a complete contrast to Rovers'.

Sunday's defeat made it 14 goals conceded in their last two outings.

Campile United did the damage to Celtic last week but their fine beginning to the campaign hit a stumbling block this week as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Courtown Hibs.

North End United have been plodding along nicely in these opening few weeks and they continued in the same vein courtesy of a facile victory over Wexford Bohs, inspired by Paul Murphy.

Murphy smashed home a hat-trick and was joined on the score sheet by John Fenlon as United romped to a 4-1 triumph over the Drinagh side.

Moyne Rangers mirrored United's result as they picked up a 4-1 win over New Ross Town at Good Counsel College.

And Town's mood wasn't helped by the fact that local rivals New Ross Celtic recorded their first triumph of the campaign.

They overcame Park Hotspur in a five-goal thriller at Butlersland.

Peter Marsden and Deci Goodson netted for the visitors but strikes from Eoin Rhodes (2) and John Fenlon saw the hosts pick up the three points.

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