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dowdall double is navan's ticket!

The long drawn out Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup second round tie involving Trim Town and Navan Town was finally resolved at the fourth attempt to stage the fixture.

Initially a home fixture for Trim Town, was previously reversed to Navan's ground, and finally back to Trim on this occasion, where Navan Town eventually came through on a 2-0 score line.

It was a memorable day for their striker Adrian Dowdall. Having given his side the lead in the 38th Minute, he failed to convert a penalty mid way through the second half, and following sustained Trim pressure in search of an equalizer.

Dowdall eventually eased the nerves of his team mates when he struck a well taken goal in the 88th minute to send his side into the third round, and a tricky assignment at home to Kentstown Rovers.

Trim Celtic after an indifferent start to their League campaign have played their way back into contention for the Premier Division title.

Their latest success a 3-1 win over Torro United where former MDL players of the Year Paul Campbell scored twice, with Ricky Fitzsimnons also on the mark have put Celtic to within four points of leaders Carrick Rovers with a game on hand.

They last tasted defeat in early October against another of the title contenders Duleek who themselves kept in touch securing all three points in a closely fought match against Square United where they won 2-1.

Two of the three MDL teams that were in action in the Leinster Junior cup bowed out. Woodview unluckily going out on penalties against AUL side St Pauls Artane after a 2-2 draw, near neighbours Bellurgan went through courtesy of a shoot out against Shamrock Celtic after they finished on a similar score line.

Clones Town lost out 4-1 at home to Sandyhill Celtic, the other tie between Rock Celtic and Valley Park United was called off because of a bereavement.

Kells Blackwater continued their good run at the top of division two with a 3-1 win over near neighbours BMC United, with strikes from John Smith, Thomas Smith, and Conor Walsh.

Chord Celtic won the top of the table clash in Division 3 A away to Kingscourt They took the lead early in the match with a goal from Mark Branigan, parity was restored in the 75th min where Daniel Connolly netted for the home side, but with eight minutes remaining a Cormac Reid pile driver from 20 metres won the day for the Drogheda side.