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Enniskerry YC tops as Avonmore withdraw

AVONMORE FC'S withdrawal have put a whole new complexion on the standings in Division 3.

Arklow United had gone back to the summit after seeing off Aughrim Rangers 3-2 at Ferndale Park last Sunday week (January 24th) thanks to efforts by Drew O'Hallorhan (2) and Niall Higgins.

However, they had already played Avonmore twice - the only team to do so. The Rathdrum outfit had only played eight matches and secured just two points.

But now having pulled out, it means that walk-overs have been credited in their remaining 18 fixtures. Charlesland AFC, Enniskerry FC, St. Patrick's, Carnew AFC, Conary United and Fairwood Celtic have all been awarded six points while Wicklow Town, Wicklow Rovers, Clash Celtic, Aughrim Rangers, Fassaroe FC and Rathnew AFC have all picked up three points.

With Avonmore's points allocation, and last week's results taken into account, Enniskerry are the new leaders. The league newcomers are a point clear of Carnew after playing out a 3-3 draw with Wicklow Rovers at Whitegates as they made it nine matches without defeat.

Ben Rooney (2) and Robert Ivory scored for the away team with Mark Conroy (2) and Tom Doyle hitting back for Rovers who are still unbeaten on their own turf after five attempts.

Elsewhere, Carnew were held to a 2-2 draw by St. Patrick's at the Back Alley. Maurice Kinsella and Divisional top scorer Clinton Murphy were on the mark for the hosts as their four-game 100% winning home record came to an end with Jamie Bolger and Ronan Bolger accounting for the Saint's goals.

Rathnew are now third after a 1-1 draw away to Fairwood Celtic at Dunne's Field.

Arklow United have dropped to joint fourth. And have been joined by Clash Celtic who overcame Conary United 3-2 at Phelan's Field.

Rathnew hold the aces at the top of U17 Division

THE CHANCES of a Wicklow side lifting the combined South Dublin Under 17 Division looks more likely as the weeks go by.

And it has been further enhanced with the news that Rangers AFC had withdrawn from the section. After only playing five completive matches, they have handed walk-over's in their remaining 21 fixtures.

It means the other 13 participating teams have all picked up three or six points without kicking a ball. One of those results went in favour of leaders Rathnew AFC who received a walk-over from Rangers.

But the Villagers have been joined at the top of the table by both Greystones United and Enniskerry FC as both were awarded six points from their scheduled clashes with Rangers, although Rathnew have between two and four games in hand on their rivals.

Sean Cleary became the leading goal-scorers in all six Divisions in the Wicklow League by netting four times in Enniskerry's 5-2 triumph over Dalkey United.

David Sullivan was also on the mark at Ballyman Road last Saturday week (January 23rd).

The same day, Ross Beirne and Kurt Starke shared four goals as Greystones saw off Beechwood FC also by a 5-2 score-line.

Justin O'Brien completed the visitors return.

As a side note, Arklow Town received six points from their two proposed encounters with Rangers.

Those matches in fact only doubled the 'Town's tally to four matches. Amazingly, their last official game came back in September 2009 when they defeated Enniskerry 10-4 at Ballyman Road. It all means that Arklow have 22 league fixtures to fulfil between now and the end of the season.

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