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o'kane treble knocks duleek off title pace

Duleek and Woodview Celtic, two of the contenders for Rock Celtic's crown of MDL Premier Division winners faced each other yesterday, and it was Woodview, driven on by their ace striker Mickey O'Kane who served notice of their intent coming out on top in a comprehensive 5-0 win.

O'Kane scored four, one of which was from a penalty, and made the other for Marius Jakios.

Trim Celtic kept in touch also with a 5-0 win away to Glaslough where David Conway scored a hat- trick along with goals from Paul Donoghue, and Paul Campbell.

Carrick Rovers bounced back from their recent indifferent form by claiming all three points in a 3-0 win a home to Torro, the scores coming from Gary McCarthy, Brendan McDermott, and Brendan Kerley.

With Marsh inactive in Division 1 Cavan Town overtook them at the top winning 4-2 at home to Longwood where a couple of Brian Dolan goals were added too by Craig Sheridan, and James McKeown. Kells-Blackwater stay top in Division Two where a John Smith goal was enough to give them all three points away to Rossin

Marsh Celtic although currently top of Division One caused an upset in the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup with a fine 4-2 win against three times former winners and current League champions Rock Celtic.

The Drogheda side was well worth their win against their more fancied opponents.

Emmet Judge was in fine form scoring two of the goals, with Robert Craig and Dale Thornton also getting on the score sheet.

Their near neighbours, Chord Celtic, also faced opposition from further up the Wee County when they entertained Dromin United who like Rock are also three times past winners, and they kept themselves on course for a first win since 1996 with a hard fought 1-0 success, the vital goal coming from Fabio Teles.

Former MDL kingpins from the 1980s, OMP United, although winning three League titles, and despite two final appearances never tasted success in the Cup, goals from Kieran Tansey and Enna Donoghue kept their interest alive for this season when they put out division three opponents Enfield on a 2-1 score line.

Clones Town got through a re- fixed back match in the last round at the MDL grounds against Bohermeen Celtic. Stephen Smith, Danny Rooney, and Eoin Morrow were each on the mark in a comfortable 3-1 win.