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Saints show pedigree to reclaim pole position

ON PAPER, it appears to be a three-team race for the coveted Andy McEvoy Premier Division title.

Bidding for their fifth top flight crown in the last six years, St. Peter's Bhoys are once again proving their pedigree in the pursuit of the crown.

After securing just seven points from their first five outings, the Darglesiders have bounced back in great fashion to register an unbeaten run of seven matches - by taking in a 19 point haul.

Their latest success can at the expense of fellow Bray side Richmond Rovers last Sunday week (February 14) at the People's Park.

With the away team having a player sent off in each period, the Saint's ran out 2-0 winners with Fiachra Treacy and Darren McAteer on the score-sheet.

However, hot on their heels are 2008 champions Glenview FC. They overcame 2008 Wicklow Cup winners Shillelagh United 2-1 last week at the Temple Sportsfield thanks to Karl Connolly's late winner.

Earlier, Robbie Healy and Gary Doran had earlier exchanged scores. The result leaves Glenview just three points behind their local rivals but with two games in hand and ideally positioned for a bid for the title.

But sitting in third and waiting for a slip-up by the top two are Newtown United.

Runners-up on several occasions in recent times, the Magpies are the form team having won their last six outings.

The latest set of three points came at the Matt Kelly Memorial Ground when they saw off current Wicklow Cup champions Rathnew AFC 3-1.

Ross Odlum, former top flight player of the year John Heffernan and Jason Collins netted for Newtown.

As for the Villagers, former Wicklow League player of the year Trevor Doyle came out of retirement to slot in a penalty.

The win leaves Newtown seven points off St. Peter's but with four matches to catch up on.

Interestingly, United still have to play both Bray clubs home and away with St. Peter's still to entertain Glenview.

Another factor that could come into play is that both Glenview and Newtown have seven home matches left compared to St. Peter's five.

Arklow have games in hand to avoid drop

AT THE OTHER END of the Premier Division standings, both Ashford Rovers and Arklow Celtic are in danger of the dreaded drop.

Both clubs are eight points adrift of Rathnew with Ashford having played the same amount of games (12), although, and perhaps significantly, 'Celtic though have six fixtures in hand on the Villagers.

They went down 6-2 to in the local derby to Arklow Town last week in which the trio of John Fennell, Matthew Hudson and Gearoid Redmond all netted braces.

Edwin Walker hit both replies for the hosts at Celtic Park.

Meanwhile, at Finn Park in Kilcoole, Ashford went down 3-1 to St. Anthony's. With a top-four Charlie Bishop Cup place well within their sights, Darren Collopy (another former Wicklow League player of the year) was on the mark twice for 'Anthony's.

Barry Hamilton also scored for the Kilcoole Saint's with Wayne Farrell replying for struggling Rovers who are the only team yet to register a league win so far in the 2009/10 season.


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