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ward on the double for impressive rock

Defending League champions Rock Celtic answered any doubts about their capabilities in defending their crown in no uncertain fashion when they inflicted the heaviest defeat in their history on near neighbours Woodview.

by 5-0 who themselves harbored ambitions of dethroning Rock.

Played in Oriel park on Thursday evening, Rock were quickly off the mark after fifteen minutes when David Ward opened the scoring. Ten minutes later the same player made it 2-0 a lead that they held until the interval.


In the second half the expected Woodview resurgence never materialised, and Rock's dominance was reflected on the score sheet with Derek Delaney scoring two, one of which was from the penalty spot, and substitute Chris Connolly added a fifth to put his side in the driving seat to retain their crown.

They currently stand four points clear of their nearest rivals, but their opponents on the night, Woodview despite the heavy defeat, still remain in touch, nine points adrift, but with three games in hand, and they would have taken some hope by virtue of Rock's 1-1 draw on Sunday away to bottom of the table, Torro United

Torro actually took the lead after 60 minutes with a fine effort from Peadar Farrelly, and David Ward equalized ten minutes later.

Duleek's chances of a first league title would have all but diminished on Thursday evening where they went down by 2-1 away to in form Albion Rovers whose goals came from Francis McCullough, and Bernard Osborne.

Albion's recent upsurge in form will probably not gain enough ground to land a league title, but they will be hopeful that the renewed confidence could land a third Tully Bookamakers Challenge Cup where they face Navan Town in the quarter Final next week.

Clones Town had a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Glenmuir where Simon Douglas scored to ease their relegation worries.

The Division title race looks set for a battle between Cavan Town and Marsh Celtic with both sides taking maximum points. Cavan winning one nil at home to Roibinstown through a Tony Pryce goal, and Marsh 2-0 at home to Navan Cosmos where Emmet Judge, and Ciaran Carroll were on the mark.