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Youths' home comfort after topping group

WICKLOW have been given home advantage in round two of the FAI Youths Inter-League competition.

Brian Byrne and Daragh Murray's charges saw off Kildare 3-1, drew 2-2 with Carlow and then defeated Wexford 1-0 to top Group 5.

It's means they will now entertain the runners-up from Group 4 for a place in the quarter finals.

With Cork top of Group 4 after two wins, the race for second place is between the Limerick District League, the Limerick Desmond League or the Kerry District League.

The contest has provisionally been fixed for Saturday March 6th at the Bridgewater Centre Park in Arklow.

Byrne's brace helps Bhoys claim top spot

ANOTHER WEEK, another wash-out. With the Wicklow League Executive having cancelled the entire programme a fortnight ago, just FOUR games managed to overcome the elements last week.

In the Andy McEvoy Premier Division St. Peter's Bhoys knocked local rivals Glenview FC off top spot after seeing off another Bray side in the form of Wolfe Tone Celtic.

Shane Byrne doubled his league tally to four with a brace at the People's Park on Sunday January 17th.

Former Wicklow League player of the year Colum McLaughlin also scored for the Darglesiders.

Cormac Doyle registered 'Celtic's consolation. Remarkably, it was their first league outing since October 4th last year.

The only other competitive fixtures were in Division 3. Newcomers Enniskerry FC joined Rathnew AFC at the top of the charts after securing a 1-1 draw against Fairwood Celtic.

Stephen Smith was the away team's marksman's at Dunne's Field with Paul O'Keeffe scoring for the Tinahely outfit.

Meanwhile, Wicklow Rovers maintained their unbeaten home record by seeing off St. Patrick's from Avoca. Jonathan Dunne and James Quinn shared the goals in the 2-0 victory at Whitegates.

Elsewhere, Aughrim Rangers ended a three-match losing steak to defeat Fassaroe Youth Club 2-1.

Darragh O'Brien and Scott Newsome netted for the visitors at the Little Bray Community Centre with William Cox replaying for the hosts.

Fitzsimons 'trick sees Newtown through

JASON FITZSIMONS cracked in a hat-trick as Newtown United A finally booked their place in round two of the Wicklow Cup.

Having been postponed no less than three times, the Premier Division outfit proved too good for Fassaroe Youth Club B and ran out 7-1 winners at the Little Bray Community Centre last Wednesday. Former top flight player of the year John Heffernan, Dessie Waters, Richard Franey and Barry Davis also netted for the Magpies as they advanced to the last 32 of the Blue Riband competition. William Cox netted for Fassaroe.

AFTER 20 WEEKS of action, the 20-goal barrier in the 2009/10 season has yet to be broken.

But Carnew AFC's Clinton Murphy is just one short of that target. Top scorer in Division 3, his claimed 13 league goals as well scoring four times in the Wicklow Cup and notching two more in the Charlie Byrne Cup.

Amazingly, his current tally is just four short of the 2008/09 overall mark when Jason Moran netted 23 times in all competitions for St. Patrick's.