Friday 19 January 2018

Rovers take pole after United slip

SHAMROCK ROVERS have stolen pole position from North End United in the Carlton Millrace Premier Division.

United dropped the baton when they came undone against Courtown Hibs on Sunday, and Rovers grabbed it with both hands as they fired four past lowly Adamstown.

United's defeat came at Hollygrove. Fifty minutes of what was an even contest had elapsed when midfielder Colin O'brien made a lung-bursting run from deep to latch onto a through ball and slide his finish beneath the goalkeeper for what proved to be the only goal of the contest.

And Rovers heaped more misery on United when they cruised to a 4-1 win to propel themselves to the head of the table. Chris Kenny and Eamon O'brien were amongst the goals for the visitors, with Liam Moore bagging Adamstown's sole strike.

Adamstown now have only four games remaining to save their Premier Division status. And the light at the end of the tunnel got a bit darker for them this weekend as Gorey Rangers managed their fifth league success of the campaign to broaden the gap.

Rangers enjoyed a 2-1 success over Forth Celtic in Murrintown. That win sees them climb above Bunclody, meaning Adamstown now have to try to bridge a four-point gap to ensure their safety.

Glen O'brien and Tiago Martinez were on target for the Gorey side on Sunday.

Ferns United have also spent the season nervously glancing over their shoulders but a 2-1 victory over Campile United has eased their nerves. Tommy Dwyer and Johnny Breen were on the scoresheet for the Clone-based club.

It was not such a good weekend for New Ross Celtic however. It was looking very fruitful for them when they took an early second-half lead away to Wexford Bohs but the hosts hit back to claim a comefrom-behind 3-1 win courtesy of goals from Mossy Campbell, Willie Lambert and Dermot Flood.

Bohs are now just six points off the leaders following that win.

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