Wednesday 24 January 2018

Have Rovers one hand on crown?

DO SHAMROCK Rovers already have one hand on the title? They officially made it to the halfway stage of their title defence at the weekend, but it is the manner in which they have played so far that suggests that the title won't be prised from their hands at the end of the season.

Ten games in and the Fr. Murphy Park outfit have racked up the maximum 30 points and netted 40 times, an average of four strikes per game. But, most importantly, their latest victory saw them inflict a first defeat of the season on North End United, their fiercest rivals.

On Friday evening United also boasted a perfect record, but they had only played six league games due to other obligations. But their 2013 got off to a miserable start when they came up short in the battle of the heavyweights at Fr. Murphy Park.

As expected, the tackles flew in and there was no shortage of burning desire as the two locked horns. Rovers went ahead in the first period when Emmett Quirke ran onto Marty Kelly's through ball and kept his composure to find the net.

United came out all guns blazing after the interval but just couldn't gain parity despite hitting the woodwork in their bid for an equaliser, and therefore Rovers claimed their scalp.

Despite possessing such a good record thus far, United actually lie all the way back in fifth, behind Campile United, Moyne Rangers and Courtown Hibs, who all picked up wins at the weekend.

Campile travelled to Gorey to collect their points, where a 3-1 scoreline secured a win over Rangers.

Moyne Rangers hosted New Ross Town in Enniscorthy and they had a 2-0 victory over the basement side thanks to Alan Tobin and Evan O'Rourke.

Courtown Hibs took on Wexford Bohs and beat their hosts 3-0.

Finally, there was a thriller when the Rhodes brothers played starring roles in the Park Hotspur versus New Ross Celtic match.

The hosts stormed into an early 2-0 lead but Celtic fought back to level. Hotspur got their noses in front once again on 75 minutes, only to be foiled by a 92nd-minute leveller which stole a point for Celtic.

Mark Flood (two) and Jason Leniston scored for Hotspur, with Eoin (two) and Alan Rhodes replying.

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