Tuesday 21 November 2017

Division 1 is least populated in county

ONLY EIGHT teams remain in Division 1 after it was finally confirmed that Greystones United had withdrawn from the Wicklow League's second tier.

United had only fulfilled three of their fixtures and they all ended in defeat (Rathnew, Avonmore and Wolfe Tone). This is certainly not an ideal situation and Division 1 is now the least populated league in the county.

Six of the eight teams were in action this weekend though and those matches produced a new league leader in the shape of St. Fergal's. They faced bottom side Wicklow Rovers at the Whitegates on Sunday morning and were made to work hard for their three points; eventually securing a 2-3 win.

Justin Melia continued his impressive early season form with a brace and Trevor Conaty added the other effort. Mikey Delaney and Paddy Clarke netted for Rovers.

Rovers are left five points adrift of safety following that result but it was a much better week for their rivals, Wicklow Town, who rocketed up to second courtesy of a 3-1 success over Rathnew AFC at Finlay Park. Cathal Doyle, Shane Dunne and Stephen Morris shared goal scoring duties amongst themselves to help their side to their fourth win from four games. Keith Doyle managed the Shamrock Park club's strike.

Rovers had been within touching distance of Wolfe Tone Celtic prior to Sunday but a resounding 4-0 triumph for the Bray side over Avonmore FC has put some distance between the two clubs. Niall Vaughan, Stuart Purcell, Robbie Healy and Paddy O'Brien all contributed singles at the Vevay Temple Sportsfield as Celtic picked up their seventh point of the season.

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