Tuesday 16 January 2018

Premier title race going to the wire

This Andy McEvoy Premier Division title race knows excitement and delivers it in bundles.

At the Bridgewater Centre Park on Wednesday evening, title rivals Arklow Town and Rathnew clashed. Both essentially needed a win or Newtown United would strengthen their position in the driving seat.

Well the home side could see their hopes of retaining their crown rapidly slipping through their fingers as they trailed 0-3 at the break.

The Town got one back though when Philip Gleeson dispatched Darren Doyle's flick-on. Doyle then got on the scoresheet himself when he latched onto Paul Werder's through-ball and outwitted the Rathnew goalkeeper.

Paul Werder then made the most of a Willy Kavanagh pass as he fired it into the net to make it all square and the remarkable turnaround was completed when Doyle headed Gleeson's cross home.

Rathnew didn't take this lying down though and in the final minute of normal time their pressure was rewarded when they were awarded a penalty. They converted, and an unlikely draw was now on the cards.

But the final act of the game belonged to Darren Doyle as the young striker was in the right place at the right time to nod Gleeson's flick-on into the net to complete his hat-trick and more importantly secure three points for his side.

Wicklow People

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