Town are touch­ing dis­tance from top

Bray People - - Sport -

ARK­LOW TOWN moved to within touch­ing dis­tance of top spot in the Le­in­ster Se­nior League Divi­sion One with a thor­ough per­for­mance away at Broad­ford Rovers last Sun­day.

Town got off to a per­fect start by tak­ing an early lead with Gra­ham Lawlor per­fectly placed to slot home from ten yards out af­ter fine work from Kenny Keogh on Ark­low’s left flank.

The in­creas­ingly con­fi­dent away side en­joyed con­trol of the game for long spells, looking the like­lier side to score. How­ever, they were dealt a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous body blow with the dis­missal of Kevin Far­rell for an off the ball of­fence.

Gra­ham Lawlor re­verted to a cen­tral berth with John Fen­nell lead­ing the at­tack alone.

Town’s chances were greatly boosted how­ever just min­utes later with an op­por­tunist strike from dis­tance from the mer­cu­rial Stephen Hur­ley. Hur­ley fired home Town’s sec­ond goal when his strike crept un­der the Broad­ford keeper.

The home side probed and pushed Town onto the back foot as they sought to get back into the game but res­o­lute de­fend­ing kept them at bay. With in­jury time loom­ing Broad­ford se­cured a con­so­la­tion goal with a strike from close range.

The win strength­ens Town’s push for pro­mo­tion to the Se­nior League, with the Black and Whites now ly­ing in sec­ond place on the strength of good backto-back wins.

Gra­ham Lawlor.

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