Town hit mag­nif­i­cent seven to stay on track for the ti­tle

Bray People - - Sport -

Wolfe Tone A 0, Ark­low Town A 7: Buoyed by the news of ti­tle ri­vals Grey­stones United A los­ing to nearby New­town 24 hours pre­vi­ous, Ark­low Town U-11A trav­elled to Bal­ly­waltrim know­ing that a win over Wolfe Tone A would place the Ark­low side in pole po­si­tion for the ti­tle as the race for league hon­ours en­ters the home straight.

U-11 PREMIER DIVI­SION Town took the lead af­ter two min­utes through hard work from JP Hur­ley on the left flank, cross­ing for Joshua Moody to place home from close range. In­deed, Moody would tor­ment the Wolfe Tone de­fence on ei­ther flank through­out the game.

Town went close two min­utes later, a cross from Dáire O’Conchub­hair see­ing Hur­ley at­tempt­ing a spec­u­la­tive over­head kick, his ef­fort shav­ing the cross­bar. Dar­ren Beevor and brother Shane worked Town’s left flank im­pec­ca­bly, and the for­mer was un­lucky not to score on the 20 minute mark, his ef­fort on goal draw­ing a classy save from Wolfe Tone keeper Adam Hay­den.

Beevor though fi­nally beat Hay­den min­utes later to put Ark­low two in front and Town added a third, with Christo­pher O’Brien find­ing JP Hur­ley, who fin­ished with aplomb.

Now play­ing with great con­fi­dence the Ark­low side put the re­sult be­yond all doubt, again Dar­ren Beevor heav­ily in­volved, mak­ing a run from deep be­fore coolly slot­ting un­der the home keeper’s body to score Town’s fourth goal. Beevor, car­ry­ing a knock from an ear­lier chal­lenge, was with­drawn af­ter his sec­ond goal, re­placed by the creative Cliona Cram­mond.

Town made fur­ther changes at half­time, with Aaron Healy, Stephen McEl­lig­ott-Ryan and Aaron Kelly all adding im­pe­tus to Town’s al­ready strong per­for­mance. The sec­ond-half, as ex­pected, went in Town’s favour, with Dáire O’Conchub­hair net­ting a hat-trick, re­peat­ing his hero­ics in last week’s SFAI Na­tional Cup suc­cess over Eden­derry, to leave Ark­low Town comfortable win­ners, 7-0 the fi­nal score­line.

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