Town close gap on leaders
SOCCER LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Arklow Town 6, St. James’ Gate: With Leinster Senior League Division 1 leaders Liffeys’ Pearse not playing at the weekend, second placed Arklow Town availed of a glorious opportunity to narrow the gap at the top of the division when easing to three very comfortable points against struggling St. James’ Gate, at Bridgewater Centre Park last Friday evening.
The Arklow side are enjoying a great run of results at present and have consolidated a strong claim for promotion to the Senior Division in recent weeks. Liffeys’ though have remained eight points ahead of the Black and Whites throughout, though with the Arklow side having three games in hand maximum points from those games would see Arklow go top.
In truth the destination of the points were rarely in doubt as Town, having already beaten their opponents 5-0 in a previous cup meeting, set about ensuring the gap between the top two was reduced.
Defender Willie Tyrrell set the tone for the evening with a powerful run, creating an opening from nothing and crossing superbly for skipper Stephen Hurley to finish with aplomb at the near post.
Striker Willie Doyle doubled Arklow’s lead with a clinical finish minutes later and a second goal for Doyle put the game beyond the visitors before the interval.
Kenny Keogh headed Arklow further ahead and that was soon followed with Daragh Murray rounding the keeper, after great work from Chris Farrell, to put Town five up.
Arklow’s goal difference was further strengthened in the closing minutes with Willie Doyle crowning an excellent team performance when netting his third and Arklow’s sixth.
Town travel this coming weekend to St. James’ Gate and though confident of securing another three points will be mindful of Gate’s determination to upset the formbook.
With fourth placed Moyle Park winning away at third place Drogheda Town the Arklow side know they will need to remain firmly focused if they are to secure promotion.
Arklow Town striker Willie Doyle, who netted a hat-trick in Town's 6-0 thumping of St. James' Gate.