Town close gap on leaders


Bray People - - Sport -

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.

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