Wolfe Tone shock Rathnew AFC
THERE WAS no doubting the big result of the opening weekend of the Premier Division following Wolfe Tone Celtic’s surprise 3-2 win over Rathnew AFC at Shamrock Park last Friday night.
Both sides had come up from Division 1 last season but with Rathnew having won both the Division 1 trophy and the Wicklow Cup last year, they would have been most people’s favourites for this one. Especially when you take into account the thumping they dished out to Celtic in the latter part of last season.
But the Bray side rarely conform to expectations. Having come up one division every year since Division 3 in 2006, they certainly aren’t lacking in ambition and they showed that on Friday with this hard-fought win.
Former Enniskerry YC star Damo Forde proved to be the hero for Celtic, popping up with the winner with the game level at 2-2. That was Forde’s second strike of the game, with Kieran Conway netting his side’s other goal.
St. Anthony’s also made a big impression on Sunday with their 4-0 rout of Ashford Rovers at Finn Park.
Martin Williams opened the scoring for the Kilcoole side early in the second half before Darren Collopy, a summer signing from Glenview FC, added a second shortly after.
Keith Reynolds then all but sealed the win for Anto’s with 10 minutes remaining.
And Collopy grabbed a second a few minutes later to put the icing on the cake.
The two other top flight matches ended in draws.
Arklow Town made the long journey to Bray to take on Glenview and returned home with a point following a dramatic 4-4 draw.
Tony Harris was on target twice for the hosts in his first appearance for Glenview since leaving St. Peter’s Bhoys. But Harris wasn’t the only man to bag a brace on the day as Town’s Matthew Hudson also struck twice. Martin Melia and Gerry Geragthy got the Glens’ and Arklow’s other goals respectively.
Newtown United and Richmond Rovers both avoided defeat in their opener with a 1-1 draw. Youngster Shane Mooney got United’s goal.