New­town leapfrog leaders

Bray People - - NEWS -

WE HAVE new leaders in the top flight of the Wick­low League.

Wolfe Tone Celtic went into the week­end at the top of the pile but af­ter Sun­day’s events the Bray side find them­selves in sec­ond place af­ter los­ing to New­town United who are one of the new joint leaders.

The New­town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre isn’t an easy place to go and Celtic found that out first hand on Sun­day af­ter­noon when they suc­cumbed to a 3-1 de­feat.

Dean Od­lum, hat-trick hero for the B team the pre­vi­ous week, was twice on tar­get for the hosts in this one with Ja­son Fitzsi­mon con­tin­u­ing his fine early sea­son goalscor­ing form by adding the other one.

But United have to share top spot for the time be­ing at least with Glen­view FC.

The Bray side faced a mas­sive test on Sun­day af­ter­noon when they hosted lo­cal ri­vals St. Peter’s Bhoys. Clashes be­tween th­ese two have al­ways been tight and fiercely con­tested and the sight of sev­eral of their for­mer play­ers lin­ing out for the Glens will have given the Saints an ex­tra in­cen­tive.

The Lit­tle Bray side were un­able to get one over Glen­view though in what was re­port­edly a very heated af­fair with Ben McNulty scor­ing the only goal of the game for the Glens.

That win moves them level with New­town on ten points but the Bray side have a game in hand.

Lag­ging three points be­hind the leaders at this early stage are Wick­low Town who picked up their sec­ond win of the cam­paign on Sun­day with a 2-0 win over Ark­low Town at Fin­lay Park.

Mau­rice Dunne was un­sur­pris­ingly on the score­sheet for Wick­low, as was Mark John­son.

Two sides with other am­bi­tions also met this week­end with Ash- ford Rovers vis­it­ing Shil­le­lagh United.

Rovers went into this one shar­ing last place with Rich­mond Rovers but they have now moved a point away from the Bray side af­ter a 1-1 draw with United.

Stephen Byrne had given Shil­le­lagh the lead in the first half but a Ja­son Tay­lor strike early in the sec­ond pe­riod meant both sides were forced to set­tle with a share of the spoils.

There was one other pro­posed fix­ture for last week in the Premier Divi­sion with the meet­ing of Rich­mond Rovers and Rath­new AFC at Bal­ly­waltrim Recre­ational Park on Wed­nes­day night. Un­for­tu­nately with 75 min­utes on the clock and the score tied at 0-0 the new flood­lights went out and left ref­eree Paul O’Brien no op­tion but to call the match to a pre­ma­ture halt.

It is un­der­stood the match will now be re­played at a later date. THE TIGHT­EST league in the Wick­low League re­mains as close as ever af­ter six sides picked up wins at the week­end.

Avon­more FC, league leaders go­ing into the week­end’s action, now have some un­wanted com­pany at the top of the pile.

They trav­elled to Drum­min on Sun­day morn­ing for a clash with Celtic Stars and they suf­fered their first de­feat of the sea­son thanks to a goal from Stars William But­ler. And this win for Stars means that it is they who keep Avon­more com­pany at the top of the ta­ble on ten points each.

But in­cred­i­bly there are five other sides that are within a sin­gle win of catch­ing the leagues early fron­trun­ners.

One of those sides is Seav­iew Wan­der­ers and they picked up their sec­ond win of the sea­son on Sun­day with thanks to a late show­ing against BBK United.

The Ark­low side hit the front in the 20th minute when Ian O’Byrne side­footed past the BBK goalie.

BBK im­me­di­ately looked to equal­ize but they had to wait un­til 11 min­utes into the sec­ond half to do so.

And the Brit­tas sides joy was dou­bled when they took the lead four min­utes later.

Wan­der­ers were de­ter­mined to make it three games un­beaten how­ever and man of the match Mark O’Re­gan drew them level with a pow­er­ful header in the 80th minute. Then in the 89th minute O’Re­gan struck again to earn his side all three points.

An­other club with am­bi­tions to catch the early leaders are Round­wood FC and the vil­lagers must be the hap­pi­est men in the county af­ter beat­ing lo­cal ri­vals Red­bank United 5-0 on Sun­day.

Their 5-0 win in the derby moves them to within two points of Avon­more with the same num­ber of games played. Damian John­son struck twice for his side on Sun­day, with Thomas Fitz­patrick, Tony Con­way and Mick Sin­nott all con­tribut­ing a goal each.

Bal­ly­waltrim FC cur­rently find them­selves three points off the top but cru­cially the Bray side have played one game less than Avon­more.

They also en­joyed a big win at the week­end in Laragh against base­ment side St. Kevin’s.

Stephen Dun­woody, Barry Hanna, Glen Joyce, Keith Forde and Jor­dan Devlin all notched for the vis­i­tors in a 5-1 win.

Ross Doonan scored the home sides ef­fort.

Up un­til two weeks ago New­town United B sat bot­tom of the ta­ble without a point to their name and looked set for a long, hard sea­son.

But the Mag­pies have en­joyed resur­gence of late and have now won two on the trot fol­low­ing Sun­day’s 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of East­coast Al­bion at the Charles­land Leisure Cen­tre.

The win now moves United to eighth place in Divi­sion 2 and they look set to con­tinue climb­ing the ta­ble. Young­ster Conor Ec­cle­stone net­ted twice for the vis­i­tors on Sun­day with Eric Gam­mel, Terry Mur­phy and Neil O’Brien also scor­ing.

Ark­low United also had a suc­cess­ful week­end, beat­ing St. An­thony’s 21 at Fern­dale Park.

Ross Hack­ett scored the Kil­coole sides ef­fort, with Ger Earls and Joe Stafford both on tar­get for the hosts.

Alan Pyke of Glen­cor­mac puts pres­sure on Rory Burke of Granada dur­ing their Un­der-17 League en­counter.

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