Rath­new AFC go four points clear at the top

Bray People - - SPORT -

RATH­NEW AFC B opened up a four point lead at the top of Divi­sion 3 with two wins this week.

In mid­week, the Sham­rock Park out­fit beat Fas­saroe YC 2-1 at the Bray venue and then on Sun­day they picked up an­other sin­gle goal victory, beat­ing Clash Celtic 5-4 in a thrilling tie.

Jody Mer­ri­gan and John Sayer both hit dou­bles, with Craig But­ler net­ting a sin­gle as the Vil­lagers in­creased their lead over Carnew to four points.

Carnew also en­joyed a fruit­ful week, beat­ing sixth placed Wick­low Town 4-0. Sean Kin­sella bagged his sec­ond hat-trick in as many weeks and he was joined on the score­sheet by team-mate Eu­gene Jor­dan. Carnew may be four points be­hind Rath­new, but they do also have four games in hand over the Vil­lagers.

An­other side with pro­mo­tion hopes is En­niskerry SFC, but they suf­fered a sur­prise de­feat to 11th placed Conary United.

Both sides had tre­bles scor­ers in their sides on Sun­day, with Stephen Smith find­ing the back of the net for the for­mer three times and Gra­ham Power also do­ing so for the lat­ter.

Paddy Lambe was also on tar­get for the hosts, while Ed­die Roche and Eoin Murtagh also net­ted for United as they won 5-4. De­spite that loss, En­niskerry re­main in third in the league due to Ark­low United’s fail­ure to beat Charles­land AFC on Sun­day.

United were held to a 1-1 draw by Chares­land, 12th in the league, with Chris Kelly get­ting the Ark­low side’s goal. This draw means they now trail En­niskerry by a point, but they have two games in hand.

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