Victories put Newtown in contention for title
NEWTOWN UNITED shook things up in the Premier Division this week with a 3-0 win over league leaders St. Peter’s Bhoys A.
The Magpies hosted the Saints on Sunday and proved their title credentials thanks to strikes from Billy Clarkson (2) and Jason Fitzsimon.
That was United’s second match of the week, as on Wednesday night they travelled to Shamrock Park to take on Wicklow Cup champions Rathnew AFC and came away with a 4-1. Mark Fitzsimon, Jason Fitzsimon and Jason Collins (2) netted on that occasion.
They now move to within four points of top spot, with four games in hand over the Bhoys.
United aren’t the only side hunting down the Bhoys though, as second placed Glenview FC also picked up three points at the weekend after beating local rivals Wolfe Tone Celtic 4-0. Tony Harris (2), Robbie Healy and Paul Farrell were the Glens’ marksmen at the Vevay Temple Sportsfield on Sunday.
Things are hotting up nicely at the other end of the table too, with Arklow Celtic picking up two points this week thanks to two draws.
On Wednesday, they faced Richmond Rovers at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre and Jonathan Doyle was on target for the visitors as they earned a 1-1 draw.
Then on Sunday, Finn Park was the venue for their 2-2 draw with St. Anthony’s.
Goals from Darren Collopy and Matthew Gilbert for the hosts and Edwin and Peter Walker for Celtic cancelled each other out, with both sides having to settle for a point.
Bottom side Ashford Rovers were also in action on Sunday but their clash with Rathnew AFC was abandoned after 65 minutes by referee Dominique Lachausse for persistent abuse.
Two sides who look set for another year in the top flight are Shillelagh United and Arklow Town A and they met at United’s ground at the weekend, with the visitors returning home with all three points.
Gearoid Redmond and Matthew Hudson both scored for Town, while Noel Murphy was responsible for the home side’s effort.
The St. Patrick’s team who were defeated by Enniskerry Youth Club in their Division 1 game on Sunday.