Stars start to fade
CELTIC STARS title and promotion hopes seem to be withering with each passing week after the Drummin side suffered their second league defeat in three games on Sunday.
Stars travelled to Ferndale Park to take on eighth placed Arklow United and the hosts put a dent in their opponent’s promotion hopes when John Mernagh struck in the second-half to secure the three points for his side.
That slip-up allowed Seaview Wanderers to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table after the Arklow side beat Fassaroe YC by two goals to one at the Arklow Sports Centre.
The sides went in deadlocked at 0-0 at the break but they opened the scoring soon after the restart when Seaview captain Mark O’Regan released David Hughes with a clever slide-rule pass. Hughes then chipped the ball in from the right wing and Philip Ormond was on hand to power home a header.
The visitors equalized in the 65th minute when Daniel McCann scored a free-kick from just outside the area for the Bray side.
Wanderers continued to push forward in search of a precious winner and they got their reward five minutes from time when David Hughes was brought down in the penalty area and Mark O’Regan kept his composure to dispatch the spot-kick.
Seaview Wanderers would like to wish a speedy recovery to midfielder Ross Turner, who suffered ankle ligament damage and the Arklow side hope he is back in action as soon as possible.
But that win for Seaview sets things up nicely for next Sunday, when they take on third placed Avonmore FC.
Avonmore were in cup duty at the weekend but in the league they trail Wanderers by eight points, with three games in hand so a win for either side next Sunday could have a huge bearing on where the Division 2 crown goes at the end of the season.
There was a big match at the other end of the table on Sunday morning when two of the bottom three locked horns. Eastcoast Albion travelled to St. Kevin’s with an understrength side but still returned home to Greystones with a point after drawing 3-3.
The Eagles raced into a 2-0 lead inside the opening eight minutes. First, Byron Stone Hayes crossed from the right to Paul Thormby who lashed the ball home from six yards. Hayes then added a second for his side a few minutes later when his cross-cum-shot looped over the Kevins keeper and into the back of the net.
The Laragh side won’t be going down without a fight though and they pulled one back on 35 minutes before drawing level five minutes later.
The visitors took the lead once again in the 65th minute Mikey Menka reacted quickest to fire the ball home after a scramble in the area.
But the hosts showed great fighting spirit to come back once again and earn themselves a point with an 80th minute strike.
Tommy Cullen (2) and Cathal Doyle were the goalscorers for the Laragh side on Sunday.
Finally, Ballywaltrim FC climbed into the Charlie Bishop Cup spots with a 2-0 win over Kilcoole side St. Anthony’s B.
Pádraig Devlin and Graham Devlin netted for the Bray side.