New­town make hard work of it

Bray People - - SPORT -

NEW­TOWN UNITED re­main in the hunt to re­tain their Jim McLaugh­lin Premier Tro­phy crown, but the Mag­pies made very hard work of it on Sun­day.

The Matt Kelly Me­mo­rial Grounds out­fit found them­selves trail­ing 2-0 to Ark­low Celtic af­ter 30 min­utes of their first round tie.

Shane Mooney pulled a goal back for the vis­i­tors at Celtic Park just be­fore half-time. United looked set to bow out of the competition with full-time fast ap­proach­ing at the Ark­low venue but then cap­tain PJ Dowl­ing came to his side's res­cue with a 92nd minute ef­fort to force the match into ex­tra-time.

And a re­lieved New­town side turned on the style in ex­tra-time to run out 2-5 win­ners. Billy Clark­son put them ahead in the first minute of ex­tra-time and then Dessie Waters put them out of sight with a well-taken dou­ble.

Fas­saroe's Dan Kelly chal­lenges as Bal­ly­waltrim's Paul Melia clears while keeper Brian O’Toole watches on dur­ing the league match at Bal­ly­waltrim.

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