Rath­new and Ark­low Town lead­ing the way

Bray People - - SPORT -

ARK­LOW TOWN and Rath­new AFC are the new top guns in the U-17 League.

Hav­ing led the charge since day one al­most, Lif­fey Val­ley Rangers fi­nally re­lin­quished their grip on top spot when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Grey­stones United at the Wood­lands on Satur­day.

Sam Thompson net­ted the 'Stones goal as they ex­tended Rangers' win­less streak to three matches.

And Ark­low Town and Rath­new AFC took full ad­van­tage of the Dublin side's slip-up as they recorded their 13th league wins of the sea­son.

The Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park was the set­ting for Ark­low Town's 7-0 maul­ing of Lake­lands which has seen them edge Rath­new into pole po­si­tion on goal dif­fer­ence.

Andy Mul­li­gan and Gavin McDe­vitte con­trib­uted two goals apiece, while Ciarán Byrne, Ai­dan O'Cal­laghan and Shane Walker chipped in with scores also.

Rath­new AFC mean­while main­tained their 100 per cent record thanks to a 4-2 vic­tory over Granada A at Sham­rock Park .

The vis­i­tors took an early lead against the Vil­lagers but they lev­elled through Conor Cox. Granada got their noses in front again shortly af­ter the restart but for the sec­ond time of ask­ing, Rath­new hit back, this time thanks to Wick­low U-15 star Graham Mer­ri­gan.

Jamie Snell's pow­er­ful header then gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the con­test and top scorer Shane Doyle wrapped up the win for the home side late on.

Else­where, En­niskerry YC and Ty­mon Celtic played out a 1-1 draw at Ber­ry­field Lane.

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