Saints slip up to New­town United B

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE BAL­ANCE of power has shifted in Di­vi­sion 2. Saints FC's reign at the top of the ta­ble is now un­der se­ri­ous threat af­ter the Wex­ford side started 2013 with a whim­per, or a 01 loss to New­town United B to be more pre­cise.

The Mag­pies started the week­end closer to bot­tom side Ark­low Celtic B than they were to Saints FC but they ripped up the form book as they con­jured up an in­spir­ing per­for­mance that saw them claim all three points thanks to Conor Ec­cle­ston's penalty.

Sec­ond-placed Seav­iew Wan­der­ers were not in ac­tion this week­end so they were un­able to knock the Gorey side off top spot, but Glen­cor­mac United would've moved to within four points - and with two games in hand - with vic­tory over Conary United at Ry­der's Field. And the Kil­macanogue side didn't dis­ap­point; win­ning 1-0 thanks to Kevin Red­den's ninth minute strike.

Wan­der­ers and United both hold their po­ten­tial ti­tle des­tiny in their own hands now but some­thing will have to give this week­end as the pair go head-to-head in United's back­yard. Saints FC will hope to bounce back from their de­feat to New­town when they take on Red­bank United this week­end but the Moneystown men proved to be plucky con­tenders on Sun­day as they picked up a point against Ark­low Celtic B, de­spite only hav­ing ten men from the start.

Mikey Doyle gave the home side the lead at Celtic Park but Robin Byrne struck to earn the ten men a share of the spoils.

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