Rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle roars

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE Andy McEvoy Pre­mier 1 bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion looks set to go right down to the wire. Three of the four un­lucky con­tenders were in ac­tion this week and it was a roar­ing suc­cess for Ark­low Celtic A.

A 3-1 tri­umph over St. Fer­gal’s AFC A at Celtic Park has cat­a­pulted the Ark­low side to within touch­ing dis­tance of Pre­mier 1 foot­ball again next sea­son. The goals came from Tommy Larkin, Mark Doyle and Pa Mon­aghan for Celtic.

That de­feat was the Saints’ sec­ond out­ing of the week. Their other fix­ture also ended in de­feat as New­town United A in­flicted a 41 loss on the Bray side.

Matthew Kennedy, Ross Od­lum and Marty Wil­liams (2) all found the net for the Mag­pies as they closed the gap on league lead­ers Rath­new AFC to a sin­gle point.

Ash­ford Rovers also faced a dou­ble- header this week with both clashes com­ing against Wick­low Town. And it did not fare well for the Bal­li­nalea Park side, but they put up a good fight.

On Wed­nes­day, they trav­elled to Fin­lay Park and went down by four goals to one. Wick­low’s goals were pro­vided by Brendan Cox, Ed­die Kelly, Kevin Coady and David “DOC” O’Con­nor, while Rovers’ re­ply came from Brendan Man­ning.

The pair locked horns again on Sun­day in Ash­ford and de­spite the best ef­forts of Danny Byrne, Town again emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

The Ash­ford at­tacker net­ted a hat-trick but it wasn’t enough, as Town ran out 3-4 win­ners. Brendan Cox struck a dou­ble, with Kevin Coady and Jordan Quinn also notch­ing for Town, who are now level on points with third placed Ark­low Town. Wick­low Cup semi-fi­nal­ists Ash­ford Rovers now have three games to save their skins.

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