New­town UTD clos­ing in

Bray People - - SPORT -

NEW­TOWN UNITED’S quest for glory could well be over by now, but, if not al­ready, it will be very soon.

The Mag­pies hosted Rath­new AFC A last night (Tues­day) - the only side with a glim­mer of hope of catch­ing them – and any­thing but de­feat would have wrapped up the ti­tle and seen United suc­cess­fully de­fend their crown.

Should Rath­new have claimed vic­tory, United will re­quire just a point from their fi­nal two games to force a play-off against the Vil­lagers, while any­thing more than a point would kill off Rath­new’s long­shot chal­lenge. If things did not go their way last night though, the Matt Kelly Me­mo­rial Grounds out­fit should def­i­nitely have the ti­tle done and dusted on Sun­day when they take on Ark­low United A in New­town.

Last night’s po­ten­tial sea­son-de­cider came about af­ter the Mag­pies ended Ark­low Town’s slim hopes last Tues­day evening. Dessie Wa­ters and Shane Mooney both found the net to se­cure a 2-1 win for the New­town men. Ark­low Town will now have to make do with a third place fin- ish, pro­vided they pick up a point in one of their last two out­ings. Should they ac­com­plish that, Wick­low Town will drop down to fourth. The Fin­lay Park men fin­ished their league cam­paign strongly, de­feat­ing Ark­low United A on Sun­day af­ter be­ing held to a draw by St. Fer­gal’s AFC A in the week.

Kevin Coady bagged Town’s goal in their 1-1 draw with the Bray out­fit, while Ian Mot­ten reg­is­tered the vis­i­tors’ ef­fort.

And they went out with a bang on Sun­day; fir­ing five past the Ferndale Park club. Ed­die Kelly and Brendan Cox both helped them­selves to dou­bles, while John Con­nors chipped in with a sin­gle as Town con­firmed their place in next sea­son’s Char­lie Bishop Cup.

That de­feat for United, com­bined with Ash­ford Rovers 2-6 suc­cess over Ark­low Celtic B, leaves United’s Pre­mier sta­tus look­ing omi­nous. They now need to de­feat New­town to have a chance of stay­ing up.

Rovers mean­while are on the cusp of safety fol­low­ing that facile vic­tory. Brendan Man­ning, Paul Duffy, Dean Doyle and Craig Quinn all weighed in with sin­gles to add to Dean Mooney’s brace for the Bal­li­nalea Park side.

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