Rath­new and St. Patrick’s face off

Bray People - - SPORT -

TONIGHT will go a long way to de­cid­ing the faith of the Pat O’Toole Di­vi­sion 2 crown.

At Sham­rock Park, Rath­new AFC B and St. Patrick’s will go head-to-head any any­thing but vic­tory for the hosts will vir­tu­ally hand the ti­tle to the Saints.

Should Rath­new win though, both sides will be on the same num­ber of points with one game re­main­ing; Rath­new would host Saints FC and Pat’s travel to New­town, with the Mag­pies need­ing a re­sult if they want to play in the Char­lie Bishop Cup next term.

But with Jody Mer­ri­gan in their ranks, no­body would bet against Rath­new. The striker scored an in­cred­i­ble nine goals in the past week to blast his side right back into ti­tle con­tention.

On Tues­day last, Mer­ri­gan et al trav­elled to the Vartry Grounds to take on Round­wood and a Mer­ri­gan tre­ble earned his side a 0-3 win.

On Sun­day morn­ing, Gorey was Rath­new’s des­ti­na­tion and this time, Mer­ri­gan went on a frenzy as he abused the Saints de­fence to rack up a six goal haul. Keith Quinn also man­aged two ef­forts, with Dean Franey and Richard Ka­vanagh also boast­ing sin­gles to help Rath­new to a 2-10 win. Their mes­sage is loud and clear, they’re tak­ing this ti­tle race right down to the wire.

There is no let­ting up for Rath­new though as this Sun­day they take on Celtic Stars in the Di­vi­sion 2 Cup fi­nal. Stars warmed up for that one by award­ing Round­wood a walkover in what would’ve been their fi­nal league match.

Seav­iew Wan­der­ers also brought the cur­tain down on their sea­son and they did so in style, do­ing the dou­ble over Glen­cor­mac United. In the week, they trav­elled to Kil­macanogue and cruised to a 0-4 win be­fore go­ing to bat­tle again at the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre Park, which saw them land a 4-2 tri­umph.

DI­VI­SION 3 SOUTH: The WDFL might have an­other play­off on its hands to de­cide who takes the sec­ond pro­mo­tion spot in Di­vi­sion 3 South.

Carnew United booked their spot many moons ago but it now looks like ei­ther Conary United or FC Laragh will be join­ing them, with Avon­more FC play­ing an ag­o­nis­ing wait­ing game.

The stakes were ex­tremely high at Bal­li­na­cor Park on Thurs­day evening as FC Laragh and Avon­more locked horns. And it was the hosts who emerged with their dreams more in­tact af­ter a 2-2 draw.

Laragh’s pro­mo­tion ri­vals Conary were also in ac­tion dur­ing the week as they recorded a 3-4 win over Ark­low Celtic B. Just be­fore half time, Stephen Roche broke the dead­lock for the vis­i­tors. Roche added to his tally af­ter the break and fur­ther goals from Andy Kennedy and Bobby Keeneghan guar­an­teed three points for United, who had to with­stand a mini rally from the Celtic Park men. Jay Row­lands (2) and Joe McDon­ald net­ted for the hosts.

Conary United and FC Laragh will meet in their re­main­ing fix­tures. Vic­tory for ei­ther side will make them hot favourites, while a draw will send Avon­more up.

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