Rath­new re­turn to the top

Bray People - - SPORT -

RATH­NEW AFC B took full ad­van­tage of Seav­iew Wan­der­ers’ stum­ble this week to re­turn to the top of the Pat O’Toole Di­vi­sion 2A ta­ble.

Rath­new man­aged a vic­tory on their trav­els, some­thing Wan­der­ers couldn’t do, as they dropped two points against foot of the ta­ble Glen­cor­mac United.

The Vil­lagers’ des­ti­na­tion was Fern­dale Park as they got to grips with Ark­low United A.

Their hosts had yet to taste de­feat but some Mer­ri­gan magic and a John Sayer dou­ble brought that run to an end.

Sayer struck twice, while brothers Jody and Paul Mer­ri­gan also hit the back of the net once apiece to earn their side a 2-4 vic­tory.

Gary Byrne and young­ster Cian Li found a way through the Rath­new de­fence but couldn’t help their side avoid kiss­ing goodbye to their un­beaten tag.

And that vic­tory be­came all the sweeter as the Sham­rock Park men dis­cov­ered that they’d be re­turn­ing to pole po­si­tion thanks to Seav­iew’s slip-up at Ry­der’s Field.

A Colm Nolan brace had the Glens two goals to the good but Wan­der­ers net­ted twice inside the fi­nal 13 min­utes, with the sec­ond of those com­ing on 89 min­utes.

Michael Healy and Ian Bracken were the men who res­cued a point for the Ark­low men.

Carnew United’s last match ended in aban­don­ment but thank­fully they fared much bet­ter on Sun­day as they took three points from the Matt Kelly Memo­rial Grounds. It was a fam­ily af­fair for the Back Al­ley men who trav­elled to New­town with just 11 men.

Bren­dan McCrea landed a dou­ble, with Con­all McCrea and JJ McCrea adding sin­gles.

Thomas Nolan man­aged a goal for the Mag­pies as they lost 3-1 and are over­taken by Carnew as a re­sult.

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