Grey­stones boost their ti­tle hopes

Bray People - - SPORT -

GREY­STONES United landed a po­ten­tially deadly body blow in the race for the Di­vi­sion 3 ti­tle on Sun­day.

The league lead­ers trav­elled down to Gorey on Sun­day to tackle FC Guaire and they hit them early, they hit them hard and they hit them for all three points.

Within 10 min­utes the vis­i­tors had taken a 0-2 lead and they added a third to leave the home side with a mam­moth task. James Mor­daunt pulled one back but that was all the Wex­ford men could man­age as they slipped to their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son.

An­thony Fer­moyle (2) and Michael Bat­ten net­ted for the vis­i­tors, who can en­joy a five-point lead at the top of the ta­ble as they en­ter 2015.

MK Dons is the most likely chal­lenger to the throne and they en­sured they en­tered the New Year un­beaten in the league after a late Sean Gar­vey win­ner snatched max­i­mum points for them against Red­bank United.

The Bank had held out for 85 min­utes but they were de­nied their first draw of the cam­paign by Gar­vey as his late strike moved them to within 10 points of top spot with a mighty seven games in hand.

There were two lo­cal der­bies served up last week­end and be­tween them, they pro­duced 13 goals.

Carnew United B and Carnew Celtic met, in­evitably, at the Back Al­ley and traded three goals apiece to se­cure a share of the spoils. Eu­gene Jor­dan, Mark Walsh and Wil­liam Os­borne all found the net for United, with Daniel Hayes, An­thony Byrne and Kyle Ho­gan notch­ing for Celtic, who picked up their fourth point of the sea­son.

Wick­low Town C and Rath­new AFC D locked horns in the other derby bat­tle and the Vil­lagers emerged tri­umphant at Fin­lay Park by the odd goal in seven.

Scott Meaney may feel a lit­tle hard done by to have bagged a hat-trick and fin­ished on the los­ing side but he only played sec­ond fid­dle to the Sham­rock Park men who pipped to their ri­vals to the post 3-4.

Fi­nally, Ark­low Celtic B set off on their Christ­mas break with a spring in their step thanks to an em­phatic 5-1 vic­tory over Bal­ly­waltrim FC.

Goals from John Cushe, Niall Hig­gins, Mark Doyle, Jay Row­lands and Ma­teuse helped the Celtic Park out­fit to se­cure a top four spot for the time be­ing.

Tony Kier­nan of­fered the Bray side’s con­so­la­tion strike.

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