Greystones boost their title hopes
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.