Newtown are kings of the Premier Division
NEWTOWN UNITED won their first Premier Division title in five years with what turned out to be a comfortable victory over Ashford Rovers last Wednesday evening.
Going into the clash Newtown knew nothing more than the three points would be enough to catch St. Peter’s at the top of the table. Ashford with nothing to play for proved to be dogged especially in the first half.
The two clubs have probably been the biggest rivals in Wicklow football the last few years and Rovers were not going to lay down to the Magpies.
The first chance fell to Ashford in the first minute Ruadhain Fallon Verbruggen swung over a cross however Danny Byrne did not connect to get his effort on target. After this the first twenty minutes were very even.
Half chances fell to Newtown dangerman Dillon Carthy and Karl Carthy.
Then on twenty minutes disaster for Ashford.
Rovers played a short free in their own half but with Dillon Carthy in the vicinity it was suicide with the little forward nipping in and driving towards goal, a year ago he would have taken his own shot but a new maturity saw him square across to Matthew Kennedy in a better position and the big midfielder side footed home past Cathal Moody.
Ashford stuck to their task and were still well in the clash up to half time without creating anything clear cut.
The second half saw United come out a different team. Karl Carthy and Aaron Byrne played a one two which saw Carthy loop an effort over. Barry Davis was showing great hunger in defence winning numerous tackles for the magpies.
On 50 minutes they got the all important second goal.
Kennedy found Dillon Carthy on the 18-yard line and he was bundled over by a retreating Mick Taylor.
Evan Moran took the resulting free kick and his effort lasered into the top corner giving Moody no chance. With the cushion of the second goal it was all Newtown now.
Their third duly arrived on 68 minutes.
Shane Doyle showing great pace for a big man broke down the right wing he squared across to Dillon Carthy and once more he showed great unselfishness to square to the supporting Moran to side foot home.
The game fizzled out after this with both sides becoming a bit disjointed as the result was well beyond doubt.
The only moment of note been when Ashford threw their keeper forward for a corner with Newtown breaking away.
Wicklow player of the year PJ Dowling with an open goal from 50 yards looking like putting the icing on the cake only for Mick Taylor to come from nowhere with a wonderful tackle to deny the veteran.
Fair play to Ashford for fielding a team when other sides could have given a walk over with their season as good as over.
However Newtown were fully deserving champions and for a side that have dominated other competitions in the county over the last five years it is a surprise that this is their first league in that time.
They had superb players on the night in Evan Moran, Shane Doyle and Dean Odlum in a new centre back role.
However Dillon Carthy was man of the match even though he did not score he was instrumental in the three goals and has become a much more complete player this season.
NEWTOWN: 1. Ken Turner, 2.Glenn Carthy, 3.Neil Martin, 4.Dean Odlum, 5.Barry Davis, 6.Matt Kennedy, 7.Aaron Byrne, 8.Evan Moran, 9.Shane Doyle, 10.Dillon Carthy, 11.Karl Carthy. Subs: 12. Brandon Feehily, 13.Sean Heffernan, 14.Sean Odlum, 15.Martin William’s, 16.PJ Dowling ASHFORD ROVERS: 1. Cathal Moody, 2.Ryan Beale, 3.Naoise Tracy, 4.Mick Taylor, 5.Karl Earl’s, 6.Anto Byrne, 7.Brendan Manning, 8.Andy Earl’s, 9.Danny Byrne, 10.Robbie Eyre, 11. Ruadhan Fallon Verbruggen. Subs: 12.Ross Hamilton, 13.Paul Conyard REFEREE: Michael Kennedy
Captain Neil Martin accepts the cup from Liam Kilbride and John Shea of the Wicklow League. Trevor O’Brien with his son Freddie in his Newtown onesie.