New­town are kings of the Premier Divi­sion

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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