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CHARLIE BISHOP CUP

Beaten finalists in 2018, Ashford Rovers A secured their place in their season’s Quarter Final of the Charlie Bishop Cup by beating Conary United 3-1.

The Andy McEvoy Premier Division side took the lead in the first-round tie on Sunday at Rooster Park in Avoca through Danny Byrne’s penalty. Andy Doyle equalised for the Division 3 side. But Andy Earls put Rovers 2-1 ahead before Robbie Eyre found the top corner of the net from 25-yards. The result sets up a last eight meeting away to Arklow United A at Ferndale Park. Defending champions Newtown United A await the winners in the last four.

ANDY MCEVOY PREMIER DIVISION

At the eighth time of asking, Glencormac United earned their first top-success of the season. 2018 Pat O’Toole Player of the year Nathan Watters popped up with the crucial score at Ryder’s Field in Kilmac to earn the home victory, and first clean sheet, of the campaign, by edging out Carnew AFC 1-0.

PAT O’TOOLE DIVISION 1

Avonmore FC took another step towards Pat O’Toole Division 1 glory by beating Wicklow Rovers 4-0 on Sunday.

Yet to lose after ten games, the Rathdrum team recorded their ninth league win with scores by Mark Miley, Callum Pursey, Eugene Dunne and Cian O’hAnnáin at Pat O’Toole Park.

They are joined at the top of the charts by Arklow Celtic (who have played four more times) after winning bragging rights against Arklow United.

Patrick Monahan and Mark Wolohan found the net in the 2-1 win at Ferndale Park. Tom Kavanagh scored for United.

St. Anthonys Kilcoole Utd FC are just five points adrift of the top two (but have two games in hand on Arklow Celtic) having defeated local rivals Greystones United AFC 3-1 at Finn Park.

Stafford Quaid, Cillian Thompson and Kyle O’Reilly were on the score-sheet for the Kilcoole men with Colin McDevitt replying for the Seahorses.

DIVISION 3

Arklow Town are the new Division 3 leaders. That’s after they overcame Carnew AFC. And pacesetters Dearg Celtic succumbed to Roundwood AFC.

Peter Walker scored twice at the Back Alley in the first period (including a penalty) in the 2-0 triumph.

That put the ‘Town a point clear of Dearg but having played twice more.

‘Celtic led 2-0 at the Vartry Grounds with singles by John Andrew Kinsella and Philip Murphy. But Roundwood rallied to win 3-2 with goals by Declan Carstairs, player/boss Damien Johnson and Darren Gibson.

Meanwhile, Ashford Rovers picked up a walk-over from their proposed clash with Coolboy Rangers at Ballinalea Park.

JOHN TOBIN YOUTH SHIELD

The last unbeaten record in the John Tobin Youth Shield fell by the wayside on Saturday as leaders Arklow United went down 4-0 to Avonmore FC.

Andrew Brancato, Dean Carter, Dale Fluskey and Cody Reid found the net for the Rathdrum team at Pat O’Toole Park.

Ashford Rovers earned their first away success in the competition on Friday when getting the better of Wicklow Rovers 4-0. Doubles by Tom O’Shea and Kian Marah saw the Blue and White’s climb to second place.

Wicklow Town secured their first set of three Shield points by edging out Arklow Town 3-2 on Saturday. Jack Meaney, Conor Collier and Nathan Wynne scored for the visitors at Bridgewater Centre Park. Jack Kavanagh twice hit back for the hosts.

– WRITTEN BY PAUL DOWLING

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