ANDY MCEVOY PREMIER DIVISION
Ashford Rovers’ valiant defence of the top-flight reign appears over as they suffered defeats to the two pretenders to their crown.
On Wednesday (May 15 last) at Ballinalea Park, Newtown United registered a 3-1 triumph with goals by Aaron Byrne (2) and Shane Doyle. Evan Dunne was Rovers’ marksman.
Then on Sunday (May 19), St. Peter’s FC claimed a 7-2 success at the Matt Kelly Memorial Grounds in Newtown.
A four-goal blast in a 20-minute spell did the damage for the Bray side.
The trio of Jamie Kelly, Tony Harris and Chad Ryan all netted twice with Rian Green also on the mark as they stayed 12 points clear of Newtown United who have four games in hand.
Ruadhan Fallon Verbruggen and Danny Byrne were on the mark for Ashford.
Conary United moved into pole position in the race for the Division 3 silverware after their comprehensive 6-0 victory over Dargle Rovers on Sunday (May19).
Both Andy Kennedy and Andy Doyle bagged double for the Avoca side with Eoin Murtagh and David Doran chipping in with singles at Rooster Park.
The result leaves them two-points clear of second placed Ashford Rovers who succumbed 2-1 at home at Ballinalea Park.
Conor Todd put Arklow in front. That was cancelled out by Joel Vlaar. Kyle Dowling fired in the winner although Rovers had a penalty saved late on.
On Wednesday May 15, Ashford came from behind to defeat Roundwood AFCA 2-1 at the Vartry Grounds.
Damien Johnson gave the home team the lead. Chris Sillery equalised for Rovers before Shane Dunne popped up with the winner.
Reigning Charlie Byrne Cup holders Dearg Celtic’s chance of a top-two finish suffered a blow when they conceded a walk-over Carnew AFC from their proposed clash at the Back Alley on Sunday.
On Wednesday May 15 last, Shamrock Celtic edged out Aughrim Rangers in a ten-goal thriller.
Aidan Small, Darryl Sullivan, Kenneth Doyle, Stephen Mc Guinness and Kevin Murray (2) rippled the net for the hosts at Finn Park in Kilcoole. John Annesley, Jack Healy, Shaun Doyle (2) replied for the visitors.
Wicklow Town AFC advanced to the final of the Youth Cup when seeing off local rivals Wicklow Rovers by a 6-0 score-line. The away side led 4-0 at the interval last Friday (May 17) in the Semi Final. Nicky Flood, Alex Glynn (2), Daniel Fitzsimons (2) and Jack Meaney shared their half dozen tally at Whitegates. They will now play either Arklow United or Avonmore FC in the decider.