EVERGREEN A strengthened their claims for a fourth successive Premier Division title, but have their club-mates to thank for it!
It turned out to be a super Sunday for the A team, who earned three points with a walkover from Freebooters B. Their day was topped off when Evergreen B held Thomastown United A, their closest rivals for the title, to a 2-2 draw.
Evergreen B took the lead after the hour mark through Michael McDonald, but were hauled back by an Aaron Broaders free-kick with 70 minutes on the clock. When Andy Kavanagh netted five minutes from time it looked like Thomastown had snatched all three points, but Conor Barry’s strike two minutes later gave the city side a share of the spoils, allowing Evergreen A to move five points clear of Thomastown at the top, and with a game in hand.
Freebooters A picked up their third win in a row as they beat Fort Rangers 2-0 at the Fair Green.
Chris Lanigan got the Blues off the mark when his delivery got past the Fort netminder. Greg Morton grabbed the second to secure the spoils and heap more misery on Fort, who fell to their eighth loss of the season.
Murty Broaders helped Bridge United A to make it two wins on the spin. Broaders grabbed the only goal of the game as the Goresbridge men beat Clover United A 1-0 and win for third time in 2013.
The three points has given Bridge some breathing space in the table, as they now have a four-point cushion on the Lions. For Clover the defeat, their ninth of the campaign, means they have slipped to third from bottom, but those two wins over Fort this season could be the key to their top flight survival.
It was a case of honours even as the Division One city derby ended all square on Sunday.
Newpark A might have only taken a point after their 3-3 draw against AC Kilkenny A, but greater reward could come their way this weekend.
If all the results go their way, Mark Ryan’s men could be a Premier Division outfit once again.
Newpark trail leaders Southend United by two points and are a point ahead of third-placed East End United A. Down to meet Southend on Sunday morning, East End must win to deny Newpark promotion. Newpark can strengthen their cause with a win over Stoneyford, but it won’t be easy.
Stoneyford’s incredible revival continued as they travelled to Urlingford and grabbed all three points thanks to the odd goal in nine!
Despite the cold conditions the trip home was all the more enjoyable as Stoney picked up a 5-4 win on the road. A double from James Moran helped to do the trick, with further strikes from Shane Murphy, Ciaran Roche and Martin Murray.
Change in fortune
The result has helped to continue a remarkable change in fortunes for Stoney, who slipped to their fifth defeat of the season when they lost to Highview in January. Since then they’ve bagged nine points from three games, a run which has lifted them out of the bottom two and into fifth in the table.
Earlier in the week Callan United shone under the lights in Johnstown, Eoin Wall’s penalty proving the difference as they beat Spa United 1-0 last Thursday night. Despite the result Callan are still second from bottom, but Urlingford are just above them. The sides meet this weekend - should Callan win they’ll be just a point behind with a game in hand.
Freshford Town moved back to the top of the Division Two table with a 2-1 win over title rivals Tullaroan.
Freshford are a point clear at the summit but have only two games left to play - their penultimate fixture is a home clash against Evergreen C this weekend. Tullaroan have three games in hand in second place, as do third-placed Thomastown United B (27pts) and Newpark B (26pts) in fourth place.
Elsewhere Sean Brennan got the only goal of the game for Thomastown United B in their 1-0 win over Brookville, while Newpark B and Evergreen C finished 0-0.
Clifden United beat River Rangers 3-2 and the Lions B team saw off St John’s on a 4-1 scoreline.