They may have had an 11th hour reprieve from relegation, but Bridge United A didn’t have the best of starts to their Premier Division season.
Elevated back to the top flight after East End’s withdrawal, the Goresbridge side had a miserable Sunday morning as the Lions A team - who beat Bridge in a relegation playoff last season - scored a big win. Michael Dooley, Niall Brophy, James Campion (who scored the winner in that game in Derdimus) and Ben Wallace all hit the target as the Durrow men opened their account with a stylish 4-0 win. It took them five games to get a win last season, something they achieved they scored a 3-0 result - against Bridge!
It wasn’t a good day either for the teams who came up from Division One. While champions Callan United were beaten by Thomastown, Spa United suffered a similar fate, going down 0-1 at home to Evergreen B. Craig Eardley was on target for the city side, who were given the perfect platform ahead of their next league game - a home clash with clubmates Evergreen A!
The Division One campaign also started with a bang for Freshford Town, who beat Clover United 4-2 in Rathdowney. Eoin Vaughan and David Lynch were among the goals for Town, who play Stoneyford United this weekend.
The other two sides who came up from Division Two with Freshford also made a winning start to life in Division One. Last year’s runners-up Thomastown United B beat Newpark B 1-0 in their opening game, while third-placed Brookville (they moved while Deen Celtic dropped down one flight) beat Tullaroan 3-0 in Ballyragget.
Clubs will have another round of league fixtures this weekend, but before that many of them will be in Maher Shield action. Games will be held this evening (Wednesday) and Thursday, the pick of the ties being the meeting of Evergreen A and Freebooters A on the Kells Road for the second time in four days. There will also be two other all-city clashes, as St John’s host Evergreen B and St Mary’s take on Newpark.
The draw has also been made for the third round of the competition. Ties (match dates have yet to be announced) are as follows: Evergreen A or Freebooters v St Mary’s or Newpark; St John’s or Evergreen B v Callan United or Lions; Thomastown United or Brookville v Highview Athletic or Fort Rangers; Stoneyford United or Bridge United v Clover United or Ormonde Villa.
East off to Wexford
The East End women’s team have left the Kilkenny & District League. Last season’s treble champions have moved to join the Wexford League, which boasts four divisions.
However, they will still be able to line out for the Kilkenny inter-league team. A ruling was passed in Wexford prohibiting players from ‘outside’ teams featuring for the league side.
The Kilkenny & District League will hold an under-12 seven-a-side blitz at Evergreen Park on Saturday. The event, which marks the 50th anniversary of sponsors St Canice’s Credit Union, runs from 2 to 4pm with all clubs invited.