A last gasp goal from Derek Brennan saw Thomastown United grab three points in their Premier Division derby with East End United A.
The Blues had the better of the early exchanges in Bennettsbridge, going 1-0 up inside 10 minutes through William Flood, but hopes of victory were dented when James Nolan hit the equaliser two minutes from time.
At that stage a draw seemed the outcome, but Brennan’s 90th minute winner gave Thomastown the win, their sixth of the season.
The gap to the leaders remains three points after Freebooters A handed Bridge United A a 3-0 beating in Goresbridge. Two up by half-time thanks to goals from David Rice and Aaron Molloy, Paul Delaney’s second half strike secured the spoils for the visitors, who have lost just one of their eight league games to date.
The same run of results can’t be said for Bridge. After a bright start to the campaign, Sunday’s loss was their fifth straight league defeat - they haven’t taken a Premier Division point since beating East End United A in August.
Set the pace
Spa United continue to set the pace in Division One, grabbing another win when they beat Freebooters B 2-1 on the Fair Green.
While Paddy Kiely netted for ’ Booters James Whelan and Lar Ryan scored for Spa, who have now stretched their lead to seven points at the top of the table.
The sizeable gap is down to other results going Spa’s way - not least in Ballyhale, where Southend United beat Callan United 4-0. Joey Gahan, Michael O’Carroll, Jamie Fennelly and Michael O’Keeffe were on target for Southend, who have now closed to within a point of third-placed Callan with a game in hand.
Elsewhere Tullaroan and second-placed Newpark B shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, while Deen Celtic went down 1-2 at home to Clover United. The day ended with a double blow for Celtic, who also lost goalkeeper Robbie Lynch to a leg injury.
Top of the pile
Brookville moved to the top of the Division Two pile with a 3-0 win over Bridge United B. Ciaran Stone, Gary O’Keeffe and Gary Hogan scored for Brookville, who are now three points above Freshford Town - their Maher Shield quarter-final opponents!
Sean Brennan, Thomas and Peter O’Hanrahan were on target as Thomastown United B beat River Rangers 3-1, while Evergreen C beat St Ann’s 5-3. Graham Gohery, Craig Eardley, Donal Brennan and Owen Connolly were among the scorers for the Kells Road club.
In Division Three James Brennan, Niall Kiely and Eoin Delaney were on the mark for East End United B against St John’s, giving them a one-point lead at the top of the table. Lions B and Newpark C are one point behind - the Durrow men beating the city side 4-2 on Sunday. Thomastown United C are also in the chasing pack thanks to a 3-1 win over Ballacolla. United got the win thanks to goals from John Dempsey, Russell O’Brien and Shane O’Neill.
In an outstanding fixture of the Maher Shield, Lions grabbed the last of the quarter-final spots when they beat Castlewarren Celtic 6-2. The hosts took the lead with an early Ciaran Prendergast goal, but their Premier Division opponents recovered to go in 3-1 up by half-time before they made the game safe in the second half. Next up for the Lions is a last eight meeting with Newpark.
Away from the local leagues Freshford Town continued their great season by advancing to the fifth round of the Leinster Junior Cup.
Freshford got off to a flyer, firing two goals past visitors Clara Town inside the first 15 minutes of Sunday’s game. Town’s in-form striker Eoin Vaughan gave the hosts the lead before Paul Guinan added a quick second.
Clara, who brought a good save from Seamus Hayes in the first half, did halve the deficit 10 minutes from time but were finally undone when Vaughan headed home from a corner late on.