There were mixed fortunes on the provincial front for Kilkenny teams at the weekend.
Freebooters marched on in the Leinster Junior Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Newtown Celtic at the Fair Green. John Hayes (2), Aaron Molloy and Dessie Hayes were on target as the Blues advanced with little fuss.
There was little joy for Thomastown United, who bowed out of the competition after a 5-2 loss away to Greenhills/Green Park. Steven Connolly was on target twice for United, but it was scant consolation.
In the Leinster Senior Cup Evergreen had their victory hopes dashed almost on the line. Leading Crumlin 2-1 thanks to goals from Sean Barcoe (penalty) and David Grincell, the hosts were caught by a stoppage time spot-kick from the Dubliners. Fully revitalised, the visitors struck twice in extra-time to send the ’Green crashing out.
In the Premier Division it was honours even as Spa United and Newpark A shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Karl Gleeson was on target for the city side, who lie third in the table, while Gavin McCarthy hit the net for Spa.
The remaining top flight game saw leaders Lions A team move a point clear of Thomastown United after a 0-0 draw with Evergreen B.
The race for pole position in Division One took another twist as Freshford Town made a charge for the top. With leaders Brookville drawing 0-0 away to bottom-placed Newpark B, Freshford moved into second place with a comprehensive 6-1 win over Fort Rangers. Eoin Vaughan bagged a hat-trick with Liam Hickey also getting in on the act as Town took a 5-0 lead by half-time.
In Division Two Deen Celtic went second with a 3-0 win over Ormonde Villa, while Darren Maher was on the scoresheet as Lions B earned their first win of the campaign with a 2-1 win over Bridge United B.
Castlewarren Celtic missed the chance to go back to the top of the Division Three table after they drew 3-3 with Thomastown United C. Clover United B beat Brookville B 6-0, while there were wins for Ballacolla and Callan United B against their Saintly opposition - John’s and Anne’s.