30 Nov 2021

Pride restored as Lions win again

The Lions kept their resurgent spell running when they hit Evergreen B for four at the weekend.

The Durrow men had been in danger of slipping into a relegation battle, but eased their woes when they followed up on their win over reigning champions Thomastown United A. Michael Dooley (2) and Sean Dundon scored for the Lions - Evergreen’s miserable morning was completed when they put through their own net.

The result means the Lions have taken seven points from a possible nine in their last three games, form which has moved up to relative safety in midtable. Evergreen are going the other way, however. Sunday’s loss, their third in a row, means they are only a point above second from bottom Stoneyford.

Elsewhere Ben Ryan and Shane O’Neill helped Newpark A get back to winning ways when they beat Stoneyford United 2-0. The result was only Newpark’s second league win of the season and ended a run of three successive draws.

Thomastown United A also ended their poor spell when they saw off bottom club Freshford Town 2-0 in Freshford. Having gone in at half-time scoreless, the visitors took a decisive step towards the three points when Mick O’Neill struck twice before the hour mark to leave his side in the ascendancy.

Clover United A’s hopes of charging back to the Premier Division suffered a turn when they were undone by Brookville in Division One at the weekend. Steven Ruth grabbed all three points for Brookville with his sole strike, a result which gives Brookville hope in their battle to beat the drop - they’re level on points with Fort, but have played three games more.

Bridge United A were the big winners in the division, beating Thomastown United B 6-1 in Goresbridge. Marty Dalton (3) and Chris Kavanagh (2) scored, with goalkeeper Aidan Hynes converting a penalty.

Shane Murphy was the man of the moment as his late goal saw River Rangers beat local rivals Callan United B in a seven-goal thriller in Division Two.

In a game where the sides were neck and neck for long spells - three times Rangers took the lead, only for Callan to equalise - Murphy netted a free-kick to give Rangers a 4-3 win, their first in three games. Jason Dermody (2) and Gearoid Murphy also netted for the winners, with Mick Hartley, J.P. Corcoran and Dion Fitzpatrick scoring for Callan.

League leaders Newpark B kept up their 100% record with a win over city rivals Evergreen C. John Dumecz’s goal means it’s nine wins from nine for Newpark, who have an eight-point lead at the top.

There were goals galore in Durrow on Sunday - but none for the Lions B team, who went down 8-0 at home to Deen Celtic. Richie Lynch and Peter McPhillips bagged a brace apiece for Celtic, who also had Michael McDonald, John Doheny, Rob and Eoin Brennan on the scoresheet.

St John’s took a big step towards securing the second promotion spot in Division Three when they scored a big win over Evergreen 46.

With leaders Castlewarren Celtic in Leinster Shield action the Saints beat their city rivals 11-2 to cut the gap to three points.

Jamie Glennon led the way, helping himself to four goals, while Craig Murray netted a brace for John’s. They seven different scorers over the 90 minutes - Sammy Johnson, Steven Kelly, Thomas Falsey, Ryan Butler and Jordan Conroy were also on the mark.

However, the chasing pack are hot on their heels. St Ann’s remain in third place after their 2-0 win away to Deen Celtic B, while Ballacolla beat Ormonde Villa 3-2 in Garringreen.

Away from the league games Castlewarren Celtic stayed on course for Leinster Junior Shield glory after beating Hazel Lane Celtic. Cormac Mullins hit a hat-trick as the Kilkenny side won 3-0 at the Watershed pitch.

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