No change in Premier Division placings

It’s as you were in the Premier Division as the top three all won their Sunday morning matches.

It’s as you were in the Premier Division as the top three all won their Sunday morning matches.

Leaders Freebooters A kept up their four-point lead at the top thanks to a 4-2 win over Fort Rangers. Aaron Molloy, Dessie Hayes, Damien Raggett and Ger Hayes were on target for the Blues as they picked up their 11th win of the campaign.

There was no such luck for Rangers. Despite a goal apiece for brothers Eddie (penalty) and Emmet Nugent, Rangers slipped to their 11th loss of the season, leaving them five points adrift of safety.

Thomastown United A stayed second thanks to a 3-0 win away to Evergreen B. United hit the ground running, Sean Brennan putting them one up inside five minutes at the Kells Road.

They maintained that advantage until the latter stages, when Steven Connolly and Marty Lawrence struck in the final quarter to seal the spoils.

Those wins were important for the top two as champions Evergreen A also made a winning return to the local league.

Eddie McEvoy’s side showed no signs of a Leinster Junior Cup hangover, as Jamie Owens gave them an early lead away to Bridge United A. Second half goals from Brian Jordan and former Bridge player Sean Barcoe helped secure the win which keeps Evergreen A third.

They are eight points behind United, but have three games in hand on the Grennan side.

Freshford Town’s season continued on the up as they moved a step closer to clinching the Division Two title. A first half goal from Michael Farrell, followed by a Philip Russell brace, saw Town beat Evergreen C 3-0 to all but ensure their promotion.

With eight games played Freshford are six points clear of second-placed Evergreen – but they have four games in hand on the city side, who have just two games left to play.

They could make sure of a place in Division One by next week, as they’ll play Brookville on Sunday and River Rangers on Tuesday night.

“We’ve a bit of backlog, but we have to play these games as they’re only dragging out the season,” said Freshford Town boss James Farrell. “We’ll have to move the squad around, but it’s big enough to play these games in a short space of time.

“We’ll be out to win these games,” he added. “If we get the results no-one will be able to catch us.”

Thomastown United B’s promotion hopes were dented by a 2-1 loss away to Bridge United B, while River Rangers eased their relegation worries by seeing off fellow strugglers St Anne’s 4-1 in Gortnahoe. Bottom side Highview have withdrawn from the league.

There was better news for Thomastown United’s C team, as a Johnny Maher hat-trick inspired them to a 4-0 derby win over East End B.

The result pushed Thomastown six points clear of their local rivals (28pts to 22) at the summit in Division Three, but with Newpark C, Lions B and Castlewarren Celtic all on 21pts things are as tight as ever.

Castlewarren were the highest scorers of the weekend, hitting Newpark C for six as Declan Rafter, Jason Byrne and Martin Doyle (3), Declan Rafter (2) and Jason Byrne did the damage in a nine-goal thriller.

The final game in the division saw St John’s beat Ballacolla 3-2 thanks to Dara Nelson’s late winner after Ballacolla had cancelled out goals from Paddy Galvin and Martin Vagna Love.

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