Bridge United’s A team upset the odds and raised a few eyebrows as they hit Freebooters with a late, late sucker punch on the Fair Green.
Former Blue Nathan West came back to haunt his old side when he landed an injury-time goal that gave his new team their first league win of the season at the fourth attempt.
Losing the game was one half of a double blow for ’Booters, who finished the game with ten men after Aaron Molloy was dismissed.
Callan United also proved that patience is a virtue as they too finally put on in the win column.
Like Bridge they haven’t had the best of starts to the new season, but they will be hoping they’ve turned the tide after beating the Lions 3-0.
Simon Burke, Tony Delaney and Johna Culhane were on target for United, who handed the Durrow side their first league loss of the new campaign, having previously been top of the table.
Those two losses proved to be to Thomastown United’s gain as a 3-0 win over Newpark A moved them to the top of the early listings.
Although they took the lead with Michael O’Neill’s 26th minute penalty that goal proved to be the only thing separating the sides until well into the second half. Step forward C.J. Browne, the defender hitting two goals in as many minutes in the closing stages to make sure United ended the day in pole position.
In Division One Brookville missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table after an Emmet Nugent strike gave Fort Rangers the points.
Tullaroan missed the chance to go into second place, and cut Brookville’s lead to a single point, when they suffered a 5-1 loss away to Stoneyford United.
Kelvin Mguni (2), Martin Murray and James Moran were on the mark for Stoneyford, who moved second thanks to their big win.
Ger Brennan grabbed the consolation goal for Tullaroan, whose miserable day was completed when Eamonn Hoyne was red-carded.
In Division Two Freebooters B moved three points clear at the top thanks to a 6-2 win over Deen Celtic. Paddy Kiely led the way with a hat-trick in Castlecomer, while Aidan Nolan (2) and Eddie Clifford were also the mark.
River Rangers are hot on their heels thanks to a 4-1 win away to Lions B - Paddy Kennedy (2), Ben Hayes and Gearoid Murphy got their goals - while Jack Walsh, Sean Lowry and Peter Tierney earned Evergreen C their first league win of the season when they beat Bridge United B 3-2.
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