United top of Yule tree!

Forget about a star at the top of the tree - Thomastown United will have an even better perch for Christmas Day!

Forget about a star at the top of the tree - Thomastown United will have an even better perch for Christmas Day!

United’s A team will be able to enjoy a happy Christmas after ensuring they will celebrate the festive season on top of the Premier Division.

Confirmation of their number one position came on Sunday as they beat Bridge United A 2-0 at United Park.

Extending their 100% league record, United took a huge step towards their sixth win of the campaign when Michael O’Neill gave the hosts a first half lead.

Thomastown enjoyed a good spell of dominance in the game, but didn’t make the points safe until Dessie Walsh popped up with a late goal to secure the spoils.

Thomastown received an extra Christmas present when early league leaders Freebooters A had to settle for a share of the spoils with fellow title challengers Newpark A on the Fair Green.

Newpark made a great start to the game, taking the lead when Henry O’Neill set up Ben Ryan for the opening goal of the game. Ryan would go on to score a second, but with Jason Hennessy and Paul O’Brien hitting the net either side of that strike, Mark Ryan’s side had to be content with taking a point back to Buckley Park.

The results mean that Thomastown have now opened up a six-point gap on Newpark, and played two games less than the city side.

Bridge United are still second from bottom in the table, three points better off than Evergreen A, but the defending champions have only played one league game since August.

Much of the reason for their shortfall on local games is down to Evergreen’s success in outside competitions. They kept their name in the hat for Leinster Junior Cup honours at the weekend, but needed extra-time to do so.

Facing St Peter’s in Athlone, Evergreen made a great start when David Grincell shot them into a fourth minute lead. They maintained that advantage until, right at the death, Peter’s plundered an injury-time equaliser.

That goal could have flattened Evergreen’s resolve, but Chris Whearty bagging an extra-time winner to send Packie Holden’s side through to the next round.

Freshford Town have returned to the summit of the Division One table, but had to do it the hard way. Two goals from Paul Guinan, plus one scored from the penalty spot by David Lynch, did the trick as Town got the better of Brookville 3-2.

Their lead at the top is down to two points after Stoneyford United bounced back to winning ways, crushing Clover United A 5-1. A week after their loss to Fort Rangers, Stoney responded in emphatic fashion to get their promotion charge back on track.

Goals from James Moran (2), Martin Murray, Conor Coffey and Jamie Molyneaux saw Stoneyford leapfrog Thomastown United B into second place - but with six points separating the leaders Freshford from sixth-placed Brookville everything is still all to play for here.

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