Only two runners left in the title race

The Premier Division title race is down to two sides after a group of Lions savaged one challenger on Sunday.

The Premier Division title race is down to two sides after a group of Lions savaged one challenger on Sunday.

Thomastown United A, who had tailed leaders Freebooters A for so long and stayed ahead of champions Evergreen A, saw their league hopes fade as the Lions A picked up a valuable share of the points from their trip to United Park.

The Durrow men, fighting to get out of relegation trouble, played a tough game and gave the hosts a fright when Niall Brophy gave them the lead early in the second half.

United, missing a number of players on the day, rallied in style when Derek Brennan smashed home an impressive equaliser after the hour, but they couldn’t break down a resolute Lions to grab the winner.

The draw was the second half a good weekend for the Lions as Bridge United A, their rivals for the drop, lost their final game of the season away to Evergreen B.

Played on Saturday evening, the men from the Kells Road moved into fourth place in the table with a 3-1 win over United. Stephen Connolly, Conor O’Neill and Mark Owens were on target for the hosts, with Conor English replying for Bridge.

It has been a nightmare end to the campaign for Bridge, who seemed to be pushing for the title when they won their opening three games to the season in August. However, they have picked up just four more points since then and none since a 4-2 win over relegated Fort Rangers back in January.

The weekend’s results mean that East End United A have retained their Premier Division status at Bridge’s expense.

Elsewhere East End United’s women’s team moved a step closer to capturing the Division One title when they beat Tullaroan 2-1 on Sunday morning. A win for Tullaroan would have seen them draw level with United at the top of the table, but a Jenny Brennan brace was enough to push East End six points clear at the summit.

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