Stoney's survival plan pays off


The fight for Premier Division survival has ended in triumph for Stoneyford United.

Stoney’ made sure of their place in the top flight for next season when they came home from Freshford with a 2-0 win to their name.

The game, a real relegation six-pointer, was won thanks to goals from Brian Donovan and a Conor Coffey penalty.

Stoneyford looked to be in trouble when they went down 2-0 at home to Evergreen B in February, but three wins on the trot (including a double over Freebooters A) has given them mid-table safety.

While Stoney’ are safe the same can’t be said for Freshford, Lions A, Newpark A or even Evergreen B - an intriguing battle to beat the drop still remains.

On the Cup front several sides strengthened their claims for divisional silverware at the weekend. Fort Rangers, Spa United and Freebooters B all moved into the Division One Cup semi-finals.

Four goals from Emmet Nugent, plus a fifth from Tony Moran, helped Fort see off Tullaroan 5-2. In the semi-finals they’ll face a Spa side who beat Thomastown United B 4-1 thanks to goals from Enda Purcell (2), James Whelan and Eoghan Vaughan. Freebooters B set up a semi-final meeting with Clover United A after getting a walkover from Bridge United.

The Division Two Cup final will be between River Rangers and Deen Celtic after both came through their semi-finals.

Celtic beat league champions Newpark B 3-1 (their fourth win in 1o days), taking the lead through Johnny Dowling before former Celt Tom Dowling levelled for the city side. A Richie Lynch penalty restored Celtic’s lead before he doubled his tally with a header.

There was drama in Kilmanagh as River Rangers beat Callan United B 3-1 on penalties. After the game finished at 1-1 (Ben Hayes scored for Rangers, Murt Cuddihy for United) ’keeper Mitch Corrigan was sprang from the bench and saved three of Callan’s spot kicks!

Castlewarren Celtic kept their hopes of a Division Three league and cup double alive when they beat Paulstown 3-2. Davy Carroll and Sean Grace were among the goals for Celtic.