Leaders Rovers pushed all the way by Celtic

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Premier Division: Shamrock Rovers continued their 100 per cent winning run in the Premier Division with a hard-fought victory over New Ross Celtic on Sunday.

The visitors edged out their opponents 2-1 thanks to goals from Danny O'Reilly and Martin McKeown.

Curracloe United chalked up their second win of the campaign as they saw off Courtown Hibs 2-1 with goals from Seán Keane and Rioghan Crosbie.

Rosslare Rangers and Campile United came away with a point apiece after a 1-1 draw. Peter Bolger put Campile ahead but an Emmet Byrne goal earned Rangers a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, Moyne Rangers earned a 3-1 win in Kilmore (see focus match).

Division 1

St. Leonards moved level with Bunclody at the top of Division 1 after a 2-1 win over Adamstown on Sunday.

Mark Rossiter and Matty Flynn got the goals for the winners to move them to the summit, although they have played four games more than their fellow pacesetters.

Division 2

Gorey Rangers continued their title push in Division 2 with a 6-2 win away to Rosslare Strand.

Stephen O'Reilly netted both goals for the hosts but Rangers put in an impressive display with Mark Nolan (two), Ryan Cullen, Killian Cushe, Ross Moore and Derrick Woods all hitting the back of the net.

Fellow high-flyers St. Joseph's fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 with Gary O'Leary, Seán Keane and John O'Leary (penalty) getting on the scoresheet.

Cloughbawn moved themselves away from the relegation zone with a 2-1 win away to Crossabeg. Pádraig Loughran and Martin Kehoe scored for the visitors with Barry Coughlan replying for Crossabeg.

Division 2A

Leaders Shamrock Rovers were forced to battle hard to overcome the challenge of bottom side New Ross Celtic, eventually prevailing 3-2.

Goals from Lar McDonald, Paudge Doyle and Benny O'Connor got the Enniscorthy men over the line.

New Ross Town were quickly out of the blocks as they inflicted the first loss in ten games on Fastnet Rovers.

Goals from Jason Murphy and Seán Duffy had them 2-0 ahead inside the first quarter and, although Kevin Walsh halved the deficit, they couldn't force an equaliser despite lengthy periods of pressure.

A double from Jean Luc Tubritt earned Fethard Rangers a 2-1 win over Enniscorthy United.

Division 3

Bottom side Cushinstown shocked leaders North End United when they carved out an unlikely 3-2 victory on Sunday.

Rosslare Port missed the chance to go top as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Ferns, with Brian Moore getting the goal for Port.

Division 3A

Kealan Jackson grabbed a last-minute winner for Kilmore United to earn the local bragging rights as they edged out All Blacks 2-1.

Devin Furlong got the other goal for the winners.

Crossabeg won 3-1 away to The Ballagh, with Jason Murphy scoring twice and Shane Whelan also finding the back of the net.

Division 4

Wexford Albion stretched their lead at the top of Division 4 as they ran out comprehensive 4-0 winners against Gorey Celtic on Sunday.

Decci Walsh and Philip O'Connor got the goals for Rosbercon as they drew 2-2 with Carne F.C., while Bridge Rovers and Curracloe also shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw.

Ian Nolan scored twice for Wexford Bohs, with one from the penalty spot, but it wasn't enough for his side to take anything from the game as they lost 3-2 to Boolavogue.

Division 4A

St. Leonards moved level on points with Rosslare Rangers at the top of Division 4A after a convincing 4-0 win in Ferns on Sunday.

Michael Ryan, Larry Cahill, Shane Molloy and James Murphy got their goals.

Rosslare Rangers were held to a 1-1 draw by St. Joseph's, with Brendan McCreary scoring for Joey's and Dillon Parle replying for Rangers.

Rosslare Strand stormed to a 7-0 win over Ajax Athletic, with Dean O'Reilly scoring four goals and James Murphy, Garreth Ryan and Tom McCarthy adding a goal apiece.

Division 5

Bree United extended their advantage at the top of Division 5 to five points when they beat Caim United 4-0 on Sunday.

Rosslare Port also picked up three points after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Taghmon United.

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