Monday 14 October 2019

Seven in reach of the summit

THE CARLTON Millrace Premier Division remains incredibly tight with seven sides all within a win of top spot following the weekend's action.

Interestingly, all four ties in the top flight produced a winner and that winning quartet currently occupies the top four.

Courtown Hibs and Campile United should perhaps be the most feared, as they have achieved their top four statuses despite having only played three games each thus far this season.

All three outings have yielded victories though. Courtown Hibs faced a trip to Butlersland to take on seventh-placed New Ross Celtic and the Ounavarra Park side smoothly negotiated their way to a 2-1 success.

An Anthony Byrne strike and a Leighton Gleeson spot kick earned Hibs all three points.

Courtown have to make do with third place for the time being though as their goal difference sees them propping up both Campile and North End United.

A home clash against Gorey Rangers was on the cards for Campile and a 3-0 triumph has earned the Tom O'Neill Park outfit bragging rights at the top of the pile.

North End United is sandwiched in between the two clubs that boast a 100% record courtesy of their 3-0 victory over Adamstown at the Adamstown Community Centre thanks to goals from Kyle Dempsey, Jason Murphy and Andy Moore.

The final clash of the Premier Division saw Wexford Bohs and Shamrock Rovers go head to head. And while this match may not evoke quite as big an appeal as the massive rivalry shared by two of the League of Ireland's biggest clubs by the same name, it did at least follow the pattern of the Dublin sides' recent affairs with Shamrock Rovers picking up the three points.

Emmet Quirke and Eamon O'Brien bagged the goals for the Father Murphy Park side.