A look at some of the stories making the headlines in the CCFL this week. Compiled by Tom Moss. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express
Town Oust Rivals To Stake Promotion Claim
Dynamo Town scored a huge win over nearest rivals Killeigh Ramblers on Sunday afternoon to put them firmly in control of Division 2. Despite missing regular keeper Graham Brody, who had kept five straight clean sheets, Town took control of the promotion race with a hard-fought win that sees them go five points clear at the top. Martin Hilliard’s early penalty and a neatly finished Alan Bell effort put the hosts 2-0 up the break. Despite conceding a goal shortly after the restart, Dynamo made sure of the points with a superb solo effort from James Ryan, which meant that a late Ramblers free was merely a consolation.
Glass Double Ousts St Aengus
Mountrath men St Aengus were condemned to their fourth defeat from seven by a strong Portarlington Town side on Sunday morning. An early Alan Glass spot kick handed the visitors the perfect start before Chris Floody doubled the lead with a close range tap-in. St. Aengus clawed one back to make it 2-1 at the break but Town made sure of the win when Alan Glass fired his second of the game to seal a hard-fought 3-1 win.
Arlington Held By Peters in Port
Arlington’s second consecutive draw maintained their impressive run of late against a St Peter’s side that will probably count themselves unlucky not to have more to bring back to Athlone than the one point earned in this 0-0 draw. Richie Confrey’s men weren’t at their best in this one but their defence proved more efficient than their attack to at least hand them a point and that sees them remain comfortably in the top half of the Senior Division table.
Rosenallis Fail To Halt Runaway CK
CK United made the trip to The Grove with a 100% record to protect and they did just that against Paul Friel’s plucky side. Paul Kinnarney handed the visitors a dream start with a 25-yard strike in the opening minute and Mark Dunne’s deflected effort saw the Tullamore outfit take a 2-0 lead at the break. The hosts dominated proceedings after the restart and created enough chances to get back in contention but failed to take any of them and CK held on to make it seven wins from seven and maintain the only perfect record in the entire CCFL.
Fitz Strike Nabs Draw for ‘Mellick
Mountmellick Utd’s quest for their first win of the season continues but they will take plenty of positives from their 1-1 weekend draw in Athlone against a Monksland side that had disposed of United in the return fixture earlier in the season. Ray Farrell’s men slipped behind but solid centre-half Jason Fitzgibbon earned his side a share of the spoils with a well-taken rare goal. United remain on the bottom but they will be hoping to kick on from this and make their move out of the relegation zone.
Third Time Lucky for Abbeyleix
Three times Abbeyleix fell behind, and three times they bounced back to take a point from this exciting Division 1 encounter away to Mullingar Athletic B. Ger Fennelly cancelled out Mullingar’s early goal on the half hour mark. After the break Abbeyleix again slipped behind only for Stephen Hawkin’s to continue his fine scoring run with their second equaliser of the day and it was left to Joe Bergin to make it third time lucky as his bullet drive handed Mick Gorman’s charges a valuable point in their chase for second place behind a high-flying CK Utd side.
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