A look at some of the stories making the news in the CCFL this week. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express. Compiled by Tom Moss.
Mountmellick Out of Junior Cup
Mountmellick Utd took a welcome break from league action at the weekend to take on Rathangan FC in th2 2nd Round of the FAI Junior Cup. However, the Kildare men proved too strong for the hosts in a high-scoring game. They conceded two early goals and were always chasing the game. Goals from Robbie Hibbitts and John Watchorne kept them in touch but after trailing 4-2 at the break they again conceded early in the second half and that was the killer goal. Colm Coss got one back to get them to within two again but that was as close as they could get and they lost out on a 5-3 score line.
Arlington Beat Gallen to Continue Fine Form
Arlington FC welcomed Gallen Utd to Portarlington on Sunday afternoon and a new-look side handed Richie Confrey’s men another fine result to see them continue their progression in the Senior table. With Seanie McMahon, Kevin Dodson and James O’Driscoll all making their league debuts for the Port men you might have thought it would take them time to settle but they were 2-0 up inside half an hour with debutant McMahon and the more established Joe Gorman both finding the back of the net early on. The hosts allowed Gallen back into it after the break but despite conceding with twenty minutes to go Arlington managed to keep possession and hold on for a super win.
Town Share Spoils in Table Topper
Port Town and Abbeyleix B met in the Division 4 top of the table clash on Sunday morning and it was honours even after two early goals earned the sides a point apiece. The visiting Abbeyleix men took the lead inside ten minutes after a defensive mix-up but Colin Lennon equalised just eight minutes later, deflecting Chris Booth’s shot past the Athletic keeper. Alan Glass almost snatched it late on for Port with a free that came back off the bar but the draw was probably the right result in this crucial promotion tie.
Brittas Remain on Course For Instant Return
Two Shane Mullins goals set Ballybrittas on course for another win in Division 3, this time at the expense of Clonminch Rovers and it looks like they are bang on course for an instant return to Division 2. Darren Fowler added to Mullins’ brace to leave Noel Whelehan’s side 3-0 up at half-time and although Rovers battled back to 3-2 the Rath men held on and they now sit joint top of the table with Portlaoise.