Gavin grabs vital strike!
ARKLOW TOWN captured the joint Wicklow League/South U17 Division league title after edging out Rathnew AFC 1-0 on Sunday June 5 in the final game of the season. The away side needed a victory at Bridgewater Centre Park to force a play-off with Arklow.
But the 'Town grabbed the crucial score through Gavin McDevitte in the 71st minute A long ball by the away side was intercepted by Ciaran Byrne. He found Aidan O’Callaghan with a pass who in turn slipped in McDevitte who registered his 11th goal in all competitions of the campaign. Remarkably, it was almost a year to the day that Rathnew had defeated the Black and White’s in a play-off for the same silver ware for the 2009/10 season.
Despite being awarded eight walk-over’s (four at home and four away) from their scheduled 26 games, the ‘Town still scored an astonishing 99 goals in the 18 league matches they did play. And no less than 18 different players found the net the side in league action.
The trio of Alan Sunderland (16), Aidan O’Callaghan (15) and Ciaran Byrne (12) were all in double figures. The Town’s record this season saw them win 25 of their 26 games (including eightwalk-over’s) and lose just once. In total they scored 99 goals, conceded just 15 and kept seven clean sheets.
They are also unbeaten in nine competitive home games at Bridgewater Centre Park. The full Arklow squad consists of Cian Ryan, Gary Browne, Diarmuid Larkin, Ciaran Burke, Jonathan Delahunt, Ian Reid, Robbie Byrne, Ryan Byrne, Cormac Breslin, Ciaran Byrne, Andy Mulligan, Daragh O’Leary, Alan Sunderland, Aidan O’Callaghan, Gavin McDevitte, Shane Walker, Kevin Kennedy, Dean Doyle, Craig Kinsella, Ryan Murray, Lee Kenny and James Sheehan The team is managed by Brian Byrne and Darragh Murray. * Rathnew had previously gone down 3-2 to Greystones United at the Woodlands on Wednesday June 1. Luke Cranley and Dean Redmond (2) were on the scoresheet for United. Shane Doyle bagged both goals for the Villagers. Thattook his tally to 43 goals and ensured he finished as top goal-scorer in the entire Wicklow League for the second year running.