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Saturday 16 December 2017

Seven-point cushion for Enniskerry YC

AFTER RESULTS from Sunday March 14th last, it seems a three-club race for the two Pat O'Toole Division 1 spaces on offer to reach the promised land of the Andy McEvoy Premier Division.

Enniskerry Youth Club -- who've held top spot all season -- look likely to return to the top flight at the first attempt.

They maintained their seven point cushion ahead of the chasing pack by seeing off St. Patrick's 2-1 at Berryfield Park with goals by Stephen King and Colm McGovern.

It all means they will be promoted if Enniskerry secure four points from their outstanding five games.

Their closest challengers are Sugarloaf FC who overcame Arklow Town in a re-arranged fixture last week with Emmet Lawless registering the vital score at Bridgewater Centre Park.

That leaves the Bray side seven points behind Enniskerry but with a game in hand. In order to get promoted, the 'Loaf need 11 points from the 18 that are still up for grabs.

Hovering in the background and possibly best placed to put pressure on Sugarloaf are Wicklow Rovers.

They recorded a 3-0 away triumph over struggling St. Fergal's at the Ballywaltrim Recreational Park thanks to goals from Aidan O'Neill, Brendan Manning and Mark Conroy.

That left them just one point behind Sugarloaf but having played three times more.

It seems Rovers will have to take maximum points from their last three games against away to Arklow Town and St. Patrick's and at home to Glencormac United in order to have any chance of securing a top-two finish.

At the other end of the Division 1 table, it seems almost certain that St. Fergal's will drop down to Division 2.

They've picked up just a single point from their ten games to date. It leaves them in a perilous state.

Fourteen points from safety, they must win at least five of their remaining ten matches to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Glencormac United are in a similar position.

With just six points to show for their efforts after 12 outings, the Kilmac outfit are nine points adrift of Arklow United and St. Patrick's.

And at the very least, the Glen's must win three of their last six games to have any chance of staying up.

Clash future in doubt after third 'walkover'

THE FUTURE OF Clash Celtic's involvement in Division 3 for the rest of the season remains up in the air.

The Ballinaclash outfit did not contest their proposed meeting away to title chasing Carnew AFC at the Back Alley on Sunday March 14th last.

If that result is officially confirmed by the Wicklow League Executive Committee, then under league rules, Clash will take no further part as it will be their third walk-over of the campaign.

They conceded their opening day fixture at home at Phelan's Field to Enniskerry FC back in August 2009.

Then last November, 'Celtic did not take on Conary United at Rooster Park with the Avoca team receiving three points.

The situation could have an effect on the promotion issue. Clash still have to face Arklow United, Fairwood Celtic, Wicklow Rovers and Wicklow Town - all of whom are still in with a chance of going up - in their remaining seven fixtures as the buisness end of the season builds to an exciting climax.

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