TWO weeks ago Corrib Celtic were propping up the Premier Division table, but two wins in succession has quickly moved the Annaghadown based side out of the releagtion area as they leapfrogged a number of sides in the relegation zone.
Just like last season, it looks like there is going to be another intense battle to avoid the drop, as just five points seperate the bottom six teams in the table.
St Bernard’s were crowned champions for the first time ever two seasons ago, but now find themselves marooned at the foot of the table and above them, Renmore, Hibernians, Salthill Devon, Corrib Celtic and Loughrea all face a competitive few months in the quest for points.
At the summit, unbeaten Athenry remain clear with West United and Mervue United in their slipstream and awaiting a slip up, while fourth placed Maree/Oranmore are enjoying the benefits of a good start to the season, but still need to pick up points as the lower placed sides get competitive and start making progress up the table.
Corrib Celtic followed up their first win of the season over Renmore with a second success on Sunday when they secured a late winner in a 3-2 success over St Bernard’s.
Celtic looked to be well in command of the game when they enjoyed a two goal interval advantage, but on an occasion when their Abbeyknockmoy rivals had more than enough opportunities to win the game themselves, they produced a spirited comeback to level matters at 2-2. However, Corrib Celtic came again as Justin Flaherty struck for a late winner with a shot from the edge of the box.
The home side also enjoyed a supremacy in the opening half as goals by Shane Concannon and a Laurance Forde penalty had them two up at the break, before an Eoghan Roche penalty and a Brian Collins close range tap in levelled matters in the second half.
By now St Bernard’s were well on top, but Matty Finn was twice denied by the woodwork, with Roche, Collins and Paddy Mullins all missing other opportunities to put the visitors ahead, before Flaherty had the final say with the Celtic winner.
There was no joy for Loughrea in Drom despite taking the lead twice. They eventually went down by 3-2 against Salthill Devon. A Darren Creaven finish put them ahead before Josh Marvesley levelled matters near the break. Daniel Tully and Craig Harding, with a free kick, secured further goals to maintain the status quo, before Brian Conlon notched the winner for the home side with a late cross-shot.
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