The biggest shock of the season unfolded in Drogheda on Sunday morning as Division One league leaders Newfoundwell sent reigning Premier Division champions Rock Celtic spinning out of the Tully Bookmakers Challenge Cup with a shock victory.
The Seasiders opened in confident fashion and Derek Delany went close to opening the scoring when he was put in by Kevin McArdle.
David Hoey’s side maintained the early pressure and the outcome could have been much different had Ger McSorley’s 25-yard rocket rattled the Newfoundwell net instead of the crossbar in the 15th minute.
The Drogheda side regrouped and went at the Rock and disaster struck the visitors as a series of defensive errors were punished by Karl Dyas, Karl Brannigan and Ciaran Carroll to leave them 3-0 down before the half-time whistle and staring defeat in the face.
Signs of a Rock comeback were non-existent in the second-half as Newfoundwell comfortably dealt with the best efforts of the visitors. Indeed, the home side’s goalkeeper was a virtual spectator for most of the second period.
Hoey’s side were put out of their misery late on when Cormac Reid finished off a wonderful day for the Well by beating John Rogers to cap a sensational result.
Rock Celtic: John Rogers, Mark McGeown, Paddy Reilly, David McGeough, Ciaran Clarke (Cormac McArdle), Ger McSorley, Paddy Quinn, Kevin McArdle, Chris Connolly (Kurt Murphy), Derek Delany (Conor McDonnell), David Ward.
ARDEE TAKE A POINT HOME FROM BOCA
In Division One, Ardee Celtic earned a very well earned point away to second placed Boca Rovers at the MDL Grounds on Sunday.
The mid-Louth side, who were short a number of regulars, went a goal behind on the half hour mark when Stephen Gavin broke the offside trap to ensure Boca went in 1-0 up at the break.
The second-half saw the visitors in the ascendency and they drew level when Gatis Logins’ pile-driver had too much power for the home side’s goalkeeper and when the ball broke from his grasp Conor Osbourne followed up to score.
Despite having the majority of play after that, Ardee could not add a further goal and the points were shared, leaving the Deesiders locked in 6th place in Division One.
Ardee Celtic: Sean McKeever, Aaron Knowles, Niall Eccles, Fintan Clarke, Robbie Coyle, Conor Matthews, Robbie Reynolds, Graham Tighe, Conor Osbourne, Gatis Logins, Lorcan Myles.