Carlingford U15s recorded their 12th win of the league campaign with this result over Setanta on Saturday afternoon in Oriel Park.
Carlingford now have 37 points from 14 games played and now only need three wins from their final four games and are well placed to take honours in the U15 First Division.
Setanta pushed the peninsula side all the way and certainly made them work hard for the three points on offer.
Shane McKeever threatened for Setanta in the 8th minute with a crisp effort that went agonisingly wide of the Carlingford post but Carlingford soon settled and Colum Lindsay was denied twice by Setanta ‘keeper Ciaran Murphy in the space of five minutes.
The home team opened the scoring in the 17th minute after a mix-up in the Carlingford defence and Michael Bishop was in the right place to slot home and put Setanta 1-0 ahead.
A stunned Carlingford responded in a positive fashion and Conor Ryan fired in a rasping left footed effort that produced a terrific save from Murphy.
The sides were level on 25 minutes when Jake McShane’s fee kick was headed home by the impressive Jamie Gregory, the tall Carlingford centre forward caused havoc at times in the Setanta defence and was a constant threat every time Carlingford attacked.
Three minutes into the second half Gregory snatched a second goal to put Carlingford 1-2 ahead when his strength and pace allowed him to get in front of his marker and he got on the end of a superb in-swinging cross from Sean McGuinness to blast home from eight yards.
Setanta didn’t lose their composure and played some neat football. Dan Keane played a nice one two with Shane McKeever but Keane’s final effort was just too high to trouble Carlingford ‘keeper Sean Maguire.
Carlingford put the result beyond doubt when Sean McGuinness scored from a tight angle to make it 1-3.
Setanta: Ciaran Murphy, Craig Finnegan, Kiefer Moran, Fergal Shibbs, Robbie Murphy, Dan Keane, Shane McKeever, Ciaran Mee, Adam Riordan, Michael Bishop.
Carlingford: Sean Maguire, Fionn McDaid, Cormac Kearney, Joe Dunne, Colum Lindsay, Conor Ryan, Sean McGuinness, Alex Ward, Kevin Murphy, Jake McShane, Brian Quinn, Jamie Gregory.