LSL Senior 1 Sunday
Arklow Town – 3
Swords Celtic – 1
Arklow Town moved off the bottom of LSL Senior 1 Sunday after they picked up a crucial three points at home to Swords Celtic on Friday night.
It was the visitors who began the brighter with some lovely football in the opening fifteen minutes. However, as the game progressed Arklow began to find their feet and on the half-hour mark they took the lead.
Darren Furlong swung in a cross from the right which Cormac Hyland challenged the keeper for resulting in a spilled ball which allowed Hyland to tap the ball into an empty net.
Five minutes later some neat play down the left between Jonathan Doyle and Darragh Culleton moved the ball into the centre where Hyland was on hand to unleash an unstoppable piledriver which flew into the top corner leaving the keeper with no chance.
The experts say that a two goal half-time lead is the worst lead, however, The Town showed no signs of complacency and continued to control the tempo of the game.
On the hour mark Furlong won a penalty for his side when he was downed by a high challenge leaving the ref no choice but to award a penalty. Culleton stepped up and stroked the ball into the net to make it 3-0.
Swords came back at Arklow and in a rather strange chain of events pulled one back. A low swinging corner from the left appeared to strike the hand of an Arklow defender. The ref blew the whistle and pointed to the spot, however, Swords continued to play and the ball ended up in the back of the net and somehow between the red and his assistant they allowed the goal to stand.
Celtic continued to push for a second, however, Arklow stood firm and held out for the deserved 3-1 victory.
The Town now move above St John Bosco into 13th place on 17 points, level with 12th place Broadford Rovers and a point from safety.