Wexford Premier Division
Courtown Hibs – 2
New Ross Celtic – 1
Goals from Conor Fortune and the winner seven minutes from time from Stephen Moloney cancelled out Sean Culleton’s early opener for Celtic and saw Hibs take the three points and remain in third place in the Premier Division.
New Ross Celtic started brightly and scored after five minutes when good work from Mikey Grangel down the left won a throw and the delivery into the box which followed was excellently finished by Sean Culleton.
This sparked the home side into life. First Ian Travers went close after good work from Colin O’Brien and Glenn Hughes.
Moloney brought a fine save from the Ross keeper from the edge of the box before more good work from Travers saw Moloneys header easily held by the excellent Celtic goalkeeper.
Hibs excellent centre forward Michael Kinsella whose constant running tormented the Ross defence had shouts for a penalty waved away despite strong shouts from the Home support and Ross went in one up at the break.
The loss of Grangel to Ross just before half time and Captain Alan Rhodes saw the already dominant hibs take full control of the game.
The Ross midfield two struggled with the three in the middle of O’Brien , Moloney and former junior international Leighton Gleeson who began to pull the strings and celtics fortunes weren’t helped when substitute Ethan Butler then picked up an injury.
Celtic showed great heart and defended well as chances for Kinsella, O’Brien and Moloney all came and went before a goal of the season contender brought hibs level. The cross from Substitute Cormac Moore on the right was headed clear by Ross Centre half Donnacha Connor, it fell to Conor Fortune who caught it perfectly on the half volley from all of 30 yards straight into the top corner and Hibs were level.
Hibs pushed on and got their winner with seven minutes left, again a cross from the right was headed clear and again it fell to Left full Fortune who looped one over the top for Moloney who continued his run from midfield to steer home, despite calls for offside the goal was given and Hibs were 2-1 up.
Ross pushed for an equaliser but Hibs back four of Jack Freegrove, Colm Kinsella, Stephen and Conor Fortune held out and Courtown remain in third.