Square United suffered a disappointing fourth league loss of the season this afternoon as they went down 1-3 to Carrick Rovers in Carrickmacross.
With no Ardee Celtic to face off against in league action this season, a short hop to Carrick to face Rovers constitutes the closest thing the Ardee side have to a derby clash this year. Despite being able to name a relatively strong line-up, Square weren’t able to build on their win in their last league outing – a 2-0 win over Kells Blackwater two weeks ago.
Tony Boyle could call upon Alan Kirk in his attack, with the striker teamed up with Chris Kelly and netting his first goal of the campaign in today’s defeat. Captain Andy Rogers was deployed at centre back – with no Martin Duffy available and with Jamie Rooney on the substitutes bench.
Wayne Kerley, Gerard McKeown and Cian Mathews netted the Carrick goals as the newly promoted outfit picked up their second win of the campaign on home soil. Despite today’s defeat, United have still enjoyed a good start to their league campaign.
Their early season form brought wins over Johnstown and Rock Celtic and a draw against Trim Town which left them top of the table in it’s very formative stages. However, consecutive defeats against Enfield Celtic, Athboy Celtic and Kentstown arrived before the win at Kells-Blackwater.
Last year, it took until January 29th for Square to rack up 10 points in the league action – they’ve managed to reach that tally before the end of September and the Ardee club will remain optimistic they can enhance their prospects towards the top of the table going forward.
SQUARE UNITED: Niall Carrie, Killian Murray, Stefan Halpenny, Andy Rogers, Paudy Clarke, Darren McNeil, Jonny Sheridan, Daire McConnon, Andrew Egan, Chris Kelly, Alan Kirk.
Subs: Cian Halpenny, James Clarke, Jamie Rooney, Mark Quinn.