Square United won two games on the bounce for the first time since the opening matches on the season on Sunday – with Alan Kirk’s hat-trick helping to see off the challenge of Kells-Blackwater 4-1 at the Boys School Field.
The Ardee side came into the game off the back of a dramatic 3-2 win over Trim Town seven days earlier and despite playing 50 minutes with ten men after Jamie Rooney’s dismissal, they enjoyed their biggest win of the season to date. Kirk’s hat-trick came after the opening strike from Aaron Kerley, his third of the term.
The back to back victories in December has seen Square drag themselves away from the relegation mire. In fact, they now sit fifth in the ten team division with 12 games played this term. With 16 points to date, Square are just two points short of the 18 they managed in 20 matches in 2016/17.
With six games left to play this term, they will fancy their chances of a strong end to the league campaign – with a cup fixture against Division 2 side Redeemer Celtic still to come.
Returning goalkeeper Paric ‘Podge’ Malone saved a first half penalty before the sending-off which reduced the home side to ten men for the second straight game. By that stage, Kirk had struck twice to make it 3-1 and like last week, United didn’t let the numerical disadvantage get the better of them.
SQUARE UNITED: Paric Malone, Killian Murray, Jamie Rooney, Stefan Halpenny, James Clarke, Darren MacNeill, Jonny Sheridan, Andrew Egan, Alan Kirk, Mark Quinn, Aaron Kerley.
Subs: Kian Moran, Cian Halpenny, Evan Farrell.
SQUARE UNITED – TOP GOALSCORERS 2017/18
- 4 – Alan Kirk
- 3 – Jonny Sheridan, Aaron Kerley
- 2 – Chris Kelly, Brian Corcoran, Darren MacNeill, Own Goal
- 1 – Paddy Farrelly, Andy Rogers, Stefan Halpenny, Paudy Clarke