Long strikes late winner for Avondale

A late Danny Long goal saw Beamish Stout MSL Premier Division leaders Avondale United edge out Leeds 3-2 in difficult conditions at Avondale Park on Saturday.

John Cotter’s side looked to be strolling to an easy win as goals from Mark O’Sullivan and Karl Caulfield had them 2-0 up inside 10 minutes.

However, Leeds battled back and Kevin O’Leary scored after 27 minutes to give them hope. O’Leary then equalised two minutes into the second-half as the bottom side put it up to the Intermediate Cup holders.

Cotter’s side weren’t to be outdone however, and Long’s goal nine minutes from time saw them increase their lead at the top to 10 points over second placed Rockmount with a game in hand.

In Friday’s night’s premier division games, College Corinthians came away from Rockmount Park with a point after a scoreless draw. And it was also scoreless at O’Shea Park between Blarney United and Mayfield United. The Everton v St Mary’s game was postponed yesterday.

John Caulfield’s UCC had a 1-0 victory over promotion rivals Fermoy at The Mardyke. The victory means UCC top the table for the first time this season – three points clear of Carrigaline United, who were not in action at the weekend but do have a game in hand.

Castleview got their promotion push back on track as a hat-trick from Mark Cambridge and further goals from Gary Connolly and Kevin Garvey saw them hammer Ballincollig 5-1 away.

Patsy Freyne’s side are now 9 points off UCC but have two games in hand.

Bandon are 11 points off the top but have 4 games in hand after a 3-0 win over Ballinhassig at home, while Tramore Athletic defeated Cobh Wanderers 2-1 in Cobh in the first division’s other game.

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