Dano delight for Newtown

by Dave Donnelly

NEWTOWN Rangers remain on course for promotion from LSL Sunday Senior 1A following a 4-1 win over St John Bosco at Farrell Park on Sunday morning.

The Tallaght side sit just one point behind Edenderry Town with a game in hand at the midway point in the season.

Former Athlone Town striker Daniel Purdy scored twice, and ex-Shelbourne attacker Lee Murtagh once, after former Celtic trainee Darragh Satelle had opened the scoring early on.

The Drimnagh side did manage to pull a goal back from the penalty spot early in the second half, however the result was rarely in doubt as Newtown dominated the game.

In wet and windy conditions on the Kiltipper Road, Newtown took an early lead through former Irish underage star Satelle as he ghosted into the 18-yard box and finished in the bottom corner.

Purdy wasn’t long in adding his name to the scoresheet, having earlier had a goal ruled out, scoring direct from a free kick to double the advantage midway through the opening period.

Murtagh added his name to the scoresheet shortly before half time, breaking through and scoring at the second attempt after seeing his first effort saved.

St John Bosco pulled a goal back from the spot through Craig Fitzgerald shortly after the break but never looked like forcing their way back in.

It was left to Purdy to wrap up the three points ten minutes from time, the one-time Shamrock Rovers man latching onto a through-ball and burying his shot in the corner.

“The elements weren’t great on Sunday with the pitch digging up, the wind, and that’s when the little bit of class comes in,” Newtown manager Glenn Madden told the Dublin Gazette.

“The likes of Dano [Purdy] give us that. It does help a lot.”

Having missed out narrowly on promotion last year, Madden made a few key signings he thinks will help get his team over the line this year and, possibly, take home the title.

“If I’m honest, we should have gotten promotion last year. We’ve added the likes of Dano, ex-League of Ireland, but one of the main factors is Alan Curry who we signed off Sacred Heart.

“I played with Alan at Bluebell – top player, top lad. A few people question his discipline but for us he’s been nearly player of the match every game. He really makes us tick.

“He sits in the middle and lets the likes of Darren O’Grady and Dano play. He does all the dirty work and he’s been really impressive.”

Newtown meet fellow promotion-chasers Inchicore Athletic on the Pearse Park Astro on Friday night, a game Madden says “will let us know where we are at the halfway stage.”

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