Second division leaders Suncroft AFC could only manage a draw with Rathangan and Monasterevin took full advantage by disposing of Eleson United to move to within four points of the leaders and just a point adrift of second placed Caragh Celtic.
Spar Moorefield Masters Division 2
Monasterevin AFC: 3
Eleson United: 0
Playing in excellent conditions it was the home side that started the better, pinning United back in their own half for the first 15 minutes.
During this period of early pressure chances fell to Billy Ryan, Derek Bolger and Aiden Morrisey. Eleson then got a grip on the game and forced a series of corners which were defended well by the home side.
Monasterevin then re-established their dominance and went close to breaking the deadlock through Murt O’Reilly, Aiden Morrisey and Barney Simmonson.
The first half drew to a close with Monasterevin playing neat football but failing to get a breakthrough.
Would Monasterevin, the draw specialists, live to regret their chances missed in the first half.
The second period saw the pattern of Monasterevin dominance continue when Billy Ryan and Murt O’Reilly went close within one minute of the restart.
Six minutes later Aiden Morrissey saw his effort go agonisingly wide. Then came two minutes that sealed the result.
In the 44th minute Murt O’Reilly slotted home from a well worked Monasterevin free kick.
Within a minute Ned Ruane dispossessed the Eleson centre back, rounded the keeper and put his side two up from a very difficult angle.
Four minutes later Eleson’s Frank Maguire smashed a thunderbolt off the Monasterevin crossbar and only for the quick thinking of Barney Simmonson in defence Willie Pidgeon would surley have converted the rebound.
This wake-up call served to steady the Monasterevin ship. Willie Pidgeon, who was Eleson United’s most dangerous player, was forced to don the ‘keepers gloves as the goalie injured his hamstring with twenty minutes remaining.
This action, effectively finished the game as a contest. It was fitting that Derek Bolger, who worked the Eleson defence for the entire game, put the result beyond doubt with 15 minutes remaining.
Best for Monasterevin were Ned Duane, Billy Ryan and Derek Bolge,r while Willie Pidgeon and Frank Maguire shon for Eleson.
Paul Duffy, Barney Simminson, Michael O’Neill, Brendan Moran, John Dunne, Edward Dwane, Andrew Dowling, Martin O’Reilly, Derek Bolger, Aidan Morrissey, Billy Ryan. Subs: Paul Conlon, Eugene McCabe, Shay Lawlor, Maurice Devoy, Bill Holligan.