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Five-star Gilroy inspires Arbour

PUBLISHED: 11:55 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

Arbour Athletic striker John Gilroy stunned Queensbridge Rangers with a remarkable five-goal haul as the Stepney club overcame a half-time deficit to record a thrilling victory in the East London Sunday League

By PHIL RAVITZ

Arbour Athletic striker John Gilroy stunned Queensbridge Rangers with a remarkable five-goal haul as the Stepney club overcame a half-time deficit to record a thrilling victory in the East London Sunday League.

Gilroy had opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, but Arbour's Division One title hopes looked set to suffer a blow as Queensbridge hit back to take a 2-1 lead at the break after they were awarded two penalties.

But Arbour regained the lead within five minutes of the restart as Gilroy netted twice to complete his hat-trick, before extending his personal tally and his side's advantage with a fourth goal midway through the half.

Queensbridge responded with two goals of their own to level matters late on, but Gilroy answered the call once again, scoring direct from a corner to crown a stunning individual display and seal Arbour's triumph.

The outcome keeps Arbour in second place in Division One, three points behind leaders East Moore, who recorded a 10-1 demolition of struggling Haggerston Park Lions.

White Swan and Cuckoo also remain in the promotion hunt following a 1-0 win over Young Prince, while Holloway continue to climb the table after a 4-2 victory over Tube Lines.

In the Premier Division, Inter Lucia's title challenge suffered a second setback in successive weeks as the league leaders slipped to a 3-1 derby defeat to borough rivals Hackney Downs.

Inter's defeat allowed reigning champions Meath United to close the gap at the top to four points following a 3-2 win over Rolls Park in a repeat of last season's League Cup final. Meath currently have three games in hand over the leaders.

Clapton Rangers remain outsiders for the title, but maintained their challenge with a 5-0 rout of Beaumont International.

With leaders Stoke Newington out of action, Adriatiku moved into second place in Division Two with a 2-1 win over Byron Athletic, who crashed back to earth following an emphatic win the previous weekend, while Concordia put a further dent in Springfield's promotion aspirations by holding them to a 2-2 draw.

In Division Three, Chettle Court Rangers collected their first win of the season with a 6-4 triumph over Concordia Under-18s.


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