Easy wins for top two


HOME FARM-EVERTON moved up into second place in the First Division table after a 3-1 defeat of Longford Town at Strokestown Road yesterday. They lie eight points behind leaders Bray Wanderers, who beat Kilkenny City, also by three goals to one, at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday.

Bray's Gavin Teehan put them ahead on the half-hour, and although Kilkenny stunned them with a 64th minute equaliser through Aidan Cooney, Pat Devlin's side scored twice in the final quarter, through substitute Phil Gormley and Pat O'Brien.

Home Farm's strikerforce of namesakes John and Liam Kelly shared the goals in their win over Longford, with Liam scoring twice. Paul Newe scored for Longford.

Still managerless Finn Harps ended a run of seven games without a win by trouncing Monaghan United 4-0 at Gortakeegan. Jonathan Speake scored two fine goals and teenage fullback Jonathan Minnock and Damien Dunleavy shared the other two.