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Clare local soccer round-up – 26 January 2015

Action from yesterday's clash between Ennis Town and Bridge Celtic

Action from yesterday’s clash between Ennis Town and Bridge Celtic

Oliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend’s local soccer action.

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Newmarket Celtic A 7-0 Lifford
Newmarket Celtic opened up a 7 point gap at top of the Premier Division after an easy victory over Lifford at McDonagh Park on Sunday. Lifford started the game with only 8 players and got 2 more players after 20 minutes. Newmarket took the lead after 10 minutes from the penalty spot through Eoin Hayes after Daithi O’Connell was taken down in the box. David McCarthy scored the second from a great free kick when he bent the ball around the wall into the bottom left corner. Daithi O’Connell scored the third with a brilliant finish to leave Newmarket 3-0 ahead at half time. Stephen Kelly scored the fourth after half time and then Ronan McCormack scored the fifth after a great passing move. Cathal Hayes scored the sixth after running onto a great through ball and finishing excellently to the roof of the net. Newmarket were in seventh heaven for the second time in two weeks against Lifford when McCarthy finished off the scoring just before full time bringing his goal tally for Newmarket to 20 goals since he joined in September.

Newmarket Celtic: Niall Quinn, David O’Grady, Eoin O’Brien, Paddy Purcell, Seamus Lawlor, Alan Kelly, Colin Smyth, David McCarthy, Alan Brigdale, Eoin Hayes, Daithi O’Connell. Subs: Ronan McCormack for Brigdale, Stephen Kelly for Lawlor, Cathal Hayes for Hayes

Avenue Utd 0-0 Bridge Utd
With both sides needing a win to keep their hopes of a title challenge going this result makes it a very difficult task as we enter the home stretch with Newmarket now 7 points ahead of Bridge in second and 9 ahead of Avenue in third. Avenue started brightly with some good work by Scott Hennessey up front. With the game only ten minutes old Avenue had Paddy O’Malley sent off for picking up 2 yellow cards in quick succession. This meant Avenue had to revert to a more defensive approach. Bridge controlled much of the ball but failed to create any real chances. Avenue only had one chance of note after a good shot by Mark Roche sailed over the bar. Had it been on target it would have caused John Mulready in the Bridge goal trouble. The second half followed much the same as first half with defences on top. On 60 minutes Avenue were reduced to 9 men when Mikey Mahoney was sent off. Avenue now had to just sit back and defend as Bridge piled on the pressure. Surprisingly they were limited to shots outside the box with David Phillips who had a steady game in the Avenue goals never really troubled. Bridge will be disappointed that they failed to break down a dogged Avenue defence who defended heroically in the last 30 minutes to earn a share of the points.

Avenue Utd: David Phillips, Paddy O’Malley, Eamon O’Reilly, Conor Mullen, David Herilhy, Pa Sherlock, Steven McGann, Barry Nugent, Mark Roche, Mikey Mahoney, Scott Hennessey Subs: Shane Browne for Sherlock (inj)

Tulla Utd 3-0 Corofin Harps
Tulla United had the upper hand for most of the game. Daragh Corry scored the first goal with a very good header from 15 yards out to leave the game 1-0 at the break which was a deserved lead for the home side. Tulla were awarded a penalty shortly after the resumption which was converted by Daragh Corry. Corofin had a chance to get a goal back however their right winger was unlucky to see his effort come back off Shane Collins. Corry had a brilliant chance to claim his hat-trick but was wide with an effort from a Paraic O’ Malley corner. The 3rd goal was a brilliant individual effort from Davy O’Brien. Setup by a tireless Sunny Jay who poked the ball through to the excellent O’Brien. The ref played advantage after Jay was fouled and Davy slalomed his way past 4 Corofin players before slotting home and putting the game to rest. Corofin tried hard right up to the final whistle. Shane Collins was rock solid in goals for Tulla on the day with the best displays coming from Raymond Bane, double goalscorer Daragh Corry, Johnny O’Brien and Sunny Jay up front. Tommy McKeown, Enda Murphy and Padraig Landers did well when they came on.

Tulla Utd: Shane Collins, Padraig O’Malley, Raymond Bane, Daragh Corry, Eoin Ryan, Johnny O’Brien, Shane McNamara, David O’Brien, Aaron Lane, Sunny Jay, Colin Nelson Subs: Tommy McKeown for Aaron Lane, Enda Murphy for Eoin Ryan, Padraig Landers for Johnny O’Brien.

Ennis Town A 3-2 Bridge Celtic
The game was played in very windy conditions and this had a bearing on a number of the goals scored in the game. Ennis Town started well and were getting in behind the Celtic defence creating some half chances. On 10 minutes Ennis Town went one up. Gary Collins found himself one on one with the keeper and he rounded him well and slotted home. 2 minutes later Town had their second. Gary Collins flicked on a great ball to John Maher who was then felled in the box and Joe Collins slotted home the resultant penalty. On 20 minutes Celtic had a goal back. A back header from an Ennis Town player on the half way line went out for a corner as a result of the aforementioned wind. The corner was floated in and the Celtic player was first to it to score and pull a goal back. Bridge Celtic found themselves level on 35 minutes when a free kick from inside their half went all the way through to Marty Whelan in the Ennis Town goal. He misjudged the speed and bounce of the ball and it cannoned off him onto the crossbar and over the line. Ennis Town were still creating chances. Before the half ended the Celtic keeper Paul O’Connell made a great save from an Aaron Fitgerald header and Shane Daniels had a header go inches wide. The second half was more of the same as the wind appeared to get stronger. Bridge Celtic were struggling to get out of their half. Ennis Town were still creating chances but could not find a way past the Celtic keeper O’Connell. On 70 minutes Joe Collins hit a low shot to the right of the keeper but it cannoned off the base of the post and it was cleared to safety. On 73 minutes Ennis Town retook the lead. An Ennis Town free was swung into the Celtic box. The defence were unable to clear as the ball swirled around in the air. The ball fell to John Maher on the 6 yard line and he blasted low and hard into the net. Ennis Town were on the up from then on in but could not find a fourth as some last ditch defending from the Celtic back line kept the Ennis forward line out.

Ennis Town: Marty Whelan, Ritchie Neylon, Shane Daniels, Sean O Callaghan, Ritchie Neylon, Aaron Fitzgerald, John Maher, Eoin Keenan, Adrian Walsh, Joe Collins, Gary Collins Subs: Shane Daly for Fitzgerald, Mickey Dinan for Keenan, Lunga Balman for O’Callaghan

Action from yesterday's clash between Ennis Town and Bridge Celtic

Action from yesterday’s clash between Ennis Town and Bridge Celtic

 Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Turnpike Rvs 0-4 Avenue Utd B
Avenue Utd B went back on top of the first division on Sunday after a great win against Turnpike Rovers in this local town derby played in Lees Road. Avenue got off to a great start after 10 minutes when a Turnpike player put the ball into his net after good pressure from Darragh Kerin. Avenue doubled there lead on the 30 minutes when Ronan Kerin showed great skill inside the box to finish with a great shot which left Avenue leading 2-0 at the break. Avenue got their 3rd after 20 minutes of the second half when Ronan Kerin scored his second goal after heading into the net after great work from Jack Arra created the chance. Avenue piled on the pressure and were 4 up with 10 minutes to go when a great finish by Gary Roche sealed a great day for Avenue.

Avenue Utd B: Paul Roche, Conor Mullen, Ian Hassett, Rahman Zekiri, Shaun Flanagan, Neill Slattery, Anthony Whyte, Rory Nouribi, Jack Arra, Ronan Kerin, Darragh Kerin Subs: Jonny Ferns for Slattery, Gary Roche for Darragh Kerin, Yan Feck for Mullen

Mountshannon Celtic 0-1 Kilkishen Celtic
Kilkishen Celtic gave their survival hopes a big lift after making the trip to Scariff and getting an important victory over a Mountshannon side who dominated throughout. Mountshannon created a number of opportunities in the opening period. Martin Cunningham had a goal disallowed for offside and Niall Dear had a header cleared off the visitors goal line. However it was the First Division’s basement side who delivered the killer blow in this encounter. A wide free kick was only half cleared in the hosts area before Kilkishen seized the lead with a drilled strike from 12 yards out. Mountshannon seemed destined to equalise considering their territorial advantage after the interval. Liam Corry was put through on goal brilliantly by Michael Barrett but couldn’t steer the ball home. Barrett had a fine strike denied by a smart low save. The final stages consisted of some great defending from the visitors as they came under siege from the home side. William Glass thought he had headed home an equalizer near the end but was denied by an offside decision. Kilkishen travelled home delighted having clinched three vital points. The hosts boast the league’s tightest defence but failing to score in this match shows that the division’s lowest scoring outfit need to start delivering in attack to push up the table.

Mountshannon Celtic: Colm Kavanagh, Martin McNamara, Padraig Brody, Michael Scanlan, Niall Dear, Liam Corry, Andrew McNamara, Michael Barrett, John Scanlan, Martin Cunningham, Tomas McNamara Subs: John O’Brien for Corry, Niall Minogue for Tomas McNamara, William Glass for Cunningham

Selprint Second Division
Kilrush Rangers 5-0 Bunratty Cratloe
Kilrush stay top of the second division after a good performance and victory over Bunratty Cratloe in Kilrush on Sunday. Alan Behan, Eoin Fitzgerald, Kevin Clohessy, Trevor Clancy and Darragh Kelly scored the goals for the home side.

St Pats 1-3 Rineanna Rovers
Rineanna Rovers kept the pressure on leader Kilrush Rangers after coming from behind to get the victory over St Pats at Kilmihil on Sunday. Josh Lysney, Paul Butler, Connor Sweeney scored the goals for Rineanna.

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Tulla Utd B 4-1 Kilmaley Fern Celtic
Tulla Utd B team had a good win oveer Kilmaley Fern Celtic at The Cragg on Sunday. The first goal was scored by Colin Ryan. The second was scored by Declan O’Reilly from a Craig McNamara cross to leave the score 2-0 at half time. Colin Ryan converted a penalty after the resumption. Ryan then completed his hat-trick and the scoring before the end of full time to secure the three points for the home side. Outstanding on the day for Tulla were Craig McNamara, Colin Ryan, Shane Mason and Darragh Murphy.

Jim Casey Trophies U19 League
Ennis Town 5-1 Kilmaley Manus
Ennis Town recored a fine win in the U19 league versus Kilmaley Manus. Ennis Town dominated the game throughout. They created some early chances before scoring in the 15th minute from Rory O Connell after a fine through ball from Ethan McNevin. Ennis Town continued to create chances but found themselves level on 35 minutes when Kilmaley Manus scored when Ennis Town failed to clear their lines. In the 44th minute Ennis went back in front when Dylan Ryan scored. They kept up the pressure in the second half with goals from Cian Moran, Dylan Ryan and Kingsley Makombe.

Ennis Town: Ethan Kelly, Martin Nestor, Shane O Connor, Mark Duffy, Caolan O’Dwyer, Ethan McNevin, Cian Moran, Stephen Jordan, Rory Brennan, Elli Mundu, Dylan Ryan Subs: Kingsley Makombe for Nestor, Barry Cotter for Jordan

Burren Utd 8-0 Bridge Utd
Burren Youths returned to local action with a comfortable win over Bridge Utd at Lisdoonvarna on Saturday. Burren took the lead almost straight from the kick off and while Bridge had their share of the play Burren showed good finishing for a 3-0 half time lead. They drove home their advantage in the second half and the final goal tally comprised of a hat-trick from Rowan Danaher, 2 from the outstanding Joseph McGann and one each from Tomas Cullinan, Padraig Kelly and James Howard.

Burren Utd: Cathal Guerin, Aron O’Brien, Ryan Burke, Austin Moloney, Crebhan Hughes; Joseph Mcgann, Colm O Brien, Padraig Kelly, James Howard, Tomas Cullinan; Rowan Danaher Subs: Conor Shannon for Guerin, Darren Gray for O Brien, Tristan O Callaghan for Burke

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 25th January 2015

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Ennis Town 3-2 Bridge Celtic
Tulla Utd 3-0 Corofin Harps
Avenue Utd 0-0 Bridge Utd
Newmarket Celtic 7-0 Lifford

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Turnpike Rvs 0-4 Avenue Utd B
Mountshannon Celtic 0-1 Kilkishen Celtic

Selprint Second Division
St Pats 1-3 Rineanna Rovers
Kilrush Rangers 5-0 Bunratty Cratloe
Rhine Rovers 1-4 Treaty Celtic

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Tulla Utd B 4-1 Kilmaley Fern Celtic

Saturday 24th January 2015
Jim Casey Trophies U19 League
Burren Utd 8-0 Bridge Utd
Ennis Town 5-1 Kilmaley/Manus

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Telecom Stores U17 League

Lees Road; Ennis Town v Moher Celtic 11am Bernard Donnelly

Cragg; Tulla Utd v Newmarket Celtic 2pm Trevor White

Jim Casey Trophies U19 League
Lisdoon; Burren Utd v Kilmaley / Manus Celtic 2pm Michael Rock

Sunday 1st February 2015
Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 1
Olympic Pk; Shannon Olympic B v Ennis Town B 2pm Martin OBrien

McDonagh Pk; Newmarket Celtic A v Corofin Harps B 2pm Rob Hennessey

Fairgreen; Hermitage B v Treaty Celtic 2pm Dave Mc Carthy

Cragg; Tulla Utd A v Kilrush Rangers 2pm James Ferns

Kilrush; West Clare FC v Bridge Utd A 2pm Terry Kennedy

Gort; Coole FC v Ruan Utd 2pm Flan Sheedy

Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time and penalties if necessary

Note: If home pitch unplayable match automatically reverts to away teams ground

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Lees Road; Ennis Town A v Shannon Olympic A 11am Pa Gleeson

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Kilmaley School; Connolly Celtic v Moher Celtic 11am John Grier

Lahinch; Sporting Ennistymon v Mountshannon Celtic 11am Tom Corry

Lees Road; Turnpike Rvs v Kilkishen Celtic 11am Frank Coote

Roslevin; Avenue Utd B v Newmarket Celtic B 11am Shane Hayes

Selprint Second Division
Lisdoon; Burren Utd v Rineanna Rvs 2pm Julian Stainford

Bunratty; Bunratty Cratloe v St Pats 2pm Paddy Walsh

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Sixmilebridge; Bridge Utd B v Tulla Utd B 11am Sean Kenneally

Lisdoon; Sporting Ennistymon B v Inch Crusaders 11am Brian Punch

Note: All results to be with Donal Kirby on 085-1765828 immediately after games otherwise a €40 fine will be incurred.

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About Oliver FItzpatrick

Oliver is Secretary / PRO for the Clare District Soccer League.

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