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Clare Junior Soccer Review and Results

soccerOliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend soccer action in Clare.

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 1
Newmarket Celtic A 3-0 Corofin Harps B
Holders Newmarket Celtic A began their quest for 4 in a row with victory over a brave Corofin Harps B team from the third division who gave their all throughout against their more illustrious opponents in perfect conditions at McDonagh Park on Sunday. Newmarket signaled their intent from the start with a strong lineup taking to the field and quickly began to dominate possession. Early chances fell to a host of Newmarket players but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied all. Newmarket were creating many chances down their left side with Darren Cullinan and the lively Eoin Hayes linking well and causing big problems for Corofin. An early corner resulted in a scramble in the Corofin defense and as the ball fell to Newmarket captain Eoin O’Brien inside the six yard box it seemed a simple tap in was required but he somehow missed. The opening goal came from David McCarthy when he applied a cool side footed finish to the corner to give the hosts the lead and settle any thoughts of an upset. Newmarket continued to apply the pressure and the second goal soon followed. A ball played into the box from Darren Cullinan on the newmarket left was well controlled by O’Brien and he cooly dispatched to the net to make amends for his earlier miss. Newmarkets third and final goal of the afternoon came courtesy of Eoin Hayes after another fantastic run into the Corofin box by the Newmarket number 10 and he finished superbly passed the Corofin keeper. The second half was a continuation of the first in terms of possession and Newmarket continued to push with little result in and around the penalty area. The hosts made a number of changes and one of these Ian Collins had the best of chances in the half when his shot from the edge of the box just shaved the Corofin crossbar. Newmarket will be happy to be in the next round and great credit must be given to a Corofin team that worked tirelessly to the finish and never gave up.

Newmarket Celtic A:
Trevor O’Donnell, Seamus Lawlor, Paddy Purcell, Eoin O’Brien, Darren Cullinan, Alan Kelly, Michael Crosby, Colin Smyth, David McCarthy, Eoin Hayes, Daithi O’Connell Subs Ronan McCormack for Alan Kelly, Alan Brigdale for O’Connell, Ian Collins for Crosby, Neil Ryan for Eoin Hayes

Tulla Utd A 2-0 Kilrush Rangers
Tulla Utd A advanced to round 2 with a 2-0 victory over Kilrush Rangers at the Cragg on Sunday. Both goals were scored in the first half thanks to a brace by Sunny Jay. Kilrush had Gearoid O’Brien sent off before the break which made the task all the harder for them. Tulla were well in control in the second half but could not add to their first half goals as they now look forward to a meeting with Avenue Utd B on Sunday week.

Tulla Utd A: Shane Collins, Paraic O’Malley, Raymond Bane, Daragh Corry, Tommy McKeown, Johnny O’Brien, Shane McNamara,David O’Brien, Aaron Lane, Colin Nelson, Sunny Jay Subs: Enda Murphy, Conor O’Dwyer, Alan Leamy, Daire Hannon, Andrew Hogan

Ennis Town B 3-4 Shannon Olympic B
Shannon Olympic B from the third division caused a surprise on Sunday at Lees Road when they knocked out first division outfit Ennis Town B. Olympic went ahead just before half time from a free kick. Within 5 minutes of the second half Ennis Town were ahead with goals from Cody Fitzgerald and Marty McLoughlin. However Olympic retook the lead with two quick goals of their own. With 20 minutes to go it was 3-3 with Stephen Horgan scoring for Ennis Town. The Ennis lads were creating chances but failing to convert and were punished with 5 minutes to go when Olympic scored their 4th which earned them an away trip to Bridge Celtic in round 2.

Ennis Town B: Eoin Campbell, Stephen Horgan, Cody Fitzgerald, Gary Walsh, Ultan Shiels, Cian Moran, Shane O’Connor, Dylan Ryan, Marty McLoughlin, Declan Ensko, Aaron Landy Subs: David Considine for Ensko.

Coole FC 0-1 Ruan Utd (AET)
This was a hard fought victory for Ruan Utd in what was a typical Cup game with both teams fully committed and both dominating for periods of the game. The first half belonged to Coole who only for some great goalkeeping from Mark Gleeson and some last ditch tackles from Ruan defenders were unlucky to go in at half time still level. Ruan settled more in second half and threatened Coole’s goal more often with Karl Mahony having their best chance with the Coole keeper making a good stop. Even with Ruan more in control Coole still threatened and could have scored with a header at back post that just went over. With neither side able to break the deadlock the game went to extra time after 90 minutes. There was still little between the teams in extra time and and it looked like it would take penalties to separate these sides as the game entered the final minute of extra time. One last attack from Ruan resulted in a free kick. Willie Treacy took the free kick that was flicked on and met by Killian Ryan who steered it past Coole’s goalkeeper for the all important winning goal to give Ruan a place in round 2 against Kilkishen Celtic. Ruan Utd: Mark Gleeson, Paul Drumm, Willie Treacy, Niall O’Connor, Brendan Neylon, Fergus Casey, Paul Dinan, Barry Cusack, Gavin Dinan, Karl Mahony, Patrick Keegan Subs: Killian Ryan for Keegan, Jason Courtney for Paul Dinan, Sean Hillary for Gavin Dinan, Patrick Roughan for Drumm

Hermitage B 0-3 Treaty Celtic
Treaty Celtic made the trip to Ennis and had a good victory over Hermitage B in the Fairgreen with goals from David Boland, Alan Considine and Alan Clerkin.

West Clare FC 2-4 Bridge Utd A
Bridge Utd negotiated a potentially tricky away encounter against West Clare FC in Kilrush with goals from Darren Murphy, Eric Carr and a brace from Darragh Fitzgerald setting up a trip to Mountshannon Celtic in round 2.

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Ennis Town A 2-0 Shannon Olympic A
With Ennis Town missing a few regulars it gave an opportunity to some fringe players to step up with one scoring a cracker. The game was fairly even in the first half but Ennis should have goal up at the break but failed to convert a penalty when Darren Whelan made a great save. Early in the second half Ennis Town took the lead with a fabulous strike from Shane Daly. Both sides continued to create chances but it was Ennis Town who looked more likely to score. Both keepers made some fine saves. On 85 minutes Ennis Town wrapped up the points when Sean O’Callaghan headed home from a Ritchie Neylon corner.

Ennis Town A: Marty Whelan, Ethan Considine, Shane Daniels, Sean O’Callaghan, John Maher, Eoin Glynn, Darryl Eade, Gary Collins, Adrian Walsh, Shane Daly, Gary Greene Subs: Mickey Dinan for Considine, Ritchie Neylon for Collins

Selprint Second Division
Bunratty Cratloe 6-1 St Pats
Bunratty Cratloe gave their survival hopes a big lift with a great performance and victory over St Pats at Bunratty on Sunday. Star performer on the day was Colm Ryan who scored a hat-trick in his first game back at the club. Colin Melody, Trevor Toomey and Shane Brown also got in on the scoring for the home side.

Burren Utd 4-2 Rineanna Rovers
Burren came from behind to win this entertaining Second Division match at Lisdoonvarna on Sunday. The first half was fairly even until defensive hesitation led Burren keeper Peter O’Dwyer to concede a penalty on 15 minutes which was dispatched to the net by Darren Lindsay. Burren responded well and equalized on 25 minutes through a Pat Nagle free kick. Burren almost too the lead just before half time when a shot from Evan Talty hit the post and a good defensive tackle denied Cathal Guerin the rebound. In the second half Burren upped a gear and began to get behind a strong and committed Rineanna defence. Burren went in front on the hour mark when Pat Nagle scored from the edge of the area and ten minutes later Dale Masterson scored from a similar distance. Rineanna replied on 75 minutes through Colum Treacy and chased the game to the finish but Burren defended well and broke at pace. Burren created several more chances and completed the scoring on 85 minutes when Evan Talty was fouled in the box and converted the penalty.

Burren Utd: Peter O’Dwyer, Cian O’Flaherty, Crebhan Hughes, Barry O’Grady, Ryan Burke, Cathal Guerin, Maccon Byrne, Pat Nagle, Dale Masterson, Tomas Cullinan, Evan Talty Subs: Conor Burke for Cullinan, Martin Garrihy for O Flaherty (inj)

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Sporting Ennistymon B 5-2 Inch Crusaders
This morning game on Sunday in Lisdoonvarna was in doubt right up to kick off as the pitch was almost like a sheet of glass. But it went ahead and Sporting took an early lead through a Sean McConigley shot from the edge of the box. They then went 2 up after a Cathal McConigley shot also from outside the box hit the back of the Inch net. Inch pulled one back through a screamer from Thiago Santana on the edge of the box. Sporting pushed again and were rewarded when good link up play between Cathal and Sean McConigley resulted in a cross was stroked home at the far post by Paul Kelly. Sporting then conceded again when a scramble inside the box resulted in a deflected shot from Santana creeping in at the far post. Sporting made it 4-2 when a Cathal Mcconigley cross was dummied by Kelly and Sean McConigley fired it home to leave it 4-2 to Sporting at the break. The second half started well with both sides exchanging shots before a Michael McConigley cross was met by Paul Kelly with a glancing header which dipped over the Inch keeper and into the corner. This made it 4 goals in 3 games for Kelly and 7 for the season. After that goal both teams eased off although Inch did have chances to pull their way back and Sporting had chances too but couldn’t convert. This win moves Sporting into second place in the table and keeps their promotion hopes alive with 5 league games left in their season.

Sporting Ennistymon B:
Richard Leigh, Milo Keane, Darragh Conneely, David Flynn, Michael McConigley, Steve Wall, Cathal McConigley, Steven Toomey, Sean Crowe, Sean McConigley, Paul Kelly. Subs: Roma Byrne for Wall, Brian Houlihan for Crowe, Eddie Crowe for Cathal McConigley

Inch Crusaders:
Conor Clancy, Mairtin MacDonnacha, Thomas O’Doherty, Mark Connellan, Niall Gavin, James Rynne, Padraig Talty, Brenno Henrique, James O’Halloran, Thiago Santana, Tomas Lynch Sub: Rory Killeen for O’Halloran

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 1st February 2015

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 1
Shannon Olympic B 4-3 Ennis Town B
Newmarket Celtic A 3-0 Corofin Harps B
Hermitage B 0-3 Treaty Celtic
Tulla Utd A 2-0 Kilrush Rangers
West Clare FC 2-4 Bridge Utd A
Coole FC 0-1 Ruan Utd (AET)

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Ennis Town A 2-0 Shannon Olympic A

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Turnpike Rvs 0-1 Kilkishen Celtic
Avenue Utd B 2-2 Newmarket Celtic B

Selprint Second Division
Burren Utd 4-2 Rineanna Rvs
Bunratty Cratloe 6-1 St Pats

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Sporting Ennistymon B 5-2 Inch Crusaders

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Wednesday 4th February 2015

Hugh Kelly Premier League Cup Quarter-Final
County Grounds: Ennis Town v Newmarket Celtic 7pm Pa Gleeson

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

Saturday 7th February 2015
Telecom Stores U17 League
Gort; Coole FC v Tulla Utd 11am Bernard Donnelly

Jim Casey Trophies Youths/U19 League
Sixmilebridge; Bridge Utd v Avenue Utd 2pm Trevor White

McDonagh Pk; Newmarket Celtic v Ennis Town 11am Julian Stainford

Sunday 8th February 2015
Munster Youths Cup 1/4 Final
Lisdoon; Burren Utd v Fairview Rangers 2pm
Michael Rock(ref) Shane Hayes, Tom Corry (linesman)

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 1
Roslevin; Avenue Utd A v Rhine Rvs 11am Terry Kennedy

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 2
Olympic Pk; Shannon Olympic v Inch Crusaders 2pm James Ferns

McDonagh Pk; Newmarket Celtic B v Hermitage A 2pm John Grier

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Lees Road; Ennis Town v Newmarket Celtic 10.30 am Martin OBrien

Cragg; Tulla Utd v Bridge Celtic 11am James Ferns

Corofin; Corofin Harps v Bridge Utd 11am Pa Gleeson

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Kilmaley School; Connolly Celtic v Avenue Utd B 2pm Frank Coote

Lees Road; Ennis Town B v Sporting Ennistymon 2pm Julian Stainford

Cahercon; Kildysart Celtic v Turnpike Rvs 11am Flan Sheedy

Selprint Second Division
Bunratty; Bunratty/ Cratloe v Treaty Celtic 11am Paddy Walsh

Kilrush; Kilrush Rangers v Hermitage B 11am Dave McCarthy

Ballycasey; Rineanna Rvs v Manus Celtic 11am Sean Kenneally

Fairgreen Track Pitch; Ruan Utd v St Pats 2pm Julian Stainford

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Tiermaclane; Kilmaley Fern Celtic v West Clare FC 2pm Sean Kenneally

Lisdoon; Sporting Ennistymon B v Bridge Utd B 11am Michael Rock

Cragg; Tulla Utd B v Coole FC 2pm Brian Punch

Wednesday 11th February 2015
Hugh Kelly Premier League Cup
County Grounds, Doora 7pm Martin OBrien
Hermitage v Tulla Utd

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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