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Clare Junior Soccer Review and Fixtures

soccerOliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend soccer action.

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 15th February 2015

Munster Junior Cup Round 5
Clonmel Celtic 1-3 Newmarket Celtic

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 2
Sporting Ennistymon B 0-4 Tulla Utd B
Sporting Ennistymon A 0-2 Avenue Utd A
Ruan Utd 0-1 Kilkishen Celtic
Ennis Town A 2-0 Kilmaley Fern Celtic
Treaty Celtic 1-3 St Pats
Bridge Utd B 0-3 Kildysart Celtic
Bunratty/Cratloe 0-4 Manus Celtic
Corofin Harps A 4-3 Connolly Celtic (AET)
Turnpike Rvs 0-3 Moher Celtic
Mountshannon Celtic 0-1 Bridge Utd A
Bridge Celtic 1-0 Shannon Olympic B
Burren Utd 7-2 Rineanna Rvs

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Hermitage A 2-0 Lifford

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Avenue Utd B 4-0 Ennis Town B

Suttons Lighting Third Division
West Clare FC 2-1 Coole FC
Inch Crusaders 3-3 Corofin Harps B

Saturday 14th February 2015
Telecom Stores U17 League
Moher Celtic 6-1 Tulla Utd
Avenue Utd 2-1 Ennis Town

Wednesday 11th February 2015
Hugh Kelly Cup
Hermitage 1-1 Tulla Utd (AET) – Hermitage won 4-1 on penalties

Munster Junior Cup Round 5
Clonmel Celtic 1-3 Newmarket Celtic
Newmarket Celtic qualified for the quarter-final of the Munster Junior Cup after an impressive away performance against Clonmel Celtic at Clonmel on Sunday. First half goals from Eoin Hayes and an own goal gave Newmarket a 2-0 lead at the break. Ronan McCormack made it 3-0 in the second half before Clonmel pulled a goal back late but it was not enough to stop Newmarket earning a deserved place in the quarter-final away to Waterford side Dungarvan Utd next month.

Newmarket Celtic: Niall Quinn, Seamie Lawlor, Paddy Purcell, Stephen Kelly, Eoin O’Brien, Michael Crosby, Alan Kelly, Colin Smyth, Eoin Hayes, Alan Brigdale, David McCarthy. Subs: Ronan McCormack for McCarthy, Daithi O’Connell for Hayes, Darren Cullinan for Crosby

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 2
Sporting Ennistymon A 0-2 Avenue Utd A
Goals from Mikey Mahoney in the first half and Ritchie Fitzgerald in the second half helped Avenue Utd advance to round 3 against a good Sporting Ennistymon side at Lahinch on Sunday.

Ruan Utd 0-1 Kilkishen Celtic
Kilkishen Celtic made the trip to the Fairgreen on Sunday and came away with the victory after a keenly contested contest in the Clare Cup. The first half was very even with neither team creating any clear cut chances with Ruan slightly edging the possession stakes with the aid of a strong wind. Teams went in at half time all square 0-0. Kilkishen were a lot better in the second half playing much of the game in Ruan’s half. They finally got the goal they deserved when Paul Murphy got on to a rebound from a good save by the Ruan keeper from a Christy Philpott shot. Kilkishen should have extended there lead soon after with sub Jamie O’Hallaran missing 3 good opportunities. Ruan pressed hard for the equalizer in the last 15 mins but a combination of good defending and goalkeeping kept them out.

Kilkishen Celtic: Paul Touhy, Ray McInerney, Mark Pewter, Colm Gleeson, Michael Fleming, Christy Philpott, Jonathan Lyons, Shane McInerney, Pa McMahon, Paul Murphy. Subs: Alan McInerney, Ian Donnellan, Jamie O’Halloran

Ennis Town A 2-0 Kilmaley Fern Celtic
This was a comfortable game throughout for Ennis Town A made even more so by a red card for a Kilmaley player on 25 minutes. Ennis took advantage of this and scored on the 30 min mark with a fine strike from Joe Collins. Ennis still made hard work of this game. The only notable chance for Kilmaley was an Ennis Town back pass from 30 yards out which nearly caught out Ciaran Macmathuna in the Town goal. Ennis Town created numerous chances but didn’t take them until the 89th minute when Ritchie Neylon added a second.

Ennis Town A: Ciaran Macmathuna, Ethan Considine, John Maher, Sean O Callaghan, Shane Daniels, Gary Greene, Eoin Keenan, Adrian Walsh, Ritchie Neylon, Joe Collins, Lunga Balman. Subs: Gary Collins for Greene, Ethan McNevin for Balman

Bunratty Cratloe 0-4 Manus Celtic
Manus Celtic are on the march again in the Clare Cup with Brian Keogh, Adam Healy and a brace from Mikey Geraghty ensuring they would taking their place in the third round.

Corofin Harps A 4-3 Connolly Celtic (AET)
With 15 minutes to go it looked like Corofin Harps were coasting into round 3 of the Clare Cup as they led 3-0 and supporters were started to leave early to avoid any more of the cold weather on the day. However Connolly had other ideas and staged a great comeback scoring 3 goals to bring the game to extra time. Corofin upped their games again in extra time and scored another goal to earn their place in round 3. Cian O’Dea scored twice while Killian Malone and Brian Halpin also got in on the scoring for Corofin.

Mountshannon Celtic 0-1 Bridge Utd A
A moment of magic was needed to settle this cup affair in Scariff and it was duly provided to allow 10-man Bridge to advance to the 3rd round in an evenly contested fixture. Bridge United dominated possession in first half and looked like they had taken lead after 20 minutes when Kieran Quinlan lobbed the keeper Andrew O’Dwyer only to see his effort ruled out for offside. The hosts appeared to have forged a good opening as William Glass advanced on goal just before half time only for the arm of Bridge goalkeeper John Mulready to halt the young striker’s progress outside the area which left referee Julian Stanford with no choice but to reach for a red card. John Scanlon should have given Mountshannon the lead on 55 minutes but his effort from close range went over the bar. United finally made the breakthrough on 65 minutes when Pa McMahon picked up ball just inside his own half and brought it forward before unleashing an unstoppable strike from all of 30 yards. The visitors deserved their lead but they were made to battle all the way to secure there place in the 3rd round.

Mountshannon Celtic: Andrew O’Dwyer, Andrew McNamara, Martin McNamara, Niall Dear, John O’Brien, Martin Cunningham, Michael Barrett, Cathal Moloney, John Scanlan; William Glass, Liam Doyle. Subs: Tomas McNamara for Liam Doyle, Niall Minogue for William Glass, Colm Kavanagh for Tomas McNamara

Bridge Utd A: John Mulready, Jay Whyte, Eoin Guinan, Darren Murphy, Noel Collins, Kevin Kelly, Eric Carr, Pa McMahon, Christy Carey, Kieran Quinlan, Mark Culbert. Subs: Derek Fahy for Quinlan, Darragh Fitzgerald for Carr, Jonathan Downes for Whyte

Burren Utd 7-2 Rineanna Rovers
Burren Utd advanced to round 3 of the Clare Cup after an easy victory over an understrength Rineanna Rovers side at Lisdoonvarna on Sunday. Burren were fast out of the traps with three early goals. First Martin Garrihy set up Pat Nagle for a good strike then scored twice himself from close range. As the half wore on Rineanna came more into the game but could not cope with the pace and power of striker Evan Talty throughout. Talty won and converted a penalty before half time and added three more goals in the second half. Burren while also not at full strength on the day themselves allowed Rineanna two second half goals through Ciaran Keane and Stephen Touhy but generally defended well in front of good handling by young keeper Conor Shannon.

Burren Utd: Conor Shannon, Evan Barrett, Barry O’Grady, Ryan Burke, Cian Flaherty, Brian Shannon, Chris Mroczek, Martin Garrihy, Pat Nagle, Conor Burke, Evan Talty. Subs: Pauric Kelly, Gary McNamara, Cian Garrihy, Crebhan Hughes, Liam O’Sullivan

Rineanna Rovers: John Bowe, Connor Sweeney, Darren Lynsey, Joe Brennan, Brian Barry, Ciaran Keane, Stephen Touhy, John Lynsey, Colum Treacy, Mark Scullian, Danny Sweeney

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Hermitage A 2-0 Lifford
This was a keenly contested town derby from start to finish at the Fairgreen on Sunday with some added spice with former Hermitage manager Lenny Franks in the hot seat at rivals Lifford. Hermitage secured the all important victory thanks to an early strike on 5 minutes from Paul Dullaghan and a well struck free kick from Tola Crowe on 85 minutes. This victory leaves Lifford 8 points from safety with 5 games left and Hermitage are now in the battle with lot of other teams to avoid the relegation playoff game.

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Avenue Utd B 4-0 Ennis Town B
Avenue Utd B remain top of the first division after a great 4-0 victory against Ennis Town B in this town derby played at Roslevan on Sunday. This contest was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests and while Avenue deserved the 3 points the scoreline somewhat flattered them in the end. Ennis Town started brightly and in the first 5 minutes had forced the Avenue keeper Killian Culligan into a good save and they also hit the post from Aaron Landy. Avenue went in front on 20 minutes when the inform Ronan Kerin scored from close range after getting on the end of Jack Arra cross. It stayed 1-0 to Avenue at the break. Ennis Town started the second half well and were putting Avenue under lot of pressure. On 55 minutes Ennis Town were awarded a penalty when Raymond Esedebe was taken down. Shane Daly took the responsibility but his penalty was well saved by Culligan. Ennis Town kept pressing for an equalizer but on 70 minutes Avenue scored a second when Ennis Town failed to clear their lines from a corner and the ball fell to Rory Nouribi who scored with a sweet strike. Things only got worse for Ennis Town when scoring two own goals in the last ten minutes to give Avenue Utd B a deserved win in the end. The scoreline was tough on Ethan Kelly in the Ennis goal who had a fine game throughout.

Avenue Utd B: Killian Culligan, Shaun Flanagan, Ian Hassett, Martin Moran. Dean Dauria, Neill Slattery, Rory Nouribi, Jack Arra, Rahman Zekiri, Darragh Kerin, Ronan Kerin. Subs: Jonny Ferns for Darragh Kerin, Donal O’Halloran for Zekiri, Dean Malone for Flanagan

Ennis Town B: Ethan Kelly, Stephen Horgan, Shane O’Connor, Jason White, Shane Daly, Declan Ensko, Mickey Dinan, Raymond Esedebe, Darlington Ovenserh, Dylan Ryan, Aaron Landy. Subs: Ultan Shiels for Ensko, Barry Cotter for Ryan, Marty McLoughlin for Dinan

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Inch Crusaders 3-3 Corofin Harps B
Inch and Corofin played out an action packed 3-3 draw at Lees Road on Sunday. Inch will be disappointed not to have claimed all 3 points having led 3 times in the match which included taking the lead in the last minute but credit to Corofin who never gave up and this helped earn them a share of the points on the day. Inch took the lead on 15 minutes when a good run and pass from Thiago Santana put Brenno Henrique through on goal and he finished well. Corofin got back on level terms on 25 minutes when Luke O’Loughlin headed home a corner. Inch went back in front on 50 minutes when a shot from Henrique was saved by Gary Molloy but Santana was on hand to bury the rebound. Corofin got back level for the second time when Aidean Collins capitalised on a mistake at the back for Inch and finished well with shot from edge of the box. Inch thought they had secured the victory when a good passing move in the last minute involving James Rynne, Thomas O’Doherty and Santana created some space for Sean Hehir and his well struck effort from 25 yards hit the back of the net with Molloy well beaten. From the kickoff with time almost up Corofin put one last ball into the Inch box and Alex was on hand to finish well despite the best efforts of James Killeen in the Inch goal.

Inch Crusaders: James Killeen, Mairtin MacDonnacha, Mark Connellan, Thomas O’Doherty, Sean Talty, Brenno Henrique, James Rynne, Sean Hehir, Rory Killeen, Thiago Santana, Tomas Lynch. Subs:Paul Walsh for Rory Killeen, Niall Gavin for Talty (inj)

Corofin Harps B: Gary Molloy, John Reeves, Kevin Darcy, Luke O’Loughlin, Steven MacMillian, Benny, Johnny Lane, Dean Lee, Aidean Collins, Martin Keane, Alex

West Clare FC 2-1 Coole FC
West Clare closed the gap on leaders Coole to 4 points with 3 games in hand after coming from behind to take all three points at Kilrush on Sunday. Coole had the better chances in the first half and took the lead midway through it when Dave Cahill was brought down in the box and up stepped Kyle McCarthy to finish the penalty to the net. Coole pilled on the pressure after that to try and build on it and McCarthy went close again with a free kick and a header at the back post by Fergus Tuohy just went wide. At half time the score was 1-0 to Coole. The second half started with Coole going close again after a cross into the box was met by the head of Dave Franklin and he narrowly missed the target. It looked like Coole were going to hold on until there was drama in last 15 minutes with West Clare hitting back with two sucker punches. West Clare drew level when a ball into the box wasn’t cleared and a shot was well saved by Shane Hanrahan only for the rebound to come out to Paul Murphy who finished to the net. West Clare got the winning goal on 88 minutes when they were awarded a penalty and Jamie Russell held his nerve to put away the spot kick and ensure the victory for the home side.

Coole FC: Shane Hanrahan, Stevie Quinn, Dave Franklin, Noele Gylnn, Ricky Prince, Enda Craddock, Fintan McNamara, Rafa Mamala, Dave Cahill, Kyle McCarthy, Fergus Tuohy. Subs: James Cosgrove, John Cosgrove, Luke Kelly

soccerTreacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Wednesday 18th February 2015

Hugh Kelly Cup
County Grounds, Doora 7pm Trevor White
Bridge Utd v Lifford

Telecom Stores U17 League
McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic v Coole FC 2pm Julian Stainford

Saturday 21st February 2015
Telecom Stores U17 League
Liscannor; Moher Celtic v Coole FC 11am Tom Corry

Lees Road; Ennis Town v Tulla Utd 11am Shane Hayes

Jim Casey Trophies Youths/U19 League
Lisdoon; Burren Utd v Avenue Utd 2pm Niall Quinn

Sixmilebridge; Bridge Utd v Newmarket Celtic 2pm Trevor White

Sunday 22nd February 2015
Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 2
Cassidy Pk; Lifford v Newmarket Celtic 11am Michael Rock

Cragg; Tulla Utd v Avenue Utd B 2pm Rob Hennessey

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Fairgreen; Hermitage v Shannon Olympic 11am Terry Kennedy

Bridgetown; Bridge Celtic v Bridge Utd 2pm Pa Gleeson

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Scariff; Mountshannon Celtic v Moher Celtic 2pm James Ferns

Lahinch; Sporting Ennistymon v Newmarket Celtic B 11am Martin OBrien

Cahercon; Kildysart Celtic v Turnpike Rvs 2pm Flan Sheedy

Kilkishen; Kilkishen Celtic v Ennis Town B 2pm Frank Coote

Selprint Second Division
Lees Road Astro; Manus Celtic v Ruan Utd 11am John Grier

Kilrush; Kilrush Rangers v St Pats 2.30pm Shane Hayes

Lisdoon; Burren Utd v Treaty Celtic 2pm Tom Corry

Fairgreen; Hermitage B v Rineanna Rvs 2pm Dave Mc Carthy

Bunratty; Bunratty/Cratloe v Rhine Rvs 11am Sean Kenneally

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Sixmilebridge; Bridge Utd B v Corofin Harps B 2pm Paddy Walsh

Tiermaclane; Kilmaley Fern Celtic v Shannon Olympic B 2pm Julian Stainford

Kilrush; West Clare FC v Tulla Utd B 11am Paul Hickey

Wednesday 25th February
Hugh Kelly Cup
County Grounds, Doora 7pm James Ferns
Bridge Utd or Lifford v Avenue 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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