Soccer, Sports

Promotion for West Clare and Rineanna as Burren win U19 Cup

Oliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend soccer action.

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Ennis Town B 0-4 Avenue Utd B
Avenue Utd B kept alive their title hopes in the First Division with a good victory over already relegated Ennis Town B at Lees Road on Sunday. There was little between the teams in a scoreless first half in which Rory Norrby’s shot which hit the post was the only chance of note. Avenue upped their performance in the second half and Ronan Kerin bagged himself a hat-trick. The first of his three was a scramble in the box which was poked into the corner from close range. His second and third goals were carbon copies of each other. Good work from Jack Arra down the right lead to two good crosses which were expertly dispatched. At 3-0 the game was well over as a contest before Gary Roche got the fourth late on after a good finish high into the net.

Mountshannon Celtic 1-0 Sporting Ennistymon A
A promoted Sporting Ennistymon side traveled to a windy Scariff hoping to cement their place as league leaders against relegation threatened Mountshannon. However the hosts took all three points thanks to a solitary first half strike in this First Division encounter. The hosts opted to utilise a strong breeze in the opening period and they seized the initiative in this important fixture after 25 minutes. Liam Corry raced on to an incisive Paul Dooley through ball before coolly slotting across the goalkeeper. The home side could have doubled their advantage before the interval but the Sporting’s keeper was quick to close down William Glass before he could pull the trigger. A response from the visitors seemed inevitable after the break due both to weather conditions and respective league positions. However a stubborn home rearguard ensured that Sporting were mainly restricted to long range efforts. In fact the home side came closer to scoring in the second half as Martin Cunningham struck wide from 18 yards with just the keeper to beat. The closest to a second half goal came when a drilled Liam Corry cross was met by a bullet Paul Dooley header which rattled the crossbar. The home side clinched a crucial three points which ensures that relegation and title battles alike remain unpredictable right to the end of the season.

Mountshannon Celtic: Andrew O’Dwyer, Andrew McNamara, Niall Dear, Martin McNamara, John O’Brien, Liam Corry, Michael Barrett, Cathal Moloney, Martin Cunningham, William Glass, Paul Dooley Subs: Colm Kavanagh for Cunningham, Oran Scanlan for Corry

Moher Celtic 1-1 Connolly Celtic
A late goal from Kieran Dillon for Connolly Celtic on 88 minutes denied Moher Celtic all three points and kept alive his sides chances of promotion back to the Premier Division while putting a dent in Moher’s promotion hopes with one round of matches left for both sides.

firstSelprint Second Division
Rineanna Rovers 4-0 Burren Utd

The victorious Rineanna Rovers side

The victorious Rineanna Rovers side

Rineanna Rovers clinched the Second Division title in style with an easy victory over Burren Utd at Ballycasey on Wednesday night. Burren never got to grips with the Ballycasey pitch or their opponents height and strength. After a nervous first 20 minutes Rineanna took the lead through Josh Lindsey and two minutes later doubled their advantage through Gavin McPhillips.

Burren couldn’t muster a comeback and even their set pieces were off target. They fell further behind to a Paul Butler penalty on 40 minutes. The second half was scrappy with the game long over as a contest. Rineanna added a fourth through Shane Meehan and finished the season worthy champions. After the game Jim Madden from sponsors Selprint and the Clare League presented the Cup to Rineanna captain Colum Treacy.

Rineanna Rovers:John Bowe, Conor Ryan, Conor Sweeney, Colum Tracey, Darren Lindsay, Josh Lindsay, Stephen Touhy, Alan Barrett, Paul Butler, Danny Sweeney, Gavin McPhillips Subs: Jamie O’Shea, Shane Meehan, Kieran Keane

Burren Utd: Conor Shannon; Cian Flaherty. Maccon Byrne, Ryan Burke,Barry O Grady; Dan Carey, Conor Burke, Pat Nagle, Dale Masterson, John Stack; Evan Talty. Subs: Padraig Kelly for Flaherty (inj), Joseph McGann for Stack, Evan Barrett for C.Burke

Burren Utd 3-2 Bunratty Cratloe
A solid performance from Burren Utd at Lisdoonvarna on Sunday helped them bounce back from their midweek loss with a starting team containing the majority of players fresh off there under 19’s cup success the previous day. Burren started brightest with Joesph McGann and Dale Masterson making dangerous runs at the Bunratty cratloe defence. Burren went in front following an excellent passing movement up the right side of the pitch which saw good link up play for Masterson to score the opener. Burren went 2-0 up after another good passing move which saw McGann get on the score sheet. Burrens third goal came from a corner when captain on the day Barry O’Grady headed the ball into the net. Bunratty Cratloe grew into the game in the last half hour and with two late goals saw Burren having to hold out for the last 5 minutes to get all 3 points and keep alive their challenge for automatic promotion back to First Division.

Burren Utd: Conor Shannon, Cian Garrihy, Ryan Burke, Barry O’Grady, Jack Sheedy, Liam O Sullivan, Conor Burke, Dale Masterson, Cian Flaherty, Maccon Byrne, Joseph McGann. Subs:Gary McNamara for O Sullivan, Colm O’Brien for Byrne, Tristian O’Callaghan for McGann

Hermitage B 1-3 Kilrush Rangers
Two goals from Gearoid O Brien and a third from Gearoid Lynch at the Fairgreen on Sunday has kept Kilrush Rangers 2 points clear of Burren Utd in the battle for automatic promotion with one round of matches left in the second division.

secondSuttons Lighting Third Division
Bridge Utd 2-4 West Clare FC

West Clare FC on Sunday

West Clare FC on Sunday

West Clare FC were crowned Third Division League Champions at Sixmilebridge on Sunday when they defeated closest rivals Bridge Utd B in an entertaining match. West Clare raced into a 3-0 lead with two goals from Jamie Russell and a third from Dylan Russell. Bridge never gave up and pulled a goal back before half time when John Keogh scored. West Clare were put under lot of pressure in the second half and when Keogh scored his second of the game for Bridge it looked like they might salvage a result from the game. However West Clare had other ideas and a breakaway goal from Jamie Russell completed his hat-trick and clinched the title for West Clare FC.

Bridge Utd B: Barry Deasy, Johnny Hayes, Billy Maxwell, Kevin Kelly, Alan McAuley, Eoin Gough, Tom Whyte, Jamie O’Gorman, Donald Devanney, Trevor Maxwell, John Keogh Subs: Aidan Whelan for Gough, Cathal Kinnane for McAuley

Tulla Utd B 0-2 Inch Crusaders
Inch Crusaders finished off their season with their fourth win in their last 5 games with victory over Tulla Utd B at the Cragg on Friday night. In a very open game both sides played some nice football with plenty of chances created. Tulla had the better of the opening period and Inch’s solid center half partnership of Sean Talty and Thomas O’Doherty were kept busy against the pacy Tulla attacking threat. Inch keeper Ross Dunn was called on twice to make good saves while Mairtin MacDonnacha made a good tackle in the box when the Tulla center forward was through on goal. As the half wore on Inch came more into it and James Rynne went close with an effort from 40 yard that the Tulla keeper did well to save. Rory Killeen was causing the Tulla defence some problems and good work from him earned Inch a corner on 30 minutes. An excellent delivery from Sean Hehir caused the Tulla defence all sorts of problems and good work from Oliver Fitzpatrick inside the 6 yard box had Inch in front. Inch kept the pressure on up to half time and a good ball from Niall Gavin to Killeen created a chance for Killeen that narrowly missed the target. The second half was like the first with both sides creating chances. The decisive second goal was scored by Sean Hehir with a brilliant effort from the edge of the box after getting on the end of a Paul Walsh cross to secure the victory for the visitors.

Inch Crusaders: Ross Dunn, Mairtin MacDonnacha, Thomas O’Doherty, Sean Talty, Mark Connellan, James O’Halloran, Sean Hehir, James Rynne, Niall Gavin, Oliver Fitzpatrick, Rory Killeen Subs: Paul Walsh for O’Halloran, Thiago Santana for Killeen, Paul Coote for Fitzpatrick

thirdJim Casey Trophies Clare U19 Cup
Burren Utd 2-1 Avenue Utd


The victorious Burren United side

Burren Utd edged out Avenue Utd in a well contested U19 Cup Final between two evenly matches teams at the County Grounds on Saturday. Avenue started the better of the two teams with them controlling most of the possession. Pat McDaid was showing his influence early with a couple of lovely passes. It took over half an hour for Burren to get there first shot on but it came from Joe McGann who picked up on a loose touch and steered his shot just wide. McGann had a second effort a minute later and again despite best efforts pulled it wide of the mark again.

Ronan Kerin was looking dangerous from the first whistle and nearly got the opener for Avenue when he beat 3 defenders only for a great save by Conor Shannon to deny him. Burren continued to grow into the game and were looking dangerous on the counter attack as the sides went in 0-0 at the break. A great passing move for Burren at the start of the second half helped give them the lead with Rowan Danaher bundling the ball into the net on the second time of asking. Avenue responded 5 minutes later when a free header by danger man Ronan Kerin got his team back Level. It was a tense and tight affair from here to the finish with both sides knowing the next goal would be crucial.

The all important winning goal was scored by Burren from the penalty spot when Maccon Byrne was brought down inside the area and referee Trevor White was well position to award the penalty. Rowan Danaher kept great cool under pressure to tuck the ball into the low left corner of the net. From there on Avenue controlled most of the possession but did not convert there half chances. Burren showed incredible defensive work and never gave away a clear cut chance again. Captain Ryan Burke and man of the match Tomas Cullian putting bodies in for some vital tackles.

Burren had one last chance after a good run by Colm O’Brien only for a good save by Avenue keeper James Tierney. Avenue camped in the Burren half for all the stoppage time but the North Clare team held out to make it a successful day in the County Grounds and bring the curtain down on this squads incredible underage careers with another title.

Burren Utd: Conor Shannon Jack Sheedy, Ryan Burke, Austin Maloney, Evan Barrett, Paudie Kelly, Tomas Cullian, Colm O’Brien, Joseph McGann, Maccon Byrne, Rowan Danaher Subs: James Howard for Kelly, Liam O’Sullivan for Cullian

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Wednesday 29th April 2015

Telecom Stores U/17 League
Lees Road: Ennis Town v Avenue Utd 6:45pm Frank Coote

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Mc Donagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic B v Connolly Celtic 6:45pm Martin OBrien

Kilkishen: Kilkishen Celtic v Mountshannon Celtic 6:45pm Terry Kennedy

Lahinch: Sporting Ennistymon v Kildysart Celtic 6:45pm James Ferns

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Sixmilebridge: Bridge Utd B v Shannon Olympic B 6:45pm Sean Kenneally

Kilrush: West Clare FC v Kilmaley Fern Celtic 6:45pm Julian Stamford

Saturday 2nd May 2015
Oscar Traynor Semi Final
Maginn Park, Buncrana, Donegal 6pm
Inishowen v Clare
Sligo Officials

Sunday 3rd May 2015
Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Cassidy Pk; Lifford v Tulla Utd 2pm Pa Gleeson

Fairgreen: Hermitage v Bridge Utd 2pm Terry Kennedy

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Lahinch: Moher Celtic v Avenue Utd B 11am Michael Rock

College Pitch: Kildysart Celtic v Mountshannon Celtic 11am Frank Coote

Lees Road: Turnpike Rvs v Newmarket Celtic B 11am Martin OBrien

Selprint Second Division
Lit Limerick: Treaty Celtic v Kilrush Rangers 2:30pm James Ferns

Lees Road Astro: Manus Celtic v Burren Utd 2pm Julian Stamford

Monday 4th May 2015
CDSL U/17 Cup Final
County Grounds, Doora 2.30pm
Shane Hayes(ref) Flan Sheedy, Sean Kenneally(Asst Ref)
Avenue Utd v Coole FC

Tuesday 5th May 2015
Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premeir Division
Olympic Pk: Shannon Olympic v Ennis Town 6:45pm James Ferns

Wednesday 6th May 2015
Third Division Play Off/Play Off (Provisonal Fixture)
County Grounds, Doora . 6:45pm
Coole FC v Shannon Olympic FC
Martin OBrien(ref) Shane Hayes, Lukasz Baranowski

Husqvarna Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Corofin: Corofin Harps v Newmarket Celtic 7:00pm Terry Kennedy

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Lahinch: Sporting Ennistymon v Newmarket Celtic B 7.00pm Julian Stamford

Selprint Second Division
Kilmihil: St Pats v Manus Celtic 7:00pm Frank Coote

Friday 8th May 2015
Prego Menswear Clare Cup Semi Final
County Grounds, Doora 7pm
Bridge Utd v Shannon Olympic
Rob Hennessy(ref), Terry Kennedy, Michael Rock(asst ref)

Saturday 9th May 2015
Telecom Stores u/17 League
Roslevin: Avenue Utd v Newmarket Celtic 2pm Dave McCarthy

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Semi Final
County Grounds, Doora 7pm
Newmarket Celtic v Burren Utd
Pa Gleeson(ref) James Ferns, Trevor White(asst ref)

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

Note: If home pitch is closed home team must find an alternative pitch or travel to away teams ground.


About Oliver FItzpatrick

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


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