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FAI Junior Cup
Arra Rovers came from behind to secure a 2-1 result against Moyglass United FC in Portroe last Sunday to book their place in the fifth round draw. The visitors were on top early on and took the lead on the 25 minute mark when Denis Fahey’s pass from the right found Matthew O’Donnell who slotted home from just outside the six yard box. Arra Rovers scored two smashing goals in the second half to seal the win, the first coming from Stephen Flynn who scored with a spectacular effort from thirty yards in the 58th minute. Arra Rovers got what proved to be the all-important goal fourteen minutes from time when Padraig Hickey put the ball in to space on the left flank, John Barry took up the running and paced through before sending a low effort from an acute angle whizzing to the back of the net.
Thurles Town didn’t get it all their own way in this FAI Junior Cup fourth round tie against TSDL side Vee Rovers last Sunday but eventually made it through to the last 64 on a tight 2-1 score line. The Thurles side made a promising start and open their account with a Padraig Fogarty goal on the fifteen minute mark. It looked at that stage that the NT&DL side would cruise to an easy victory; however Vee Rovers had other ideas and were back in fray when Cormac Crowe scored an equalizer just before half time. An anxious second half display saw Thurles Town eventually go in front in the 76th minute when Michael Ryan was taken down inside the box by the home side’s custodian, Padraig Fogarty stepped forward to convert from the spot to send the visitors through to the next round.
Nenagh AFC progressed in the FAI Junior Cup following a three nil home win over Cashel Town. A Brian Quinn strike gave Nenagh AFC a one nil advantage at the break, Cashel Town tried hard to get back in to the game in the second half, however the Brickfields had strength in depth and tacked on two more through Michael Hogan and Michael Hogan to leave no back for the TSDL side.
Nenagh Celtic came close to making it a clean sweep for NT&DL sides in the FAI Junior Cup after bowing out to Clonmel Town on a narrow 2-1 score line in Clonmel last Sunday. Jimmy Hynes edged Nenagh Celtic ahead midway through the first half, however the Clonmel side were back in the game ten minutes before the break when Tony Scully was on the mark and then Michael Quinlivan scored a second for Clonmel Town on 40 minutes to leave the home side in control at the midway stage. Nenagh Celtic gave it their all in the second half and came closest with a Craig Connolly effort which dragged wide, Clonmel Town held on to advance to the 5th round.
Premier Division League
Sallypark ‘A’ welcomed Borroway Rovers to Sallypark for this Premier League fixture and came out on top by the odd goal in five. The home side took the lead inside the opening twenty minutes thanks to a David Young goal, however Borroway Rovers got back level ten minutes later with a well worked finish from William Carroll. An Eoin Ryan goal from the spot sent Sallypark in with a 2-1 advantage at half time. Sallypark extended their lead midway through the second half with a fine strike. William Carroll brought it back to the minimum with his second of the outing on 74 minutes, however Sallypark held out after this to secure all three points.
Lough Derg won out on a 2-1 score line against BT Harps last Sunday to secure an important three points for the Ballina side. The visiting Templemore side were first to score after beating the off side trap in the 18th minute and had their target man in Johnny Coleman. Lough Derg were very much in the game after this but it remained one nil at the half time whistle. Lough Derg showed strongly again in the second half and brought it back level when persistence from Thomas Grace saw the ball bundled over the line. The Ballina side kept the pressure on and were rewarded in the 85th minute when Damien McCarthy got behind the Harps defence before dispatching the winner to the back of the net.
Cloughjordan got back to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over neighbouring Borrisokane at a well-attended Borrisokane venue last Sunday. After dominated for long periods, the home side took a deserved lead on 27 minute when a low in-swinging corner was deflected to the net by a Cloughjordan defender. The visitors upped their performance in the second half and drew level in the 52nd minute when Kevin Quinlan obliged from eight yards. Cloughjordan had the better of the chances but failed to concert and then Borrisokane got in front twelve minutes from time when the ball fell to Matt Power who found the top corner with a powerful left footed volley. A high tempo affair saw the league leaders awarded a penalty five minutes from time which was duly converted by Colm Williams. A high tension finish saw Cloughjordan awarded a second penalty in stoppage time which was again scored by Colm Williams to deny a home side that deserved to take a result on the day.
First Division League
The top of table clash between Rearcross and Nenagh AFC ‘B’ at Rearcross FC Grounds on Friday evening saw the sides tied on a one all score line going in to the final ten minutes, however a dramatic finish saw the home side grasp an injury time equaliser to earn a draw on a 3-3 score line. Rearcross took a first half lead on 21 minutes when Declan O’Toole paced through the centre before sending a well-directed shot to the far corner. Nenagh got back level in the 68th minute when the ball was pulled back from the by line to Willie Darcy who finished inside the far post with a clinical strike. The Brickfields side edged in front ten minutes from time when Gary Kevin’s free kick from out of the left was cheekily dinked to the back of the net by Tommy Mitchell. It looked to be game set and match in the 84th minute when Willie Darcy turned inside the box before crashing to the roof of the net. A high tension finish ensued when Greg Kennedy’s free kick delivery in the 88th minute saw Liam O’Toole stole behind the visiting defence to get a headed touch, substitute Liam Ryan was perfectly positioned to bundle the ball to the net from close range. Rearcross scored a dramatic equalizer a minute in to stoppage time after Liam Ryan did exceptionally well to dribble through on the left before delivering across the danger area as a luckless Nenagh defender handled in the box, the evergreen Derek O’Toole stepped up to rifle to the back of net to secure a result for the home side.
Ardcroney and Moneygall ‘A’ played out a one all draw in this league tie played in Ardcroney. The visitors dominated the exchanges in the opening thirty minutes and got their reward when John Kennedy scored with a neat finish inside the box. Moneygall were on top for most of the second half but failed to put the game beyond the hosts and paid the price four minutes from time when some hesitant defending allowed Kevin Prout to stab home from close range to leave it all square at the full time whistle.
Clodiagh Rangers ‘A’ came through against BT Harps ‘B’ on a 3-2 score line in Drombane last Sunday afternoon. The Templemore side took a one nil lead courtesy of a Jackie Moore finish after ten minutes, however Paul Doyle netted an equalizer midway through the half to leave it tied at the interval. BT Harps took the lead again on the hour mark when Alan Gibson broke through the home side’s rearguard. Clodiagh Rangers stormed back and levelled again when Paul Doyle finished from a tight angle after the keeper parried. The home side scored a dramatic winner in the 90th minute when Ailbe O’Donoghue rattled the net following superb play from Tommy Stevens.
Thurles Celtic held the upper hand against Nenagh Celtic ‘B’ with a winning margin of seven goals to four last Sunday. Thurles Celtic laid the foundation in the first half and were 5-1 in front at the break with a brace from Kevin Croke in addition to strikes from Darragh Quinlan, Michael Daly and Paul Connors. Davie Walsh replied for Nenagh Celtic with a well worked goal. An in form Kevin Croke added two more in the second and to bring his tally to four on the day. Nenagh Celtic also bagged a trio of goals in the second half through Bobby McLoughlin, Keith Langton and Johnny Carmody, however it was a case of too little too late on this occasion.
Second Division League
Puckane upset the from book with this 3-2 win over League Leaders Clonmore in Puckane last Sunday. Clonmore got off to a dream start when Ray Doyle crashed home with just thirty seconds gone. Diarmuid Kinnane then came to the rescue for this visitors with a fine penalty save. Puckane scored an equalizer late the half when John Hogan was on the mark. Clonmore restored their advantage twenty minutes in to the second half when Diarmuid Gleeson found Ray Doyle who scored his second of the day. Puckane took over after this and sent the table toppers home empty hand with strikes from Joe Gallagher and Dermot Hogan.
This mid table clash saw Ballymackey ‘A’ steal the show against Streamstown on a slender 2-1 score line in Roscrea last Sunday. Streamstown took the lead courtesy of an own goal early in the tie. Robbie Ryan netted an equalizer ten minutes before the break. It was end to end in the second half; however Marty Ryan grabbed a winner for Ballymackey fifteen minutes from the end.
Nenagh AFC ‘C’ were comprehensive winners over Templetuohy on a five goals to one score line at the Killoran Park venue last Sunday morning. The Nenagh side had their scorers in Alan Sheehan who chipped in with a brace in addition to strikes from David Fahy, Berinder Singh and Martin Fogarty. The Templetuohy consolation goal was scored by Pakie O’Leary.
Glenbane hosted the meeting of Holycross ‘A’ and Kilcommon last Sunday morning with Kilcommon taking the plaudits on a 7-4 score line. It was two goals apiece after 30 minutes with Brian Carr and Denis Stapleton scoring for the visitors while Kevin O’Dwyer and Justin Shelly responded for the home side. Brian Carr scored two more including a penalty conversion to give Kilcommon a 4-2 lead at the break. The rout continued for Brian Carr who scored his fourth of the day from the spot. Holycross reacted and brought it back to 5-4 with a double hit from Colin O’Meara. A thrilling encounter saw Kilcommon make a strong finish with Shane Ryan scoring twice to leave the visitors with a comprehensive win at the end of ninety minutes.
Third Division League
Clodigh Rangers ‘B’ stay in the hunt for league honours following a 4-2 win over Nenagh Celtic ‘C’ in Nenagh last Saturday, Callum Robertson gave Nenagh Celtic the lead, however Keith Ryan smashed home an equalizer to leave it level at the interval. The home side went in front again when Conor Cleary hit the target, however the Drombane outfit picked it up after this and a double hit from Andy Kinane coupled with an LJ Ryan goal gave Clodiagh Rangers a merited win.
Borrisokane ‘B’ travelled to Ballingrawn for this league tie against Moneygall ‘B’ and plundered a one nil victory over the home side, David Nevin was the ace marksman for the visitors.
Gurtagarry made it back to back wins with a gritty one nil result against Shannon Rangers in Ballinderry last Sunday. Dinny Corcoran was the hero on the day for the visitors with a well taken goal.
Noreside Celtic held league leaders Holycross ‘B’ to a three all draw at the Montore venue last Sunday. Noreside hit the front with a Kieran O’Meara finish, however Holycross stepped it up and enjoyed a 2-1 lead at the midway stage after Johnny Shannon and Jo Jo O’Meara got on the scoresheet. A gutsy performance from the hosts saw Donal Greed’s free kick going all the way to net to level matters. Holycross were on the back foot as Noreside Celtic took the lead with a headed goal from Gavin Bateman. Holycross found another gear and earned a share of the spoils when target man Jo Jo O’Meara notched up his second of the encounter and a valuable away point for the Glenbane side.
FAI U-17 Cup
A depleted BT Harps U-17 team were on their travels to play Laois side Rosenallis FC and finished on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. The home side opened the scoring, however the Templemore side got back level when Dylan Loughnane scored from the spot after Eric Monaghan was taken down inside the area. The Laois side tacked on a second goal which proved to be the difference on the day.
Division One League leaders Ardcroney Youths had to battle all the way to record a narrow 3-2 win over Clodiagh Rangers in Ardcroney on Saturday afternoon. The home start made a flying start when Chris Fogarty tapped home inside the first minute. The game was end to end after this but it remained one nil to the home side at the break. Clodiagh Rangers made a blistering start to the second half and were 2-1 up minutes after the re-start, the first coming courtesy of a Brendan Larkin penalty and then Ger Grant’s header gave the lead to the visiting side. Ardcroney dug deep but had to wait until the 69th minute Aidan Boyle pounced for an equalizer from all of twenty five yards. It looked as if the tie might finish level, however Kieran Lillis got in for the winner in the 85th minute to secure all three points for Ardcroney.
Nenagh AFC Youths had too much fire power for Nenagh Celtic Youths on a 7-1 score line in this derby game played in Brickfields. Nenagh AFC led two nil at the break thanks to a double hit from Ben Banaghan and Danny Butler in the space of two minutes. Nenagh AFC custodian Colin O’Brien saved from the spot early in the second half which turned the tie very much in favour of the hosts as Steven Ahern made it three nil minutes later. Nenagh tagged on four late goals with finishes from Luke Kennedy, Ben Banaghan and a brace from Paul Dwan. The Nenagh Celtic consolation goal was scored by Sean Kevin.
Saturday, November 17th
FAI Youths Cup
Cahir Park v BT Harps @ 2.30pm
Rearcross v Clodiagh Rangers @ 5pm
Lough Derg v Ardcroney @ 2.30pm
Arra Rovers v Nenagh AFC @ 2.30pm
Sunday, November 18th
Munster Junior Cup Second Round
Nenagh Celtic v BT Harps @ 2pm
Cloughjordan v Arra Rovers @ 2pm
Ballymackey v Sallypark @ 11.30am
Nenagh AFC v Borrisokane @ 2 pm
Premier Division League
Thurles Town v Lough Derg @ 2pm
Division 1 League
Rearcross v Clodiagh Rangers @ 2.30pm
Moneygall v Thurles Celtic @ 2pm
BT Harps B v Ardcroney @ 11.30am
Nenagh Celtic B v Nenagh AFC B @ 11.30am
Division 2 League
Sallypark B v Streamstown Celtic @ 11.30am
Kilcommon v Templetuohy @ 2pm
Holycross v Puckane United @ 11.30am
Division 3 League
Clodiagh Rangers B v Borrisokane B @ 2pm
Shannon Rangers v Noreside Celtic @ 2pm
Lough Derg B v Nenagh Celtic C @ 11.30am
Holycross B v Cloughjordan B @ 2pm
Gurtagarry v Moneygall B @ 2pm
Division 1 League
Rearcross 3 Nenagh AFC B 3
FAI Under 17 Cup
Rosenallis 2 BT Harps 1
Division 3 League
Nenagh Celtic C 2 Clodiagh Rgs B 4
Nenagh AFC 7 Nenagh Celtic 1
Ardcroney 3 Clodiagh Rangers 2
FAI Junior Cup Fourth Round
Clonmel Town 2 Nenagh Celtic 1
Vee Rovers 1 Thurles Town 2
Arra Rovers 2 Moyglass United 1
Nenagh AFC 3 Cashel Town 0
Premier Division League
Lough Derg 2 BT Harps 1
Borrisokane 2 Cloughjordan 3
Sallypark 3 Borroway Rovers 2
Division 1 League
Nenagh Celtic B 4 Thurles Celtic 7
Ardcroney 1 Moneygall 1
Clodiagh Rangers 3 BT Harps B 2
Division 2 League
Puckane 3 Clonmore 2
Holycross 4 Kilcommon 7
Streamstown Celtic 1 Ballymackey 2
Templetuohy 1 Nenagh C 5
Division 3 League
Ballymackey B P-P Lough Derg B
Noreside Celtic 3 Holycross B 3
Moneygall B 0 Borrisokane B. 1
Shannon Rangers 0 Gurtagarry 1