A round-up of all the action from the North Tipperary & District League.
BT Harps ‘B’ romped to a 5-2 victory over Arra Rovers in this Barry Cup first round game played in Templemore, Arra Rovers made the perfect start when Stephen Flynn crashed home inside the opening minute, Billy Prout brought BT Harps back level with a goal from a corner kick. Stephen Flynn obliged again on the half hour mark to restore the Portroe side’s lead, however a dogmatic performance from BT Harps saw it all square at the break after Jerome Ryan scored with a smashing strike. It was one way traffic more or less in the second half as BT Harps took the lead courtesy of an own goal following a corner kick. Jerome Ryan scored again to give the Templemore side a 4-2 advantage and then Jackie Moore sealed a place in the Quarter Final near the end with a well worked goal.
Fast Food Cup
Shannon Rangers had to rely on two extra time goals against Nenagh Celtic ‘C’ to book their place in the last eight of the Third Division Cup. Both sides created ample chances in normal time but failed to register the elusive goal. It was still stalemate at the midway stage of extra time, however the visitors got the breakthrough in the 105th minute when Keith Kelly rifled to the back of the net, Shannon Rangers pushed forward in the remaining minutes and added a second when Barry Cahalan finished from a John Flannery corner kick to clinch a Quarter Final spot.
Moneygall ‘B’ and Borrisokane ‘B’ clashed in this 1st round game played in Ballingrawn with the visiting side claiming the plaudits on a narrow one nil score line, Joe Gleeson bagged the all-important goal for Borrisokane.
Ballymackey ‘B’ were on their travels for a Quarter Final game against Cloughjordan ‘B’ and plundered a 2-1 result against the home side. Michael Haverty and Willie Seymour were the Ballymackey marksmen while Alex Wade replied for Cloughjordan.
Third Division pace setters Holycross ‘B’ progressed to the semi-final stages with 3-1 win over Gurtagarry. Jason O’Brien bagged the opener for Holycross on the twenty minute mark; however the home team put it up to the league leaders and went in level at the break thanks to a Ronnie Kinnane strike coming on 35 minutes. Michael Lee stepped in to the action on 55 minutes to put Holycross back in front and then John Fogarty made sure of the win with a good finish in the 90th minute.
NT&DL Tipperary Cup
Borroway Rovers needed a last minute winner in Nenagh last Sunday to see off the challenge Nenagh AFC ‘C’ to progress in the Tipperary Cup. The Brickfields side had taken the lead in the opening half through Kieran O’Reilly, however Dave Keogh equalized for Borroway Rovers midway through the second half and then Dave Keogh snatched a dramatic winner for the visitors with seconds remaining.
League leaders Cloughjordan were the visitors to Thurles Greyhound Stadium to play Thurles Town and grinded out a one nil score line to maintain pole position at the top of the table. The home side hit the woodwork in both halves; however it proved to be Cloughjordan’s day when Dean O’Meara came off the bench to score the winner fifteen minutes from the end to secure full points for Cloughjordan.
Nenagh AFC welcomed BT Harps to Nenagh and prevailed on a two nil score line over the Templemore side; Michael O’Gorman edged Nenagh ahead with a twenty five yard curling shot to the top corner. An in form Michael O’Gorman added a second with a fine finish five minutes from time to wrap up the points for Nenagh AFC
Sallypark were three nil winners over Borrisokane in this league tie played at the Sallypark venue on Sunday morning. The home side took lead after thirty minutes thanks to a Tosh Manicle free kick. Sallypark kept the pressure on in the second half and stretched their advantage on 56 minutes when Tosh Manicle scored his second of the outing. Dylan Reid got in on the act to make it three nil to the home side in the 75th minute. It was proving to be a difficult day for Borrisokane when Sallypark keeper Damien Corcoran saved from the spot late on to keep a clean sheet and maximum points for Sallypark.
Nenagh Celtic cruised to a 4-1 win over Lough Derg at the away venue last Sunday and had their marksmen in Gary Kevin who netted twice while Mark Walsh and Aidan Herlihy were also on the mark. Pat Murtagh scored the lone reply for Lough Derg.
Clodiagh Rangers travelled to Nenagh last Sunday and secured the win over Nenagh Celtic ‘B’ on a 5-1 scoreline. It was scoreless at the half time whistle, however JP O’Brien put Nenagh Celtic ahead with a well taken goal shortly after the re-start, however an emphatic come back by the visitors saw Paul Doyle net a brace, Garret Foxton scored from the spot while Matt Ryan and John Ryan bagged a goal apiece to leave no way back for Nenagh Celtic.
Moneygall ‘A’ played host to Rearcross and emerged victorious on a 4-1 score line. Opening half goals from Aidan Ryan and David Gleeson set Moneygall on their way, Kieran Devitt pulled a goal back for Rearcross with a headed finish after Greg Kennedy’s left footed effort came off the crossbar, however Moneygall made a strong finish and tacked on two more with a well worked goal from Tadgh Kennedy before John Kennedy copper fastened the win with a converted penalty.
The winning ways continued for Nenagh AFC ‘B’ following this two nil home win over Ardcroney on Sunday morning at the Islandbawn venue, Nenagh custodian George Coonan produced a man of the match performance especially in the first half to leave the sides scoreless at the break. Nenagh took the lead early in the second half when Alan Sheehan crossed to Willie Darcy who headed to the net. The home side made it two nil ten minutes later when Shane O’Gorman flicked between the posts; Ardcroney tried hard to get back in to the game but couldn’t find a way through against a resilient Nenagh rearguard.
League leaders Clonmore look unstoppable at this stage following a 2-1 home win over Sallypark ‘B’ last Sunday. Tommy Deegan opened the Clonmore account with just five minutes gone. Sallypark took the game to the table toppers for long spells; however Michael Delahunty doubled the Clonmore in the 72nd minute with a good strike that went in off the post. Paddy Tynan pulled one back for Sallypark late on with a free kick effort, however it was a case of too little too late.
Ballymackey played host to Templetuohy at the Ballinree venue and secured maximum points on a two nil score line. Timmy Fleming got the opener in the first half and then Terry Delaney made it two nil midway through the second period with a superb free kick effort to send the Killoran side home empty handed on this occasion.
Streamstown Celtic and Puckane played out a two all draw to divide the spoils in this league fixture played in Roscrea on Saturday, Dermot Hogan was on the mark twice for Puckane.
Third Division League
Lough Derg ‘B’ were at home to Clodiagh Rangers ‘B’ in this Third Division league fixture and lost out the by the odd goal in seven to the Drombane side. The Clodiagh Rangers target men were Rory Ryan, Patrick Purcell, Seamus Cullagh and Donnacha Cullagh while Keith Stritch notched up a hat-trick for the Ballina / Killaloe outfit.
Two goals four minutes in to either half and a penalty kick in the 89th minute gave Nenagh AFC Youths a three nil win over Rearcross Youths last Saturday evening. The visitors pressed hard in the opening period and hit the front on four minutes when Alan Sheehan got on the end of Ben Banaghan’s corner kick to finish to the net. The visitors doubled their tally in the 49th minute when Alan Sheehan tucked inside to Ben Banaghan who put the ball under an advancing Darragh Ryan Luke. Rearcross had the ball in the visitors net on the hour mark when Brian Carey’s flick on found Tommy Lyons who smashed a first time effort to the corner of the net, however play was called back for an offside infringement. Nenagh AFC copper fastened the win in the 89th minute when Danny Butler converted from the spot to secure maximum points.