North Tipperary & District League

NT&DL Tipperary Cup

NT&DL Tipperary Cup

Sallypark ‘A’ overcame the challenge of Bridge United on a three nil score line in this Cup game played in Sallypark. The sides were scoreless at the half time break, however the First Division league winners turned up the heat in the second half and hit three without reply through Mark O’Dwyer, Tony Mannicle and Billy Cahill to secure a quarter final placing.

Thurles Town ran out comfortable winners on a six nil score line against an under strength Borrisleigh in the Tipperary Cup at Thurles Greyhound Stadium. The home side were in control at the midway stage after netting three first half goals through Stevie Grehan, Tom Kirby and Robbie Jordan. It was more of the same in the second half as finishes from Pat Lawlor, Eoin Dorney and a second from Robbie Jordan gave Thurles Town a comprehensive win.

Arra Rovers entertained Suirside Wanderers in this Tipperary Cup 3rd round game played in Portroe and emerged victorious on a 5-2 score line. The home side were 3-2 up at the half time whistle with John Hogan helping himself to a hat trick while the Suirside replies came from Conor Cunningham and Shane Long. Arra pulled away from the Thurles side in the second half and had a five star performance from John Hogan who bagged two more to bring his tally to five on the day.

Premier Division League

Blackcastle ‘A’ and Nenagh AFC ‘A’ met in this top of the table fixture in Templemore and played out a scoreless draw. The woodwork denied Blackcastle in the opening half when Johnny Coleman’s free kick effort thumped off the cross bar. It was the turn of Nenagh AFC in the second half as Michael O’Gorman’s free kick came off the crossbar midway through the half. It was tit for tat after this and the result could have gone either way with Mel McBride coming closest for Blackcastle with an effort that finished in the side netting, however it remained stalemate at the end of ninety minutes.

Rearcross ‘A’ played host to Moneygall ‘A’ in this high scoring encounter on Saturday night. The home side played the better football in the opening half and went ahead in the 25th minute mark after Diarmuid Sheehy combined with Brian Sheehy with the latter sending Derek O’Toole through on the left who scored with a delightful chip. It was two nil to Rearcross on the half hour mark when Simon Kennedy’s pile driver broke to Liam Ryan who rifled to the roof of the net from just outside the eighteen yard box with a superb effort. Moneygall pulled a goal back fourteen minutes after the restart when Cathal Kennedy bundled the ball to the net following a corner kick. The locals were swift to react as Derek O’Toole squared to Liam Ryan who struck a low effort to the back of the net two minutes later

The visitors reduced the deficit in the 66th minute when an effort from outside the box came back of the cross bar to Bobby McLoughlin who nodded over the line from close range. Rearcross were rattled at this stage a conceded a third with twenty minutes to go in the tie when Eoghan Ryan scored from the right.

Moneygall hit the front fourteen minutes from the end when Billy Hayes obliged for the visitors, Rearcross dug deep winning successive corners and got a deserved equalizer when Derek O’Toole’s in swinging corner caused consternation for the visitors with Martin McLoughlin getting the final touch.

Nenagh Celtic ‘A’ were at home to Cloughjordan ‘A’ and won out on a 4-2 score line. Nenagh Celtic edged ahead in the 6th minute with a Mark Walsh penalty. Cloughjordan got back on par folowing a Kevin McCarron strike. The home side restored their advantage when Darren Scully headed home from the edge of the six yard box. Cloughjordan kept plugging and drew level for the second time thanks to James Keogh. Nenagh Celtic went in at the half time break with a 3-2 advantage after Derek McKenna’s quickly taken free kick went all the way to the net. The game was in the balance in the second half, however the green & whites capped off the win a minute from time when Darren Scully grabbed his second of the day after lobbing the Cloughjordan custodian.

First Division League

Thurles Celtic and Borisokane clashed in this league tie played in Loughtagalla last Sunday. The visitors were fast out of the traps and took up a two nil lead with a double strike from Shane Donnelly. Thurles Celtic got one back on 19 minutes courtesy of Colm Breen. The visitors restored their advantage three minute later after David Nevin was on the mark. Borrisokane continued on the ascendancy and further increased their lead with a Joe Gleeson penalty. Colm Breen brought it back to 4-2 at the start of the second half, it was nip and tuck and Borrisokane made it 5-2 with an Eamon Gregg finish. The Thurles side found a second gear to grind out a share of the spoils, Ray Fanning pounced to make it 5-3 following a Stephen Spillane corner. Stephen Spillane was the key player for Celtic in the remaining minutes with a goal in 82 minutes and then a dramatic equaliser on the stroke of full time.

Borroways Rovers are still in the hunt for promotion after recording a 4-1 away result to Ballymackey ‘A’ last Sunday. The Ballinree side opened the scoring when Rory Mounsey converted from the spot with fifteen minutes gone. Borroway Rovers drew level with a Keith Ely effort ten minutes later. Borroway pressed hard in the second half and went ahead with a Damien Troy goal. There was only going to be one winner after this a Wayne Keane brace secured all three points for Borroway Rovers.

Nenagh AFC ‘B’ proved too strong for a depleted Cloughjordan ‘B’ on a seven nil score line. Ger O’Brien netted a hat-trick; Matthew Fahy rowed in with two while Dean Wallace and Danny Wizneki were also on the score sheet for the winners.

Second Division League

Ardcroney ‘A’ took full points from their visit to Gurtagarry on a 3-1 score line with all four goals coming in the final twenty minutes, Philip Blackwell opened the Ardcroney account with a good effort, Jamie Gaynor added a second minutes later. Gurtagarry were back in the fray with a Steven Cummins goal from a free kick. Tommy O’Connell made the game safe for Ardcroney near the end.

Kilcommon recorded the win over Templetuohy by the odd goal in seven at the Kilcommon venue last Sunday afternoon. The visitors were first to score when Martin Costigan found the target, Brian Carr levelled for Kilcommon with a well taken goal. Templetuohy restored their lead before half time through John Paul Lanigan. Kilcommon showed strongly at the start of the second half and hit the visitors twice with strikes from Gary Ryan and Shane Ryan. It was end to end at this stage and Tomas Hassett squared it up at three goals a piece, however the home side were to have the last say when Gary Ryan scored with a long range effort two minutes from the end.

Fast Food Cup

Rearcross ‘B’ advanced to the semi-final of the Fast Food Cup with a two nil win against Clodiagh Rangers ‘B’ in Drombane last Sunday. The sides were tied on a nil all score line at the half time whistle although Thomas Kennedy was luckless just before the break with a good strike that hit the Clodiagh Rangers post. Rearcross upped the ante in the second half and went ahead with a fine effort from outside the box. Joey Nolan sealed the win near the end with his ninth of the season.

Ardcroney ‘B’ came out on top against Ballymackey ‘B’ on a slender on nil lead to book their place in the semi-finals. Alan Darcy scored the all important goal midway through the second half with a low shot from ten yards out after good work by Robbie Lawlor.