u/14 Sheild Final
The first match of the weekend saw Lough Derg take on Nenagh afc b in the shield,the match kicked off in glorious sunshine. Both sides went close in the opening exchanges ,Lough Derg having the better of the chances,Nenagh took an early lead,the Ballina side got back on terms in the 17th minute,a surging run from Colin Harte took him into the Nenagh penalty box,his initial effort was not cleared and he remained cool to slot home. Nenagh saw out the remainder of the half on top and playing some nice football. The second half Nenagh were on the attack, however it was Lough Derg who began to get a foothold and took a two one lead Evan Mc Namara scoring after some indecision in the Nenagh penalty box. Lough Derg hit a quick fire brace soon after James Donaldson scoring both goals the pick of the goals a delightful lob over the advancing keeper. The result was put well beyond doubt when man of the match Colin Harte hit a further three goals the pick of which was a sharp left foot drive that left the Nenagh keeper with no chance. The full time whistle was greeted to scenes of joy among the Lough Derg supporters and players. Great credit to coaches Joe Federico and Donagh o Shaughnessy who do a sterling job coaching at Lough Derg. Final Score Nenagh afc b 1-7 Lough Derg u/14 Cup Final The second installment of cup final Saturday pitted NSL rivals Nenagh afc against Ballymackey. The opening exchanges were even with both sides looking to get their passing game going. The opening goal came courtesy of Cian Darcy who arrived unmarked at the back post to power home the opener. As the wore on Nenagh looked to increase their lead,Jake Ryan at the heart of the Ballymackey defence was resolute in keeping the scoreline one nil at the break. Balllymackey were quickest out of the traps in the second half, their first attack in anger came from a corner which was just headed over the bar,a swift Nenagh counter attack down the right side produced a cross from Cian Darcy was brilliantly headed clear by Adam Carey. Nenagh by now were well on top and a second was soon coming,Dylan Kennedy picking up the ball in midfield and driving forward to unleash a powerful shot that proved to hot to handle for the Ballymackey keeper. Nenagh pressed home their dominance by adding a third to put the result beyond doubt,Stevie Daly scoring with a deft header. Credit must go to Nenagh coaches Shane Kennedy and John Daly in producing a well drilled side. Final Score Nenagh afc 3-0 Ballymackey. u/13 Sheild Final The final game on Saturday was Moneygall v Rearcross. Moneygall were on top in the opening exchanges Jack o Brien causing problems in the Rearcross defence. A goal was in the offing Gearoid Murphy delivering a in swinging corner which deceived the Rearcross keeper. Moneygall added a further two before the half time break Joe Fogarty scoring from a Mark Fanning assist. The impressive Jack o Brien with a fine individual effort. The second half was a more tight affair Rearcross keeper very much to the fore producing a string of fine saves. The final whistle blew much to the delight of the Moneygall support. Final Score Moneygall 3-0 Rearcross u/13 Cup Final
The first match played on Sunday saw league champions Nenagh look to clinch the double against Ardcroney. The league champions were quickest out of the traps and duly took the lead, Kevin Ryan side footing into the net from a Cillian Malone assist. Ardcroney regrouped after this set back and got back on terms, Daragh Buckley with the free kick, Craig Morgan heading to the net. Nenagh finished the half the stronger Cillian Malone saw a cross cum shot parried well by Ardcroney keeper Andrew Lennox. Minutes after restart Nenagh top scorer Kevin Ryan saw a fierce shot cannon of the post. Ardcroney beginning to get a foothold in the game and grabbed the lead with Craig Morgan showing great pace to ghost past two Nenagh defenders and lob the Nenagh keeper. The final whistle blew with Ardcroney winning a thrilling cup final. Great credit to both sides for serving up a real treat of football. Final Score Ardcroney 2-1 Nenagh afc. U/15 Sheild Final The last match held at the NTSFL rented grounds in Newtown on Sunday pitted Holycross against Arra Rovers. This match promised to be an exciting encounter and didn’t disappoint. Holycross took an early lead Aaron Ryan scoring with a half volley. Arra grew into the game and drew level there impressive Conor Gill with a left foot drive that left the keeper with no chance. Arra built on that goal and added another soon after. Michael Quillagan with the corner, Ruadhan Mulrooney rising highest to power home the header. The second half Holycross on the attack Fionn Mc Cartan had a good shot saved by the Arra custodian Paul Carroll. Holycross deservedly drew level,Jack Skehan free kick,hit the Arra defensive wall and fell into the path of Ger Mockler who s left foot shot was only parried into the net by the Arra keeper. Arra showed good character in the final quarter and regained the lead Ruadhan Mulrooney,that man again rising highestto power home the header. Holycross showed fighting spirit and went in search of the all important equalizer,subtistute Stephen Flanagan lively throughout. The Holycross goal never came and Arra made sure of the win when Willam Fogarty finished with great aplomb. Final score Holycross 2-4 Arra Rovers.