A round-up of all the action from this week’s North Tipperary & Distcit League.
NT&DL Tipperary Cup
Second Division side Streamstown Celtic pushed Premier Division highfliers Cloughjordan all the way in this Tipperary Cup quarter final game played in Roscrea last Sunday. Scoring chances were limited throughout, however Niall Farrell got on the end of Ger O’Brien’s corner kick to head between the posts four minutes before the break which was to prove the difference on the day.
Arra Rovers cruised in to the last four of the Tipperary Cup with a four nil result against Borroway Rovers at the Loughtagalla Park venue last Sunday. An evenly contested opening half saw Dermot O’Halloran snatch the lead for Arra Rovers a minute before the break. It was one way traffic in the second period as Dermot O’Halloran added his second of the day midway through and then Steven Flynn made it three nil twenty minutes from time before Sean Nightingale wrapped it up for the Portroe side five minutes later.
Nora Kennedy Cup
Holycross ‘A’ travelled to Ballinree for this Second Division Cup semi-final and booked their place in the decider following a 3-1 victory over Ballymackey ‘A’.
The Glenbane outfit signalled their intent early on when Kyle Denny crashed the ball home inside the opening five minutes. Dan Corbett stepped in to the action on the twenty minute mark with a goal from a corner kick to leave Ballymackey two in arrears at the midway stage. An in form Dan Corbett bagged his second of the day ten minutes from the end to put Holycross in the driving seat.
Timmy Fleming scored a consolation goal for Ballymackey from the spot with four minutes remaining.
Premier Division League
Nenagh Celtic were the visitors to Thurles Greyhound Stadium to play a depleted Thurles Town team and claimed all three points on a 4-1 score line. Jimmy Hynes set Nenagh Celtic on their way and then Craig Connolly opened his account to leave the green & whites with a two lead at the half time whistle.
Thurles Town rallied at the start of the second half as Eoin Dorney netted to bring it back to the minimum, however Craig Connolly restored the Celtic advantage minutes later with a converted penalty.
Craig Connolly completed his hat-trick in the final minute to give the Nenagh side a comfortable win in the end.
BT Harps were at home to Lough Derg in this Premier League fixture played in Templemore and lost out to the Ballina/Killaloe side on a two nil score line. A Tomas Grace penalty gave the visitors the lead and then Damien McCarthy doubled the visitors tally to leave no way back for BT Harps on this occasion.
Nenagh AFC got back to winning ways with a 4-1 away win over Sallypark, the Brickfields outfit made a flying start and were awarded a penalty seconds in to the game which was saved by Damien Corcoran. The Sallypark reprieve was short-lived as Thomas Sheppard scored in the fifth minute to put the visitors ahead.
Thomas Sheppard obliged again on twenty minutes to extend the Nenagh lead. Sallypark re-grouped and narrowed the deficit through Tosh Manicle, Nenagh got back on top and went in with a 3-1 advantage at the break thanks to an Arthur Mitchell finish Michael O’Gorman capped of the win twenty minutes from time with a well worked goal.
First Division League
Nenagh AFC ‘B’ completed their league campaign with a two nil win over Arra Rovers in Nenagh last Friday evening. Danny Butler hit the target on the half hour mark to leave Nenagh ahead at the interval. Arra Rovers tried hard to get back in to the game in the second half, but failed to breakdown a resilient Nenagh rearguard. Willie Darcy clinched the win for Nenagh AFC in the 85th minute with a forty yard screamer.
BT Harps ‘B’ recorded a 4-1 win over Thurles Celtic in Templemore on Sunday morning, a Paul Touhy strike on 35 minutes gave the home side a half time lead, Cathal Leahy made it two nil midway through the second half. Thurles Celtic picked it up and brought it back to the minimum with a converted penalty. William Fennell came off the bench to tack on two late goals to seal the win for BT Harps.
Third Division League
League champions Holycross ‘B’ entertained runners up Shannon Rangers in Glenbane last Sunday and played out a one all draw.
The sides were scoreless at the midway stage, however Holycross assisted with wind advantage in the second period went ahead when JoJo O’Meara rounded the keeper to knock home from close range.
The visitors upped the tempo after this and scored the equalizer midway through the half when Josh McKenna got on the end of a weighted pass from Jack O’Sullivan to finish to the back of the net. Both sides had chances after this, however it finished one all at the end of ninety minutes.
A tight affair between Clodiagh Rangers ‘B’ and Noreside Celtic in Drombane last Sunday saw the home side come eventually come out on top on a slender one nil score line, James Horan scored the all-important goal for Clodiagh Rangers.
Ballymackey ‘B’ romped to a 4-1 win over neighbours Moneygall ‘B’ in Ballinree last Sunday afternoon. Mike Connolly opened the Ballymackey account late in the first half, Gary McCarthy double the home side’s tally ten minutes after the re-start. Ballymackey kept the pressure on as Kevin Mounsey stretched it to three nil with a converted penalty.
Moneygall pulled a goal back through Ciaran Quinlan, however Ogie O’Meara copper fastened the win two minutes from time with a well taken spot kick.
Lough Derg ‘B’ played host to Nenagh Celtic ‘C’ and emerged victorious on a one nil score line, Keith Conway scored the only goal of the tie in the first half to hand all three points to the Ballina/Killaloe side.
Nenagh AFC Youths kept themselves in contention for league honours with a comprehensive six nil away victory over Lough Derg Youths last Saturday.
Dylan Walsh helped himself to a hat-trick, Chris Ryan chipped in with a brace while Danny Butler was also on the score sheet for the Brickfields side.