Munster FA League
Nenagh AFC faced an onerous task in the first round of the Munster FA League Champions Trophy with a difficult away tie against high flying Limerick side Pike Rovers and put in strong showing before eventually losing on a 4-3 score line.
Pike Rovers hit the front on six minutes when John Tierney was fouled on the edge of the box, Tierney then stepped up to rifle the free kick to the corner of the net aided by a deflection.
Pike Rovers with seven straight wins to their credit in this season’s LDMC Premier League campaign doubled their tally when David Chadwick was adjudged to have handled on the line from an Alan Barry effort as the referee pointed to the spot despite strong protestations from the visiting side, John Tierney converted the resulting penalty with aplomb. Nenagh AFC kept plugging and were back in the game six minutes before the break when Brian Chadwick’s delivery from the right deceived Pat Mullins with Brian Quinn taking full advantage before a ramming to the roof of the net.
A lapse of concentration allowed the home side to restore their advantage a minute before the break when Dermot Fitzgerald’s cross saw Alan Barry in space and who had time to prod past Aaron Savage from just outside the six yard box. Full credit to Nenagh AFC who took the game to the Limerick side straight from the resumption and rattled their opponents when Brian Quinn got on the end of David Chadwick’s cross to head home with just 65 seconds gone in the half. The NT&DL side kept on the offensive and brought it back level on 53 minutes when Thomas Sheppard threaded through to Michael O’Gorman who fired between the posts from the edge of the eighteen yard box despite the best efforts of Pike Rovers custodian Gary Neville.
It was end to end at this stage, however it was Pike Rovers who were next to score when David Ryan latched on to a ball swung in from the left to head under the cross bar with precision. Nenagh AFC tried hard to get back in to the game but met stiff resistance from a Pike Rovers side that were somewhat fortunate to progress on the day.
Premier Division League
BT Harps made it three wins from three with a hard earned 3-2 win over Thurles Town at Thurles Greyhound Stadium last Sunday morning. James Kavanagh shot the Templemore side ahead with a good effort; however Padraig Fogarty snatched an equaliser from the spot. The visitors regrouped and went back in front through James Kavanagh to give BT Harps a half time lead. An in form Kavanagh breached the home side’s defence again in the second to leave BT Harps 3-1 in front. Padraig Fogarty scored his second of the outing again from the spot eighteen minutes from time to set up a tense finish; however BT Harps defended stoutly to hold out for the win.
Nenagh Celtic claimed the points on a three nil score line against Borrisokane at Nenagh VEC with all three goals coming in the opening half, David Walsh set Nenagh Celtic on their way with a brace before Craig Connolly notched up a third to leave the home side in control at the break. Borrisokane tried hard in the second half, however Celtic shut up shop to keep a clean sheet and a deserved win.
Sallypark overcame the challenge of Borroway Rovers on a two nil score line at the Loughtagalla venue on Sunday. It was level pegging at the midway stage, although Keith Moore had a chance to put Borroway Rovers ahead on the fifteen minute mark. The visitors went ahead three minutes in to the second half when Padraig Ryan linked up with David Keogh who finished with aplomb. Brian Freeman doubled the Sallypark tally fifteen minutes from time to leave no way back for Borroway Rovers on this occasion.
Cloughjordan had too much fire power for Lough Derg on a six goals to one score line in this league fixture played in Cloughjordan and had their marksmen in Kevin Kennedy and Simon Malone who netted a brace a piece while Diarmuid Kennedy and Bert Williams also got on the score sheet for the winners. Lough Derg’s lone reply came from Damien McCarthy.
First Division League
Moneygall ‘A’ romped to a 4-1 home win against Arra Rovers in Ballingrawn last Sunday morning.
BT Harps ‘B’ left it late last Sunday before snatching a share of the spoils against Clodiagh Rangers in this league tie played in Templemore. Nenagh AFC ‘B’ proved too strong for Rearcross on a 6-3 score line at the Islandbawn venue last Sunday.
Second Division League
Kilcommon made a winning start to their league campaign in comprehensive fashion with a three nil win over Templetuohy in Killoran Park last Sunday. Clonmore’s good start to the season continued last Sunday with a hard earned victory over Streamstown Celtic by the odd goal in five in Clonboo. Holycross ‘A’ and Nenagh AFC ‘C’ played out an eight goal thriller which finished level at the end of ninety minutes in Glenbane last Sunday.
Third Division League
Holycross ‘B’ ran out 4-1 winners over Gurtagarry at the away venue last Sunday morning. Borrisokane ‘B’ and Moneygall ‘B’ divided the spoils on a one all score line at the Borrisokane venue last Sunday. Lough Derg ‘B’ played host to Noreside Celtic and chalked up a four nil win in the process. Ballymackey ‘B’ took the points against Nenagh Celtic ‘C’ on a 3-1 score line at the Ballinree venue. Shannon Rangers were slender one nil win over Cloughjordan ‘B’.
U12 League - Clonmel Celtic 0 St Kevin’s 4: Kevin’s U12 side had a good win away to Clonmel Celtic last Saturday morning. They were always on top and won easily with goals from John Coffey, Kevin Hayes, Peter Melbourne and Darren Flood.
U14 League - Vee Rovers 2 St Kevin’s 5: Kevin’s U14s made the long trip to Clogheen last Saturday morning and came away with all three points thanks to a good 5-2 win with Kieran walker scoring a hat trick while Jack Hackett got two in a good team performance.
U16 League - St Kevin’s 1 Peake Villa 0: Kevin’s U16s had a good win at home to local rivals Peake Villa last Saturday in a closely fought tie. Kevin’s probably had the better chances between the two evenly-matched sides and it took 65 minutes before the breakthrough when a goal from Jack Cleary was enough for Kevin’s to clinch a vital three points.
Youths League - St Michael’s 1 Borris 3: Borris youths had a great win away to St Michael’s in Tipp Town last Saturday. Borris hit the front on 35 minutes when William Mccarthy finished well. Ashley Laslett put Borris two up on the hour mark before St Michael’s pulled one back with ten mins to go. Borris closed out the game inthe 85th minute when Jamie Carey finished well.
First Division League - Moyglass 1 Borris 0: Borris went down 1-0 away to Moyglass last Sunday. Moyglass hit the front in the 30th minute when they were awarded a penalty. Eolan McCarthy saved the spot kick, but the moyglass forward scored from the rebound.Borris put a lot of pressure on Moyglass in the 2nd half but failed to make the breakthrough.
Fourth Division League - Borris B 1 St Kieran’s 2: Borris B went down to their first defeat of the season when two second half goals from St Kieran’s clinched the win for the Cahir team. Stephen Dorney had put Borris ahead inthe 20th minute, but Kieran’s came strongly into the game in the second half and probably deserved the win.
Borris have two junior teams and one youth team entered in the TSDL for the coming season and any players interested in signing for the season should contact 086 260 1122.
Academy for five to nine-year- old boys and girls continues every Sunday in Newhill Park from 11am to 12 noon. All welcome, just turn and enjoy the fun.
All weather pitch bookings from 086 160 0640. Also available for parties etc.
All other club news and fixtures see: www.twomileborrisfc.ie.