FAI Junior Cup - Clodiagh Rangers came through a penalty shootout against Cahir Park in Drombane to secure passage to the 3rd round of the FAI Junior Cup.
The sides were scoreless at the end of normal time and again at the end of extra time. Clodiagh Rangers proved the more clinical in the penalty shootout on a 4-3 score line and had their scorers in Garret Foxton, Paul Doyle, Denis McCullagh and Joe Cullagh while James Darcy, Pat O’Donnell and John O’Connor replied for the TSDL side. Clodiagh Rangers net minder Adrian Cooke was to the fore saving twice in the shootout.
Portroe was the venue for this FAI Junior Cup tie between Arra Rovers and Two-Mile Borris last Sunday with Arra Rovers securing the win on a narrow one nil score line, Andrew McCloskey scored the all-important goal after 30 minutes which was to prove the difference on the day.
Thurles Town had to rely on an extra time surge to record a 4-1 result over Ballypatrick at the away venue, Robbie Jordan edged Thurles Town on 18 minutes, however Ballypatrick drew level eleven minutes in to the second half through Stephen O’Reilly. The sides were still deadlocked at the end of ninety minutes; however Robbie Jordan gave Thurles the ideal start in the 1st minute of extra time with his second of the outing. Robbie Jordan completed his hat-trick in the second period of extra time before Padraig Fogarty wrapped it up for Thurles Town with a good finish late on.
Nenagh Celtic were 5-1 winners over Bansha Celtic at Nenagh VEC last Sunday afternoon, Jimmy Hynes netted a brace while Mark Walsh, Christy Ryan and Enrico Casey were also on the mark for the homs sode.
Clonmel Town romped to a six nil victory over Thurles Celtic in Thurles last Sunday with three goals scored either side of half time. David McGrath hit the target twice while Michael Quinlivan, Adam McSherry, Paul Shanahan and Paul Horan were also on the score sheet.
Rearcross bowed out of the FAI Junior Cup following a 2-1 away extra time defeat to Waterford side Kilmanahan United. Rearcross should have opened their account in the first half and were denied twice by the wood work, however the home side edged ahead on 52 minutes when Connie Power send a low effort to the corner of the net. Diarmuid Sheehy pegged Rearcross back level with a smashing goal in the 66th minute. Kilmanahan bagged the winner in the 97th minute when Connie Power squared to Derek McGrath who drilled to the back of the net with a first time effort.
Ardcroney progressed to the third round of the FAI Junior Cup with a comfortable 6-1 win over Ballingarry Albion in Ardcroney last Sunday. The NT&DL side were three up inside the opening half hour thanks to a Jamie Gaynor brace and a well worked goal from John Skehan. Ballingarry Albion pulled a goal back before half time. Ardcroney stepped it up again in the second half and tacked on three more without reply with a double hit from Eoin Finn and a long range effort from Garry Curran.
Borroway Rovers were at home to Valley Rangers and lost out by the odd goal in three. An own goal gave Valley Rangers the lead, however Shane Ryan scored from the spot to make it one all. Valley Rangers took the lead again courtesy of another own goal to leave a final score line of 2-1 in favour of the Cork side.
Ballymackey travelled to Clonmel for this FAI Junior Cup game against Clonmel Celtic. The TSDL were one up at the break courtesy of a Paul Kennedy goal, Terry Delaney brought Ballymackey back level with a superb free kick effort, however Clonmel Celtic upped the ante and ran out 4-1 winners with a second from Paul Kennedy in addition to strikes from Brian Waters and Graham Doyle.
This all NT&DL FAI Junior Cup tie saw Sallypark square up to Borrisokane in Sallypark. The visitors made a blistering start and took a deserved lead in the 5th minute when Matt Power’s free kick finished in the net. It was nip and tuck all through with the woodwork denying Sallypark on 75 minutes when Noel Gleeson’s effort struck the crossbar, however it remained one nil to Borrisokane at the end of ninety minutes.
Puckane had an away fixture against Ballyneale in the FAI Junior Cup and were knocked out on a 4-2 score line, John Hayes and Keith Purcell scored the Puckane goals.
BT Harps fell to TSDL side Redmondstown FC on a one nil score line last Sunday afternoon, Gino Lonergan scored the only goal of the tie after eight minutes to send Templemore side home empty handed.
Nenagh AFC v Limerick FC
Nenagh AFC welcomed Airtricity First Division League leaders Limerick FC to resplendent Brickfields on Sunday afternoon for a glamour friendly with Limerick FC fielding a full strength team including Nenagh native James McGrath who captained the Limerick side.
The visitors held a one nil at the break thanks to a clinical finish from Denis Behan, although Nenagh AFC were robbed of an equaliser when Mark McKenna’s looping header came off the crossbar. The Limerick lead was doubled in the second half courtesy of an own goal before Dominic Foley copper fastened the win minutes from the end.
First Division League
Nenagh Celtic ‘B’ came out on top against Nenagh AFC ‘B’ on a 5-3 score line in this derby game played on Saturday. JP O’Brien netted twice to give Nenagh Celtic a two nil advantage, however Willie Darcy not to be outdone banged home twice to leave a two all score line at the midway stage.
Lee McMahon edged Nenagh AFC ahead with a well taken goal, Nenagh Celtic turned up the heat after this as JP O’Brien completed his hat-trick while Keith Langton and David Walsh also got on the score sheet to clinch the win for Nenagh Celtic.
League leaders Moneygall ‘A’ continued their winning ways with a 2-1 away win over BT Harps ‘B’. John Kennedy gave Moneygall the lead with a curling effort to the bottom corner after a fine through ball from Eoghan Ryan. The visitors continued to press and Rob Jones made it two nil on the hour mark with a superb thirty yard free kick. BT Harps ensured a tense finish when Brien Kennedy made it 2-1 with a headed goal ten minutes from time, however Moneygall dug deep to grind out the win.
Second Division League
Nenagh AFC ‘C’ claimed maximum points with a 6-2 win over Sallypark ‘B’, the Brickfields side held a two nil lead at the break and added a third early in the second half. Sallypark rallied and brought it back to 3-2 with strikes from Chris Treacy and Mikey Corcoran.
The Nenagh AFC goal scorers were Benny McMahon who chalked up four goals for the blues while Mikey Duff and Declan Whelan were also on the mark.
Third Division League
Holycross ‘B’ made it three wins from three following this 3-1 result over Nenagh Celtic ‘C’ in Glenbane. The home side were two goals to the good inside the opening six minutes thanks to finishes from Conor Ryan and Eamon Ryan. Nenagh Celtic pulled a goal back on the half hour mark through Conor Cleary, however JoJo O’Meara restored the Holycross ‘B’ advantage ten minutes in to the second half with a well worked goal to leave no way back for the visitors.
Lough Derg ‘B’ were on their travels to Cloughjordan for this league encounter against Cloughjordan ‘B’ and were on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line, Noel McInerney scored the Lough Derg goal from the spot
Gurtagarry secured their first league win of the season with a hard earned two nil away to Moneygall ‘B’, Eamon O’Rourke shot Gurtagarry ahead ten minutes before the break with a well taken goal, James Ryan tacked on a second on the 80th minute to seal the win.
Shannon Rangers and Clodiagh Rangers ‘B’ shared the spoils on a three all score line in this league fixture played in Ballinderry. The home side was on top in the first half and led two nil at the midway stage with goals from John Flannery and Darren Carroll. Jason Forestall reduced the Clodiagh Rangers deficit early in the second half, however Shannon Rangers stretched their lead to 3-1 with a sublime chip from Barry Cahalan. Clodiadgh Rangers produced the goods in the final five minutes of the game and pulled it back level with a Brian Carroll penalty and a fine strike from Stephen Gleeson to leave it all square at the full time whistle.
U13 Boys - Holycross 4 B.T Harp 3: Holycross raced to a 3 nil lead with 2 goals from Paddy McGrath and 1 from Ben Slattery. They held on to this lead until half time and went in very contented. Into the second half Holycross added a fourth goal with Paddy McGrath claiming his hat trick. Holycross defended for the rest of the game. Good win for Holycross with good performance from Eoin Ryan.
U16 Boys - Holycross 1 B.T Harp 1: Holycross performed very well and were happy with a draw against this strong side, Holycross went in a half time 1 goal down but came out in the second half and defended very well and got the equaliser that they well deserved from Conor Cassidy on his debut for the side.
Junior - Holycross ‘B’ 3 Nenagh Celtic ‘C’ 1: Holycross found themselves 2 goals up within the first 6 minutes with goals from Conor Ryan and Eamon Flanagan. However Nenagh scored just before half time. Just into the second half Holycross pulled one back with JoJo O Meara finding the net and making it 3-1. Holycross saw out the remainder of the game to claim all 3 points.
Academy Soccer: Please note that we are starting back up our Academy on Friday night the 21st @ 6pm in the soccer field. This is suitable for ages U6, U8, U10 boys and girls. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Lough Derg FC
A Registration night for this season’s LDFC players aged under 16 and under is on at St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 September.
A walkabout at Clarisford, Killaloe last Sunday 9 September led by Keith Wood and other members of the Soccer, Rugby and Scouts (who are jointly developing together the Clarisford facility) saw a great turnout. It was a great opportunity that was availed of by many members of the three clubs to see the work that has been done over the past few months and to see this facility taking shape. A great omen for the future for sure was the co-operation of the weather on the day!
The LDFC Mens Junior B team travelled away to play last Sunday against Cloughjordan in an 11.30am morning North Tipperary & District League (NT&DL) division 3 league game. Cloughjordan won 3-1. A home FAI Junior cup fixture for the A team fell foul of the weather and a visit by Glengoole United for a 2.30pm afternoon game was cancelled after heavy rain on Sunday morning.
North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s Football League (NTSFL) season opening mid-week home game for the Lakers u13s against Ballymackey was postponed as were Saturday’s (first games of the season too) for the u12s at home versus BT Harps and an away trip to Nenagh Celtic for the u14s.
Fixtures for the week ending Sunday 23 September are: NTSFL, Saturday 22 September, u13 Premier, Birdhill v Lough Derg, 11.00am and u15 division 1, Lough Derg V Arra Rovers at 12.45pm at Clarisford, Killaloe. NT&DL Sunday 23 September, Junior Mens A team away to Cloughjordan and B team are at home in Clarisford, Killaloe, hosting Gurtagary at 2.00pm. The Youth u18s shield starts this weekend; as the LDFC team are into the second round and have no match this weekend.
Please see the club website at www.loughdergfc.ie for all news.