GLEN VILLA 1 ST. MICHAEL’S B 0
Glen Villa opened up a three-point gap at the top of League Division 2 going into the Christmas break following a hard fought victory over neighbours St. Michael’s B in the Glen of Aherlow last Sunday.
In what was described as a very even contest it saw both defences well on top. The turning point came on 40 minutes for a Glen Villa side that were beaten by a single goal when these sides met on the opening day of the season. A through ball from Thomas Hanley released Paddy Hennessy, but as he was about to pull the trigger was illegally stopped. From the resultant spot-kick veteran Seanie Peters made no mistake sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.
St. Michael’s Reserves threw caution to the wind as they chased the game, but any hope of a revival ended midway through the second half when a player received a straight red card. Instead, it was a Glen Villa side that used the extra man to good effect, that were denied adding to their tally as the St. Michael’s B ‘keeper produced three top class saves from Barry Grogan twice and Thomas Hanley in the final quarter of an hour.
This victory sees outright leaders Glen Villa now on 18 points with 5 games remaining whilst St. Michael’s B remains on 7 points with 8 games left.
KILSHEELAN UNITED 4 KILLUSTY 5
Killusty produced a last ditch winner denying Kilsheelan United the opportunity to regain top spot in League Division 2 in this nine-goal thriller at the Ormonde Stores, Kilsheelan last Sunday.
Killusty’s indifferent performances that has seen them squander leads were to the fore in the opening half going 1-0 up after 24 minutes when a free kick was blocked only for the ball to fall kindly for Pa Looby to volley straight to goal. Killusty were 2-0 up after 30 minutes when a strong header won by their midfielder Brian Coen that was finished nicely by Dave Conway to give the visitors a comfortable half time lead.
In the second half Kilsheelan started the better team and after 56 minutes pulled a goal back when a Pierce Larkin well executed pass to Ian Coughlan who calmly slotted it passed the goalkeeper. In the 73rd minute it was Christy Ryan’s turn to give a through ball to Ian Coughlan, who squared it to Jamie Cronin who made it 2-2. In the 74th minute Killusty went back in front at 3-2 when a long ball confused the Kilsheelan defenders leaving Dave Conway the time to chip the goalkeeper. Kilsheelan were back on level terms in the 75th minute when Michael McHugh crossed to the unmarked Conor Murphy to volley to home and make it 3-3. Kilsheelan went ahead for the only time in the 78th minute when another through ball by Pierce Larkin to Ross Larkin and the latter slotted passed the oncoming keeper and make it 4-3. On this occasion Killusty refused to throw in the towel and got an equaliser at 4-4 in the 80th minute from Brian Coen. Then deep in injury time Killusty grabbed the winner from a well-executed direct free kick from Pa Looby to make it 5-4 at the final whistle.
This result sees Kilsheelan United remain in second place on 15 points with 5 games left. Killusty move onto 9 points with 6 games left.
ROSEGREEN RANGERS 1 CLONMEL TOWN B 0
The ten men of Rosegreen Rangers snatched all three League Division 2 points after seeing off strugglers Clonmel Town B in this game played at the Community Sportsfield, Rosegreen last Sunday.
Rosegreen Rangers still have to play a mouth-watering FAI Junior Cup 5th Round tie in early January against Co. Mayo’s Castlebar Celtic, were on this occasion struggling to breakdown a Clonmel Town B side that were still searching for that elusive first League victory.
The second half was similar to the first until Rosegreen Rangers were down to ten players on 65 minutes and Clonmel Town B came out of their defensive shell. The visitors were putting that extra man to good use only to find the Rosegreen Rangers defence refusing to yield. Then against the run of play Rosegreen Rangers snatched the winner on 78 minutes when a direct free kick from 30 yards by Trevor Downey proved unstoppable,
Rosegreen Rangers move onto 9 points with 9 games remaining. Clonmel Town B remains last on 4 points with 5 games left.