Clonmel Credit Union League Division 1
CAHIR PARK 4 ST. NICHOLAS 0
Pacesetters Cahir Park extended their lead at the top of League Division 1 to three points as they returned to winning ways easily overcoming an under strength St. Nicholas side at the Ardfinnan Road, Cahir on St. Patrick’s Day.
Cahir Park after slipping up last week were hoping to get their campaign back on track, but despite enjoying the majority of the possession of the opening half struggled to breakdown a resolute St. Nicholas side. With neither side making any headway, it was still scoreless at the break.
It was after the changeover that Cahir Park eventually turned possession into goals, thanks to two penalties in the opening ten minutes of the second half. The first came after 51 minutes resulted when Paddy O’Donnell was impeded and James Darcy scored the spot-kick. It was 2-0 after 55 minutes, when James Darcy scored his second of the afternoon converting another spot-kick.
With St. Nicholas losing a player through injury and no replacement to come on, it left the Solohead club with a mountain to climb. On the other hand, Cahir Park now playing with renewed confidence began spreading the ball around the pitch and it came as no surprise when Eamon Wotton headed home a Shane McGrath centre to make it 3-0 after 75 minutes. Cahir Park made sure of securing all three points when Eamon Wotton added his second of the afternoon on 81 minutes again heading home a Shane McGrath centre.
This victory sees Cahir Park move on to 25 points with 6 games still to play. St. Nicholas slips from second to fourth place on 20 points with 4 games still to play.
Galbally snatch late winner to retake second spot in Division 1
GALBALLY UNITED 2
MOYGLASS UNITED 1
Galbally United regained second place in League Division 1 after overcoming relegation threatened Moyglass United by the odd goal in three at the Co. Limerick village last Saturday.
This game that saw switched to Saturday saw Galbally United enjoying the majority of the possession throughout the entire ninety minutes, but struggled to unhinge a Moyglass United side that sit second from bottom in a scoreless opening half.
It was on the resumption that Galbally United eventually got the breakthrough their overall play deserved on 55 minutes when a Pat Murphy corner-kick caused panic in the Moyglass box and Quinn Perry pounced to fire home from close range. Despite being outplayed Moyglass did not drop their heads and looked to have salvaged a point when Shane Morrissey gambled on a ball over the top to fire home on 80 minutes. Nevertheless, it was not to be, as Galbally United were awarded a free-kick with almost the last kick of the game. From Keith Hogan’s delivery into the box the Moyglass ‘keeper spilled the ball and quickest to react was Eoin Halligan who prodded the ball home to score his first goal for Galbally United.
This victory sees Galbally United regain second place on 21 points with 4 games left to play. Moyglass United remains second from bottom and are now seven points adrift on 11 points, but do have 4 games left to save them from the drop.
Glengoole’s promotion hopes rekindled
GLENGOOLE UNITED 3
TWO MILE BORRIS 1
Glengoole United kept their dream of playing in top-flight football alive after getting the better of fellow promotion contenders Two Mile Borris in this League Division 1 clash at the Community Sportsfield, Glengoole last Sunday.
This game got off to a flying start with three goals in the opening sixteen minutes. Glengoole got the ball rolling in the 12th minute with a free kick from 20 yards scored by Tommy Duggan. Borris equalised just 2 minutes later with a mix-up in the Glengoole defence from a corner-kick when Jamie Maher scored from close range. Glengoole went back in front just two minutes later when Killian Duggan made a good run down the left wing, cut into the box and slot home low to the right hand side of the Borris keeper to leave it 2-1 to Glengoole.
The game was even enough up to the final fifteen minutes with both teams creating chances with Two Mile Borris, who were looking for a quick return back to top flight football, starting to turn the screw. However, right at the death, Glengoole made the game safe in the 90th minute when Stephen Holohan volleyed home from 20 yards to leave the final score 3-1 to Glengoole.
Late rally failed to save Ballingarry from the drop
BALLINGARRY ALBION 2
KILLENAULE ROVERS 3
Killenaule Rovers turned a relegation battle in League Division 1 into a promotion one after they held on against Ballingarry Albion in this East Tipp derby in the Community Sportsfield, Commons on St. Patrick’s Day.
A blistering start by Killenaule Rovers saw them go into a 3-0 lead in the opening twenty minutes. The first goal came after 10 minutes when the Ballingarry goalie parried Ger Kennedy’s initial effort but was unable to stop the rebound from going over the line. Killenaule went 2-0 up after 15 minutes when Ger Ivors managed to head home a long throw-in. And it was 3-0 after 20 minutes when Martin McGarry scored from a cross into the box. Ballingarry Albion who needed victory to have any hope of avoiding the drop, did pull a goal back just before the break when David Cashman scored after being left one-on-one with the ‘keeper.
Ballingarry Albion with just one win from a dozen league games bombarded the Killenaule goal throughout the second half. Last ditch defending saw the visitors hang on until the 89th minute when a defensive error left Derek Walsh one-on-one with the ‘keeper and he made no mistake to leave just a goal between the sides, but it came too late for Ballingarry Albion who face football in League Division 2 next season.
This victory sees Killenaule Rovers catapult up the table; they are now in third place on 21 points with one game left at home to League leaders Cahir Park. Ballingarry Albion are on just 4 points and have 3 games left, but even if they win those will still be relegated.