Victory sees Burncourt move up to second

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Clonmel Credit Union

League Division 3

BURNCOURT CELTIC 2 CASHEL TOWN B 1

Burncourt Celtic come from behind to move up to second in League Division 3 after defeating fellow promotion contenders Cashel Town B by the odd goal in three in Burncourt last Sunday.

On a fine day for football, both sides set about the task of battling for three important points in an increasingly competitive division that can mean the difference between promotion and relegation. It saw Cashel Town B take an early advantage on 9 minutes when a fine strike some 20 yards by Mick Mackey found the net to make it 1-0. Burncourt responded as Brian Irwin and Shane Ryan started to get good service into Alan Ward and Christopher English. However, on 20 minutes, Burncourt won a penalty when Paul Frazer was fouled in the box and Alan Ward stepped up and dispatched the ball to level the score at 1-1.

The second half was only 5 minutes old when Burncourt turned the game on its head when a through ball found Christopher English and he coolly rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the corner of the net to and make it 2-1. As the game entered the closing stages Cashel Town B knowing defeat could see them slip down the table pushed on looking for the equaliser and were unlucky when they hit the crossbar and from another attack Paul Frazer had to clear off the line. The final whistle was music to Burncourt’s ears as another 3 precious points had been earned.

This victory see Burncourt Celtic move up to second place on 21 points, but with just one game left away to Vee Rovers, will be hoping to take the three points and that other contenders slip up. Cashel Town B slips down to third from the bottom on 18 points and might need a win in their final game at home to leaders Ballypatrick to guarantee their place in this division next season.

Lonergan brace puts Redmondstown back in the promotion hunt

REDMONDSTOWN 2 CLERIHAN 1

A Geno Lonergan double helped Redmondstown take all three League Division 3 points after overcoming Clerihan by the odd goal in three in Clonmel last Sunday.

In a division where victory could mean promotion and defeat relegation as games quickly run out it saw both Redmondstown and Clerihan go for the jugular from the kick-off. Both Daniel Conroy for Redmondstown and Thomas Hill from Clerihan came close early on. It was on 42 minutes that Redmondstown broke the deadlock when Paul Dempsey defence splitting pass found Geno Lonergan in space in the box and the inform striker scored from close range. However, the lead was short lived as Clerihan restored parity just two minutes later when a route one ball from the keeper saw Shane Foley head to the net.

The second half was a cagey affair as both sides probed for the winning goal. Clerihan who have not won away from home this season were unlucky not to go in front when Edward Dolan got back to clear off the goal-line on 65 minutes. That let-off saw Redmondstown regain their composure and more importantly secure the winning goal with ten minutes left when Geno Lonergan was fouled in the box and he dusted himself down before dispatching the ball to the net to re-ignite Redmondstown hopes of promotion.

Redmondstown moves up to third place on 20 points and victory in their final two games away to relegated Clonmel Celtic B and Donohill & District would see them promoted. Clerihan have slipped from promotion contenders to second from the bottom on 16 points and will need something from their final two games away to Donohill & District and home to Ballypatrick to guarantee safety.

Victory keeps Donohill’s hopes progress alive

DONOHILL & DISTRICT 2 VEE ROVERS 1

Donohill & District re-ignited their hopes of promotion as they secured all three points in this League Division 3 clash against fellow promotion contenders Vee Rovers in 
Donohill last Sunday.

With both sides seeking a victory to remain in contention for promotion, it saw Donohill get off to the prefect start with John Hayes headed home a corner-kick after just 5 minutes. Vee Rovers, who were once the leaders of this division were out to end defeats in the last two games where thrown a life-line after 9 minutes when Martin Grant slotted home a spot-kick. After that early goal spree, the game became cagier as both defences settled and it remained all square at the break.

Donohill & District, who are undefeated at home this season, pushed on in the second half and their endeavours was rewarded on 57 minutes when Thomas McLoughlin finished off a through-ball from Joey Shanahan. From that stage onwards it was backs to the wall as a Vee Rovers side that were hotly tipped for promotion, now seeing it all unravel battered the Donohill rearguard, but the 4th Division champions held on to take the three points on offer.

This victory sees Donohill & District move onto 18 points with games at home to Clerihan and Redmondstown still to come. Vee Rovers are also on 18 points with games at home to Burncourt Celtic and away to Ballypatrick.