Clare Junior Soccer Review – 23 March

Clare Junior Soccer Review – 23 March


soccerOliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend’s local soccer action.

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Bridge United A 1-0 Shannon Olympic A
A goal from Noel Collins was enough to secure the victory for Bridge Utd and close the gap on leaders Newmarket Celtic to 4 points at the top of the premier division.

Bridge Utd: John Mulready, Jason Whyte, Darren Murphy, Eoin Guinan, Noel Collins, Eric Carr, Pa McMahon, Anton Mannering, Kevin Kelly, Mikey McNamara, Chris Lake. Subs: Mark Culbert for McNamara, Kieren Quinlan for Carr, Jonathan Downes for Lake

Corofin Harps A 2-1 Ennis Town A
Goals from Jason O’Connor and Shane Constable gave Corofin Harps a deserved victory over Ennis Town at Corofin on Sunday. Constable scored his 15th goal of the season and is in a rich vein of scoring form at the moment. The game also had 3 red cards with Darryl Eade from Ennis Town and the Corofin pair of Brian Halpin and Steven Keane getting early showers.

Tulla Utd A 2-0 Hermitage A
Tulla took all 3 points from Sunday’s clash at the Cragg and had to do it the hard way after key defender Daragh Corry was sent off for getting a second yellow card 10 mins before half time. Tulla regrouped at half time and even with 10 men really took control of the game in the second half and created some very clearcut chances but failed to finish them. As often happens, Tulla’s opening goal came about following a poor defensive header. When Johnny O’Brien latched onto the ball, he showed good control and rifled the ball home with his right foot to beat the Tage keeper on his near post. Brazilian striker Sebastiao da Silva continued his good run of form by scoring Tulla’s second despite the attentions of 2 Hermitage defenders. It was a good team performance with Shane Collins making an excellent save late in the first half. The back 5 kept another clean sheet and despite being down to 10 men for 55 mins, Tulla had far too much power at midfield whilst up front da Silva caused problems for the Hermitage defenders every time he got on the ball.

Tulla Utd A: Shane Collins, Eoin Ryan, Daragh Corry, Ray Bane, Gary Hogan, David O’Brien, Shane McNamara, Alan Leamy, Colin Nelson, Sebastiao da Silva, Johnny O’Brien. Subs: Tommy McKeown for Alan Leamy, Daire Hannon for Johnny O’Brien

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Tulla Utd 2-0 Hermitage
Avenue Utd 4-0 Lifford
Corofin Harps 2-1 Ennis Town
Bridge Utd 1-0 Shannon Olympic


Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division

Connolly Celtic 2-4 Kikishen Celtic
Connolly Celtic dominated the first half in terms of possession and chances and took the lead when they were awarded a penalty. This seemed to wake Kilkishen up and equalized soon after when Paul Murphy volleyed home after great work from Meghan Pewter down the wing. Connolly went in at half time with the lead when their striker scored a cracker from 25 yards on the stroke of half time. Kilkishen came out in the second half all guns blazing and soon equalized through Eoghan Pewter and then took the lead when Pewter got his second of the day. Kilkishen wrapped up the points when Pewter completed his second hat-trick in 3 games after a great ball from Noel Nash set him up.

Kilkishen Celtic: Paul Tuohy, Mark Pewter, Flan McMahon, Ray McInerney, Pa McMahon, Shane McInerney, Damien O’Connell, Paul Murphy, Christy Philpott, Eoghan Pewter

Sporting Ennistymon 1-0 Mountshannon Celtic
A solitary strike in Lahinch in this First Division encounter handed Sporting Ennistymon three important points. The hosts began the fixture showing superior verve and purpose. However Mountshannon’s John Scanlan fired a warning to the hosts as he launched a rasping effort against Ennistymon’s crossbar. The decisive moment of this fixture came midway through the opening period. The ball was received on the corner of the visitor’s box before being shifted and curled high into the opposite corner. The second period offered little in the way of goalmouth action at either end. The hosts threatened to a greater extent but failed to test Colm Kavanagh in the Mountshannon goal. The visitors were left to rue their inability to forge more meaningful opportunities as Ennistymon dictated proceedings to the end.

Mountshannon Celtic: Colm Kavanagh, Andrew McNamara, Padraig Brody, Michael Scanlan, Niall Dear, Martin Cunningham, Cathal Moloney, Michael Barrett, John Scanlan; William Glass, John O’Brien. Subs: Liam Corry for Andrew McNamara, Niall Minogue for Martin Cunningham

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Sporting Ennistymon 1-0 Mountshannon Celtic
Kildysart Celtic 1-4 Moher Celtic
Connolly Celtic 2-4 Kilkishen Celtic
Ennis Town B 0-5 Turnpike Rvs


Selprint Second Division

Kilrush Rangers 1-1 Rineanna Rovers
In this top of the table clash in the second division Rineanna went in front in the first half through Paul Butler and it remained 1-0 to the visitors at the break. Kilrush got a deserved equaliser in the second half through Gearoid O’Brien to earn a share of the points on the day.

Bunratty Cratloe 2-1 Rhine Rovers
Bunratty Cratloe kept alive their survival hopes with victory over Rhine Rovers at Bunratty on Sunday. Bunratty Cratloe went in front with a goal from Philip Counihan. Rhine getting battling and drew level. Brian Phelan scored the all important winning goal on 85 minutes after getting on the end of a long throw from Colm Ryan.

Selprint Second Division
Ruan Utd 2-4 Hermitage B
Kilrush Rangers 1-1 Rineanna Rvs
Bunratty/Cratloe 2-1 Rhine Rvs


Suttons Lighting Third Division

Inch Crusaders 3-2 West Clare FC
Inch Crusaders turned in another impressive performance to defeat league leaders West Clare FC at Lees Road on Sunday. West Clare went in front on 15 minutes with a deflected shot. Inch hit the crossbar twice from Sean Hehir corners in the first half as it remained 1-0 to West Clare at the break. Inch deservedly got back on level terms on 70 minutes when Eamonn Bracken played a good through ball to Thiago Santana who turned well on the edge of the box and riffled an unstoppable shot to the back of the West Clare net. Inch went in front on 80 minutes when they were awarded an indirect free kick on the edge of the West Clare box. Hehir teed up Santana who scored his second with a sweet volley over the wall into the top corner giving the West Clare keeper no chance. The drama was not over yet and back came West Clare on 85 minutes to equalise with a well struck header from a free kick into the box. Inch were not be denied and kept pressing to the end. A shot from James Rynne on 90 minutes was deflected out for a corner. Sean Hehir who had come close twice in the first half from corners made it third time lucky when his well delivered kick went all the way to the back of the West Clare net to give Inch the victory and the three points.

Inch Crusaders: James Killeen, Mark Connellan, Sean Talty, Thomas O’Doherty, Mairtin MacDonnacha, Rory Killeen, Paul Walsh, Sean Hehir, Niall Gavin, Tomas Lynch, Thiago Santana. Subs: Eamonn Bracken for Gavin, James Rynne for Rory Killeen

Bridge United B 2-1 Coole FC
Goals from Adrian Whyte and Trevor Maxwell helped Bridge Utd to victory over Coole FC at Sixmilebridge on Sunday and keeps alive their challenge for the third division title.

Corofin Harps B 2-1 Tulla Utd B
Corofin Harps B got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Tulla Utd B at Corofin on Sunday and are still in contention for the title. A goal from a free kick just outside the Tulla box from captain Dean Lee was his 6th of the campaign gave Harps the lead but Tulla equalized before the break. Then the winner came on the 73rd minute from that man again Shane Constable who followed up his winning goal for the A team in the morning with the winner for the B team in the afternoon to secure the three points for the Harps.

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Shannon Olympic B 3-1 Kilmaley Fern Celtic
Bridge Utd B 2-1 Coole FC
Corofin Harps B 2-1 Tulla Utd B
Inch Crusaders 3-2 West Clare


Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Wednesday 25th March 2015

Hugh Kelly Premier League Cup
County Grounds Doora 7pm Trevor White
Bridge Utd v Hermitage

Saturday 28th March 2015
Clare U17 Cup 1/4 Final
Liscannor; Moher Celtic v Tulla Utd 2.30pm Michael Rock

Jim Casey Trophies Youths/U19 League
Roslevin; Avenue Utd v Newmarket Celtic 2:30 pm Trevor White

Oscar Traynor 1/4 Final
McSharry Pk; Sligo, 7pm Kick Off
Sligo v Clare

Sunday 29th March 2015
Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Kilmaley School; Connolly Celtic v Moher Celtic 11am James Ferns

Roslevin; Avenue Utd B v Mountshannon Celtic 11am Pa Gleeson

Lees Road; Ennis Town B v Kildysart Celtic 2pm John Grier

Kilkishen ; Kilkishen Celtic v Newmarket Celtic B 11am Flan Sheedy

Selprint Second Division
Lees Road Astro ; Manus Celtic v Burren Utd 2pm Frank Coote

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Kilrush; West Clare FC v Tulla Utd B 11am Shane Hayes

Corofin; Corofin Harps B v Kilmaley Fern Celtic 11am Brian Punch

Olympic Pk; Shannon Olympic B v Bridge Utd B 11am Dave Mc Carthy

Wednesday 1st April 2015
Telecom Stores U17 League
Cragg; Tulla Utd v Avenue Utd 6.00 pm Dave McCarthy

McDonagh Pk; Newmarket Celtic v Ennis Town 6.00pm Julian Sandford

Hugh Kelly Premier League Cup Final
County Grounds, Doora 7pm,
Michael Rock(ref), Terry Kennedy, James Ferns (asst Referee)
Ennis Town v Bridge Utd or Hermitage

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Olympic Pk; Shannon Olympic v Newmarket Celtic 6:15pm Pa Gleeson

Cragg; Tulla Utd v Avenue Utd 6:15pm Martin OBrien

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Lahinch; Sporting Ennistymon v Moher Celtic 6:15pm Frank Coote

Thursday 2nd April 2015
Selprint Second Division
Fairgreen; Hermitage B v Rineanna Rvs 6:15pm Shane Hayes

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Cragg; Tulla Utd B v Bridge Utd B 6:15 pm Brian Punch

Gort; Coole FC v Shannon Olympic 6:15pm Sean Kenneally

Note: All results to be with Donal Kirby on 085-1765828 immediately after games otherwise a €40 fine will be incurred.