Clare Junior Soccer review, tables, photographs, fixtures

Clare Junior Soccer review, tables, photographs, fixtures

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Action from the Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final between Newmarket and Tulla
Action from the Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final between Newmarket and Tulla

Oliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend’s local soccer action.

Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Finals
Newmarket Celtic 5-1 Tulla Utd
Newmarket Celtic qualified for the U17 league final after a good victory over Tulla Utd at McDonagh Park on Saturday. Tulla started well and Conor Murphy was unlucky to see his well struck effort go narrowly wide on 5 minutes. Newmarket opened the scoring on 10 minutes when David O’Dea finished off a good cross from Jack Connolly. Damo Halpin went close again for Newmarket on 12 minutes but was denied by a good save from Sean Cahill. Newmarket kept the pressure on and Jake Tierney headed over from a well delivered corner from Halpin on 20 minutes. The second goal arrived for the home side on 25 minutes when Halpin scored a great goal with a well struck effort from the edge of the box. Tulla went close to pulling a goal back before half time with two good strikes from Kevin McSweeney that went wide of the target. Tulla started the second half well and Conor Murphy scored to give them hope of a comeback. Newmarket upped their performance and finished the game strongly with goals from Adam Gilbert, Jack Connolly and substitute Conor Clohessy to earn them a deserved place in the final.

Newmarket Celtic: Peter Kaluza, Conor Casey, Oisin Cavanagh, Jake Tierney, Adam Gilbert, James Power, Tom Nedelec, Darren O’Loughlin, David O’Dea, Damo Halpin, Jack Connolly Subs: Conor Clohessy, Rory O’Connor, Cormac Kelly, Alan Reidy

Tulla Utd: Sean Cahill, Sean O’Callaghan, David Morhan, Fergal Kearney, Eddie Jennings, Marco Messori, James McGrath, Kevin McSweeney, Conor Toohy, Conor Murphy, Colm McInerney Subs: Austin McInerney, Joe Collins

Avenue Utd 1-0 St Pats
Avenue Utd got the better of St Pats in a very well contested league semi-final at Roslevan on Saturday. There was little between the team throughout and it took a later strike from Sean Tierney to earn the home side a place in the final. St Pats went close on 15 minutes with a header from Scott Greaney that went narrowly wide.

Action from the Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final between Avenue and St Pats
Action from the Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final between Avenue and St Pats

A well struck free kick from Jamie Roche on 25 minutes brought a good save out of Cathal Murray in the St Pats goal. Dylan Russell went close for St Pats on 30 minutes with a good turn and shot in the box that Joe Connaughton did well to block. Kevin Tubridy was next to threaten for Avenue with a good run and shot that went wide of the target.

Ronan Lanigan had a good chance for Avenue on 37 minutes but his effort went over the bar. The last chance of the half fell to Ben Egan for St Pats from a Russell cross but he was denied by good work again from Connaughton at the back for Avenue. St Pats had the first chance of the second half when Mark Shannon headed wide from a Scott Greaney corner. Another well delivered corner from Greaney on 65 minutes was headed over the bar by Billy Clancy. Some good football from Avenue on 70 minutes created a chance for Conor McDaid but he was denied by a great save from Cathal Murray.

Action from the Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final between Avenue and St Pats
Action from the Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final between Avenue and St Pats

Avenue were starting to enjoy a period of dominance and a good run from Kevin Tubridy into the box was stopped by a fine tackle from Seanie McNamara. The deadlock was broken on 77 minutes when Sean Tierney finished off a corner from Conor McDaid when scoring from a tight angle inside the box.

St Pats threw everything at Avenue in the closing stages but were unable to force an equalizer as Avenue held on for a place in the final against Newmarket Celtic.

Avenue Utd: Johnny Ryan, Mark Collins, Kevin O’Connor, Conor Hehir, Joe Connaughton, Cathal Darcy, Conor McDaid, Ronan Lanigan, Kevin Tubridy, Jamie Roche, Sean Tierney Subs: Cillian O’Donoghue, Sean Healy, Cian McDonough

St Pats: Cathal Murray, Mark Shannon, Cathal Considine, Oisin O’Looney, Seanie McNamara, Davy Martin, Scott Greaney, Billy Clancy, Ben Egan, Stephen Heath, Dylan Russell, Subs: Danny Clancy, Mark O’Malley, Dean Neary, Paudie Hehir

Prego Menswear Clare Cup ¼ Finals
Lifford 3-0 Corofin Harps A
A hat-trick from Kieran Mahony earned Lifford a deserved place in the semi-final of the Clare Cup.

Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Shannon Olympic A 0-4 Newmarket Celtic A
A hat-trick from Ronan McCormack and a goal from Ian Collins earned Newmarket Celtic a good victory over Shannon Olympic at Olympic Park on Saturday.

Bridge United A 7-0 Kildysert Celtic
Goals from Chris Lake, Pa McMahon (2), Jon Okoro (2), Brian O’Connor and Mike McNamara secured a comfortable win for Bridge Utd on Wednesday evening in Corrib Drive.

Bridge Utd: John Mulready, Steve Carroll, Kevin Kelly, Darren Murphy, Noel Collins, Mikey McNamara, Brian O’Connor, Darragh Fitzgerald, Chris Lake, Jon Okoro, Pa McMahon Subs: Mark Culbert for Carroll, Sean McDonald for Fitzgerald, Trevor Maxwell for Okoro

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Shannon Town 8-0 Burren Utd
Shannon Town A earned promotion to the Clare Premier Division after an easy victory over Burren Utd at Lynch Park on Sunday. Goals from Josh Lindsay, Seán Burke, Evan Barry, Adrian Carew, Eoghan Maxwell and a hat-trick from Gary O’Connell secured the victory on the day.

Mountshannon Celtic 4-3 Kilrush Rangers
Mountshannon Celtic kept alive their promotion hopes after moving into third place in the division with an important victory over promotion rivals Kilrush Rangers in a seven goal thriller at Scariff on Sunday morning.

The home side got off to the ideal start as they seized a two goal lead within the opening 15 minutes. The first was cleverly created by Oran Scanlan as he laid possession into the path of William Glass who impressively found the left hand corner from 15 yards. They soon doubled their advantage as Liam Corry delivered a driven low cross which Oran Scanlan precisely guided across the goal into the bottom right of the Kilrush net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. Only 10 minutes later, the away side responded in fine form when an in-swinging corner found a free man eight yards from goal who firmly planted his effort into the hosts’ goal. They soon secured the equaliser when a dangerous cross from the left was seized upon and powerfully driven low into the home net. The fifth goal of the opening period saw the East Clare side regain the lead. William Glass doubled his personal tally when he showed keen anticipation to judge a ricochet in the visitors’ area before swivelling to convert the chance in clinical fashion.

After the interval, Kilrush began to assert dominance in terms of territory and possession. This was rewarded with 20 minutes remaining when a menacing free kick delivery from 40 yards evaded both defensive and offensive intervention before bouncing inside Mountshannon’s far post. On the 80 minute mark, the home team carved out a corner which Martin Cunningham delivered towards the back post. Padraig Brody managed to head the deep cross across goal where Oran Scanlan ruthlessly directed his powerful header just under the Kilrush crossbar. Despite the pressure exerted by the visitors in the second half, Scanlan’s vital headed goal proved decisive as Mountshannon secured three precious points to leapfrog the away side and regain 3rd place in a tight First Division table.

Mountshannon Celtic: Andrew O’Dwyer, Niall Dear, Michael Scanlan, John Scanlan, Tomás McNamara, Michael O’Brien, Martin Cunningham, Michael Barrett, Liam Corry, Oran Scanlan, William Glass. Subs: Pádraig Brody for Tomás McNamara, Martin McNamara for Michael O’Brien

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Shannon Town B 1-1 Tulla Utd B
Shannon Town and Tulla Utd played out an entertaining draw at Corrib Drive on Saturday. Tulla captain Denis Murphy put them in front but Gavin O’Donnell earned Shannon Town a deserved draw with a good strike in the second half. After the game Tulla were presented with the Third Division Trophy by Clare League Chairman Oliver Fitzpatrick which crowned a great season for the team who also won the League Cup at the start of the season.

Tulla Utd B Third Division Champions
Tulla Utd B Third Division Champions

Shannon Town B: Shane Russell, Gavin O’Donnell, Phil Shanaghen, Graham McGorrian, Ciaran McKee, Alan Leyton, Colin Melody, Aaron O’Mara, Eoghan Maxwell, Ryan Hodge, Padraig Carew Subs: Jamie Hodge for Maxwell, Stephen Winters for Carew, Kevin Cahill for Leyton, Shane Kiely for O’Mara

Tulla Utd B: Kevin Barron, Luke Hayes, Podge Vaughen, Denis Murphy, John O’Hagen, Kevin Buckley, Caleb Doyle, Shane Mason, Trevor Corbett, Declan O’Reilly, Anthony McNamara Subs: Jordan Lorrigan for Buckley, Darragh Murphy for Mason, Craig McNamara for Anthony McNamara, Dan Fennel for Barron, Josh Lorrigan for Corbett

Corofin Harps B 2-3 Inch Crusaders
Inch Crusaders finished off their season with their third win in a row in the league after a good performance against Corofin Harps in Corofin on Sunday morning. Corofin started the better and took the lead after 10 minutes with a neath finish over the Inch keeper James Killeen. Inch got back on level terms after Thiago Santana headed a Sean Hehir free kick to the Corofin net. Corofin went back in front after 30 minutes which left it 2-1 to the home side at the break. Inch had the better of the exchanges in the second half and Padraig Talty went close with a shot from the edge of the box on 60 minutes. Santana & Brenno Henrique both had good efforts saved by the Corofin keeper. Inch deservedly got back on level terms on 70 minutes when Ronan Grace unleashed a thunderous effort from outside the box which went straight into the top corner after been set up his brother Eoghan. Inch keeper James Killeen then pulled off a finger tip save to keep the scores level as Corofin enjoyed a period of dominance. The Inch defence dealt with the pressure and Inch got a deserved winner from the impressive Santana with five minutes left after he got on the end of an Henrique cross to finish well.

Inch Crusaders: James Killeen, Mark Connellan, Sean Talty, Sean Hehir, Eoghan Grace, Rory Killeen, Padraig Talty, Ronan Grace, Brenno Henrique, Thiago Santana, Oran Killeen

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 1st May 2016

Prego Menswear Clare Cup ¼ Finals

Lifford 3-0 Corofin Harps A
Avenue Utd B 1-0 Rineanna Rovers 

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Shannon Town 8-0 Burren Utd – Shannon Town are promoted
Mountshannon Celtic 4-3 Kilrush Rangers
Kilkishen Celtic 1-1 Newmarket Celtic B 

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Sporting Ennistymon B 2-3 Kilmaley Fern Celtic – Kilmaley Fern Celtic are promoted
Corofin Harps B 2-3 Inch Crusaders
St Pats 1-1 Shannon Olympic B 

Saturday 30th April 2016
Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Semi-Final

Newmarket Celtic 5-1 Tulla Utd
Avenue Utd 1-0 St Pats 

Selprint Youths League
Lifford 3-2 Coole FC 

Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Shannon Olympic 0-4 Newmarket Celtic 

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Shannon Town B 1-1 Tulla Utd B 

 

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Saturday 7th May 2016

Michael O Gorman Youths Cup Semi-Final

Gort: Coole FC v Ennis Town 3pm Niall Quinn

Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Cassidy Park: Lifford v Shannon Town 6.45pm Dave McCarthy 

Bridgetown: Bridge Celtic v Rineanna Rvs 6:45pm Pa Gleeson

Roslevan: Avenue Utd B v Newmarket Celtic B 6:45pm Martin O’Brien

Suttons Lighting Third Division Cup Semi-Finals
Corofin: Corofin Harps B v Shannon Town B 6:30pm Sean Kenneally

Tiermaclane: Kilmaley Fern Celtic v Sporting Ennistymon B 6:30pm John Corry

Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary

Note: If home pitch unplayable match reverts to away teams ground

Sunday 8th May 2016
FAI Oscar Traynor Trophy Final

Pearse Park Astro Pitch, Crumlin 2pm Kick Off
Leinster Senior League v Clare 

Michael O Gorman Youths Cup Semi-Final
Lahinch: Sporting Ennistymon v Lifford 11am Trevor White

Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary

Tuesday 10th May 2016
Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division

Cassidy Pk: Lifford v Newmarket Celtic B 6:45pm John Grier

Wednesday 11th May 2016
Hugh Kelly Premier Division Final

County Grounds, Doora 6.45pm
Avenue Utd v Bridge Utd
Trevor White(ref), Shane Hayes, Mark Rellis

Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary

Selprint Youths League
Cassidy Pk: Lifford v Shannon Town 6:30pm Dave McCarthy

Thursday 12th May 2016
Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division

Roslevan: Avenue Utd B v Shannon Town 6:45pm Julian Sandford

Friday 13th May 2016
Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division

McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic B v Kilrush Rangers 6:45pm Shane Hayes 

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

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