Clare Junior Soccer Review and Fixtures

Clare Junior Soccer Review and Fixtures


A team warms up in the fog at Active Ennis Lees Road, Ennis, Co. Clare on Sunday morning. Photo Tony O'Flaherty
A team warms up in the fog at Active Ennis Lees Road, Ennis, Co. Clare on Sunday morning. Photo Tony O’Flaherty

Oliver Fitzpatrick reviews the weekend action on the local soccer scene in Clare.

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Ennis Town A 1-1 Newmarket Celtic A
For the second time in three league games leaders Newmarket Celtic A had to settle for a draw after Ennis Town A came from behind to earn a share of the points at Lees Road on Sunday. However with their closest challengers Bridge Utd also drawing the gap remains at 7 points at the top of the Premier Division. There were very little chances in the first half with Newmarket having lots of possession and Ennis Town defending well for long periods. Newmarket went in front when Colin Smyth scored with an effort that Ennis Town will be disappointed did not stop. Ennis Town made a great start to the second half when Joe Collins finished off a good passing move to draw them level. From here to the finish Newmarket had lots of possession just like the first half but created very few clear scoring chances. Daithi O’Connell had an effort ruled out for offside and Ronan McCormack had an effort go over the bar. Ennis Town had one chance near the finish but were denied by a good save from Trevor O’Donnell in the Newmarket goal.

Newmarket Celtic A: Trevor O’Donnell, Seamie lawlor, Paddy Purcell, Stephen Kelly, Eoin O’Brien, Ian Collins, Colin Smyth, David McCarthy, Ronan McCormack, Daithi O’Connell, Eoin Hayes. Subs: Paudie Hayes for O’Connell, Cathal Hayes for Eoin Hayes, Alan Brigdale for McCormack

Tulla Utd 6-0 Bridge Celtic
Tulla Utd had a comprehensive win over Bridge Celtic in the premier division in very foggy conditions at the Cragg Tulla on Sunday. Tulla’s first goal came from a wonderful free kick from David O’Brien after only 5 minutes of play. In the 20th minute Colin Nelson cut inside the Bridge Celtic defence and evaded 2 tackles before unleashing a low shot to the keeper’s right hand side to score the second from outside the box. By the half hour mark Daragh Corry had made it 3-0 with a well taken header. After the restart Bridge Celtic pressed hard and were unlucky not to score following an excellent double save from Christy O’Brien in the Tulla goals. When the 3rd O’Brien brother Johnny coolly slotted home a penalty in the 60th minute it finished the game as a contest. Daire Hannon came off the bench to score a great brace of goals to leave the final score 6-0. It was an excellent all round performance from Tulla giving them 3 wins in a row since the resumption of play after Christmas.

Tulla Utd A: Christy O’Brien, Paraic O’Malley, Raymond Bane, Eoghan Ryan, Aaron Lane, Daragh Corry, Shane McNamara, Johnny O’Brien, David O’Brien, Colin Nelson, Sunny Jay. Subs: Tommy McKeown for David O’Brien, Gary Hogan for Daragh Corry, Daire Hannon for Sunny Jay

Corofin Harps A 1-1 Bridge Utd A
Corofin Harps put in another good performance in the Premier Division and were unlucky not to take all 3 points at home to Bridge Utd in Corofin on Sunday. Corofin went in front on 20 minutes when a cross from Jason O’Connor was finished to the net by Shane Constable with a great header into the bottom corner of the net. Bridge upped their game in second half and were unlucky not to draw level on 65 minutes when Brian Halpin made a vital clearance off the goal line. Corofin suffered a major setback on 70 minutes when they lost centre half John Keane to injury. Corofin had a good chance for a second goal when a clearance from Mikey Concannon put Killian Malone through on goal but his effort narrowly missed the target. Bridge scored the equalising goal on 84 minutes when Mike McNamara finished to the back of the Corofin net. Corofin had one last chance to win it but Steven Keane was denied by a great save from John Mulready and Jason Tierney couldn’t keep his effort from the rebound down.

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Avenue Utd A 2-0 Rhine Rovers
First half goals from Steven McGann and Gary Roche helped Avenue advance to a second round meeting with Sporting Ennistymon A after victory over Rhine Rovers at Roslevan on Sunday.

Newmarket Celtic B 2-1 Hermitage A
Newmarket Celtic B caused a surprise on Sunday at McDonagh Park when the knocked out Premier Division side Hermitage A. Hermitage went in front but Newmarket got back on level terms through Seamus Considine. It looked like the game was going to extra time but then up stepped Ian Cusack with the all important winning goal to second Newmarket into round 3.

Newmarket Celtic B: Brian Tierney, Chris Noonan, Ian Cusack, Paudie McMahon, Killian Howard, Danny Conway, Damien McAuley, Seamus Considine, Shane McMahon, Kieran Crosby, Andrew Russell. Subs: Martin Mulqueen for Noonan, Javier Fuertes for Conway, Ronan McAuley for Russell.

Shannon Olympic A 7-0 Inch Crusaders
Shannon Olympic A are safely through to round 3 of the Clare Cup after defeating Inch Crusaders in Shannon on Sunday. Inch started brightly and Sean Hehir went close with an effort from the edge of the box that narrowly missed the target. Olympic went in front with a deflected shot but Inch were still well in the game until Olympic struck 2 quick goals right before half time to give them a 3-0 half time lead. Another goal right after half time from a free kick that was deflected to the net and the game was over as a contest. Olympic kept the pressure on to the end and 3 more goals rounded off an easy win in the end. Garry Higgins top scored with 4 goals, Brian McGorrian got two and Ray Quigley also got in on the scoring.

Shannon Olympic A: Darren Whelan, Darren Duggan, Alex Cole, Ian Hogan, Donacha Kelly, Ray Quigley, Brian McGorrian, Jamie Egan, Garry Higgins, Declan McDonald, Ryan Kelly Sub: Steve Dolan for McDonald

Inch Crusaders: Ross Dunn, James Rynne, Mark Connellan, Thomas O’Doherty, Sean Talty, James O’Halloran, Joe Neylon, Rory Killeen, Sean Hehir, Thiago Santana, Padraig Talty Subs: Tomas Lynch for Neylon, Brenno Henrique for Hehir

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Connolly Celtic 2-2 Avenue Utd B

Action from Sunday's clash between COnnolly and Avenue Untd B. Photo c/o
Action from Sunday’s clash between COnnolly and Avenue Untd B. Photo c/o

Connolly and Avenue played out an entertaing draw in this top of the table clash in the First Division at Kilmaley on Sunday. Avenue found themselves goal down after 20 minutes when Connolly split the avenue defence with some good passing before Jason Devitt scored. This gave Connolly a 1-0 lead at the break. Avenue started the second half really well putting Connolly under a lot of pressure but after 60 minutes against the run of play Avenue found themselves 2 down to what was a great headed goal into the Avenue net by Donal McCarthy.

Avenue were now under real pressure but with their never die attitude they pulled 1 back after 70 minutes when Ronan Kerin who is on fire at the minute scored an excellent goal to make it 2-1. Avenue piled on the pressure from then on and were rewarded on the 85 minutes with their second goal after great work from Rahman Zekeri set up Rory Nouribi who finished superbly to the Connolly net to earn his side a share of the points.

Avenue Utd B: Killian Culligan, Ian Hassett, Shaun Flanagan, Conor Mullen, Rahman Zekeri, Anthony Whyte, Neil Slattery, Rory Nouribi, Jonny Ferns, Jan Feck, Ronan Kerin Subs: Martin Moran for Feck, Gary Roche for Ferns, Dean Malone for Slattery

Selprint Second Division

Kilrush Rangers 5-2 Hermitage B
League leaders Kilrush Rangers kept their unbeaten record going in the second division with a good victory over Hermitage B in Kilrush on Sunday. Darragh Kelly scored twice while Gearoid Lynch, Trevor Clancy and Henry Lillis completed the scoring.

Rineanna Rovers 4-1 Manus Celtic
Rineanne Rovers moved into second place in the division after a battling perfomance and victory over Manus Celtic at Ballycasey on Sunday. Paul Butler, Jamie O’Shea, Josh Lindsay and Danny Sweeney scored the goals.

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Sporting Ennistymon B 2-5 Bridge United B
Bridge Utd kept up their promotion challenge with victory over Sporting Ennistymon B at Lisdoonvarna on Sunday. Going into the game Bridge trailed Sporting in second place by 8 points but with 7 games still in hand this victory reduces the gap down to 5 points and they are right in the hunt for promotion now. Bridge took an early lead through Donald Devanney before Roma Byrne equalised for Sporting. Byrne then scored a second before half time to leave it 2-1 to Sporting at the break. Fog descended in the second half and visibility was greatly reduced but there was no stopping Bridge who banged in four second half goals from Aidan Whelan, Noel Duggan, Jonny Fawl and Michael Whyte to run out comfortable winners in the end.

Sporting Ennistymon B: Richard Leigh, Padraig Flynn, Darragh Conneely, Thomas McConigley, Michael McConigley, Roma Byrne, James Carmody, Sean Crowe, Daire Crowe, Joe Gallagher, Paul Kelly

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Newmarket Celtic 5-2 Ennis Town
Newmarket Celtic remain on top of the Youths/U19 League after making it 6 wins from 6 games at McDonagh Park on Saturday. Shane Mullaney scored a brace while Cathal Hayes, Jason Mcintyre and Liam O’Connor also got in on the scoring for the home side.

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 8th February 2015

Munster Youths Cup 1/4 Final
Burren Utd 0-1 Fairview Rangers (AET)

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 1
Avenue Utd A 2-0 Rhine Rvs

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 2
Shannon Olympic 7-0 Inch Crusaders
Newmarket Celtic B 2-1 Hermitage A

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Ennis Town A 1-1 Newmarket Celtic A
Tulla Utd 6-0 Bridge Celtic
Corofin Harps 1-1 Bridge Utd

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Connolly Celtic 2-2 Avenue Utd B
Ennis Town B 6-4 Sporting Ennistymon

Selprint Second Division
Bunratty/ Cratloe 0-3 Treaty Celtic
Kilrush Rangers 5-2 Hermitage B
Rineanna Rvs 4-1 Manus Celtic
Ruan Utd 0-1 St Pats

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Kilmaley Fern Celtic 1-9 West Clare FC
Sporting Ennistymon B 2-5 Bridge Utd B
Tulla Utd B 2-1 Coole FC

Saturday 7th February 2015
Telecom Stores U17 League
Coole FC 4-2 Tulla Utd

Jim Casey Trophies Youths/U19 League
Bridge Utd 1-4 Avenue Utd
Newmarket Celtic 5-2 Ennis Town

Wednesday 4th February 2015
Hugh Kelly Cup Quarter-Final
Ennis Town 2-2 Newmarket Celtic (AET) – Ennis Town won 4-2 on penalties

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Wednesday 11th February 2015

Hugh Kelly Cup
County Grounds, Doora 7pm Martin OBrien
Hermitage v Tulla Utd

Saturday 14th February 2015
Telecom Stores U17 League
McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic v Coole FC 11am Bernard Donnelly

Liscannor; Moher Celtic v Tulla Utd 2pm Trevor White

Roslevin; Avenue Utd v Ennis Town 2pm Michael OHalloran

Sunday 15th February 2015
Munster Junior Cup Round 5
Clonmel; Clonmel Celtic v Newmarket Celtic 2 pm
(Tipperary Officals)

Prego Menswear Clare Cup Round 2
Lisdoon; Sporting Ennistymon B v Tulla Utd B 11am Paul Hickey

Lahinch; Sporting Ennistymon A v Avenue Utd 11am Tom Corry

Fairgreen Track Pitch; Ruan Utd v Kilkishen Celtic 2pm Shane Hayes

Lees Road; Ennis Town A v Kilmaley Fern Celtic 11am John Grier

LIT; Treaty Celtic v St Pats 2.30pm Paddy Walsh

Sixmilebridge; Bridge Utd B v Kildysart Celtic 11am Flan Sheedy

Bunratty; Bunratty/Cratloe v Manus Celtic 2pm Brian Punch

Corofin; Corofin Harps A v Connolly Celtic 11am Martin OBrien

Lees Road; Turnpike Rvs v Moher Celtic 11am Dave McCarthy

Scarriff; Mountshannon Celtic v Bridge Utd A 2pm Julian Stainford

Bridgetown; Bridge Celtic v Shannon Olympic B 11am Terry Kennedy

Lisdoon; Burren Utd v Rineanna Rvs 2pm Michael Rock

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Fairgreen; Hermitage v Lifford 2pm Pa Gleeson

Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Roslevin; Avenue Utd B v Ennis Town B 2pm Frank Coote

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Kilrush; West Clare FC v Coole FC 11am Sean Kenneally

Lees Road; Inch Crusaders v Corofin Harps B 1pm Lukasz Baronowski

Wednesday 18th February 2015
Hugh Kelly Cup
County Grounds, Doora 7pm Trevor White
Bridge Utd v Lifford

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