Shannon Town & Newmarket leading the race for League title

Shannon Town & Newmarket leading the race for League title


Shannon Town's Colin Scanlon. Pic: BurrenEye Photography
Shannon Town’s Colin Scanlon. Pic: BurrenEye Photography

Oliver Fitzpatrick & Jamesy McConigley look back on the weekend action in the Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division.

Newmarket Celtic A 4
Ennis Town A 0
Venue: McDonough Memorial Park

Newmarket Celtic made it six wins in a row in the Premier Division with victory over Ennis Town at McDonagh Park on Sunday morning. David McCarthy opened the scoring for Newmarket on 16 minutes when he went past two defenders before hitting a low left foot strike to the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 right on half time when McCarthy scored his second after getting on the end of a Cathal Hayes cross and finishing well. Eoin O’Brien made it 3-0 on 73 minutes after great work from Steve Carroll down the right created the opening. A good run from Ronan McCormack was stopped by a hand ball in the area on 75 minutes and McCarthy made no mistake from the penalty spot to complete his hat-trick.

Niall Quinn kept out good efforts from Joe Collins for Ennis Town in the closing stages while McCormack, Hayes and McCarthy all went close again for the home side before full time.

Newmarket Celtic: Niall Quinn, Steven Carroll, Paddy Purcell, Stephen Kelly, Darren Cullinan, Eoin Hayes, Seamus Lawlor, Ian Collins, Cathal Hayes, David McCarthy, Ronan McCormack. Subs: David O’Grady for Cullinan, Eoin O’Brien for Lawlor, Jason O’Neill for Eoin Hayes

Referee: James Ferns

Shannon Town A 5
Shannon Olympic A 3
Venue: Corrib Drive

Shannon Town maintained their unbeaten run against a spirited Shannon Olympic team on Sunday morning played in excellent conditions at Corrib Drive. Town stated the brighter and went 1-0 up after 5 minutes after a good strike from Robbie Wall.

Bryan O’Donoghue scored the second from a corner at the half hour to put Town 2-0 up. To their credit Olympic pushed for their opener and were rewarded with a goal from Derek Maxwell after a sustained period of pressure to leave it 2-1 at half time.

Town went in search of the all important third goal of the game and Colin Scanlon finished very well from a tight angle to keep his great start to the season going. Olympic scored their second shortly with a good finish from Jay Regan to make it 3-2 but Town hit back again with a goal from Evan Glynn and then made sure of the points when Jack Kelly rose at the back post to fire a great header past the Olympic keeper to make it 5-2.

Olympic to their credit never eased off and scored a late third goal through Deaglán McDonald. However the points were never in doubt despite Evan Barry being denied by a great save from the penalty spot by Pierce DeLoughrey as this entertaining game finished 5-3.

Shannon Town A: Paudie Hickey, Derek Byrne, Darren Griffin, Bryan O’Donoghue, Chris Lake, Evan Glynn, Jack Kelly, Rob Wall, Kieran Hackett, Josh Lyndsey, Colin Scanlon. Subs: Evan Barry for Scanlon, Aaron Rudd for Hackett, Andrew Russell for Wall

Referee: Martin O’Brien

Bridge Utd A 1
Sporting Ennistymon A 1
Venue: LIT

The points were shared in LIT on Sunday morning when Bridge United hosted Sporting Ennistymon. Together Bridge and Ennistymon attacked early on creating an open and entertaining contest. Sean Mc Conigley could have grabbed himself an early goal but Darren Murphy did just enough to take the sting out off his shot for Paul Tuohy to collect.

Pewter and Okoro were the launch-pad for United’s attack and they snatched the lead with 34 minutes on the clock, David Fitzgerald decided to depart on a voyage to try close down winger Mc Namara but all he returned with was egg on his face as Eoghan Pewter stole in at the back post to poke home from close range. Sporting had a gilt edge opportunity to equalise but Jamesy Mc Conigley’s tame effort was pounced on by Paul Tuohy. Bridge dominated the opening half and rightly led 1-0 at the break.

The game began to become stretched from the beginning of the second half and more goal chances were fashioned, Sean Mc Conigley and Ciaren Monaghan causing problems in the oppositions half while Okoro, Fitzgerald and Pewter tested Fitzgerald in the Sporting goal. Sporting introduced Cathal Mc Conigley and his arrival was almost instant his lobbed attempt flashed past the helpless Tuohy and also the post. Still in search of a goal, Ennistymon’s prayers were answered, a long ball was impeccably controlled by Sean Mc Conigley and he smartly finished to restore parity.

Mc Nulty introduced Brian O’Connor for a more attacking option but his side couldn’t find that pivotal goal they seeked. This result has severely dented Bridge United’s chances of lifting the Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division trophy but today’s draw pushed their unbeaten streak to an astounding 40 matches.

Bridge Utd: Paul Touhy, Jason Whyte, Darren Murphy, Eoin Guinan, Ben Larkin, Mike McNamara, Darragh Fitzgerald, Jonathan Downes, Kieran Quinlan; Eoghan Pewter, Johnny Okoro. Subs: Brian O’Connor for Mikey Mc Namara, Lee Wall for Kieran Quinlan and Christy Carey for Ben Larkin.

Sporting Ennistymon: David Fitzgerald, Mark Burke, Thomas Mc Conigley, Michael O’Dwyer, Joseph Gallagher, Michéal Duffy, Michael Leigh, Jamesy Mc Conigley, Ciaren Monaghan; Liam Keane, Sean Mc Conigley. Subs: Cathal Mc Conigley for Liam Keane.

Referee: Terry Kennedy

Corofin Harps 4
Bridge Celtic 1
Venue: Corofin

Corofin enjoyed a deserved win over Bridge Celtic in Corofin on Sunday. Bridge Celtic travelled down to Corofin with key players absent. Brian Halpin returned to the North Clare side after his suspension and partnered Damien Ryan for the first time this season. Corofin got off to a perfect start when Junior’s arrowed strike past Diamuid Whelan in the Celtic net.

Corofin's Tola Crowe. Pic: BurrenEye
Corofin’s Tola Crowe. Pic: BurrenEye

Tola Crowe helped Corofin into a two goal lead and score his third goal in as many matches. At the interval, Corofin held a two goal advantage over Celtic. 57 minutes gone, Shane Constable received the ball on the half-way line, he ghosted past the Celtic defence before his audacious 25 yard effort sailed into Bridges net. To compound their misery, Abner Cordeiro raced into flick the ball past the on-rushing Whelan. Bridge Celtic grabbed a consolation late on but this was Corofin’s day as they registered their second win of the season and climb up to 5th while Bridge Celtic lay in 7th.

Corofin Harps: Adam Crowe, Ronnie Meere, Brian Halpin, Damien Ryan, Dean Lee, Abner Cordeiro, Tola Crowe, Jason Tierney, Gearoid Kelly, Edinei Junior, Shane Constable.

Referee: Shane Hayes

First Division League
Turnpike Rovers 3-4 Hermitage

Hermitage made the short trip to Lees Road on Sunday and defeated local rivals Turnpike Rovers in a very entertaining high scoring local derby. Hermitage did all their scoring in the first half with Darragh Kerin scoring twice and Clinton Keane and Arthur Rogers also getting in on the scoring. Turnpike responded with goals from Cian Darcy and David McMahon to leave the half time score Turnpike Rovers 2 Hermitage 4. The action and drama continued throughout the second half with both goalkeepers being called on to make a number of important saves. Pa Sherlock scored a late goal for Turnpike but it was not enough to stop Hermitage claiming all three points on the day.

Turnpike Rovers: Liam Deasy, Donagh Hassett, Graham O’Connor, Dermot Gannon, David Considine, Sean McNamara, David McMahon, Cian Darcy, Ciaran Russell, Paddy Sherlock, Jason HayesSubs: Jason White, Niall McMahon, Daire Dwyer, Tony Green, Brian Mulhern

Hermitage: Joe Burke, Jack Crowley, Tomas Radilek, Simon McDonagh, Pa Sherlock, Arthur Rodgers, Matthew Kearney, Neil Slattery, Clinton Keane, Darragh Kerin, Mikey Mahony. Subs: Sean McGhee, Alan Daly, Johnnie Fern, Jim Molloy, Alan White

Referee: Pa Gleeson

Avenue Utd B 1-2 Mountshannon Celtic
Two early William Glass goals were enough to earn the East Clare side all three points in this First Division fixture. Glass opened the scoring after ten minutes when Martin Cunningham played him through on goal. He steadied himself before slotting coolly into the home net. Within five minutes, Glass picked up the ball on the left of the hosts’ penalty area and drove into the box before finding the bottom right corner to double the away side’s advantage. After resisting further Mountshannon attacks, Avenue finished the opening period with a flourish as they halved the deficit. Their corner was partially cleared before it was driven powerfully into the danger area and ricocheted into the away goal.

After the interval, the youthful Avenue side began to dominate proceedings and threaten the visitors’ lead. However Mountshannon held firm to ensure they left with their first victory of the campaign.

Mountshannon Celtic: Andrew O’Dwyer, Niall Dear, Michael Scanlan, John Scanlan, Niall Minogue, Cathal Moloney, Colm Kavanagh, Michael Barrett, Martin Cunningham, William Glass, Oran Scanlan. Subs: Lukas Trocewicz for Oran Scanlan, Martin McNamara for Cunningham

Referee: John Grier

Newmarket Celtic B 4-1 Bridge Utd B
Newmarket Celtic B team continued their unbeaten run with a solid 4-1 victory over local rivals Bridge Utd B in the First Division. An early goal from Kieran Crosby forced the Bridge out of their shell and from there, Newmarket were afforded more space in attack. Ciaran McCoy added a second in the first half to leave it 2-0 at the break. Michael Crosby and Gary Collins added two stunning efforts in the second half before the Bridge snuck one from a corner late on through Pa McMahon.

Newmarket Celtic: Marty Whelan, Danny Conway, Conor Ryan, Eoin Kelly, Brandon Cullinan; Kieran Crosby, Seamus Considine, Martin Mulqueen, Michael Crosby, Gary Collins; Ciaran McCoy. Subs: Ryan Corry for Cullinan, Lee Cronin for Collins, Damien McAuley for Considine, Liam Glenny for Crosby, John Hartnett for McCoy

Referee: Julian Stanford

Selprint Second Division
Rhine Rovers 1-2 Manus Celtic
Manus Celtic got their league campaign off to a winning start with a good victory over Rhine Rovers at Lees Road on Sunday. Both goals for the visitors came from the penalty spot with Evan Wiley and Ryan De Loughrey scoring the all important goals.

Rhine Rovers: John Reynolds, Mark Walsh, Joe O’Loughlin, Conor Hanrahan, John Hassett, Piotr Kozkowski, Radeh Makyna, Hamid Mahmodi, Massimo Coote, Brian Shannon, Janis Kravze. Subs: Dylan Cahill, Vadim McEvoy

Manus Celtic: Michael Geraghty, Ryan De Loughery, Brian Kehoe, Michael McCarthy, Mika Malone, Barry Malone, Barry Guinnane, Martin McCarthy, Shane Considine, Evan Wiley, Shabe Gleeson

Referee: John Corry

Ennis Town B 1-3 Connolly Celtic
An Aidan Kennedy hat trick gave Connolly Celtic a good victory over Ennis Town B at Lees Road on Sunday.

St Pats 3-6 West Clare FC
Goals from Dylan Russell (2), Caoimhaíon Ó Bhrian (2), Martin Danaher and an OG helped West Clare FC make a winning start in the Second Division at Kilmihil on Sunday.

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Inch Crusaders 3-0 Shannon Olympic B
Inch Crusaders had a deserved victory over Shannon Olympic B at Lees Road on Sunday. Inch had early chances in the game but Brenno Henrique and Ronan Grace were denied by great saves from Ruairi Price in the Olympic goal. The deadlock was broken for Inch on 14 minutes after a good run and great finish into the top right corner from Thiago Santana. Olympic had a chance to equalize on 20 minutes but an effort from Eric Ogren was well saved by Thiago Horatio. Sanatan was denied a second by a good block from Conor Neville on 38 minutes and right on half time by a great save from his penalty by Price. Inch went 2 clear on 55 minutes when Ronan Grace got on the end of a Rory Killeen cross and finished well. Grace made sure of the victory for Inch on 70 minutes with a great finish from inside the box.

Inch Crusaders: Thiago Horatio, Mark Connellan, Sean Hehir, Sean Talty, Emmet Pyne, Ronan Grace, Rory Kileen, Darragh Gregan, Thiago Santana, Brenno Henrique, Eamon Bracken. Subs: Joe Carmody for Oran Kileen, Eoghan Grace, Oran Killeen, Karl Cullinane, James Rynne

Shannon Olympic B: Ruairi Price, Daniel Cregan, Malcolm Dalziel, David Collins, Conor Neville, Derek Maxwell, Dylan Kerr, Eric Ogren, George Justice, Pa Toomey, Adam Harrington. Subs: Aaron Connelly for Maxwell, Paul Cantillon for Dalziel, Dean Courtney for Ogren

Referee: Brian Punch

Shannon Town B 1-1 Shannon Town C
Shannon Town C caused a surprise on Sunday by earning a share of the points against their clubs B team at Corrib Drive. Kevin Cahill scored for the B team and Aaron O’Mara scored for the C team.

Corofin Harps B 3-0 Moher Celtic B
Goals from John Sherlock (2) and Kaylen O’Connor got Corofin Harps B league campaign off to a winning start.

Shannon Hibs 5-0 Bunratty/Cratloe
A hat trick from Jamie O’Shea and goals from Andy Fitzgerald and Ray Fahy ensured a good victory for Shannon Hibs on Sunday.

Lifford B 5-1 Sporting Ennistymon B
Lifford B kept their good run of form going with a hat trick from Dean Coughlan and goals from Joe Lynch and Niall McNevin.

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 4th September 2016
Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Bridge Utd A 1-1 Sporting Ennistymon A
Newmarket Celtic A 4-0 Ennis Town A
Shannon Town A 5-3 Shannon Olympic A
Tulla Utd A 1-4 Avenue Utd A
Corofin Harps A 4-1 Bridge Celtic
First Division League
Lifford A 3-1 Coole FC
Turnpike Rvs 3-4 Hermitage
Newmarket Celtic B 4-1 Bridge Utd B
Avenue Utd B 1-2 Mountshannon Celtic
Selprint Second Division
Rhine Rvs 1-2 Manus Celtic
St Pats 3-6 West Clare FC
Ennis Town B 1-3 Connolly Celtic
Kilmaley Fern Celtic 2-1 Tulla Utd B
Suttons Lighting Third Division
Inch Crusaders 3-0 Shannon Olympic B
Lifford B 5-1 Sporting Ennistymon B
Shannon Hibs 5-0 Bunratty/Cratloe
Corofin Harps B 3-0 Moher Celtic B
Shannon Town B 1-1 Shannon Town C

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Saturday 10th September 2016
CDSL Youths League
Corrib Drive: Shannon Town v Avenue Utd 2pm Niall Quinn
McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic v Lifford 2pm John Guerin
Sunday 11th September 2016
Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Lynch Pk: Shannon Town A v Bridge Utd A 11am Pa Gleeson
Lees Road: Ennis Town A v Tulla Utd A 11am John Grier
Olympic Pk: Shannon Olympic A v Bridge Celtic 11am Michael Rock
Roslevan: Avenue Utd A v Corofin Harps A 11am Mark Rellis
Lets Bet Sports Bookmakers First Division
Kilrush: Kirush Rangers v Lifford 11am Terry Kennedy
Bunratty: Bridge Utd B v Kilkishen Celtic 11am Flan Sheedy
College Pitch: Kildysart Celtic v Turnpike Rvs 11am Padraig Sutton
Venue TBC: Mountshannon Celtic v Newmarket Celtic B 11am James Ferns
Roslevan: Avenue Utd B v Moher Celtic 2pm Julian Sandford
Selprint Second Division
Kilrush: West Clare FC v Rhine Rvs 2pm Sean Kenneally
Kilmaley School: Connolly Celtic v Manus Celtic 11am Martin O’Brien
Ballycasey: Rineanna Rvs v Kilmaley Fern Celtic 11am Trevor White
Lees Road: Ennis Town B v Tulla Utd B 2pm John Corry
Suttons Lighting Third Division
Cassidy Pk: Lifford B v Inch Crusaders 11am Dylan Shannon
Olympic Pk: Shannon Olympic B v Shannon Hibs 2pm Michael Rock
Mullagh: Sporting Ennistymon B v Corofin Harps B 11am Michael Talty
Wolfe Pk: Bunratty/Cratloe v Shannon Town B 2pm Flan Sheedy
Liscannor: Moher Celtic B v Shannon Town C 11am Barry McCarry
Note: All results to be with Donal Kirby on 085-1765828 immediately after games otherwise a €40 fine will be incurred.