Kerin strikes late to help Avenue advance in Munster Junior

Kerin strikes late to help Avenue advance in Munster Junior


Jamie Roche in possession. Pic: Oliver Fitzpatrick

Substitute Ronan Kerin proved to be the hero as Avenue left it late to dump Bridge Utd out of the Munster Junior Cup while Newmarket Celtic exacted some revenge on Bridge Celtic.

Avenue Utd A 2
Bridge Utd A 1
Venue: Roslevan

By Barry Downes

Bridge United will feel they let this one slip from their grasp in this feisty 2nd round tie of the Munster Junior Cup. The visitors dominated the opening half in Roslevan and were unlucky not to take the lead on twenty minutes when Derek Fahy’s bullet header from a Kieran Quinlan cross was brilliantly by Barry Ryan in the Avenue goal.

The opener came five minutes later when Okoro won possession and was fouled on the edge on the box but referee Mark Rellis played a good advantage as Derek Fahy rifled home from 20 yards to Ryan’s right.

The second half proved a more evenly contested affair but Bridge would be left to regret not extending their lead during their periods of dominance. The introductions of Mark Roche and Ronan Kerin were effective ones and with four minutes left on the clock a David Herlihy cross was headed home by Kerin to level the game.

With the game looking like it was heading to extra time Kerin proved to be the match winner with a moment of brilliance when he volleyed home from 25 yards giving Brennan no chance in the Bridge goal.

Avenue United: Barry Ryan, David Herlihy, Shaun O’Flanagan, Eamon O’Reilly, Conor Mullen, Pa McDaid, David Russell, Dylan Casey, Davy O’Halloran, Colin Smyth, Jamie Roche. Subs Used: Kaylan O’Loughlin, Mark Roche, Sean O’Doherty, Ronin Kerin, Aaron Greene

Bridge United: Kieran Brennan, Lee Wall, Alan Mulready, Darren Murphy, Kevin Kelly, Eoghan Pewter, Darragh Fitzgerald, Derek Fahy, Kieran Quinlan, Jon Okoro, Brian O’Connor. Subs: Mike Mcnamara for O’Connor, Trevor Maxwell for Okoro, Donald Devanney, Paul Touhy, Barry Downes.

All pics by Oliver Fitzpatrick

Newmarket Celtic A 5
Bridge Celtic 1
Venue: McDonough Memorial Park

By Ryan Corry

Newmarket Celtic got revenge on Bridge Celtic for the 3-2 defeat in the reverse fixture on the first day of the season in the Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division. After a stop start first 20 minutes, it was Seamie Lawlor who broke the deadlock and opened the floodgates for Newmarket.

Ronan McCormack added to the opener soon after when he poked the ball home from close range after Eoin Hayes had done all the hard work. Bridge Celtic responded just before the break when a well struck shot from the edge of the area took a deflection and that carried it over the head of Niall Quinn and into the far side of the net.

It proved to be just a flash in the pan though as Newmarket pulled away in the second period.

First, good wing play from Eoin Hayes set up his younger brother, Cathal, whose first time finish was equally impressive. That was followed by a nice one two between Darren Cullinan and Ronan McCormack which resulted in Cullinan putting the ball past the oncoming keeper. Substitue Jason O’Neill finished the rout with a composed finish.

Newmarket Celtic: Niall Quinn; David O’Grady, Paddy Purcell, Tino Nzvaura, Darren Cullinan; Ronan McCormack, Seamie Lawlor, Eoin O’Brien, Cathal Hayes; Eoin Hayes, Davy McCarthy.

Bridge United B 3
Kilkishen Celtic 0

Goals from Gavin Downes, Alan McAuley and Mark Culbert secured a vital three points for Bridge United on Sunday morning in the second division league.

Team: Barry Deasy, Johnny Hayes, Mark Culbert, Cathal Kinnane, Adrian Whyte, Conn Agnew, Conor Deasy, Eric Carr, Jay Whyte Gavin Downes, Mark Hehir. Subs: Billy Maxwell, Brendan Murphy, Alan McAuley.

This coming Saturday at 5pm in the Scouts Hall, Sixmilebridge, Bridge Utd will be presenting the U13 Boys and U14 girls with their league medals and also the U14 boys shield winners will be present to display their silverware and medals.

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Results
Sunday 8th January 2017
Munster Junior Cup Round 2
Avenue Utd A 2-1 Bridge Utd A
Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Newmarket Celtic 5-1 Bridge Celtic
Ennis Town 1-8 Sporting Ennistymon
Shannon Town 3-0 Corofin Harps
First Division League
Coole FC 1-2 Hermitage
Kilkishen Celtic 0-3 Bridge Utd B
Turnpike Rvs 3-1 Kildysart Celtic
Newmarket Celtic B 4-1 Mountshannon Celtic
Moher Celtic 6-1 Avenue Utd B
Selprint Second Division
Tulla Utd B 5-2 West Clare FC
Suttons Lighting Third Division
Bunratty Cratloe 1-4 Shannon Hibs
Sporting Ennistymon B 3-4 Shannon Town C
Saturday 7th January 2017
Jim Casey Trophies U17 League
Group B
Hermitage 3-3 Coole FC
Avenue Utd B 2-8 Ennis Town
St Pats 0-1 Tulla Utd

Treacys West County Hotel Clare & District Soccer League Fixtures
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Hugh Kelly Premier Division Cup
Frank Healy Park, Doora 6:45pm Trevor White
Corofin Harps v Avenue Utd
Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary
Saturday 14th January 2017
Jim Casey Trophies U17 League
Group B
Fairgreen Track: Hermitage v Avenue Utd B 11am Lukasz Baranowski
Gort: Coole FC v St Pats 11am Michael Rock
Lees Road: Ennis Town v Tulla Utd 11am Niall Quinn
CDSL Youths League
Bunratty: Bridge Utd v Newmarket Celtic 10:30am Shane Hayes
Munster Youths Cup Round 4
Roslevan: Avenue Utd v Dungarvan 1:30pm
Trevor White(ref) Shane Hayes Dylan Shannon
Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary
Sunday 15th January 2017
Munster Junior Cup Round 3
Roslevan: Avenue Utd v Shannon Town 10:30am Michael Rock
Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary
FAI Junior Cup Round 6
McDonagh Pk: Newmarket Celtic v Killarney Celtic 1:30pm
Mark Rellis(ref) Julian Sandford Terry Kennedy
Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary
Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division
Olympic Pk: Shannon Olympic v Ennis Town 11am Martin OBrien
Bridgetown: Bridge Celtic v Bridge Utd 11am Rob Hennessey
Lahinch: Sporting Ennistymon v Tulla Utd 11am John Grier
First Division League
Cassidy Pk: Lifford v Kilrush Rangers 10:30am Terry Kennedy
Bunratty: Bridge Utd B v Moher Celtic 10:30am Mark Rellis
Lees Road: Turnpike Rvs v Kilkishen Celtic 10:30am Julian Sandford
Fairgreen: Hermitage v Mountshannon Celtic 10:30am Dave McCarthy
Selprint Second Division
Kilrush: West Clare FC v Rineanna Rvs 2pm Michael Rock
Lees Road: Rhine Rvs v Tulla Utd B 2pm Martin OBrien
Kilmaley School: Connolly Celtic v Ennis Town B 11am Dylan Shannon
Kilmihil: St Pats v Manus Celtic 11am Michael Talty
Suttons Lighting Third Division
Riverside: Shannon Hibs v Shannon Olympic B 2pm Pa Gleeson
Wolfe Pk: Bunratty/Cratloe v Shannon Town C 2pm Barry McCarry
Lees Road: Inch Crusaders v Sporting Ennistymon B 11am John Guerin
Cassidy Pk: Lifford B v Moher Celtic B 2pm Dave McCarthy
Corofin: Corofin Harps B v Shannon Town B 11am Sean Kenneally
Wednesday 18th January 2017
Hugh Kelly Cup
Frank Healy Park, Doora 6:45pm Shane Hayes
Bridge Celtic v Bridge Utd
Note: In event of a draw 10 mins e/w extra time & penalties if necessary
Note: All results to be with Donal Kirby on 085-1765828 immediately after games otherwise a €40 fine will be incurred.