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Carlow Rovers 1 - 2 Castle Rangers 23/9

Carlow Rovers suffer defeat to Castle Rangers.
6th placed Carlow Rovers were marginally beaten at home by 4th placed Castle Rangers at Youth Center Carlow at 6 pm

Carlow Rovers are currently on a losing streak of 4 games.They have yet to win at home.
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Castle Rangers are currently on a winning streak of 4 games.
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24/09/2017
Baltinglass Town v Castle Rangers
035 div 1 cup 15/09 18:30
Baltinglass Town 3 - 1 Castle Rangers

Baltinglass Town 3

Castle Rangers 1

Baltinglass Town are through to the semi-finals after beating Castle Rangers in a tight contest in Parkmore.

The home side hadn’t won a game in the league but they were up for this game and they nearly took the lead when Declan Jones fired in a powerful shot which struck off the crossbar. Jones did get the first goal for Balto as his shot deflected off a Castle Rangers defender and into the net. Baltinglass kept the visitors at bay until the break as they went in 1-0 ahead.

There looked to be a shock on the cards as Baltinglass pushed on for their second and they got it when Jones beat two defenders and finished into the bottom corner for his second of the game. Castle Rangers got back into it with a goal but Baltinglass made it 3-1 when Declan Faulkner finished off from a narrow angle as they clinched the game.

Best for the victors were Noel Phelan, Alan Roberts and Paddy Sinnott.

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23/09/2017
Crettyard United B v Castle Rangers
Herald Striker Division 17/09 14:00
Crettyard United B 0 - 2 Castle Rangers

Crettyard United 0

Castle Rangers 2

The Carlow town side got the better of the Laois counterparts in this tightly contested game in Crettyard on Sunday.

The visitors got off to a great start when Eddie Davis scored after 15 minutes. Castle had many chances to double their lead but could not find the breakthrough and they held onto their slender lead at the break.

The home side came more into the game in the second half but failed to break down a resolute Rangers defence. Again, the Carlow town side seized the initiative and David O’Regan scored from the penalty spot to double his side’s lead. They had further chances to increase the lead but the home side stood firm.

Best for the winners were Caillin Canning, Paddy O’Brien and Keith O’Dwyer.

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23/09/2017
Castle Rangers v Mill Celtic
Herald Striker Division 10/09 14:00
Castle Rangers 4 - 1 Mill Celtic

Castle Rangers 4

Mill Celtic 1

Castle Rangers made the most of the difficult conditions to take all three points in the Youth Centre on Sunday.

The home side took the lead after two minutes when Musa Suliman poked home after a goalmouth scramble. The Carlow town side continued to dominate and had chances to extend their lead through Michael McGrath, Gary Murphy and Paddy O’Brien. They finally scored when Suliman grabbed his second before the break.

The Ballytore side started the second half in a positive manner but were caught out on the when they failed to defend a corner kick and Paddy O’Brien headed home. Dylan Wynne and Eric Mackey were unlucky with free kicks before David O’Regan scored a cracking free kick to make it 4-0. Andy Horan and Killian Harney-Lawlor had chances for the away side before Gary Lambe struck a beautiful half volley from 35 yards into the net for a consolation goal.

Outstanding for the winners were Pa O’Neill, Lorcan Carroll and Eoin Doyle. Best were Eric Mackey, Paddy Dunne and Daniel Mackey

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23/09/2017
Baltinglass Town v Castle Rangers
o35 Div One 01/09 19:00
Baltinglass Town 2 - 5 Castle Rangers

Baltinglass Town 2

Castle Rangers 5

Baltinglass started the better and dominated possession and they came close to opening the scoring when James Gahan smacked a shot against the crossbar, but following a long kick-out from the Rangers keeper, Ebbie Nolan latched on to the ball and steered it past the Baltinglass keeper for 0-1.

Rangers came more into the game and on 22 minutes a Johnny Farrell pass released Ebbie Nolan and put it into the net very deftly, with the outside of his boot for 0-2.

Baltinglass pulled a goal back when Paudie Swinburn coolly slotted home a penalty for 1-2, after a handball and that was the score at the interval.

Baltinglass again started the half well, with Rangers playing on the counter attack and Rangers Brian Pearson latched on to a mistake in the Baltinglass defence to make it 1-3, but Baltinglass grabbed another goal on 55 minutes, when Declan Faulkner poked home a long throw for 2-3. On 57 minutes, a great pass by Patrick O’Neill set up Paul Core who finished beautifully for 2-4 to Rangers and a comfortable lead and they weren’t finished as five minutes from the end a quickly taken free-kick by Paul Core enabled Brian Pearson to run past a static defence to score his second and make the final score 2-5.

Best for Baltinglass were Paddy Sinnott, Alan Roberts and Paudie Swinburn, whilst standing out for Rangers were Johnny Farrell, Paul Core and Patrick O’Neill.

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08/09/2017
Carlow Rovers v Castle Rangers
o35 carlow cup 26/08 18:00
Carlow Rovers 0 - 2 Castle Rangers

Carlow Rovers 0

Castle Rangers 2

This was a cut and thrust game between two evenly matched sides and it was Rangers who took an early lead when Paul Core scored when he latched on to a long throw from Trevor Power for 0-1.

A few minutes later Rangers went close again as Noel O’Reilly hit the bar from a free-kick, but then Rovers started to dominate, but they failed to convert chances that fell to Joe Redmond, Anthony Slevin and Barry Purcell and it was that solitary goal that separated the teams at half-time.

The second half was a real pulsating game, as both sides went hell for leather to win the game, both sides playing end to end football with both sides creating chances but not taking them. Right at the end in injury time Rangers killed the tie off as Paul Core collected a pass and chipped Rovers keeper Richie Moore from 30 yards for a 0-2 victory.

Best for Rovers were Padraig McGrath, Ken McDonald, Jeff Deering and Owen Keating, while it was a fine team performance from Rangers.

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03/09/2017
Crettyard United v Castle Rangers
Carlow Shield 27/08 11:00
Crettyard United 1 - 0 Castle Rangers

Crettyard United 1

Castle Rangers 0

A lone Michael English strike early in the second half was enough to see League champions Crettyard past Rangers on Sunday morning.

United had the lion’s share of possession in the opening period but efforts from English and Niall Purcell were well saved and some solid defending from the visitors ensured it remained goalless at the break. That changed just three minutes after the restart when a pinpoint Evan Phillips cross found English in space to volley home and put the hosts in front. With James Rothwell cruising through his first start for the home side alongside Terry Haughney the visitors never really threatened but as United began to tire and Castle pushed men on the Crettyard defensive unit had to really work hard to subdue the visitors. John Graham recovered a couple of dangerous situations as he saved well from Eddie Davis and Mick McGrath. With English, a constant threat the game turned into an end to end affair. English twice came close to adding to his tally but it mattered little as United saw out the remaining time to advance.

Best for United were Mark Lyons, English and James Rothwell. Rangers had solid showings from Cailin Canning and David O'Regan.

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03/09/2017
Castle Rangers v Crettyard United
o35 Div One 19/08 18:00
Castle Rangers 2 - 1 Crettyard United

LFA O 35’s Cup Round 4.

Burrin Celtic ‘A’ 1

Straffan AFC 1

Straffan win 4-2 on penalties.

Burrin Celtic welcomed Kildare side Straffan AFC to the valley on Saturday in the last 16 of the LFA Youths Cup. This was a special day for the Ballon side as Straffan AFC boasted none other than former Republic of Ireland International player Niall Quinn as their centre forward.

Undaunted by the opposition Burrin Celtic got off to the better start. With 11 minutes played, Darren Moore gave a great through ball to set up Matty Dowling who slotted home to give the home side the lead. As the half continued there were chances for both sides. Marcin Bieniasz had a super chance to double Burrin’s lead on the stroke off half time but the Straffan keeper made a fine save.

The second half was fiercely fought and evenly contested. The 50-year-old former International Quinn was instrumental in setting up the equaliser for Straffan, with a customary flick on with his head to set up Aidan Griffin who slotted home.

The game finished 1 all and Straffan proceeded to the next round winning 4-2 on penalties.

Burrin were disappointed not to progress having been the better team for much of the match. Straffan now meet the winners of East Wall Bessborough and our own New Oak Boys in the Quarter Finals.

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29/08/2017
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