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Vale Wanderers v Burrin Celtic 29/2
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League leaders Vale Wanderers play host to 5th placed Burrin Celtic at Superbowl Leighlinbridge (Vale Wanderers) at 2:30 pm

Vale Wanderers's last game was a confident 2-5 win away against Killeshin FC. They have won 6 out of 7 home games.
Form: W W D W W W W W L W W W W D    Home Form: W W W W L W W

Burrin Celtic's last result was a poor 3-0 loss away against Crettyard United.
Form: L L W L L W L W W L W D W W L    Away Form: L L L L D W W

Prediction: Home Win for Vale Wanderers
26/02/2020 18:44
The Coffee Lady Womens League
Vale Wanderers v Newpark AFC 1/3
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6th placed Vale Wanderers play host to 4th placed Newpark AFC at Superbowl Leighlinbridge (Vale Wanderers) at 2 pm

Vale Wanderers's last game was a unlucky 2-3 loss at home against Thomastown United.
Form: L W L W L D W D D L    Home Form: L W L W D

Newpark AFC's last fixture played was a straightfoward 3-1 win at home against St Fiacc's FC. They are currently on a winning streak of 4 games.
Form: W W W W L L L D W W L    Away Form: W L L L W W

Prediction: DRAW
26/02/2020 18:44
Vale Wanderers v Thomastown United
02/02 14:00
Vale Wanderers 2 - 3 Thomastown United

Vale Wanderers 2

Thomastown United 3

This was a high tempo encounter between two good passing teams.

Vale opened the scoring on 22 minutes with a fine long-range strike from Keeva Collins. Thomastown started to settle into proceedings and levelled on 26 minutes with an instinctive finish from Ashling Brennan. Thomastown took the lead just before the break with a clever finish from Lauren McCormack to the right-hand corner of the goal.

The table toppers started the second half much the better and were two goals clear on the hour mark when Jenny Brennan scored a superb free kick. Vale continued to push forward however and were rewarded for doing so when the pacey Philomena Murphy got on the end of a cut back to score from close range to set up a thrilling finish. This would only prove to be a conciliation however as Thomastown held on for a hard-fought victory to consolidate their position at the top.

An excellent team performance from Vale with Noleen Maher, Aoife Roache and Keeva Collins standing out while Holly Brennan and Ashling Brennan and Sarah Welsh worked hard for the winners

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07/02/2020 17:03
Vale Wanderers v Crettyard United
02/02 11:00
Vale Wanderers 3 - 4 Crettyard United

Vale Wanderers 3

Crettyard United 4

A young Vale side pushed Premier side Crettyard to the limit in this Shield encounter at the Superbowl on Sunday.

The visitors hit the front early on when Christor Maher sent his free all the way to the net on 15 minutes. Danny Doyle was a constant threat and he was denied by a fine save on 30 minutes. At the other end Luke Maher denied Billy Lennon O’Brien with a goal line clearance to leave the visitors 1-0 up at the break.

In the second half Vale’s attack came to life and on 55 minutes Sean Smithers squared for Willie Kavanagh to tap home the equaliser. The Laois side began to dominate and scored two quick fire goals through Gearoid Cuddihy and Luke Maher to lead 3-1. Back came Vale and Smithers again was the orchestrator when setting up debutant James Dowling to score his second of the game. Lee Salter was sprung from the bench and he duly scored on 70 minutes to restore Cretty’s two goal cushion. However, the home side failed to lie down and again it was the quick thinking of Smithers from a corner kick that set up Jack Treacy to volley home from the edge of the area to make it 4-3. Vale tried valiantly in the last six minutes but the Premier side held on to advance.

Best for Cretty were Seamus Dowling, Danny Doyle and Craig Comerford while for Vale it was a gallant all round team performance.

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07/02/2020 16:57
Vale Wanderers v Hanover Harps
07/02/2020 16:56
Hanover Harps v Vale Wanderers
Ladies carlow cup 26/01 14:00
Hanover Harps 1 - 0 Vale Wanderers

Hanover Harps 1

Vale Wanderers 0 AET

Hanover has to show all their resolve to book their place in the semi-finals against a well organised and disciplined Vale unit who had their own what if moments throughout the encounter.

Rachael Whelan led the line well for Harps and her link up play deserved more as Harps were wasteful in front of goal with the best chance of the half falling to Essmay Murphy who struck the post when put thru on goal by Steph Kehoe.

Christine Middleton was called into action early in the second half and produced a couple of fine saves the best of which she touched Aoife Roache’s left foot strike onto the post. Hanover just couldn’t find that finishing touch as the game progressed despite the efforts of Leanne Tumelty, Lauren McGrath, Murphy, Whelan and Nicole Dowling.

The game went to extra time and Hanover finally broke the deadlock 6 minutes in when Dowling stepped up to a 25-yard free kick and after having three sighters earlier found her range this time to put Hanover into the hat after a hard-fought victory.

Shannon Myles, Laura Kearney and Shauna O’Neill impressed for Vale while Lauren McGrath, Leanne Tumelty, Marie Hynes and Nicole Dowling we’re on point for the Harps.

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07/02/2020 16:51
New Oak Boys B v Vale Wanderers
Division 1 26/01 11:00
New Oak Boys B 0 - 3 Vale Wanderers

New Oak Boys 0

Vale Wanderers 3

Vale kept up the pressure on the league leaders when they travelled to Carlow to take on New Oak on Sunday.

The visitors had some good early chances with Craig Doyle and Tommy Cummins going close. The home side began to settle and Peter Fagan went close. Sol Yabre missed an excellent opportunity for Boys and Vale sprung a counterattack and Willie Kavanagh set up Jack Treacy to finish on 30 minutes. The remainder of the half was even with Vale leading at half time

The Leighlinbridge side dominated the second half. Willie Kavanagh went close on two occasions before eventually getting on the scoresheet after Jack Treacy played him through on 55 minutes. Tommy Cummins sealed the victory when Jack Treacy pinged a great cross field ball and the young striker surprised everyone by heading the ball back across the goalie and into the net. James Dowling then came on to make his debut as Vale saw out the game.

Best for Vale were Cormac O'Hara, Craig Doyle and Jack Treacy. Best for New Oak were Johnny Furey, John Gilligan and Jack Lawler.

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07/02/2020 16:49
Crettyard United v Vale Wanderers
Youths league 25/01 14:30
Crettyard United 3 - 3 Vale Wanderers

Crettyard United 3

Vale Wanderers 3

Crettyard hosted Vale in a top of the table clash that had everything where both teams had a titanic struggle but there was an enormous amount of clever tactical play involved as well as both teams sought supremacy.

Crettyard took an early lead when a Vale defensive error allowed Jamie Maher to pick up a loose ball and rifle home the ball into the net for 1-0. Vale then started to get on top and they finished the half the stronger but Crettyard were still holding on to their slender 1-0 lead as the interval came.

Vale equalised early in the second-half when James Dowling got on the end of Jake Doyle’s fine cross to make it 1-1 and 15 minutes later Vale scored again when P J Haughney cut in from the left and struck a sweet strike at the Crettyard keeper who fumbled his save and pushed it into James Dowling’s path and he made no mistake scoring his brace and making it 1-2 to Vale. Crettyard equalised within five minutes when after a great run by Tobi Olaoye enabled him to set up Jamie Maher to score his brace and make it 2-2. Vale were reduced to ten men and Crettyard took full advantage of their numerical supremacy and pressed Vale hard but they got caught on a counter-attack as James Dowling found space down the left and he ran through to score again and complete a fine hat-trick and make the score 2-3 to Vale with little time left. Crettyard showed their fighting spirit and never say die attitude as Tadhg Dunne snatched a very late equaliser with the last kick of the match to level the scores at 3-3 and that’s how it finished.

This was an exciting and pulsating game and a draw was a fair result but it still leaves Vale top of the league by five points so they will take some catching.

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07/02/2020 16:45
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Vale Wanderers Fixtures / Results (All Competitions This Season)
Latest Results
23/02Div TwoVale Wanderers B25Round Tower Rovers
23/02Carlow Cup 19/20Slaney Rovers B13Vale Wanderers A
08/02Youths leagueKilleshin FC25Vale Wanderers
02/02Vale Wanderers23Thomastown United
02/02Vale Wanderers34Crettyard United
01/02Youths leagueVale Wanderers60Hanover Harps
26/01Ladies carlow cupHanover Harps10Vale Wanderers
26/01Division 1New Oak Boys B03Vale Wanderers
25/01Youths leagueCrettyard United33Vale Wanderers
19/01Div TwoVale Wanderers B12St Patricks Boys B
19/01Division 1St Fiacc's FC13Vale Wanderers
18/01Youths leagueVale Wanderers41New Oak Boys
12/01Vale Wanderers30Evergreen
12/01Division 1Mill Celtic24Vale Wanderers
12/01Div TwoVale Wanderers B23Burrin Celtic
11/01Youths leagueBurrin Celtic23Vale Wanderers
05/01Div TwoKilleshin FC B03Vale Wanderers B
05/01Vale Wanderers16Hanover Harps
05/01Division 1Vale Wanderers31Castle Rangers
04/01Youths leagueVale Wanderers71Parkville United
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