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Mill Celtic v Castle Rangers
Herald Striker Division: Mill Celtic 1-2 Castle Rangers
Herald Striker Division 14/10 14:00
Mill Celtic 1 - 2 Castle Rangers

Mill entertained Castle Rangers this afternoon looking to build on their fine opening day victory over New Oak B. The visitors started the game the better and had the first chance in the ninth minute but their long range effort was well gathered by Stephen Hickey in the mill goal. Mill had their first chance in the twelfth minute but Sean Higgins fired wide from long range after a poor clearance by the Castle Rangers keeper. Castle Rangers were in the ascendency however and missed a golden chance after seventeen minutes but their number ten fired high and wide when through on goal. Mill reacted from here and were unlucky not to open the scoring with the next attack but Higgins shot over after outpacing the visiting defence. Mill were gaining a foothold by this stage and created another good chance for Higgins before a Dylan Wynne corner was almost turned home by David Howe. Both sides then seemed to cancel each other out for the next quarter of an hour until Mill put together their best move of the match involving Dylan Wynne and Felix Lawler but unfortunately Higgins shot was tame. David Howe was unlucky not to score when he volleyed straight at the keeper after a terrific piece of skill. Mill started the second half better than they did the first and their fast start was rewarded when Gary Lambe found the net with a close range effort after great perseverance by Sean Higgins at the back post. From this point however Castle Rangers took control and two quick fire goals in a short space of time put them in the lead. Mill tried their best to equalize after this point but just couldn't find the goal to tie the game. Half chances came and went with a particularly vicious strike by Eric Mackey the closest Mill came. Although Mill came close to grabbing the draw they can have no complaints as Castle Rangers probably shaded the play overall and perhaps just deserved their 2-1 win. Best for mill on the day were Wesley Mackey, Shane Molloy and Sean Higgins
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14/10/2018 16:20
Mill Celtic v Ballymurphy Celtic
14/10 11:00
Mill Celtic 0 - 2 Ballymurphy Celtic

Ballymurphy Celtic came out on top in a tight encounter against a resilient Mill celtic .Bally ran out 2 nil winners 2 goals from Ballymurphys Tina Kavanagh. Best for Ballymurphy were Grainne Nolan, Aoife Barcoe, Kate Dren nan.

Mill entertained Ballymurphy this morning but unfortunately came out on the wrong side of a tight game. 2-0 was the final score with the away side grabbing the killer second goal less than five minutes from the end whilst Mill had numbers committed to the attack. Best for mill on the day were Mag Nolan, Elaine Marron, and Laura Fennin

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14/10/2018 15:10
Hacketstown United v Hanover Harps B
23/09 14:00
Hacketstown United 0 - 12 Hanover Harps B

Hanover Harps B 12

Hacketstown United 0

Hanover started brightly and were 1-0 up after seven minutes when Dillon Murphy converted a spot kick. Aaron Kinsella played in Mikey Kavanagh seven minutes later to make it 2-0. Hanover were pilling on the pressure and a Mikey Kavanagh flick on put Dillon Murphy through to add a third before the first quarter. On the half hour mark, Murphy completed his hat trick after great work from a cross from Shane Noonan. Hacketstown couldn't get out of their own half late in the first half and Murphy again was on hand to finish, leaving a score line of 5 -0 at the break.

Hanover started the second half with the same clinical intent but Hacketstown put up a fight but they conceded a sixth just on the hour mark, Murphy with his fifth and Mark Hession supplying the pass on this occasion. Hanover made five changes and continued to dominate. In the 61st minute, Johnny Waters headed in Hanover's seventh and three minutes later, Mark Hession added their eighth. On 75 minutes, Pat Carr hit a strike from 30 yards to the top corner to give the Hacketstown Keeper no chance. Aaron Wynne got in on the act and fired in a free kick with ten minutes left on the clock. Hanover finished the game with Mikey Kavanagh getting goals eleven and twelve to complete his hat trick. Hacketstown fought throughout but Hanover were simply too good.

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14/10/2018 09:32
Bagenalstown AFC v Killeshin FC B
23/09 11:00
Bagenalstown AFC 4 - 2 Killeshin FC B

Bagenalstown AFC 4

Killeshin FC 2

The home team took the spoils in this entertaining game running out 4-2 winners.

A good start saw both teams create chances but it was the home side took the lead half way through the first half with a close-range finish after a mistake by the keeper allowed Matty Curran tap home from close range. Killeshin pressed and were rewarded after several corners saw Eoin Scully equalise with a near post header. The second half saw Killeshin push on and they were rewarded with a sublime finish from Dean Goode from outside the box. Unfortunately Killeshin couldn’t hold on and the home side got three quick goals to run out 4-2 winners.

Best for the winners were Jimmy Cullen, Craig Fogarty and Tom Lynch. Best for Killeshin were Dean Goode, Adam Brennan and Patrick Branagan Clarke.

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14/10/2018 09:32
Castlemore United v Vale Wanderers B
23/09 11:00
Castlemore United 1 - 4 Vale Wanderers B

Castlemore United 1

Vale Wanderers 4

Castlemore scored their first ever home goal after twelve minutes after some super play between Stephen Hogan and Darragh Higgins along the left wing with Hogan crossing the ball into Josh Doran but a mix up in defence led to it being deflected in off David Lillis. Vale continued to press with Lee Conran and Aaron Amond both coming close. There was great pressure from both teams but on the half hour mark a pass from the midfield put Conran through on goal and he finished neatly to level the game.

Vale again went on the front foot in the second half but squandered chances through Eric Nolan and Lee Conran. Castlemore United started piling on the pressure and coming close on numerous occasions but failing to slot home. It looked like it wasn’t to be Vale’s day as only moments apart, Buzz O’Reilly and David Lillis both hit the crossbar leaving Vale wondering whether they could find a winner. With 20 minutes left Vale finally took the lead as Eric Nolan’s constant pressure paid off and he finished from close range as Castlemore dropped the heads. From this Vale finally settled and they ran in two more goals as first Conran grabbed his brace. Nolan got his brace when trying to pull a goal back, Castlemore rallied on trying to get back into the game but with a breaking ball from a corner catching Castlemore off guard.

Best for Vale on the day were Pat Meaney, Adam Dunne and Kieran Casey. Outstanding for Castlemore were Stephen Hogan, Thomas Jackman and Josh Doran.

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14/10/2018 09:31
St Patricks Boys B v Wolfhill Athletic
23/09 14:00
St Patricks Boys B 1 - 3 Wolfhill Athletic

St. Patrick’s Boys B 1

Wolfhill Athletic 3

Wolfhill and St Pat’s met in the first round of the Douglas Jewellers Carlow Cup in blustery conditions in Graiguecullen.

The game started well for the hosts as they scored the first goal of the game through Gauthier Camborde with a well taken header from an in-swinging cross which troubled the Wolfhill defence. However the game then turned in the away sides favour when Colin Campion finished off a fantastic team move for last year’s Division 3 champions. Within minutes, they had a second as Colin Campion finished off a blocked Ceilum D’Arcy shot. In a matter of minutes they scored a third when Bernard Wheatley made a blistering run down the wing which resulted in him scoring in what would be the final goal.

The second half was a dull one as neither team seemed to get a chance, however credit does go to the Wolfhill defence as they withstood relentless pressure from the hosts.

Best for the away side were Ceilum D’Arcy, Colin Campion, Bernard Wheatley and Sean Meaney. Best for St Pat’s were Dorian Deberle, Aaron McCafferty and Tomas Walsh.

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14/10/2018 09:31
Vale Wanderers v BAY FC
23/09 14:00
Vale Wanderers 4 - 2 BAY FC

Vale Wanderers 4

BAY FC 1

Both teams came into this game knowing very little about each other but the Carlow side prevailed to advance in this entertaining cup tie at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The home side started the game at a high pace but against the run of play Bay FC found themselves 1-0 up on ten minutes. Vale kept the tempo up playing good football and getting much joy down the wings. Craig Doyle followed up a through ball and was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Doyle stepped up and slotted it away to bring his side level. Vale continued playing good football but the visitors’ long ball tactic was causing problems. Moments later Vale’s high press dispossessed a Bay defender trying to play out and Liam Ryan received the ball, beat his man and put the ball on a plate for Craig Doyle to head home for a 2-1 half time lead.

The second half started as the first half ended and Jack Malone added a third goal ten minutes in following a great Jack Treacy pass. The visitors hit a purple patch and put the Carlow side under pressure and reduced the deficit from the penalty spot. The game was getting scrappy at this point and Bay FC were reduced to ten men. The Leighlinbridge side wrapped up the tie when Jack Malone made it 4-1 after good work from Liam Ryan. Moments before the end Niall Murphy dragged back a Bay FC player and conceded a penalty and Vale were reduced to ten. However, Byrne guessed the right way and saved.

Best for the winners in a great team performance were Liam Ryan, Craig Doyle and Jack Malone.

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14/10/2018 09:30
Vale View Shankill v Ballymurphy Celtic
23/09 13:00
Vale View Shankill 2 - 1 Ballymurphy Celtic

Vale View Shankill 2

Ballymurphy Celtic 1

Celtic made their exit from the LFA Cup despite an excellent performance against a very good Leinster Senior League outfit.

Ballymurphy started well but had to withstand fierce pressure for the first 20 minutes, but held firm with the back line of Anto Jordan, Thomas Doyle, Ben Coleman and Mark Moloney keeping the hosts at bay. But all that hard work was undone on 32 minutes when a misplaced goal kick and was punished and the hosts led 1-0 at half time.

The second half saw Celtic on the offensive and were level on 66 minutes when Mikey Whelan headed home a Tom O’Neill cross. Celtic pushed on in search of winner and Kevin Foley had his shot saved brilliantly ten minutes from time. Disaster struck for the visitors three minutes from the end when Shankill turned defence into attack and pounced for a late winner.

Best for Ballymurphy included Paul Foley, Kevin Foley and Mikey Whelan.

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14/10/2018 09:30
Parkville United v Aylesbury FC
23/09 11:00
Parkville United 3 - 0 Aylesbury FC

Parkville United 3

Aylesbury FC 0

Craig Keenan was United's match winner as the youngster plundered a hat trick to see Parkville through.

After a slow start United began to create a few openings, Dylan Kenny saw one effort well saved before firing another over an inviting goal. The half looked to be ending scoreless until Conor McCarney picked up the ball on the half way line, rounded three players before squaring for Keenan to fire home the opener.

Against a stiff breeze in the second half Parkville played some excellent football and were rewarded on the hour mark with their and Keenan's second goal. McCarney again the provider as United led 2-0. Any slim hopes of a comeback were gone ten minutes from time as Parkville made sure of the game. Keenan intercepted a throw in and rounded the keeper to slot home for his hat trick and cap off and excellent performance.

Other players of note for United included Conor and Dave McCarney.

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14/10/2018 09:29
St Patricks Boys v Redwood Naas FC
23/09 11:00
St Patricks Boys 5 - 1 Redwood Naas FC

St Patrick’s Boys 5

Redwood Naas 1

A first half hat trick from Conor Clack set St Pat’s on their way as they eased past their Kildare opponents and into the next round of the provincial cup.

On the front foot from the start the hosts tormented Redwood and even though Clack netted a first half hat trick, Pat’s could have been even further ahead at the break such was their dominance.

The second half was more of the same but it was only in the last ten minutes that Pat’s turned chances into goals as both Chris Gaul and Ethan O'Neill put Pats 5-0 ahead. Redwood to their credit battled to the end and were rewarded with a consolation goal in the last minute.

Best for the Boys were Johnny Dowling, Chris Gaul and James Reddy.

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14/10/2018 09:29
Crettyard United v Parkvilla FC
23/09 14:00
Crettyard United 2 - 1 Parkvilla FC

Crettyard United 2

Parkvilla 1

Despite the score line the reality was an easy win for Crettyard even though a kick of a ball is all that separated both sides at the finish.

The damage was done in the first half when the hosts played some good football. Ahead on 20 minutes when a Chris Maher free kick rifled to the top corner the hosts were in total control but failed to convert various guilt edged chances. Aaron Morris guilty of a glaring miss on the half hour mark. They needed a second to get in at half time comfortable and this time Maher turned provider from a corner and Bobby Dowling headed home to put United 2-0 up the break.

The second half saw Villa come into the game and Cretty to be fair didn’t seem in much danger with Dowling, Comerford and Niall Purcell dominant at the back. Lee Salter missed a couple of good chances to put the home side out of site and United were punished on 73 minutes when Parkvilla pulled a goal back.

United held their nerve for the remainder and went through on a deserved 2-1 score line to reward the efforts of Evan Phillips, Robbie Kane and Chris Maher.

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14/10/2018 09:28
Hanover Harps v MP FC
23/09 11:00
Hanover Harps 4 - 3 MP FC

Hanover Harps 4

MP FC 3

Hanover advanced in the cup after this entertaining affair on Sunday.

After a series of missed chances in the first 25 minutes Harps did eventually open the scoring when a Mark Davis free kick found the net. Phil Neenan missed a chance to double the lead when his penalty went over the bar. MP made the hosts pay within minutes when they levelled and almost immediately after they hit the front with a powerful free kick on 35 minutes. Simon O’Shea get Hanover back on level terms just on the stroke of half-time.

There was little in the way of scoring chances for either team until 12 minutes from time when the Leinster Senior League side broke down field and netted to go 3-2 up. Hanover responded well and were level five minutes later through an own goal and snatched the win in the final minute through Anto McGrath’s acrobatic effort from the edge of the penalty area after a Mark Davis corner was only partially cleared.

Best for Harps were Jason Murphy, Cathal Coughlan, Ray Walker and Graham Delaney.

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14/10/2018 09:27
St Josephs Blue Youths v St Patricks Boys
22/09 14:30
St Josephs Blue Youths 1 - 4 St Patricks Boys

St Joseph’s Blue 1

St Patrick’s Boys 4

There was a frenetic start to this first competitive match of the season with both sides having chances to score but none were taken.

Joey’s went 1-0 up on ten minutes when Corey Kelliher was fouled at the edge of the box and Corey took the free himself and he coolly slotted the ball past the Pat’s keeper. Pat’s came back with some fine play and two fine goals by Kieran Carey and Paddy Regan to make it 1-2 and this was the score at the interval.

It was more of the same in the second-half but the difference was that Pat’s took their chances as Kieran Carey scored another on 60 minutes for his brace and a 1-3 score line and on 70 minutes Tom Mitchell scored to make the result 1-4.

It was a battling performance from Joey’s and for Pat’s Paddy Regan was man of the match and he was ably assisted by Aaron Cullen, Tom Mitchell and Lee Nolan.

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14/10/2018 09:25
Round Tower Rovers v St Joseph's FC
22/09 14:30
Round Tower Rovers 8 - 2 St Joseph's FC

Round Tower Rovers 8

St Joseph’s FC 2

Rovers were making their debut in the Carlow league and they entertained Joey’s at their home ground in Timahoe.

Rovers saw plenty of possession in the early stages but they failed to take advantage of their opportunities. However, on ten minutes Alex Renehan slotted the ball home for 1-0 following a brilliant cross-field pass by Charlie McArdle. Joey’s were stung by this set-back and soon got on the front-foot as a fine pass by Dillon Darcy found Daniel Donegan in the box and he rattled home the equaliser for 1-1. Shortly after he scored his brace after a fine team move for Joey’s to take the lead at 1-2 and Rovers were stunned by this quick reverse. Rovers upped their game and they were soon back on level terms when Darren Robinson equalised with a brilliant strike from distance for 2-2. Just before the interval Alex Renehan scored again for his brace and a 3-2 lead for Rovers at half-time in what had been a topsy turvy game with end to end football.

The second half was completely dominated by Rovers as this young Joey’s team started to tire and gaps were starting to appear. Rovers took full advantage to score five more goals. Alex Renehan completed his hat-trick to make it 4-2 and then Jake Ratcliffe rattled in a quick-fire brace to make it 6-2, which included a fine assist by John Hardy and then Jamie Maher got in on the act as he scored for 7-2 and Conor Booth completed the scoring for 8-2, just before the final whistle.

Man of the match for Rovers was Alex Renehan for his fine hat-trick with a special mention to Conor Booth and the midfield engine room of Michael Conlan, Michael Rogers, Mick Kelly, Darren Robinson and Darragh Carolan, whilst standing out for Joey’s were Aongus O’Se, Dillon Darcy and Daniel Donegan.

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14/10/2018 09:25
Burrin Celtic v Vale Wanderers
14/10/2018 09:25
Kilree Celtic v Newpark AFC
30/09 14:00
Kilree Celtic 0 - 4 Newpark AFC

Kilree Celtic 0

Newpark 4

Reigning champions Newpark started their campaign in style.

They took the lead on 20 minutes when Mags Hogan picked up Kiara Komar’s through ball and slotted over the advancing keeper. Jemma Costigan doubled their lead shortly after with a 25 yards cracker. Costigan got her second on 70 minutes when she headed home Tracey Bourke’s in swinging cross. The points were sealed late on with a carbon copy of the third goal, Bourke’s cross found Jemma Costigan’s head to complete her hat trick.

Best for Newpark were Tracey Bourke, Jemma Costigan, Kiara Komar and Mags Hogan. Kilree’s introduction to Division One was tough but a solid team performance gives them a platform to build on

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14/10/2018 09:24
St Fiacc's FC v Ballymurphy Celtic
30/09 14:00
St Fiacc's FC 2 - 7 Ballymurphy Celtic

St Fiacc’s 2

Ballymurphy Celtic 7

With St Fiacc’s suffering the effects of last night’s football final Ballymurphy duly capitalised with the electric Tina Nolan scoring a hat trick inside ten minutes. Courtney Forbes reduced the arrears on 25 minutes with a super strike from a free kick. Grainne Nolan would extend Celtic’s advantage just before the break.

Forbes scored her second of the game from another free kick to reduce the arrears but then it became the Grainne Nolan show with two quick fire goals to complete her hat trick and would round off the scoring late on to seal the points.

Best for Fiacc’s were Courtney Forbes, Aoibhinne Kelly and Izzy Humphries while Elaine Kelly ably assisted Bally’s goal scorers Tina Nolan and Grainne Nolan.

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14/10/2018 09:23
Parkville United v St Josephs Blue Youths
29/09 14:30
Parkville United 3 - 3 St Josephs Blue Youths

Parkville United 3

St Joseph’s Blue 3

Parkville started this game at a frantic pace, as Joey’s, didn’t play well, or indeed get into the match, in the first half and Parkville were looking much the stronger team, although, they did find it hard to break down a robust and determined Joey’s defence.

Parkville broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark, as Lee Nolan fired in a dangerous corner and after a goalmouth scramble, Adam Byrne was on hand to tap in from close range for a 1-0 lead. Just before the interval, Parkville doubled their lead, when Craig Staunton picked up the ball on the right and played in Kyle Byrne, who made no mistake to make it 2-0 and this was the score at half-time.

After a good talking to at the interval, Joey’s emerged as a completely different team and from the kick-off, they put huge pressure on the Parkville defence, as they passed the ball around and worked a goal back. What a goal it was by Corey Kelliher, who took it on his chest, kneed it up and then hit it on the volley, into the top corner of the Parkville goal, with terrific technique and a 2-1 score line. Almost straight away, Parkville replied with another goal, against the run of play, as Craig Staunton squared across the goal to Lee Nolan who slotted the ball into the bottom corner for 3-1. However, Joey’s tails were up and they continued to turn the screw and they were rewarded with a second goal, from Evan McGuire who fired in a rocket of a shot that left the Parkville keeper helpless and a 3-2 score line and everything to play for. Joey’s weren’t finished and in the last minute, they equalised, following a corner, as Matthew Downey scored for 3-3. Both teams then went for it, but time was against them and the game ended in a 3-3 draw, which was a fair result in this pulsating game.

All 22 players on both sides contributed to this excellent game, with great, all-round team performances.

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14/10/2018 09:22
Bagenalstown AFC v Burrin Celtic
29/09 14:30
Bagenalstown AFC 0 - 0 Burrin Celtic

Bagenalstown AFC 0

Burrin Celtic FC 0

This a very tough and hard-fought encounter, with an outstanding performance from Bagenalstown’s keeper David Murphy, who made a series of fine saves and in the end kept a clean sheet against a very good Burrin attacking side, who try as they might, just couldn’t beat him. Sean Maloney and Steve Lillis were very alert, in defence, as they were required to be, against a very sharp Burrin attack and they both put in a great shift.

Craig Fogarty was in fabulous form and went close for Bagenalstown on a few occasions but Burrin’s keeper was also in fine form and he didn’t concede a goal either.

This was a truly entertaining game and best for Burrin were Adam Deacon, Aaron Bolger and Aaron Goodwin and a great team performance from the rest of the lads, whilst it was a great team performance from Bagenalstown and in the end a 0-0 draw was a fair result, on overall play.

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14/10/2018 09:22
Killeshin FC B v Wolfhill Athletic
Div One 30/09 14:00
Killeshin FC B 2 - 5 Wolfhill Athletic

Killeshin 2

Wolfhill Athletic 5

Wolfhill and Killeshin met in the first round of the Whites Pharmacy division one in Killeshin today.

The away side got off to a well-deserved start. Quick movement of the ball from wingers Jim Leech and Ceilum D'Arcy saw striker and last year's Division Three player of the year, Colin Campion capitalise on a loose ball in the Killeshin area. Killeshin weren't long responding with a goal of their own as a fierce shot from distance from Patrick Brannigan was too hot for Conor Knowles to handle in the Wolfhill goal as he saw the ball blast into the Wolfhill net. However, it was to be an overall good day for the man making his debut in goals as he pulled off a string of saves to keep Wolfhill in the game as they withstood an onslaught of attack from Killeshin throughout the first half. The games third goal came much the same as the first as good wide play from the away side saw striker Neville Johnson using his pace to get in behind the Killeshin defence and coolly slotting the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal. The first half did finish level as Willie Fitzpatrick was adjudged to have pulled down a Killeshin forward. Dean Goode found the roof of the net from the penalty spot. The sides went in all level at the break, however this was to be as good as it got for Killeshin as Wolfhill dominated the second half with Johnson, Campion and the excellent Ceilum D'Arcy who was a constant thorn in the Killeshin side getting on the score sheet. Killeshin did have another penalty but it was saved. The game ended 5-2 as the Laois/Kilkenny border side start off their League Campaign from where they left off last season. Best for the away side were Jim Leech, Colin Campion, Ceilum D'Arcy and Conor Knowles. Best for Killeshin were Aaron McGrath, Owen Scully and Cathal Dooley.

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14/10/2018 09:20
Castlemore United v St Joseph's FC
Div One 30/09 14:00
Castlemore United 0 - 8 St Joseph's FC

Castlemore United 0

St. Joseph’s FC 8

The deadlock was broken early as Kostya Cahill picked up the ball out wide and scored through a simple mistake in the back line.

Castlemore were given a lifeline through a penalty when Josh Doran was taken down in the box. Niall Robinson stepped up and with too much power drove it over the bar. Thomas Sheehan set Mark Johnson up to score Joeys second. Before the break Leon Woods scored an excellent in-swinging free kick from long range. In the second half, Joeys added to their lead as Thomas Sheehan broke through and slotted home to make it 4-0 Joeys. Castlemore were pressing and pressing but were unfortunate not to get a lucky break. Sheehan scored a similar goal soon after to make it 5-0. Mark Johnson then got his second from short range to make it 6-0. Thomas Sheehan finished off his hat trick with a well-placed penalty. Mark Johnson quickly followed suit to get his hat trick and score Joeys final goal to make it 8-0. Castlemore fought till the end but were no match for Joeys quick counter attack.

Best for Joeys were Adam Jaysena, Charlie O’Gorman and Jake Snoddy. Stephen Hogan, Glen Higgins and Alan Joyce.

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14/10/2018 09:19
Nurney Villa B v Hanover Harps B
Div One 30/09 14:00
Nurney Villa B 1 - 2 Hanover Harps B

Nurney Villa 1

Hanover Harps 2

Hanover started brightly with Kuba Dobosz bursting through in the first minute but was foiled by a good save from the Nurney keeper.

The pitch served up its usual challenges and Nurney's long ball tactic paid dividends on 16 minutes when the striker nipped in to convert a Hanover error. Hanover were desperately pushing for an equaliser with Pat Carr hitting the post on 23 minutes. Aaron Wynne went close on 28 minutes before Johnny Waters rattled the crossbar in the 37th minute. Nurney were dangerous on the break and committed a lot of fouls in a tactic to disrupt the oppositions fluency and held their lead at the break.

Hanover needed a reaction in the second half and spurned numerous early chances but Nurney did defend deeper and deeper as the half went on. Dillon Murphy saw his effort saved on 57 minutes and the Nurney bar was hit again on the 65th minute. As time ticked along it was looking like Hanover's pressure wouldn't yield a goal but Glen Pullen's persistence in chasing down a ball paid dividends as he then crossed to Mikey Kavanagh to slot in the overdue equaliser on 74th minute! Hanover kept attacking and Nurney soaked it up and occasionally had a counter attack of their own but Hanover kept trying to force the winner. In the 89th minute Craig O’Reilly picked up the ball outside the box and curled it to the bottom corner giving the Nurney Keeper no chance on this occasion and Hanover a hard-fought win.

The Hanover Team as a whole showed character and strength to keep going to the end and get the three points. Best for Nurney was their goalkeeper.

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14/10/2018 09:19
St Patricks Boys B v Parkville United B
14/10/2018 09:18
St Anne's FC v New Oak Boys B
Herald Striker Division 30/09 11:00
St Anne's FC 2 - 4 New Oak Boys B

St Anne’s FC 2

New Oak Boys 4

New Oak came away from a windy Ballylinan with all three points after this entertaining encounter on Sunday.

St. Anne’s were starting off a new season and had several chances with Andy McEvoy and Jack Hickey going close. They suffered a sucker punch when New Oak’s Michael Debosz headed home from a corner kick on 40 minutes.

The Carlow town side had wind advantage in the second half and made good use of it when Sol Yalore scored on 50 minutes. The Laois side pulled a goal back five minutes later through Andy McEvoy. They equalised on 75 minutes when Jack Hickey headed home from a corner kick. With their tails up now the Saints pressed for the winner but were caught on the break and New Oak scored a brace of goals on 80 and 85 minutes with Yalore grabbing a second and Jason Kehoe rounding off a good move.

Best for New Oak were Tominwa Badun, Sol Yalore, Michael Debosz and Graham Dempsey while Gary Walsh and Ciaran Farrell stood out for the Saints.

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14/10/2018 09:18
Slaney Rovers v Crettyard United B
Herald Striker Division 30/09 11:00
Slaney Rovers 3 - 2 Crettyard United B

Slaney Rovers 3

Crettyard United 2

Slaney recovered from going two goals behind to secure the Divisional points in Rathvilly on Sunday.

The Laois side got off to a dream start and were 2-0 up after five minutes through goals from Mark Fox and Willie Kavanagh. Slaney recovered from this setback and Daniel O’Brien drilled the ball home on 13 minutes. They were level on 24 minutes when Sean Furlong nodded home a cross by Stephen Farrell.

After the break the home side dominated and they were rewarded with the winner before the final whistle. A delightful through ball by Daniel O’Brien enabled Sean Furlong to chip the Cretty keeper to reward the efforts of Andy Foley, Paddy Farrell and Stephen Farrell.

Best for Crettyard were Killian O’Connor, Pa O’Reilly, Mark Fox, Podge Kelly and Jack Delaney.

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14/10/2018 09:17
Castle Rangers v Nurney Villa
Herald Striker Division 30/09 11:00
Castle Rangers 2 - 1 Nurney Villa

Castle Rangers 2

Nurney Villa 1

Castle got the better of arch rivals Nurney in this tough encounter in the Youth Centre on Sunday.

The home side started well and Chris Kearney had to make two good saves to keep the game scoreless. The visitors settled and Joe Byrne put a good chance wide while at the other end Gary Murphy hit the crossbar and Niall Davis went close. Just before the break Rangers made the breakthrough when Murphy scored with a superb strike from outside the box. However Nurney were level a minute later when Val Fleming capitalised on a defensive error to stab the ball home to level matters at the break.

It was an even enough second half but Murphy popped up again to secure the winner on 75 minutes. Nurney had chances and Brian Carroll had a goal bound effort cleared off the line by Lorcan Carroll to make sure of all three points for Rangers.

Best for Castle Dermot O’Boyle, Declan Donnelly and Caillin Canning while best for Nurney were Bill Fanning, Joe Byrne and Chris Kearney in goal.

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14/10/2018 09:17
Baltinglass Town v Celtic Stars
Herald Striker Division 30/09 11:00
Baltinglass Town 1 - 2 Celtic Stars

Baltinglass Town 1

Celtic Stars 2

Stars came from 2-1 down to secure the points against Baltinglass in this tight encounter on Sunday.

Both sides started the game brightly and it was the home side that made the break through on ten minutes when Graham Johnson scored. The visitors equalised from a brilliant free kick by Paul Nolan on 35 minutes. Both sides continued to press but it was a case of both defences standing still and they finished level at the break.

During the course of the second half both sides created chances and it was the visitors who came out on top when Tomas Kenny set up John Ryan to score what proved to be the winner.

Best for Stars were Peter Ryan, Darren Coleman and Lee Conroy. Best for Balto were Gaz Doyle, Ted Redmond and Paddy Kelly.

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14/10/2018 09:17
Bunclody FC v Vale Wanderers
30/09 13:00
Bunclody FC 3 - 6 Vale Wanderers

Bunclody FC 3

Vale Wanderers 6

Vale came out on top after this nine-goal thriller in Bunclody on Sunday.

The Wexford side started strong and were very comfortable in possession without threatening the Vale goal. On 15 minutes Lee Conran dispossessed the centre half and raced through to put Vale one up. Aaron Amond played through John Murphy and he finished from a tight angle to make it 2-0. It was all Vale now and after some good work by Kieran Casey caused a mix up in the Bunclody defence Lee was on hand to tap home and make it 3-0. Lee Conran claimed his hat trick with a tidy finish from just inside the box to make it 4-0. Lee turned provider as he squared for Casey slot home and make it five. Just before half time Bunclody pulled one back to give them a glimmer of hope.

The home side came out determined in the second half and reduced it to 5-2 when they bundled the ball home from close range. They threw everything into the tie but a superb Vale backline marshalled by Adam Dunne kept them at bay. Vale received a blow when keeper Dean Collins bravely threw himself at the feet of the striker resulting in him having to leave the field injured. With ten minutes left Bunclody reduced it to just two goals as their centre midfielder produced the goal of the game from 25 yards. With only minutes left on the clock David Lillis capped a fine performance and scored to put the game to bed.

It was an all-around good team display from Vale.

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14/10/2018 09:16
Parkville United v Stoneyford FC
30/09 11:00
Parkville United 7 - 1 Stoneyford FC

Parkville United 7

Stoneyford 1

United cruised into the next round after this comprehensive win against their Kilkenny visitors.

On the front foot from the off, the hosts were ahead inside ten minutes, Emmet Phelan setting up Craig Staunton to score. Dylan Kenny rifled home from 25 yards to make it 2-0 before Stanton set up Ciaran Smithers to give Parkville a comfortable 3-0 half time lead.

There was no let up from the hosts after the restart and it was soon 4-0 as Conor McCarney's cross left Phelan with the easiest of chances. McCarney was involved in the fifth as well when he was fouled in the area and Graham Byrne converted the penalty on the hour mark. Griffin Kennedy set up Phelan for his second and Parkville’s sixth before Kennedy finished off the scoring with number seven.

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14/10/2018 09:15
Crettyard United v Deen Celtic
30/09 11:00
Crettyard United 4 - 1 Deen Celtic

Crettyard United 4

Deen Celtic 1

A hat trick on his debut from Danny Doyle eased United into the next round against neighbours Celtic on Sunday.

After a scoreless first half the game came to life ten minutes into the second when Celtic hit the front. This was the spark which set half time substitute Doyle alight. He levelled matters eight minutes later with a stunning strike from 20 yards. Shortly afterwards he netted his second after good work from Lee Salter and Salter was again the provider as Doyle completed his hat trick as United led 3-1 on 75 minutes. Salter was rewarded for his efforts as he netted the fourth after Colin Osbourne found him in space and he finished neatly to make it 4-1 and finish off the scoring.

Best for Crettyard included Niall Purcell, Colin Osborne and Danny Doyle.

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14/10/2018 09:14