CDFL Match Reports
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Crettyard United 2 - 0 New Oak Boys 8/2
Crettyard United take spoils against New Oak Boys.
2nd placed Crettyard United won 2-0 against their visitors, 6th placed New Oak Boys at Killeen Sports Field, Crettyard at 2:30 pm

Crettyard United has yet to be beaten in this competition, having won 11 out of its last 14 games.
Form: W W D W W W W W W W D W D W

New Oak Boys
Form: L D L W W W L L L L W W D W

Scorers: (Crettyard United) Shane BUGGY,Tobi OLAOYE
19/02/2020 07:31
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Killeshin FC 2 - 5 Vale Wanderers 8/2
Lorcan GALVIN shows class scoring twice as Vale Wanderers take all points from Killeshin FC.
4th placed Killeshin FC were beaten at home by League leaders Vale Wanderers at Quakers Field, Killeshin at 2:30 pm

Killeshin FC
Form: L L L W W W L W D W L D W W

Vale Wanderers have yet to be beaten away from home.
Form: W W D W W W W W L W W W W D

Scorers: (Killeshin FC) Daniel CORE,Mikey DEMPSEY
(Vale Wanderers) Glen HALLIGAN, Lorcan GALVIN (2), Tommy CUMMINS
19/02/2020 07:31
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Parkville United 6 - 1 Burrin Celtic 8/2
Brian BYRNE scores 4 times as Parkville United claim victory against Burrin Celtic.
3rd placed Parkville United comprehensively won 6-1 against their visitors, 5th placed Burrin Celtic at Hawkins Lane Tullow (Parkville United) at 2:30 pm

Parkville United
Form: W D W W L L W W W L W W L W L

Burrin Celtic
Form: L W L L W L W W L W D W W L

Scorers: (Parkville United) Luke BYRNE,Brian BYRNE (4),Eoghan CUNNANE
(Burrin Celtic) Daniel SMYTH
19/02/2020 07:31
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

07/02/2020 17:03
Ballymurphy Celtic v Killeshin FC
02/02 14:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 1 - 1 Killeshin FC

Ballymurphy Celtic 1

Killeshin FC 1

In an entertaining affair the spoils were shared in Ballymurphy between two even teams.

Killeshin had the best of the opening bouts, but Ballymurphy capitalised on a loose ball from a corner and Tina Kavanagh made no mistake from close range to give the hosts the lead before half-time.

Both teams had chances in the second half before Killeshin equalised through a strike from Bláthnaid Wall. In a competitive half of football, both teams had good chances to take the lead, with Ballymurphy hitting the woodwork twice in the space of five minutes. A good point for both sides who have shown massive improvement in the last few weeks.

Best for Killeshin were Ciara Townsend, Bláthnaid Wall and Kim Nolan while Tina Kavanagh, Catriona Scully and Rachael Murphy served Ballymurphy well.

07/02/2020 17:03
Nurney Villa v Slaney Rovers B
Div Two 02/02 11:00
Nurney Villa 1 - 0 Slaney Rovers B

Nurney Villa 1

Slaney Rovers 0

An 84th minute penalty from John Townsend decided this hard-fought tie in Nurney to make it four games on the bounce unbeaten.

The first half was an evenly fought out contest with the home side missing the best chance to go ahead when Mick Murphy had a penalty kick saved by the Slaney keeper after Joe Byrne was fouled in the area in the 27th minute.

The second half was again a hard battle with chances wasted at both ends. The decisive moment came late on when Colin Townsend was upended in the area and John Townsend converted the spot kick.

Tops for Nurney were Jack Rowan, Rian Farrell, Tom Murphy and Philip Murphy.

07/02/2020 17:02
Hanover Harps B v Round Tower Rovers
Div Two 02/02 14:00
Hanover Harps B 3 - 0 Round Tower Rovers

Hanover Harps 3

Round Tower Rovers 0

Hanover bounced to their first win since October.

They started smartly and were unlucky not to take an early lead on two minutes when Dillon Murphy squared to Aaron Wynne, only for his effort to be cleared off the line. Glenn Nolan almost broke the deadlock on 22 minutes but for a last-ditch block as he was about to shoot. Good interplay down the right wing between Gary O’Keeffe and Dylan Walsh pulled a smart save out of the Rovers ‘keeper on the half hour mark. Hanover’s perseverance paid off on 42 minutes when Craig Walker’s clearance found Shane Kelly with pinpoint accuracy and Kelly's first-time volley nestled in the bottom corner.

The second half saw more of the same from the home side who were fully in control. Aaron Kinsella went on a mazy run on 52 minutes resulting in a free kick but Wynne's effort was saved by the visitors ‘keeper. Hanover got their second with 22 minutes remaining when Kelly raided down the right, crossed to Glenn Nolan who set Dylan Walsh to fire the ball into the corner. On 72 minutes Aaron Wynne played a super ball to put Dillon Murphy through on goal resulting in him been taken down by the onrushing goalkeeper. Murphy stepped up and made it 3-0 to Hanover.

07/02/2020 17:02
St Patricks Boys B v Killeshin FC B
Div Two 02/02 14:00
St Patricks Boys B 4 - 2 Killeshin FC B

St. Patrick’s Boys 4

Killeshin FC 2

St. Pat’s beat local rivals, Killeshin to keep pace with Bagenalstown at the top of the table.

Pat’s took the lead through a great free kick from Dinny Farrell which was met by the head of John O’Neill. Five minutes later Pat’s doubled their lead when Thomas Sheehan coolly slotted into the back of the net. Just before halftime, Jake Nolan put Pat’s three up with a header to the back of the net which couldn’t be stopped on the line by the Killeshin defence.

Killeshin fought back and Evan Ruddy made it 3-1. However, a David Brennan goal gave Pat’s an extra cushion half an hour from time. It was the visitors who finished the stronger when James Brennan finished well to the top corner of the net. However, the fighting spirit showed by Killeshin was not rewarded and Pats ran out winners 4-2.

Best for Pat’s were Harry Walker, Jake Nolan and Leven Da Silva. Best for Killeshin were Tomasz Frelka, Niall O’Rourke and Tyrone Dempsey

07/02/2020 17:02
Bagenalstown AFC v St Joseph's FC
Div Two 02/02 11:00
Bagenalstown AFC 4 - 1 St Joseph's FC

Bagenalstown AFC 4

St. Joseph’s 1

Bagenalstown had a tough encounter with a youthful but well organised St Joseph’s team, coming out on top to keep their unbeaten streak going and keep their title hopes alive. Joeys took a well-deserved lead on 30 minutes. Great work from Craig Fogarty turned over the ball and found Trevor Nolan who scored.

Town upped the ante after the break and Dion Wall crossed a super ball to Nolan to add his second. A cross from Stevie Fowler again found Wall at the back post who nodded down for Matty Curran, making it 3-1. Wall again was the provider with a super ball over the top to find Craig Fogarty who finished neatly to make it 4-1.

07/02/2020 17:01
New Oak Boys B v St Fiacc's FC
Division 1 02/02 14:00
New Oak Boys B 1 - 2 St Fiacc's FC

New Oak Boys 1

St Fiacc's FC 2

Saints just about edged this bottom of the table clash at the Burrin Road venue on Sunday.

The very heavy pitch did not help either team but it was the away side who got the opening goal when a great pass from David Hurley set up Brian O’Rourke to expertly tuck the ball away. The Graiguecullen side kept up the momentum and a brilliant individual goal from Ross Hennessy made it 2-0. The home side gave themselves a lifeline on half time as Dale McGee finished a great counterattack to leave the score 2-1 at the break.

The second half was played out with both teams creating chances with New Oak’s Johnny Furey’s free kick just grazing the crossbar. Both defences held out to keep the score as it was.

Best for Fiacc’s were Denis Hand, Brian O’Rourke and David Hurley while for New Oak Conor May, James Ruth and Dale McGee starred.

07/02/2020 17:00
Castle Rangers v Crettyard United B
Division 1 02/02 11:00
Castle Rangers 1 - 4 Crettyard United B

Castle Rangers 1

Crettyard United 4

The Laois side came out on top following this entertaining encounter in the Youth Centre on Sunday.

The visitors raced into the lead when Luke Phillips netted after eight minutes. They doubled their lead on 15 minutes this time John Dwyer added the finish after a good move. The same player capitalised on a defensive mix up to make it 3-0 just before the break.

The home side played much better in the second half and created a number of chances. They were finally rewarded for their efforts when Yona scored on 65 minutes. Crettyard withstood the pressure from Rangers and made the points safe with a fine solo effort from Luke Philips.

Best for the winners were Luke Phillips, Kyle Rich and John Dwyer while Michael McGrath and Jose Sousa stood out for Castle.

07/02/2020 17:00
Ballymurphy Celtic v St Patricks Boys
Premier Division 02/02 11:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 3 - 1 St Patricks Boys

Ballymurphy Celtic 3

St Patrick's Boys 1

Celtic picked up their first win of the season as new manager Mikey Whelan hit the ground running.

The hosts are still seven points adrift at the bottom but have eight games left to try avoid relegation. After dominating from the start, Ballymurphy deservedly went ahead on 15 minutes, Tom O’Neill’s low shot finding the bottom corner for 1-0. Pat’s began to find their stride but struggled to create anything in front of goal as solid defending kept them at bay. Having absorbed the pressure Celtic struck for a second time five minutes before half time, Jamie Doyle’s free kick powerfully headed home by Thomas Doyle.

Shortly after the restart the game was as good as over when Celtic made it 3-0, Paul Traynor and Declan Brennan combining well to set up Kevin Foley, his sweetly struck half volley finding the roof of the net on 55 minutes. Thereafter Celtic were content to allow Pat’s come at them but a late free kick, brilliantly struck by Liam Byrne, was mere consolation for the visitors as Celtic easily held on for their first three pointer this season.

Best for Ballymurphy were Anto Jordan, Thomas Doyle and Ben Coleman. Pat’s best included Liam Byrne, Anto Lawlor, Mark Delaney and Chris Gaul.

07/02/2020 16:58
Parkville United v Killeshin FC
Premier Division 02/02 11:00
Parkville United 1 - 4 Killeshin FC

Parkville United 1

Killeshin FC 4

Two goals each for debutant Kieran Hennessy and Adam Steed saw Killeshin claim the points in Tullow on Sunday.

Hennessy took just five minutes to open his account when he volleyed Killeshin in front, Steed with the assist, as the visitors were off to a flyer. Steed and Hennessy were giving the United rear guard a horrid time and it was little surprise when Hennessy netted his and Killeshin’s second midway through the half, his curling shot from the edge of the box finding the net despite the best efforts of Sean Tompkins in the Parkville goal. United went on to dominate possession for the remainder of the half but couldn't find the goal their play merited before the break.

That changed five minutes after the restart, Jack Kennedy and Gareth Doyle linking up well before feeding the ball to Tom Pollard out wide, Pollard’s cross finding Paul Fitzgerald who neatly finished to halve the arrears. United pressed on in search of an equaliser but Killeshin defended well and then struck for their third just after the hour, Dylan Regan picked out Steed on the edge of the box, the striker skipping past a couple of challenges before firing Killeshin 3-1 ahead. Gareth Doyle spurred a good chance for United before Steed put the game to bed for Killeshin, Chris Connors with the assist as Steed slotted home number four.

Best for Killeshin were Declan Bolton, Kieran Walsh, Shane Martin and Brendan McDonald. United’s best included Jamie Welsh, Tom Pollard and Dylan Sheridan.

07/02/2020 16:58
New Oak Boys v Dolmen Celtic
07/02/2020 16:57
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.

07/02/2020 16:57
Parkville United v New Oak Boys
07/02/2020 16:56
Vale Wanderers v Hanover Harps
07/02/2020 16:56
Crettyard United v Killeshin FC
Youths league 01/02 14:30
Crettyard United 3 - 0 Killeshin FC

Crettyard United 3

Killeshin FC 0

Crettyard hosted Killeshin in a local derby and as always in these types of games it was full of action throughout.

It was Crettyard who started the better of the two teams as they won a series of corners and from one of these Luke Phillips rose highest to head home for 1-0 to Crettyard. After falling behind Killeshin were the team who looked the more likely to score but both sides were working really hard with each side having a gilt-edged chance apiece Killeshin’s fell to Mikey Dempsey who shot just over the bar from inside the box and for Crettyard Ian Shanahan’s fierce shot was well saved by Killeshin’s keeper Craig Doyle. The interval came with Crettyard holding on to that slender 1-0 lead.

Killeshin went on the attack early in the second-half but were undone with a swift counter-attack following a Killeshin corner as Tobo Olaoye went on a fantastic run down the left and he crossed in for Luke Bailey to flick on to Ian Shanahan to head firmly home and make the score 2-0. Killeshin now had a really uphill task to try and get something out of this game but they were undone again as a great cross from Crettyard’s Ciaran Burke found Luke Phillips to head home for his brace and make the score an unassailable 3-0 lead as time was quickly running out. Killeshin tried hard right to the finish, but they couldn’t really trouble the Crettyard defence or their keeper and it ended 3-0 to Crettyard.

Standing out for Crettyard were Luke Phillips, Luke Ramsbottom and John Brennan, whilst best for Killeshin were Lee Nolan, Kaelum Hand and Evan Tracey.

07/02/2020 16:54
Thomastown United v Mill Celtic
Ladies carlow cup 26/01 14:00
Thomastown United 0 - 1 Mill Celtic

Thomastown 0

Mill Celtic 1

Two of the big three would go toe to toe in this quarter final in Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon.

Thomastown started much the brighter and had some early opportunities when Rachael Fennin was forced into a fine save from a Jenny Brennan header, then Eva Haynes played in Sarah Barcoe who unusually fired over. Megan Grufferty has Mill’s best chance in the opening half but she fired straight at the keeper.

The second half was a much more even contest with chances at a premium. Jenny Brennan had her free kick tipped over late on but the only goal came on 91 minutes when Triona Duggan broke the offside trap and her first time cross found Nicole Heaney who volleyed home.

A great team performance from both sides throughout this tight encounter.

07/02/2020 16:52
Ballymurphy Celtic v St. Fiacc's FC
Ladies carlow cup 26/01 14:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 1 - 6 St. Fiacc's FC

Ballymurphy Celtic 1

St Fiacc’s 6

St Fiacc’s had the better of the early exchanges but it took them until 27 minutes to break the deadlock when Kate McDonald was on hand to score.

Ballymurphy were still in the game until the hour mark until three quick fire goals put the game to bed from Kate McDonald, Clara Hayden and Courtney Forbes. Ballymurphy pulled one back when they were awarded a penalty and Kate Drennan made no mistake. McDonald would go on to complete a second half hat trick to book their place in the hat.

Kate McDonald, Sara Kerfah and Sinead Hayden did well for Fiacc’s while best for Ballymurphy were Emma Cooper, Kate Drennan and Laura Murphy.

07/02/2020 16:52
Newpark AFC v Killeshin FC
Ladies carlow cup 26/01 14:00
Newpark AFC 3 - 1 Killeshin FC

Newpark FC 3

Killeshin FC 1

Newpark started this encounter on the front foot and introduced a high pressing game which led to early chances from Denise Doyle and Abbie Wall.

On twenty minutes Newpark were awarded a penalty when Ebony Masuku was brought down and Denise Doyle made no mistake from the spot.

The second half saw Newpark improve their passing and on 65 minutes saw Denise Doyle cross the ball to Abbie Wall who tapped in from close range. Newpark scored a third when Sinead McGrane’s shot come cross was latched onto by Ebony Masuku and she blasted past the Killeshin Keeper. Killeshin grabbed a constellation goal late on with a stunning strike by Lisa Flynn but Newpark held on to book their place in the next round.

Niamh Smith, Sarah Dempsey and Aoife O’Rourke did well for Killeshin while Ebony Masuku, Annie Dunne and Denise Doyle impressed for the winners.

07/02/2020 16:51
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.

07/02/2020 16:51
Baltinglass Town B v St Joseph's FC
Div Two 26/01 14:00
Baltinglass Town B 3 - 1 St Joseph's FC

Baltinglass Town 3

St. Joseph’s FC 1

The young Joeys side slumped to a seventh league defeat of the season with a disappointing loss to Baltinglass who extended their unbeaten streak to five matches.

It was a great game to watch in fine conditions in Parkmore. Even exchanges throughout the first half led to Balto breaking the deadlock first with a strong Balto defence dealing with anything coming in. The first goal came from a corner in by Mark Murphy to find John Kerbie Revlova on his debut. The second goal came from Mark Murphy and the third goal was from James Gahan.

Great team effort for Balto with everyone digging deep, super performances from Thomas Redmond, John Martin and Chris Redmond.

07/02/2020 16:51
Killeshin FC B v Round Tower Rovers
Div Two 26/01 14:00
Killeshin FC B 3 - 1 Round Tower Rovers

Killeshin FC 3

Round Tower Rovers 1

Round Tower slumped to their eighth defeat of the season as they had no luck against Killeshin in what was a six pointer.

Killeshin started on the front foot and on six minutes went one up after Brian Lowry volleyed home James Brennan's corner. After 30 minutes Evan Ruddy shot just wide whilst Ricardo Tavolieri had a header go wide on 40 minutes. Brian Lowry had another excellent volley just wide on 42 minutes James Brennan then had a shot saved just on half time.

Killeshin started sharpest in second half also with Tavolieri shooting just wide from distance on 47 minutes. On the 52 minutes it was 2-0 as Evan Ruddy lobbed the keeper after running onto a great ball from Vinny Dowling. On 56 minutes Colum Dunne pulled one back with a strike from distance into the bottom corner to give them hope of a comeback. Round Tower pushed hard and had a few half chances after this but on 82 minutes Evan Ruddy ran in on a great ball from Cathal Dooley to wrap up the points for Killeshin with a great finish.

Best for Killeshin were Tim O’Brien, Evan Ruddy and Ricardo Tavolieri.

07/02/2020 16:50
Crettyard United B v Kilree Celtic
Division 1 26/01 14:00
Crettyard United B 1 - 3 Kilree Celtic

Crettyard United 1

Kilree Celtic 3

Kilree travelled to Crettyard and kept up their push for league honours with this hard-earned victory.

The visitors got off to the perfect started when they were awarded a penalty when Alan MacDonald was fouled in the box. Alan Salter stepped up and make no mistake for 1-0. The Bagenalstown side kept up the pressure and Alan MacDonald was played through by Eamon Nolan and he duly dispatched the ball to the net on 36 minutes to give his side a comfortable 2-0 half time lead.

The Laois side tried to make a game of it in the second half but suffered another blow when David Kelly set up Alan MacDonald to score again on 65 minutes. The league leaders took the foot off the gas after this and Crettyard were rewarded for their efforts when John Dwyer scored in the dying minutes.

Players of note for Kilree were Paul Kehoe, Alan Salter and Mark MacDonald while best for Crettyard were John Dwyer, Kyle Rice and Paul Kingston.

07/02/2020 16:50
Castle Rangers v St Fiacc's FC
Division 1 26/01 11:00
Castle Rangers 2 - 1 St Fiacc's FC

Castle Rangers 2

St Fiacc's FC 1

Rangers came out on top in this relegation six-pointer in the Youth Centre on Sunday.

Fiacc’s will be scratching their heads how they did not win this game despite dominating from the very first whistle. Despite creating a host of chances, they fell behind when Castle’s Mick McGrath scored from distance on ten minutes. The Graiguecullen side were soon level when Brian O’Rourke scored in similar fashion with a super strike from the edge of the area.

Both sides created a number of chances in a very entertaining second half but it was the home side who emerged with all three points when Gary Murphy chipped the Saints keeper with just five minutes remaining. Fiacc’s had a big shout for a penalty in the last minute but things didn’t pan out for them.

Players of note for Rangers were Rory MacDonald and Cian Connolly while David Hurley, Shane Aylward and Brian O’Rourke were best for Fiacc’s.

07/02/2020 16:49
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.

07/02/2020 16:49
Parkville United B v Baltinglass Town
Division 1 26/01 11:00
Parkville United B 3 - 0 Baltinglass Town

Parkville United 3

Baltinglass Town 0

A determined Baltinglass team rocked up to Hawkin’s Lane set on ending Parkville’s unbeaten run at home.

The visitors settled the better early on with some crisp passing without creating any clear-cut chances. On the half hour Parkville created the first real chance of the game with James Lonergan combining with TJ Kavanagh down the right before Lonergan saw his effort just wide. Baltinglass continued to pressure the Parkville defence but could find no way past John Murphy and Henry Hegarty as the game finished level at the break.

The second half saw the home side up the tempo as Michael Brown and Brian Condon were crunching into the tackles in midfield. The Wicklow side continued to play good football but were undone when Lee Kavanagh delivered a tantalising ball into the box that the keeper could only parry to James Lonergan who made no mistake on 60 minutes. Five minutes Parkville were awarded a penalty but it was saved to keep the game in the balance. Balto rallied after this save but Niall Byrne put a dent in their ambitions when he rounded the keeper to score on 70 minutes. Chris Heaslip was unlucky not to reduce the deficit when he was well founded by Eoin Gleeson but his effort was saved by Paddy Hickey. T.J. Kavanagh ran almost the length of the pitch to score to make it 3-0 and seal the points.

Best on the day for Parkville were Paddy Hickey, Jason Hunter and Niall Byrne. Best for Baltinglass were Eoin Gleeson, Stephen Heaslip and Paddy Barry.

07/02/2020 16:48
Dolmen Celtic v Killeshin FC
Premier Division 26/01 11:00
Dolmen Celtic 5 - 3 Killeshin FC

Dolmen Celtic 5

Killeshin FC 3

Dolmen started quick and were rewarded with an early goal from an own goal with the ball being headed over the Killeshin keeper by his own defender who misjudged the cross. The tables turned quick as Killeshin equalised with the next attack which was a well worked move which saw a great cross from Franky Dowling headed in at the near post by Liam Serry. Dolmen took the upper hand once again when Paul Connors netted from a twenty-yard dead ball. Killeshin fought back to level the game again from a long throw in which lead to a goal mouth scramble for the ball which ended up in Dolmen’s goal when Liam Serry smashed it in. Dolmen went ahead for the third time when Killeshin’s defence made a mistake and Joe Doran was quick to pounce and finish the chance to leave the home team leading at the break. After the break Killeshin once again equalised when a poor mistake in the Dolmen defence let Declan Bolton score. Both teams had spells of possession but Keelan Lacey hit a wonder strike to be envied by Pirlo himself from just outside of the box to hit the top corner leaving the opposition number one with no chance. Dolmen killed the game off when they took a two-goal lead for the first time after a great goal from Danny Thompson.

Liam Dempsey was outstanding for the yellow and black with three assists. Best for Killeshin were Ciaran Walsh, Niall Scully and Liam Serry.

07/02/2020 16:48
St Patricks Boys v Slaney Rovers
26/01 11:00
St Patricks Boys 3 - 2 Slaney Rovers

St Patrick’s Boys 3

Slaney Rovers 2

Slaney got off to the perfect start with a goal on two minutes following great build-up play between Lubomir Lesko and Aaron Broughall and a fine finish from Daniel O’Brien. A flick-on from a corner into the path of Lesko who fired home from just outside the box made it 0-2 on 16 minutes. So dominant were Slaney that it would be 30 minutes before Pat's had their first shot at goal.

They were two down at the break and not playing well, there seemed little hope for Pat's but they were given a lifeline after 52 minutes when a cross from Liam Byrne was headed home by Luke Keogh. Just four minutes later the sides were level when Mazin Almujarfi was fouled in the box and Chris Gaul scored from the penalty spot. The game was now in the balance and both sides fighting for the next goal. On 79 minutes Chris Gaul intercepted a lose pass as Slaney tried to build from the back, he drove into the box and slotted pass the advancing keeper for what would prove to be the winner.

Best for Pat’s were Anto Lawlor, Chris Gaul and Nathan Doyle. For Slaney there were best efforts from Colm O’Connor and Stephen Farrell.

07/02/2020 16:47