CDFL Match Reports
Tombrack United v Village FC
035 div 2 14/04 18:00
Tombrack United 1 - 5 Village FC

Tombrack United 1

Village FC 5

Village FC began their 2018 campaign with an emphatic win over Tombrack United in this Over 35s clash at Ballyboy in Wexford on Saturday evening.

After a tense opening, both teams eventually settled into the first half before the deadlock was broken mid-way through by Ritchie Sutton who finished neatly after a fine through pass from Aidan Nolan. Tombrack United equalised shortly afterwards after a mix-up in the Village defence and both side looked to be going to the break on even terms before Ritchie Sutton put through David Gavin who finished at close range to give Village the advantage at the break.

Village capitalised within five minutes of the second half after Aidan Nolan met Vivian Foley's corner to make it 3-1. A fine finish just before the hour mark by John Monaghan, put the game beyond Tombrack, who despite a late flourish, were caught out by a ball over the top that was put home in fine fashion by Vivian Foley's diving header.

Best for Village were the valiant Paddy Foley, Ritchie Sutton and Aidan Nolan.

Castlewarren Celtic v Killeshin FC
035 div 2 14/04 18:00
Castlewarren Celtic 1 - 3 Killeshin FC

Castlewarren Celtic 1

Killeshin FC 3

A slow start from visitors saw Castlewarren take the lead when a mix up in defence saw the home side score with only 10 minutes on the clock. Killeshin pressed hard with Ciaran Walsh and Tom Rowan pushing forward and Just before half time their efforts were rewarded when a cross from Mick Lowry was superbly headed in by Alan Walsh. Killeshin pushed forward in the second half with good chances falling to Glen Ryan and Paddy McDonald but the home side were solid. It was only when Paddy Williamson put a ball through to allow Joe Travers slot Home the second and Castlewarren heads dropped. The last 5 minutes saw great interplay from Jimmy Hennigan and Fergus Nolan to set up Travers for his second and Killeshin’s third as he glided the ball into the top corner from outside the box. The score line was not a true reflection of what was an even and entertaining game. Best for Killeshin were Tomaz Feilka, Eddie Gaffney and Danny McFeely.

Vale Wanderers v St Fiacc's FC
035 div 2 14/04 18:00
Vale Wanderers 0 - 6 St Fiacc's FC

Vale Wanderers 0

St Fiacc’s 6

The Superbowl in Leighlinbridge was the venue for the Vale Wanderers v St Fiacc’s match.

St Fiacc’s started brightly with Brian Pearson coming close after a couple of minutes. Fiacc’s piled the pressure on and soon got their reward as the ball fell to Oisin Ayres who saw the keeper off his line and with a delicate chip with the outside of the boot lobbed the keeper to make it 1-0 to the visitors. some great work down the line from Jamie Payne who crossed the ball to Brian Pearson who slotted home a header to make it 2-0. Fiaccs scored again just before the break when Shamek broke through from the right and sent a pile driver into the corner of the net. In the second half vale started well but couldn’t get through a solid St Fiacc’s defence. A counterattacking move saw St Fiacc’s break away as Oisin Ayres put a ball through for Brian Pearson who slotted home for 4-0. Three minutes after the restart and Fiacc’s went 5-0 to the good when Danny Murnane set up Oisin Ayres to tap home from six yards. Fiacc’s wrapped up the game late in the second half when Oisin Ayres put through Brian Pearson who powered home his hat trick.

Best for Fiacc’s were John Ryan, Pete Dorgan and Nicky (Cafu) Brannigan. Best for Vale Paddy Dowling, Mick Nevin and Barry Hayes.

Carlow Rovers v Parkville United
035 div 2 14/04 18:00
Carlow Rovers 2 - 4 Parkville United

Carlow Rovers 2

Parkville United 4

On a windy evening for football this was an evenly contested affair.

Rovers started the match strong with the wind behind them, they came close to opening the scoring a few times. After 15 minutes gone against the run of play Ray Shannon crossed the ball to Martin Fitzgerald whose shot from outside the box found the Rovers net to make it 1-0. Rovers upped their tempo for the remainder of the half and got one goal back with a great move that started from their keeper, worked down the right wing and a deep cross from Eddie O’Reilly was headed home by Joe Redmond. Straight from the kick off Robbie Sheridan and Martin Fitzgerald took control of midfield creating some great passages of play. A Ray Shannon cross this time found Nicholas Nolan who chipped the Rovers keeper making the half time score 2-1.

With the second half starting Parkville created some great opportunities of play on both wings. Parkville won a throw in which Nicholas Nolan crossed the ball for Ray Shannon to finish with a great header to the back of the Rovers net. Parkville went 4-1 up when a Nicholas Nolan cross was spilled by the Rovers keeper and resulting with the ball ending up in the back of the net. Rovers created several good chances in the remaining 20 minutes but were not getting much luck in front of goal. A Dermot McDonald shot destined for the bottom corner was well blocked by the last defender, an Eddie O'Reilly header went a yard wide and a couple of penalty shouts were turned away. Rovers finally got their second with 5 minutes left when a Damien Sheehan cross was volleyed home by Billy McDonald. The last chance of the game fell to Eddie O’Reilly, but the Parkville keeper saved well in a one on one situation.

Celtic Stars v Crettyard United
035 div 1 14/04 18:00
Celtic Stars 0 - 1 Crettyard United

Celtic Stars 0

Crettyard United 1

The game started off brightly with both sides looking to put their stamp on the game.

Crettyard were solid at the back and were starting to create some chances through Mark Fox and Willie Kavanagh. John Graham made a fine save from a header in the goal to keep it scoreless. Jim Dunne onto the end of a great ball from the midfield and made no mistake in putting it in the top corner of the net to put Cretty 1-0 just before the break.

Martin Byrne had a couple of chances but found his opportunities stopped by some great keeping from the Cretty keeper. Peter Brennan also put a load of pressure on their defence but could not make it count. Celtic with the wind in the second half pushed on but Mark Kelly was reading nearly every ball and was keeping them at bay.

Nurney Villa v Emo Celtic
LFA Youths Cup 14/04 14:00

Emo Celtic 1

Nurney Villa 2

Holders Nurney qualified for this season’s quarter final against Arklow United with a hard-earned win over Emo Celtic in a replayed last 16 tie.

The Co Laois side with first use of a strong wind held the first half upper hand without breaking down a well marshalled Villa defence with centre half Keegan Bradley outstanding the half ended scoreless.

12 minutes into the new half the visitors struck for the lead goal when a Cormac Lomax shot proved too hot to hold for the Emo keeper and the holders went ahead. Minutes later Nurney keeper Bill Fanning somehow got down to a Dylan Doyle shot from close range to push around the post. And Nurney made good of their escape as in the next attack Padraig Hynes ran on to a smart throw in from Mark Foley to smash beyond the Emo keeper. Nurney controlled the tie now but with two minutes left Niall Dunne lifted Celtic when he scored from close in. However, the Carlow lads saw out the remainder of the game to advance.

Outstanding for Nurney were Keegan Bradley, Mark Foley and Louis Brennan, for Emo Sean O’Flynn and Dylan Doyle were best.

St Joseph's FC Blue v Nurney Villa
11/04 18:30
St Joseph's FC Blue 1 - 6 Nurney Villa

Nurney Villa 6

St. Joseph’s Blues 1

Nurney secured the Youths league title tonight in fashion as the hit 6 past Joeys.

From the kick-off Cormac Lomax sent through a lovely pass to Liam Ryan who was fouled as he approached goal, Jack Treacy sailed in the free and Mark Foley headed home on 90 seconds.

A long kickout from David Murphy saw Keegan Bradley just head wide on 11 minutes.

Cormac Lomax was strong in the centre and charged forward with a shot on 19 minutes which was saved by the Joeys keeper. Joeys hit an equalizer on 31 minutes, but this didn’t panic Nurney as the produced some great moves and holding possession paid off on 41 minutes when Liam Ryan hit Nurney’s second well after Craig Lawlor’s hard work put him through, leaving Nurney 1-2 up at interval.

Nurney displayed an outstanding second half performance and piled in plenty of ball towards Joey’s goal with Mark Foley and Jack Malone going close. On 53 minutes Aidan Lillis hit a cracker free from 40 yards out scorched passed the keeper to give Villa a 3-1 lead. Liam Ryan headed narrowly over after a long Bradley throw on 55 minutes. Nurney hit their fourth on 59 minutes after a Liam Ryan cross found Mark Foley unmarked to tap in.

Eoin Gannon hard work put Jack Malone through, but his effort forced the keeper to punch over for a corner which Jack Treacy perfectly sailed in to see Keegan Bradley stretch out his leg to hit Nurney’s fifth on 67 minutes. Cormac Lomax’s effort were deservedly rewarded on 76 minutes when he rattled in Nurney’s sixth.

A great season for Nurney with all players hard work contributing to the league title.

St Fiacc's FC B v Wolfhill Athletic
div 3 cup 15/04 14:00
St Fiacc's FC B 4 - 7 Wolfhill Athletic

St Fiacc’s 4

Wolfhill Athletic 7

A Wolfhill side who never led until the extra time finally put away Fiacc’s to qualify for a Final meeting with Nurney.

The home side were quick in to their stride and were 2-0 up after ten minutes. Fiacc’s were the better side for the first quarter and deserved their lead however they were undone on 28 minutes when a long throw in from Garry Rowan found the head of Sean Meaney who made it 2-1. The visitors levelled on 44 minutes when Colin Campion scored after a goal mouth scramble however Fiacc’s hit back immediately to score and take back a deserved lead at half time.

The second half saw Wolfhill hit back to level again and this time again a long throw in from Garry Rowan unhinged the Saints defence and Sean Meaney headed home his second goal if the game. An outstanding strike from Fiacc’s winger restored the lead for the home side on 70 minutes. Five minutes later however and yet again another long throw in from Rowan was this time headed in by Sean O’Reilly to force extra time. In the extra period Wolfhill hit the front for the first time and yet again it was a long throw in from Rowan that led to Sean Meaney claiming his hat trick. Fiacc’s concentration then seemed to waver and a Colin Campion lob over the keeper put his side 4-6 up, and Enda Butler put the icing on the cake with goal number seven.

Outstanding for the winners were Ciaran Carroll, Noel Leech, Garry Rowan and Sean Meaney.

Vale Wanderers B v Nurney Villa B
div 3 cup 15/04 14:00
Vale Wanderers B 1 - 3 Nurney Villa B

Vale Wanderers 1

Nurney Villa 3

Three goals in the opening 16 minutes set up Nurney for a final meeting with old rivals Wolfhill in the Division Three Cup Final.

Nurney opened in a blaze and went ahead with a superb strike from John Townsend hit with venom from 30 yards to the bottom corner after six minutes. Three minutes later David Townsend was sent sprawling in the area and he put away the spot kick with assurance. On 16 minutes David Townsend out jumped Vale keeper Evan Tunstead for a Dermot Maher cross to head home but Nurney star striker injured his knee in the incident and had to retire from the game. This seemed to stem Nurney’s march and Vale had a lot of possession for the remainder of the half without making it count in front of goal.

A raft of substitutions at half time saw Vale up the tempo in the second half but again the Nurney defence coped well. However, on 77 minutes Vale pulled a goal back when Pa Dowling beat Nurney keeper Martin Lynch at the second time of asking after Lynch saved his first effort. Nurney however refused to panic and had the best of the closing stages with Brian Carroll coming close twice to stretching the winning margin.

Excellent for Nurney were Colin Townsend, Michael Murphy, Anthony Hogan and Philip Murphy for Vale Pa Dowling, Des Shaw, Jesse Clarke and Pat Meaney were best.

Hanover Harps C v Nurney Villa
div 2 cup 15/04 14:30
Hanover Harps C 4 - 1 Nurney Villa

Hanover Harps 4

Nurney Villa 1

Hanover qualified for the Super Valu Division Two Cup final with a somewhat flattering final score line.

The visitors got off to a flying start and Murt Phealan in the Hanover goal had to make a smart save from Adam Kehoe in the first minute. The home side however settled to their task and went ahead when Nurney keeper fumbled a Dillon Murphy shot and Frank Dowling pounced for the lead goal after 13 minutes. Hanover doubled their advantage when Shane Noonan set up Frank Dowling to notch his second goal of the game after 26 minutes. Nurney were thrown a lifeline just before half time when Jack Tracey was fouled in the area and he got to his feet to convert the spot kick.

The third quarter saw Nurney press for and equaliser but twice Murt Phealan denied Willie Kearney with super saves, and it was left to the home side to find the net when Dillon Murphy and Glenn Pullen played a 1-2 for Pullen to score and make it 3-1. Joe Byrne for Villa then had a goal bound shot blocked by a defender on the goal line before Hanover completed the scoring on 88 minutes when Glenn Pullen’s header came back off a post for Kuba Dubosz to volley home.

Starring for the winners were Eric Dowling, David Delaney and Aaron Wynne for Nurney Keith Lillis, Val Fleming and Adrian Dermody were best.

Dolmen Celtic v Mill Celtic
div 1 cup 13/04 18:30
Dolmen Celtic 1 - 0 Mill Celtic

Dolmen Celtic 1

Mill Celtic 0

The league champions hosted Mill Celtic on Friday evening and just about edged out their opponents in this cup encounter.

Both sides were up for the game and Liam Kirwan was outstanding in the Mill goal as he denied Joe Lea and Jimmy White with two brilliant saves. At the other end James Corcoran was unlucky with a header from a corner kick. Just before half time a mix up between the Dolmen keeper and a defender allowed Felix Lawler toe it past them but the ball agonizingly went over the end line with two teammates waiting to tap in.

In the second half Dolmen had a couple of dangerous free kicks go well over before taking the lead with a stunning overhead kick from the league’s top scorer Danny Thompson. The home side looked to kill the game off, but Liam Kirwan made a couple of excellent saves. Mill pushed for an equaliser late on with Felix Lawler and Eric Mackey going close, but the best chance presented itself in injury time when a corner found Harry Kirwan at the back post but unfortunately went wide.

Outstanding for the winners were James Williamson, Paul Connors and Jamie Hennessy. Best were Liam Kirwan, Gary Lambe and Andy Horan.

Vale Wanderers A v Kilree Celtic
div 1/2/3 cup 13/04 19:30
Vale Wanderers A 0 - 2 Kilree Celtic

Vale Wanderers A 0

Kilree Celtic 2

Division Two champions Kilree will go in search of more silverware as they advanced to the final with this victory over local rivals Vale on Sunday.

The home side struggled to get their passing game going during the first half. The visitors proved the more clinical when David Dowling crossed for David McDonald to score on 18 minutes. Both defences dominated the remainder of the half and the Bagenalstown held onto their slender lead at the break.

Two minutes into the second half Kilree got their second goal when Chris Blake smashed home from close range. Vale could not get the score that would get them back into the game and Kilree held on to advance to the final.

Best for the winners were Mick Murphy, Victor Watkins and Stephen Salter while for Vale Eoin Johnson and Martin Bridget were players of note.

Slaney Rovers v Baltinglass Town
div 1/2/3 cup 13/04 18:15
Slaney Rovers 1 - 3 Baltinglass Town

Slaney Rovers 1

Baltinglass Town 3

Baltinglass pulled off a bit of a shock when defeating near neighbours Slaney in this cup encounter on Friday evening.

The home side got off to a dream start when after good build up play between Paddy Farrell and Daniel O’Brien led to Aaron Broughall scoring on six minutes. The visitors grew into the game and Declan Jones went close. Paul Redmond was taken down in the penalty area and Gareth Doyle scored from the spot to equalise on 13 minutes. Rovers responded positively, and Daniel O’Brien and Regan Murphy went close before the break.

The Rathvilly side were to rue those early missed chances and Baltinglass took the lead shortly after the interval. A Jason Sinnott long throw found Shane Lennon in space and he made no mistake. The Wicklow dominated from then on and were awarded another penalty which Gareth Doyle converted to wrap up the tie.

Best for the winners were Paddy Barry, Paul Redmond and Gareth Doyle while for Slaney Regan Murphy and Michael Foley were players of note.

St Patricks Boys v Ballymurphy Celtic
prem cup 15/04 11:00
St Patricks Boys 5 - 1 Ballymurphy Celtic

St Patrick’s Boys 5

Ballymurphy Celtic 1

St Pat’s set up a quarter final meeting with Parkville after this comfortable win over Celtic.

The hosts settled into their game early on and were ahead on 17 minutes, Liam Byrne’s free kick finding the net. Chris Gaul doubled the lead five minutes before the break when slotted home from a Timmy Doyle free kick.

Celtic gave themselves hope shortly after the restart when they scored from a corner but that hope lasted barely five minutes before Pat’s restored their two-goal advantage, Gearoid Cuddihy teeing up Ethan O’Neill who drilled his shot under the keeper for 3-1. Another Byrne free kick just after the hour made it 4-1. Pat’s weren’t done there and with time running out Barry O’Driscoll chipped in for number five to finish off the scoring and reward the efforts of James Reddy, Johnny Dowling and James Cummins.

Kilree Celtic v New Oak Boys A
carlow cup 15/04 11:30
Kilree Celtic 0 - 2 New Oak Boys A

Kilree Celtic 0

New Oak Boys A 2

New Oak got over the disappointment of Friday night’s league result as they got the better of Kilree to advance in the Carlow Cup.

The visitors started brightly and went close through Peter Fagan on ten minutes. Will Hayes tested the keeper minutes later. The Bagenalstown side struggled against their Premier Division opponents whose defence was on top form. Boys continued to threaten the Celtic goal as Dylan Salter fired over and Brian Quigley went close coming up to half time.

The Carlow town side continued to dominate proceeding after the restart. Kilree were always on the back foot and New Oak finally made the break through on70 minutes when David O’Shea’s free kick freed Daryl Coleman who crossed for Peter Fagan to tap home. The winners wrapped up the tie on 80 minutes when Max Mattos recovered the ball in midfield and fired home from outside the area.

Best for New Oak were Brian Quigley, Dylan Salter and Will Hayes.

St Fiacc's FC v Thomastown United
Crettyard United v Ballymurphy Celtic
Crettyard United v Killeshin FC
Premier Division 15/04 11:00
Crettyard United 4 - 0 Killeshin FC

Crettyard United 4

Killeshin FC 0

Crettyard cruised to a comfortable win over neighbours Killeshin.

The visitors harried United early on pressing all over the pitch but eventually Crettyard’s patience was rewarded when a neat flick from Lee Salter put Aaron Morris through to open the scoring on the half hour mark. Cristoir Maher was heavily involved in the second goal shortly afterwards, winning possession in midfield before bursting forward and earning a free kick, Maher’s set piece then finding the unmarked Morris at the back post to make it 2-0 at half time.

The second half was more of the same as Killeshin battled hard to contain United but despite their graft Evan Philips netted for 3-0 before Scott Osbourne scored the goal of the game late on, his long-range effort flying to the net for a final score line of 4-0.

Best for United were Terry Haughney, Johnny Dowling and James Rothwell.

Hanover Harps v New Oak Boys
Castle Rangers v New Oak Boys
035 div 1 21/04 18:30
Castle Rangers 0 - 1 New Oak Boys

Castle Rangers 0

New Oak 1

New Oak struggled to find the back of the net after going close time and again with Will Kinsella playing in Damer Farrell and Dale Lacey respectively but the crosses from both wide men were not directed enough towards the opposition goal. Davey Walker had the chance of the first half after his 35 yard thunderbolt just grazed the crossbar. Stephen Dolan headed a few corners back across the box but New Oak failed to capitalise on this great play.

Second half saw a more direct New Oak side and after a couple of near misses from Ross Townsend, Simon Kinsella and Seamus Farrell it was Will Kinsella who calmly laid up the ball for himself inside the castle 18 before hitting a superb strike into the bottom corner.

Best for New Oak were Damien Farrel, Ross Townsend, Will Kinsella and Ken Lacey

Nationalist Premier Division
New Oak Boys 4 - 0 Killeshin FC 20/4

New Oak Boys despatch Killeshin FC.
3rd placed New Oak Boys won 4-0 against their visitors, 4th placed Killeshin FC at Burrin Rd Carlow (New Oak Boys) at 6:30 pm

New Oak Boys have yet to be beaten at home.
Form: W L D W W W W W D D D W W W W W

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

Seniors Division Two 2018
Parkville United 1 - 2 Vale Wanderers 20/4

Parkville United beaten by Vale Wanderers.
Parkville United were marginally beaten at home by Vale Wanderers at Hawkins Lane Tullow (Parkville United) at 7 pm

Parkville United
Form: L W

Vale Wanderers
Form: W L

Keating Memorial Premier Cup
Parkville United 1 - 0 St Patricks Boys 22/4

Parkville United despatch St Patricks Boys.
Parkville United marginally won 1-0 against their visitors, St Patricks Boys at Hawkins Lane Tullow (Parkville United) at 11 am

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

Seniors Division Two 2018
Killeshin FC 2 - 2 Tombrack United 21/4

Killeshin FC draw with Tombrack United.
Killeshin FC were held to a 2-2 draw by Tombrack United at Quakers Field, Killeshin at 6:30 pm

Killeshin FC has yet to be beaten in this competition, having won 1 out of its last 2 games.
Form: D W

Tombrack United has yet to win in this competition.
Form: D L

Baltinglass Town v New Oak Boys B
div 1 cup 15/04 11:00
Baltinglass Town 7 - 1 New Oak Boys B

Baltinglass Town 7

New Oak Boys 1

Baltinglass are finishing the season on a high and had another cup success on Sunday when they dispatched a depleted New Oak in the Divisional Cup.

The Wicklow side dominated proceedings from the off and Declan Jones opened the scoring after just five minutes. Dan Fogarty added a second on 15 minutes while Karl Sleator scored their third with a superb strike from outside the box. The game was as good as over when Declan Jones scored his second and Balto’s fourth on 38 minutes. The Carlow town side pulled a goal back from a great free just on the stroke of half time.

During the second half things did not get better for the visitors as Dan Fogarty on 55 minutes and John Martin flicked the ball to the net for goal number six before Fogarty completed his hat trick with another goal on 70 minutes.

Best for the winners were Aaron Lennon, John Martin and Eoin Gleeson.

Tullys Travel Division 1 Cup
Dolmen Celtic 3 - 0 Crettyard United B 15/4

Dolmen Celtic beat Crettyard United B.
Dolmen Celtic won 3-0 against their visitors, Crettyard United B at Dolmen Celtic Home Ground at 11 am

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

Super Valu Division 2 Cup
Kilree Celtic 4 - 1 Hanover Harps C 22/4

Kilree Celtic beat Hanover Harps C.
Kilree Celtic won 4-1 against their visitors, Hanover Harps C at The Meadows Graiguecullen (St Pats Boys) at 11 am

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

Nationalist Premier Division
Crettyard United 6 - 0 St Fiacc's FC 13/4

Crettyard United take spoils against St Fiacc's FC.
2nd placed Crettyard United comprehensively won 6-0 against their visitors, 8th placed St Fiacc's FC at Crettyard Utd at 6:30 pm

Crettyard United are currently on a winning streak of 4 games.They have won 6 out of 8 home games.
Form: W W W W L W W W W D W W L W W W

St Fiacc's FC are currently on a losing streak of 5 games.
Form: L L L L L D W L W L L L D L W L

Keating Memorial Premier Cup
Crettyard United 2 - 0 New Oak Boys 22/4

Crettyard United win against New Oak Boys.
Crettyard United won 2-0 against their visitors, New Oak Boys at Crettyard Utd at 11 am

This is the first game for both teams in this competition

Tullys Travel Division 1 Cup
Castle Rangers 3 - 0 Vale Wanderers 15/4

Castle Rangers despatch Vale Wanderers.
Castle Rangers won 3-0 against their visitors, Vale Wanderers at Youth Center Carlow at 11 am

This is the first game for both teams in this competition