CDFL Match Reports
Crettyard United B v Hanover Harps B
Murphy seals Crettyard victory
Herald Striker Division 24/09 11:00
Crettyard United B 4 - 1 Hanover Harps B

Two goals from striker Cormac Murphy saw off Hannover harps on Sunday morning in Crettyard. A dominant start from Crettyard saw them 2-0 up after 30 minutes thanks to a superb individual goal from Willie Kavanagh and a great team goal after a great piece of play from Evan O’Carroll saw Murphy finish well. Crettyard we’re creating a lot of chances but could not seem to get the ball in the net. The second half saw a comeback from Hannover who scored early in the half but this was put to bed after a Hannover player appeared to strike a Crettyard man and was sent off. Murphy took full advantage and scored another after another great pass from Willie Kavanagh. Some superb skill from substitute Killian O’Shea brought a great cheer from the crowd late in the second half before Evan O’Carroll lashed home a volley from 20 yards to seal the win. A great team effort from Crettyard but Evan O’Carroll, Cormac Murphy and Killian O’Shea stood out.
Shamrock Rovers (Wexford) v Crettyard United
Rovers too good for Carlow Champions
lfc cup 24/09 12:00
Shamrock Rovers (Wexford) 4 - 2 Crettyard United

Crettyard fall at the first hurdle to Shamrock Rovers Wexford after losing on Sunday .Two goals in either half from Cris Maher weren't enough for the visitors who were under pressure for long periods.Behind on 20 mins Maher levelled on 34 after great work from Lee salter but on 55 despite growing into the game they fell behind and two became three soon afterward but a quick free kick saw Maher again score on 60 mins .The home side were now under pressure and two great chances for Crettyard fell to salter a Jason Enright but luck deserted the visitors and it was 4-2 and all over on 84mins .Best for Crettyard were Terry Haughney Niall Purcell and Maher
Womens Division Two
Thomastown United 5 - 1 Slaney Rovers 24/9

Thomastown United claim victory against Slaney Rovers.
Thomastown United won 5-1 against their visitors, Slaney Rovers at United Park Thomastown at 2 pm

Both teams have already played a single game.

Burrin Celtic v Celtic Stars
o35 Div 2 16/09 18:00
Burrin Celtic 0 - 6 Celtic Stars

Burrin Celtic 0

Celtic Stars 6

Celtic Stars are the Senior Division Two champions after a big victory against a depleted Burrin Celtic side in The Valley.

The home side only had eight players on the field during kick-off and Celtic Stars opened them up a few times early on. Senan Finucan crossed the ball to Gareth Cullen but he headed wide. On seven minutes, Stars were in again as Dale Austin played the ball through to PJ O’Keeffe but he couldn’t steer his shot on target.

Burrin eventually conceded after 21 minutes when Finucan found O’Keeffe with a pass and he made no mistake this time around. It was 2-0 to the Stars after 27 minutes when O’Keefe was on hand to poke in the ball after a goalmouth scramble. O’Keefe turned provider for the third goal as he crossed it in to Martin Byrne who shot it in with five minutes to go to make the score 3-0 at the break.

Stars got their fourth goal seven minutes after the restart when Finucan got to the end line and cut it back to Byrne as he headed in his second goal of the game. O’Keeffe and Francis Byrne combined before Byrne slotted home with ten minutes to go. Stars got their final goal of the game with five minutes to go when O’Keefe’s corner went to Mark Collins and he drove it in from the edge of the box.

Best players for the winners were Martin Byrne, PJ O’Keeffe and Eoin Devlin while all the players played well for Burrin Celtic.

Baltinglass Town v Castle Rangers
035 div 1 cup 15/09 18:30
Baltinglass Town 3 - 1 Castle Rangers

Baltinglass Town 3

Castle Rangers 1

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

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

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

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

St Joseph's FC Blue v St Patricks Boys
16/09 14:30
St Joseph's FC Blue 0 - 10 St Patricks Boys

St. Joseph’s Blue 0

St. Patrick’s Boys 10

St. Patrick’s Boys were too strong for St. Joseph’s as they had the perfect start to their Youths division campaign in McArdle’s Cross, Tinryland.

In what were difficult conditions as it rained throughout the game, it took 12 minutes for the Graiguecullen side to take the lead as Cian Cleary made it 1-0. St. Pat’s got into their stride as the game went on and it was 2-0 when Levan De Silva headed home. It was 3-0 after 40 minutes as another good team move was finished off by Cleary for his second of the game and that was how it stayed until the break.

St. Pat’s were stronger physically and this strength was telling in the second half. They got two quick goals after the restart from Lord Afrifa and Andrew Lewis to make it 5-0. With the score line looking more comfortable, St Pats ran in more subs and Diarmuid Ruth came off the bench to get himself a hat-trick with goals on 60, 65 and 80 minutes. With the game winding down, St. Pats made the score line more comfortable as Afrifa added two more goals on the 85 and 87 minutes to put them into double figures.

Nurney Villa B v St Joseph's FC
Division Three 17/09 14:00
Nurney Villa B 5 - 1 St Joseph's FC

Nurney Villa 5

St Joseph’s 1

Nurney were comfortable winners at home on Sunday.

Villa got off to a flying start and goals from John Townsend and Val Fleming put them two up after 16 minutes. Joseph’s stuck to their guns and got a goal back when Dominique Maudec scored from close range on 21 minutes. Nurney however made their superiority count and Townsend and Fleming both added their second goals of the game to put Villa 4-1 up at the break.

Ten minutes into the second half John Townsend completed his hat trick from a 25-yard free kick. To their credit Joeys refused to fold and gave as good as they got for the remainder of the tie but Nurney were comfortable winners.

Tops for Villa were Adam Smyth, David and Colin Townsend, for Joeys Adam Breen, Adam Kerfau and Joe Fennelly were best.

Wolfhill Athletic v Vale Wanderers B
Division Three 17/09 14:00
Wolfhill Athletic 4 - 6 Vale Wanderers B

Wolfhill Athletic 4

Vale Wanderers 6

An outstanding second quarter in which they ran in five goals saw Vale collect the points in the Swan.

The home side took an early lead when Phillip Brennan sent a great shot to the Vale net after a clearance from a corner fell to him on the edge of the box. Vale however recovered well from this set back and proceeded to boss the game before half time and were rewarded with five goals to lead 1-5 at the break.

Wolfhill staged a rally in the third quarter and goals from a well struck free kick by Billy Campion and a brace from Mark George reduced the score line to the minimum but the home side then conceded a soft goal and with it their chances of getting something from the tie. Best for Wolfhill were Adam Nicol-Waugh, Aidan Rowan Billy Campion and Phillip Brennan.

Burrin Celtic v Parkville United B
Div One 17/09 11:00
Burrin Celtic 3 - 1 Parkville United B

Burrin Celtic 3

Parkville United 1

Burrin recovered from last week’s trouncing to notch victory at home on Sunday.

Micky Barcoe gave them an early lead availing of hesitation in the United defence after a Keith Deveraux free kick after 12 minutes. Parkville responded and Mark Behan smacked a shot off the Burrin crossbar before Barry Flynn broke through to hit the equaliser and half time came with the sides tied at 1-1.

Micky Barcoe soon had Burrin ahead again with his second goal of the game. Keith Deveraux doubled the Burrin lead after good play from Liam McGuill. Try as they did there was no way back for Parkville as Celtic went on to victory.

Outstanding for Burrin were Martin Fitzgerald, Eddie Nolan and Liam McGuill, Parkville were well served by Sid Hogan, Anto Moran and Barry Flynn.

Hanover Harps C v Bagenalstown AFC
Div One 17/09 11:00
Hanover Harps C 2 - 5 Bagenalstown AFC

Hanover Harps2

The home side had the better of the first half exchanges and were rewarded with a 1-0 half time lead, their goal was scored by Kieran Shields who turned home a Conor McDonald cross on 17 minutes.
The Town improved their performance in the second half and Alan McDonald had the sides level on 57 minutes. Substitute Christian O’Riordan then put the visitors in front with his first touch of the game and soon added another goal following an excellent free kick from Blaine Dwyer. Hanover responded and Frankie Dowling hammered home a Conor McDonald pass. However, two late goals from Ross McEvoy insured victory for the visitors.
Excellent for the winners were Alan Whelan, Blaine Dwyer and Stephen Crowe, for Hanover Craig O’Reilly, Declan Hughes and Shane Noonan were best.
Mill Celtic v Dolmen Celtic
Herald Striker Division 17/09 14:00
Mill Celtic 2 - 6 Dolmen Celtic

Mill Celtic 2

Dolmen Celtic 6

The Carlow team came out on top in this battle of the Celts in this high scoring encounter in Ballytore on Sunday.

The home side started well but were caught on the counter attack and Danny Thompson scored for Dolmen on 15 minutes. He doubled his tally five minutes later as the Carlow town side played some excellent football with Joe Lea, Conor Byrne and Kevin Coakley prominent. Paul Core volleyed home to make it 3-0 before the break.

The home side started the second half in a positive fashion and James Corcoran turned home a Dylan Wynne cross to reduce the deficit. However, Thompson scored his hat-trick with a neat finish and Paul Core grabbed his second of the game on 60 minutes. Mill responded again and James Corcoran capitalised after Dylan Wynne’s shot was blocked. Thompson rounded off a brilliant performance when he grabbed his fourth goal before the end.

Best for the winners were Paul Core, Kevin Coakley and Joe Lea while for Mill Andy Horan, James Corcoran and Eric Mackey stood out.

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

Crettyard United 0

Castle Rangers 2

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

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

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

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

Vale Wanderers v Slaney Rovers
Herald Striker Division 17/09 11:00
Vale Wanderers 2 - 2 Slaney Rovers

Vale Wanderers 2

Slaney Rovers 2

A share of the points was a fair result after this exciting encounter at the Superbowl in Leighlinbridge on Sunday.

It was end to end stuff throughout the game and it was the visitors who scored first when Daniel O’Brien finished from five yards after good work by Alan Ryan and Paddy Farrell. Vale grew more into the game and were soon level when John Miley finished off a Ceilum Darcy cross on the half hour. The home side doubled their lead shortly after when Brian Doyle played in Andy Brennan to fire home. Daniel O’Brien showed that he can score from long range when the sent a pile drive to the net from 25 yards to level the scores at the break.

During the second half, the crossbar came to Vale’s rescue on two occasions when Daniel O’Brien was denied twice and Alan Ryan also hit the metal work. At the other end Fergal Harmon pulled off a brilliant save to deny Vale a winner.

Best for Slaney were Shane Murphy, Jamie Byrne and Shane McGannon while it was a battler all round team performance for Wanderers.

Parkville United v Crettyard United
Premier Division 17/09 11:00
Parkville United 1 - 3 Crettyard United

Parkville United 1

Crettyard United 3

A pair of Cristoir Maher penalties, both on by Lee Salter, swung this game the way of the visitors as Parkville gave the league champions a tough test in Tullow.

Crettyard got off to the perfect start, Craig Comerford finding Salter who created the time and space for himself to find the net with just five minutes gone. Salter had a couple of opportunities to increase the lead before Parkville levelled, Conor McCarney skipping past three defenders and setting up Hanley to leave it 1-1 at the break, just reward for the hosts after a series of missed chances in the second quarter.

The game turned Crettyard's way shortly after the restart, Salter winning a brace of penalties within ten minutes and Maher converting both for a 3-1 lead on the hour. The hosts upped their game again and twice went close to scoring through Emre Yilmaz as they sought a route back. Jeff Moran also made an excellent stop from Griffin Kennedy, tipping his header onto the crossbar and over for a corner. TJ Kavanagh also saw an effort tipped over by Moran as Crettyard held their led to the final whistle, just. The champions claimed the points but on this showing Parkville are well prepared for the season ahead.

Ballymurphy Celtic v Killeshin FC
Premier Division 17/09 11:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 2 - 1 Killeshin FC

Ballymurphy Celtic 2

Killeshin 1

Back to back home wins for Celtic see them flying high in their first top flight season while Killeshin will be disappointed to lose their opening league game after making huge progress last year.

Ballymurphy were into their stride early and hit the front on 17 minutes, Jack Foley saw his effort saved but Thomas Doyle was on hand to slot home the loose ball for the lead. Luke Roche was denied by an excellent save as Celtic went in search of a second but gradually Killeshin began to get a foothold. Ian Brennan on Killeshin’s right was getting plenty of ball but his quality deliveries weren’t matched with quality finishing and it remained 1-0 at the interval.

The second half saw the visitors level within five minutes, Shane Coakley finding the net from a free kick. This signalled a period of dominance for the visitors but they failed to convert chances into goals and with ten minutes left Celtic made them pay. A brilliant move started by Mike O’Grady set Jack Foley away, his pass found Luke Roche on the edge of box who delightfully nutmegged the last defender and rifled a shot to the top corner for the lead. Killeshin again responded and had an effort chalked off for a tight offside before time ran out on the visitors and Celtic held on for the win.

Best for Ballymurphy were Paul Foley, Anto Jordan and Mark Maloney. Killeshin’s best were Brian Mullen, Liam Dunne and Ian Brennan

St Patricks Boys v Hanover Harps
Premier Division 17/09 11:00
St Patricks Boys 0 - 1 Hanover Harps

St Patrick's Boys 0

Hanover Harps 1

Johnny Waters’ goal deep in added time saw Harps edge out St Pat’s to maintain their 100% start to the season.

The opening quarter saw Graham Delaney and Simon O’Shea both go close for Hanover while Gearoid Cuddihy brought an excellent save out of Kevin Power in the Harps goal. As the half wore on Hanover began to impose themselves on the game and almost got the lead on the stroke of half time when Sean Kavanagh just failed to get a touch on Alan Shaw’s free kick when any touch would surely have resulted in a goal.

The second half again saw Harps with the best of the chances, Delaney heading narrowly over from a Mark Davis cross before O’Shea saw his effort tipped onto the post and out for a corner. Pat’s were beginning to tire but the introduction of Kian Kerr and Cian Cleary gave them an energy boost and Power was again called on to make an excellent stop from Conor Clack. With time running out Harps began to exert some serious pressure. Loud appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears before substitute Waters somehow shot wide from six yards on 90 minutes. Pat’s thought they had done enough for a point but in the third and final minute of added time Delaney was fouled and from Phil Neenan’s free kick Waters pounced to win the game for Harps and reward the efforts of Simon O’Shea, Jason Murphy, Mark Davis and Niall Swan.

Best for St Pat’s included John O’Neill, Harry Taylor and Mick Condron.

Village FC v Burrin Celtic
o35 Div 2 09/09 18:00
Village FC 5 - 2 Burrin Celtic

Village FC 5

Burrin Celtic 2

Village got their first, well deserved, victory of the season, in their final League match, as they defeated Burrin 5-2, with a great, all-round team performance.

Burrin went 0-1 up, but Gareth Robinson equalised for Village at 1-1 and then they went in front 2-1 through Barry Fitzgerald, however, Burrin then equalised for 2-2 and with half-time fast approaching, Paul Dunne made it 3-2 to Village and that was the score at the interval.

Village continued to pile on the pressure and Gareth Robinson grabbed his brace, from well outside the box for 4-2 and then Barry Fitzgerald also got his second, as Village royally finished off this comprehensive win and picked up three points.

It was a great all-round team performance from Village, whilst Burrin put in a good shift, but they couldn’t contain a rampant Village.

Killeshin FC v Celtic Stars
o35 Div 2 09/09 18:00
Killeshin FC 0 - 4 Celtic Stars

Killeshin FC 0

Celtic Stars 4

Killeshin were up against Stars, who are in the race for the title and they were always going to have a hill to climb, as Stars were quickly into their stride, as they hit the woodwork three times in the first ten minutes, through Dale Austin and Tony Darcy twice, as their luck was out, in those early stages. However, after 13 minutes Senan Finucan threaded a pass through to William Dixon and he slotted home for 0-1, which was fully deserved.

Killeshin did stay with Stars for good periods of time and they had several chances fall to Murty Williamson and Fergus Nolan, but they were all spurned, as Stars defended stoutly.

Shortly before half-time, Stars -Slawek Jakobczak won the ball 25 yards out and beat three opponents, before drilling a fine shot, into the bottom corner and Stars took this 0-2 lead into the interval.

Killeshin started the second-half the better, however, inside four minutes Piotr Zaborniak crossed in a great ball to Gareth Cullen who headed home for a 0-3 cushion and Stars were cruising. The final quarter was all Killeshin as they strove to get something from the game, with Eddie Gaffney and Glenn Ryan working hard through the middle, but the Stars defence held firm. Stars went on to add another, when seven minutes from time, William Dixon played in Senan Finucan, who was taken down in the box and William Dixon scored from the spot to make the final score 0-4, as they maintain their title challenge.

Best for Killeshin were Barry Costello, Mick Lowry and Eddie Hand, whilst standing out for the Stars were Slawek Jakobczak, Martin Byrne and Dale Austin.

Castle Villa v New Oak Boys
o35 Div One 08/09 18:45
Castle Villa 0 - 2 New Oak Boys

Castle Villa 0

New Oak Boys 2

New Oak started the better and after three minutes Davey Walker broke clear only for the Villa keeper to make a great save and then on seven minutes Greg Sykula rounded the Villa keeper but somehow shot wide. Villa came into the game, as a speculative shot from distance went just over the bar, as both sides strove to get the opening score. Seamus Farrell got on the end of a beautiful cross from Bryan Carbury on 20 minutes to put New Oak 0-1 up, as at this stage they were dominant and on 32 minutes, Greg Sykula redeemed his earlier miss, with a close-range header for 0-2 and that was the half-time score.

Villa came on strong in the second-half but they were thwarted by the outstanding performance and reflexes of New Oak’s keeper Anthony Kavanagh, which kept Villa scoreless, during a half when Villa bombarded New Oak, but New Oak’s defence stood firm throughout. New Oak retain their unbeaten, top spot in the division, because of this win, with a five-point cushion, as the league comes down to the end-game.

It was a very hard-working effort from Villa, whilst standing out for New Oak were Bryan Carbury, Greg Sykula, Damien Farrell and Anthony Kavanagh.

Burrin Celtic v Baltinglass Town
o35 Div One 08/09 18:45
Burrin Celtic 8 - 2 Baltinglass Town

Burrin Celtic 8

Baltinglass Town 2

Baltinglass had a poor day at the office as they shipped eight goals against a rampant Burrin team, who played well throughout the whole game and in return they only managed to get two goals in reply, as Burrin dominated the match, particularly, when Baltinglass visibly tired.

It was a great, hard-working team effort from Burrin, whilst standing out for Baltinglass were Declan Jones, Aidan Gannon and James Gahan

Crettyard United v Sandyhill Shangan Ath
LFA o35 Cup 09/09 17:00
Crettyard United 3 - 1 Sandyhill Shangan Ath

LFA Over 35’s Cup

Crettyard United 3

Sandyhill Shangan FC 1

Crettyard started well with some fine, slick passing that put Sandyhill on the back foot, with Jimmy Dunne and Keith Nolan bossing the midfield, but chances were few and far between. Some fine play by Willie Kavanagh, led to a corner, which he took and he put right on David Maher’s head, who did the rest and it was 1-0 to Crettyard. Sandyhill started to come into the game ‘zipping’ the ball about and for a while Crettyard were ‘chasing shadows’, however, their best chance of this period of domination, produced a great save from Ray Purcell in Crettyard’s goal to keep the score at 1-0. Ray Purcell then suffered a serious injury and had to leave the field and John Graham relinquished his midfield berth to take over the gloves and he did a fine job for the rest of the game. A great through ball from Keith Nolan, put Willie Kavanagh in on goal and he finished coolly for 2-0 and they took this score into the interval.

It was a very even second-half, in what was an exciting cup-tie and Sandyhill reduced the arrears, when they scored from a corner to make it 2-1, however, almost straight away, Eddie O’Riley got on the end of a Jimmy Dunne pass, to restore Crettyard’s two goal advantage and it finished 3-1 to the home side.

Best for Crettyard were David Maher, Tom Dowling, Willie Kavanagh and Garry Rowan, whilst it was a fine all-round performance from Sandyhill.

Vale Wanderers B v St Fiacc's FC B
Division Three 10/09 14:00
Vale Wanderers B 3 - 5 St Fiacc's FC B

Vale Wanderers 3

St Fiacc’s 5

A high scoring game ended in victory for Fiacc’s in the Superbowl.

The visitors took an early lead when Jamie Parr played in Dan Nolan who shot home. The lead was doubled when Bob Nolan crossed for Matthew Power to head home. Vale managed to pull a goal back before a Dan Nolan brace put Fiaccs 1-4 ahead at the interval.

In the second half Vale notched two goals to reduce arrears to the minimum but then Dane Lyons made sure of the points for the visitors.

Outstanding for Fiacc’s were Roy Culleton, Jamie Parr and Dan Nolan.

Killeshin FC B v Wolfhill Athletic
Division Three 10/09 14:00
Killeshin FC B 4 - 0 Wolfhill Athletic

Killeshin 4

Wolfhill Athletic 0

A strong Killeshin side won the points at home on Sunday.

The visitors helped by a strong breeze started well and Shane Whelan in the home side goal was forced into two fine saves both from Bernard Wheathley to keep the tie scoreless. Against the run of play Killeshin went ahead after 39 minutes when a deep cross from Jake Nolan was headed home by Michael McCartney for a 1-0 half time lead.

With the elements in the second half Killeshin turned the screw and after Wolfhill’s keeper made an excellent save they went 2-0 up with a second goal from Michael McCartney. A scrambled goal from Jake Nolan widened the gap after 73 minutes. Podge Kelly fired just over for Wolfhill near the end before Jake Nolan closed the scoring on 90 minutes.

For Killeshin James Doogue, Brian Mullin and Michael McCartney excelled, for Wolfhill Sean Meaney, Podge Kelly and Bernard Wheathley stood out.

Celtic Stars B v Nurney Villa B
Division Three 10/09 14:00
Celtic Stars B 2 - 4 Nurney Villa B

Celtic Stars 2

Nurney Villa 4

A fine opening half hour set up Nurney to collect all the points in Clonegal.

With barely two minutes on the clock Colin Townsend was upended in the Stars area and John Townsend converted the spot kick. Seven minutes later a David Townsend free kick was headed in by John Paul Stringer to extend the lead. Colin Townsend fired home goal number three midway through the half and it was 0-4 when John Townsend found the top corner for his second after 30 minutes. Stars gave themselves a lifeline when Niall Byrne headed home a corner on 41 minutes to leave it 1-4 at the break.

Stars improved their performance in the second half but had only a goal from Saluek after 77 minutes to show for their efforts while Villa were always dangerous on the break but did not add to their first half tally.

Eamon Dowling, Paul Breslin, Jack Tracey and David Townsend stood out for Nurney with Martin and Niall Byrne and Saluek tops for Stars.

Kilree Celtic v Burrin Celtic
Div One 10/09 14:00
Kilree Celtic 8 - 0 Burrin Celtic

Kilree Celtic 8

Burrin Celtic 0

Kilree steam rolled a Burrin Celtic side who finished the game with nine players as they could only muster 11 players at the start and then had two players injured and not fit enough to continue during the second half.

The home side were on top of their game and with a wind at their backs ran in six goals before half time. Burrin never looked like getting back in the game as a contest. Kilree went on to add two more goals against the elements to run out comfortable winners.

For Burrin Martin Cummings, Eddie Byrne and DJ Sinnott tried hard.

Parkville United B v Hanover Harps C
Div One 10/09 11:00
Parkville United B 2 - 2 Hanover Harps C

Parkville United 2

Hanover Harps 2

A well contested tie in Tullow ended all square.

The visitors settled well and Damian Bak in the Parkville goal was called on to make two outstanding saves from Michael Dobosz and Conor McDonald. Against the run of play Parkville took the lead when Jason Hunter headed in a James Lonergan corner. The visitors were soon level however when Dobosz set up Shane Noonan who fired home. Hanover created some half chances but it was the home side who hit the front again from a corner kick this time Jason Hunter flicked on for Barry Flynn to net for a 2-1 half time lead.

Hanover pushed hard in the second period but Parkville defended well but the visitors got a deserved equaliser on 73 minutes when Pat Carr rifled home a spectacular volley from 20 yards and the game ended level a fair result overall.

Damian Bak, Barry Flynn, Baa Byrne and Jason Hunter excelled for Parkville with Aaron Kinsella, Steward Murphy, Shane Noonan and Conor McDonald best for Hanover.

Bagenalstown AFC v Nurney Villa
Div One 10/09 11:00
Bagenalstown AFC 3 - 3 Nurney Villa

Bagenalstown 3

Nurney Villa 3

Poor defending in the final quarter of the game saw Nurney throw away a three-goal lead as this tie in McGrath Park ended all square.

The visitors took the lead on 19 minutes lead when Jason McAssey held off a defender and shoot low to the net. The lead was doubled ten minutes later when Sean Taylor scored with a beautiful 25-yard free kick. The interval came with Villa 0-2 up and they went further ahead when Cormac Lomax linked well with Jason McAssey for the latter to shoot home after 58 minutes.

The town pulled a goal back after 74 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after a goalmouth melee and Alan McDonald converted. Two minutes later McDonald blasted a penalty over the bar after the Nurney keeper fouled in the area. On 80 minutes, a headed back pass from a Nurney defender failed to reach his keeper and Matty Curran bundled the ball home. With seven minutes remaining the town levelled when the Nurney keeper failed to gather a cross and a defender trying to clear only hacked the ball into his own net.

Tops for the Town were Peter Abbey, Neil Martin and Matty Curran, for Nurney Shane O’Reilly, Adam Kehoe and Sean Taylor were best.

Hanover Harps B v Baltinglass Town
Herald Striker Division 10/09 14:00
Hanover Harps B 3 - 2 Baltinglass Town

Hanover Harps 3

Baltinglass Town 2

This was a very entertaining game in the Plots on Sunday morning despite the conditions.

With goal chances at a premium in the first half it was the visitors who struck first when Shane Lennon fired home from long range. The home side were level when they were awarded a penalty for a handball which resulted in a red card for Town. David Dunne made no mistake from the spot to leave the score 1-1 at the break.

Both sides put in good shift in the second half and the Carlow town side took the lead on 65 minutes when Johny Waters fired home a Chris Fingleton cross. However, the Wicklow side levelled matters again on 70 minutes when Darragh Whelan scored following a corner kick to set up a grand stand finale. With seven minutes remaining Stuart Connolly popped up to head home from close range to secure all three points for Hanover.

Best for Harps were Dylan Delaney, Vincent Oba, Shane Kelly and Chris Fingleton while Paul Redmond, Gaz Doyle and Darragh Whelan stood out for Baltinglass.

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

Castle Rangers 4

Mill Celtic 1

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

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

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

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

Dolmen Celtic v Slaney Rovers
Herald Striker Division 10/09 11:00
Dolmen Celtic 3 - 2 Slaney Rovers

Dolmen Celtic 3

Slaney Rovers 2

Dolmen came out on top between these two newly promoted team in St. Patrick’s College on Sunday.

The home side opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when Colin Nolan set up Joe Lea to score. Celtic kept up the pressure and Nolan and Danny Thompson were causing problems for the Slaney defence. Thompson was rewarded for his efforts when he beat two defenders and slotted the ball home on 30 minutes. However, the visitors responded immediately and Paddy Farrell reduced the deficit when he finished off a cross by Eoin Curran just before the break.

The Rathvilly side began the second half on the front foot and deservedly equalised when Shane Murphy slipped in Eoin Curran to equalise on 79 minutes. Joe Lea and Conor Byrne went close for the Carlow Town side before Thompson sent a pile driver to the net following a free kick on 85 minutes to wrap up the three points.

Best for the winners were Niall Davis, Patrick O’Brien and Conor Byrne. For Slaney Shane Murphy, Regan Murphy and Shane McGannon were outstanding.