CDFL Match Reports
St Fiacc's FC v Vale Wanderers
08/03 14:00
St Fiacc's FC 2 - 1 Vale Wanderers

St Fiacc’s FC 2

Vale Wanderers 1

St Fiacc’s came out on top in this very competitive game in the Presentation College on Sunday.

The home side took the lead through Courtney Forbes with a well taken goal. Vale came more into the game and put the Saints under pressure. They were rewarded when Susan O’Leary headed home from a Laura Kearney cross just before half time.

The second half was again a tense affair with both sides having great chances. It was the home side that took their chance when Courtney Forbes grabbed her second goal midway through the half to win the game.

Best for Fiaccs Ciara Corcoran, Sara Kerfra and Kelly O’Neill while Shauna Ó Neil, Claudia Earl and Jacinta Kearney stood out for Vale.

08/03/2020 21:19
Ballymurphy Celtic v Mill Celtic
08/03 11:00
Ballymurphy Celtic 0 - 3 Mill Celtic

Ballymurphy Celtic 0

Mill Celtic 3

Mill made the long journey to Ballymurphy a rewarding one with this good win on Sunday.

The visitors started the brighter and went ahead through Catherine Dempsey after a good through ball from Nicole Heeney Byrne. The Kildare side had chances to extend their lead but couldn’t find a way past the Ballymurphy keeper.

The second half was even enough and the home side almost levelled matters on 20 minutes but Rachel Fenin pulled off a fine save in the Mill goals. The winner dominated the final few minutes and sealed victory with two late goals.

Best on the day for Mill were Laura Fenin, Mag Nolan and Chloe Foy.

08/03/2020 21:18
St Joseph's FC v Burrin Celtic
Div Two 08/03 14:00
St Joseph's FC 5 - 1 Burrin Celtic

St Joseph’s 5

Burrin Celtic 1

St Joseph’s started well and dominated the play right from the start but failed to convert their chances with Burrin defending well. Burrin were reduced to ten men and Joeys awarded a penalty thirty minutes in when a defender handled the ball but Caoimhin Treacy’s effort struck the post and went wide. Joeys piled on the pressure but fine saves by the Burrin keeper denied them on several occasions, they finally made the breakthrough just before half time when Padraig Webb was rewarded for his persistence.

Kit Gaffney doubled their lead five minutes into the second half after some good play. Three minutes later Burrin made it two one with a well converted penalty after a foul by the keeper. Joeys got their third on the hour mark when Caoimhin Treacy netted after a long clearance. Daniel Donegan thought he’d made it four five minutes later with a fine header but he was deemed offside. Padraig Webb capped a man of the match performance with his second and Joey’s fourth with twenty minutes left and Tom Mitchell wrapped up the scoring five minutes later with a brilliant header.

08/03/2020 21:18
Round Tower Rovers v St Patricks Boys B
Div Two 08/03 11:00
Round Tower Rovers 0 - 4 St Patricks Boys B

Round Tower Rovers 0

St Patrick’s Boys 4

St Pat’s took the lead after Thomas Sheehan finished low to the corner of the net. Conditions played a factor for both teams and Pat’s went into half time with the narrowest of leads.

Round Towers came out in the second half and played some good football and frustrated the away side. It wasn’t until the final ten minutes this game was put to bed when Thomas Sheehan found the net for a second time. After the restart Boys put the pressure on and a Dinny Farrell cross found its way to the back of the Rovers net. Thomas Sheehan rounded off the game with his hat trick which topped off a great away win for the Graiguecullen side.

Best for Pat’s David Pawlowitcz, Denis Byrne and Jamie Malone. Best for Round Tower was Darragh Carolan and William Oxley.

08/03/2020 21:17
Vale Wanderers B v Bagenalstown AFC
Div Two 08/03 14:00
Vale Wanderers B 2 - 1 Bagenalstown AFC
Vale Wanderers2
Bagenalstown FC

Bagenalstown continued as they ended the first half, on top and sending numerous balls into the box, Vale however withstood the pressure and occasionally threatened on the break when Conor Byrne went through on goal but hit his shot straight at the keeper. With Vale looking to hold out Bagenalstown striker did rise high late on but sent his header just wide.
Best for Vale were Keith Lillis, Dean Collins and today’s man of the match Ceilum Darcy. James Geoghegan, Paddy O’Brien and Trevor Nolan tried hard for the town.
08/03/2020 21:17
Hanover Harps B v Nurney Villa
Div Two 08/03 14:00
Hanover Harps B 3 - 3 Nurney Villa

Hanover Harps 3

Nurney Villa 3

Hanover were one up after 38 Seconds when Dillon Murphy played Shane Doolan through and he calmly knocked the ball past the onrushing keeper. Hanover were persistent in attack and had Nurney in all kinds of trouble when Kuba Dobosz almost scored on three minutes from a headed effort and Michael Ryan saw his shot saved on eight minutes. On 11 minutes Shane Kelly was fouled down the right and the resulting Dylan Walsh free kick was met by a Kuba Dobosz bullet header to double Hanover's advantage. From the kick-off Hanover conceded a needless penalty and although Craig Walker saved John Townsend spot kick, the striker was quickest to the rebound and squeezed it past him. Possession was shared for the next 15 minutes after Nurney got their goal against the run of play but Hanover restored their two-goal advantage on 29 minutes when Dylan Walsh through ball sent Shane Doolan on his way and he stuck away his second goal of the game. Craig Walker was called into action on 32 minutes to make a save and Dillon Murphy tested the Visitors Keeper on 35 minutes, leaving the score 3-1 at the break.

Early in the second half Hanover lost possession in the middle third of the opposition half and a long Nurney ball saw Joe Byrne bear down on goal and his shot looped into the net off the keeper. With twenty minutes remaining Matthew Doogue and Shane Kelly combined down the right and squared to Dillon Murphy but his effort just too high. Nurney capitalised on another Hanover error with five minutes remaining to level the game when Colin Townsend smashed home. Hanover had another chance to win on 94 minutes when David Akinduro crossed for Shane Kelly who swivelled and shot but it went a yard the wrong side of the post.

Best for Nurney were Andy O’Brien, Joe Byrne and Colin Townsend.

08/03/2020 21:16
Kilree Celtic v Crettyard United B
Div 1 cup 08/03 11:00
Kilree Celtic 6 - 0 Crettyard United B

Kilree Celtic 6

Crettyard United 0

Kilree are on track for a league and cup double with this emphatic cup victory over a depleted Cretty on Sunday.

Fresh from their league celebrations they started brightly and Alan Salter scored on eight minutes with a fine effort into the bottom corner. They doubled their lead when the Crettyard keeper failed to hold onto Alan MacDonald’s shot and David MacDonald pounced to score on 29 minutes. They were then awarded a penalty when Alan MacDonald was fouled and Alan Salter coolly slotted home the spot kick just on the stroke of half time.

The second half did not get much better for the Laois visitors as an Eamon Nolan corner was headed home by Paul Kehoe on 65 minutes. Mark MacDonald got in on the scoring act when Alan Salter put him through on goal on 68 minutes before Sean Curran finished off the scoring on 75 minutes and see Kilree through to the next round.

This was an all-round team performance by Kilree while James Sherwood, John Dwyer and Shane Buggy tried hard for Crettyard.

08/03/2020 21:16
Mill Celtic v Castle Rangers
Division 1 08/03 11:00
Mill Celtic 3 - 1 Castle Rangers

Mill Celtic 3

Castle Rangers 1

Mill Celtic made their final home game of the season a winning one with this victory over the Carlow town side.

The early exchanges were quite tense with neither side threatening. The visitors broke the deadlock with a long ball over the top by Gary Murphy which allowed Martin to race in behind and lob over the advancing Harry Kirwan. The home side created a number of chances through Dylan Wynne, Brian Malone and Shane Molloy but they could find the net with their respective efforts.

The second half began with Mill looking like a team on a mission and their fast start was rewarded after 52 minutes when a long raking pass from Gary Lambe found Daniel Mackey who in turned played through Wynne to slot home the equaliser. With the Mill back four being resolute at the back the same two players combined for Wynne to grab his second with a superb finish on 64 minutes. Daniel O’Boyle was denied by a great save by Kirwan that kept the home side in command and the game was wrapped up with ten minutes to go when Andrew Baldwin grabbed a deserved goal after the Rangers keeper spilled a Brian Mackey free kick.

Best for Mill on the day were Gary Lambe, Brian Malone and Dylan Wynne. For Castle Cian Connolly, Mick McGrath and Alan Butler stood out.

08/03/2020 21:15
Parkville United v Ballymurphy Celtic
Premier Division 08/03 11:00
Parkville United 0 - 1 Ballymurphy Celtic

Parkville United 0

Ballymurphy Celtic 1

A lone second half strike from Phil Cresswell was enough to win this tie for Celtic and give their Premier Division survival hopes a huge boost.

The win leaves Celtic just four points from safety and with games in hand on all the clubs above them it drags a host of clubs, including Parkville into a hunt for points to beat the drop. The best chance of a quiet first half fell to Ballymurphy and Cresswell on 26 minutes, his header brilliantly tipped onto the crossbar and away to safety by the Parkville keeper.

Celtic began the second period well but it wasn’t until just after the hour that the only goal of the game arrived. MJ Doran fired a shot on goal, the United 'keeper did well to save it but when the rebound fell to Cresswell he made no mistake as he swept home to make it 1-0. After that it was all Parkville but a combination of solid defending and good goalkeeping from Paul Foley was enough to see Celtic over the line and reward the efforts of Anto Jordan, Tom O’Neill and Paul Foley.

08/03/2020 21:15
Crettyard United v Killeshin FC
Premier Division 08/03 11:00
Crettyard United 3 - 1 Killeshin FC

Crettyard United 3

Killeshin FC 1

United hauled themselves right back into the title race as three second half goals saw them claim the points and leave Killeshin looking over their shoulders as Ballymurphy’s win in Tullow leaves them just four points off the bottom.

The first half was a story of missed chances from both sides. Killeshin’s Adam Steed fired over when well-placed after 15 minutes. It was then United’s turn to waste chances, Gearoid Cuddihy and Lee Salter both off target for the hosts. The best chance of the half fell to Killeshin and Michael O’Rourke but he managed to clear the crossbar from six yards.

Crettyard were much better in the second half and opened the scoring on the hour. Danny Doyle raced through midfield before being felled in the box for a penalty which he duly converted to put the hosts 1-0 up. That advantage was doubled 15 minutes later, Craig Comerford’s corner firmly headed to the net by Lee Salter for 2-0. Steed headed narrowly wide as Killeshin tried to respond and with five minutes left they were thrown a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty, converted by Steed. Thoughts of a comeback were dashed almost immediately as Cristoir Maher teed up Salter for his second and United’s third with a neat lob over the advancing keeper to put the result beyond doubt.

Best for Crettyard were Lee Salter, Danny Doyle and Gearoid Cuddihy. Killeshin had good performances from Ian Brennan, Michael O’Rourke, Niall Scully and Brendan McDonald.

08/03/2020 21:14
New Oak Boys v Slaney Rovers
Premier Division 08/03 11:00
New Oak Boys 0 - 0 Slaney Rovers

New Oak Boys 0

Slaney Rovers 0

Defending champions New Oak missed a chance to go top of the league after been held goalless by current table toppers Rovers.

The hosts had the lion’s share of possession throughout but Rovers were determined in defence and looked dangerous at times on the counterattack. Andy Wall had the hosts first sight on goal as he flashed an effort wide midway through the half. Lee Murphy was next up for the Boys but his header from a Dean Kelly cross just cleared the bar. Rovers best chance of the half fell to Lubomir Lesko but he also failed to keep his effort on target as the teams went into the break goalless.

The second half was more of the same, New Oak with the possession and Rovers trying to hit them on the break. Michael Foley had an early chance for the visitors but Keelan Gaffney in the New Oak goal dealt with his effort before his opposite number Fergal Harmon was called on to keep out Will Hayes. New Oak piled on the pressure in the last 20 minutes with David Doyle and Craig Wall driving them on from midfield but they just couldn’t prise open a stubborn Rovers rear-guard and had to be content with a share of the spoils despite a very good team performance.

Best for Slaney included Regan Murphy, Eoin Curran and Lubomir Lesko.

08/03/2020 21:14
Hanover Harps v St Patricks Boys
08/03/2020 21:13
Parkville United v Vale Wanderers
08/03/2020 21:12
Crettyard United v New Oak Boys
Youths Cup 07/03 14:30
Crettyard United 0 - 1 New Oak Boys

Crettyard United 0

New Oak Boys 1

New Oak took an early 0-1 lead after only ten minutes when Brandon Doyle slipped through a pass to David Ujadughele who coolly fired home to stun Crettyard.

Thereafter Crettyard completely dominated the rest of the game but just couldn’t break down a dogged and stubborn New Oak defence as they sat back and defended their slender lead and at half-time it was still 0-1 to New Oak.

In the second-half, Crettyard threw caution to the wind and attacked in numbers but the nearest that they came to scoring was when a shot was remarkably cleared off the line by Jack Lawlor as the whole New Oak team battled manfully to stem the flow of Crettyard attacks. Crettyard won a corner in injury time but a quick counterattack by David Ujadughele and he was one on one with the Crettyard keeper but his shot went narrowly wide and it ended 0-1 to New Oak.

This was a terrific performance by New Oak where the whole team played well but Brandon Doyle and Jack Lawlor deserve a special mention for their efforts as they shone throughout the game. It was a good all-round team performance from Crettyard but it wasn’t enough to secure a victory.

08/03/2020 21:11
Killeshin FC v Hanover Harps
Youths league 07/03 14:30
Killeshin FC 2 - 5 Hanover Harps

Killeshin AFC 2

Hanover Harps 5

In light of the extremely windy conditions this encounter was distinctly a game of two halves with Killeshin taking first advantage of the wind.

Killeshin’s Dylan Regan put Killeshin 1-0 up on 23 minutes with a finely taken goal from just inside the penalty area and they went on to double their lead when they took advantage of a lapse in the Hanover defence led to them going 2-0 ahead courtesy of an own goal and that was the score, at the interval.

Hanover had a lot to do to redeem themselves and they were quickly into their stride as on 47 minutes Ryan Brady set up Kian Lawlor who rifled the ball into the bottom corner of the Killeshin net from all of thirty yards for 2-1 and from then it was game on. Eoghan Byrne added a second for Hanover on 53 minutes to level the scores at 2-2 when he scored from a rebound when the Killeshin keeper parried away a Shane Murphy header. At this stage it was all Hanover as Corey Connolly, Kyle Foley, Robert Norton and Jake Haughney set up attack after attack from the back as they overwhelmed Killeshin. With only fifteen minutes to go some neat interplay between Eoghan Byrne and Arnus Ubartas set up Kian Lawlor to volley home his second for his brace and put Hanover into a 2-3 lead, for the first time. On 83 minutes a long throw by Theo Hagelstein was flicked on by Shane Murphy to Kian Lawlor who finished with aplomb for his hat-trick and a 2-4 lead. Kian Lawlor then returned the favour as with a cushioned header he set up Shane Murphy who rounded off the scoring with a fine volley to finish off the scoring and give Hanover a well-deserved 2-5 victory.

Hanover’s second-half five goal tally showed just what they are capable of when in the mood and although Killeshin put up a strong showing they were no match for Hanover on this form.

08/03/2020 21:10
Vale Wanderers v Newpark AFC
01/03 14:00
Vale Wanderers 1 - 2 Newpark AFC

Vale Wanderers 1

Newpark FC 2

Newpark played into a strong breeze in the first half and were under pressure for large parts and should have been behind early but for the exploits of Annie Dunne and Jayne Meagher in goal.

Vale eventually broke the deadlock on 35 minutes through Aoife Roache. Newpark started to get a foothold in the game and levelled just before the break when Denise Doyle was rewarded for her tireless work throughout the half.

The second half was a more evenly contested affair with chances at a premium and both defences working well. If ever you’re going to score a winner then the 90th minute is the time to strike and Newpark did just that when Abbie Wall found the net after some great work from Doyle and Sinead McGrane.

Best for Newpark were Annie Dunne, Jayne Meagher, Rosie Miller and Denise Doyle while it was an all-round impressive Vale performance.

01/03/2020 21:29
Mill Celtic v Killeshin FC
01/03 14:00
Mill Celtic 4 - 1 Killeshin FC

Mill Celtic 4

Killeshin FC 1

Mill started the game with the wind in their backs and played some lovely football in the opening exchanges.

It took until the half hour to break the deadlock when a Deirbhle Byrne corner caused panic in the Killeshin box and eventually Rachael Fennin slotted home from close range. The second came shortly after with good work from Pam and Megan Grufferty slipped in Nicole Heaney and her first time cross found Mag Nolan at the back post.

The second half was evenly contested until 20 minutes from time when Catherine Dempsey broke the offside trap and chipped the advancing keeper. Dempsey would soon have her second when she tapped home a Fennin cross. Killeshin got a deserved consolation late on when Aoife O’Rourke found the net to reward the efforts of Sophia Hade and Fiona Culleton while Donna Corcoran, Shona Fagan, Ash Woods and Emma Dunne impressed for the winners.

01/03/2020 21:29
Hanover Harps v St Fiacc's FC
01/03 14:00
Hanover Harps 4 - 0 St Fiacc's FC

Hanover Harps 4

St Fiacc’s 0

Despite the windy conditions both teams settled into some good passages of play early on.

It would be Hanover that would strike the opening blow when on 20 minutes a short goal kick fell to the feet of Steph Kehoe all of 30 yards out and she rifled it back with interest to find the top corner. Rachael Whelan doubled the lead ten minutes later with a mazy solo run and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper. Lauren McGrath added a third soon after with an exquisite first touch from Rachael Whelan’s drilled pass allowed her time to find the top corner from close range.

With the weather deteriorating for a while the second half became a scrappy affair but twenty minutes from time a Leanne Tumelty run down the left and first time cross found Whelan free at the back post to tap home her second and secure the points to reward the efforts of Tasha Sheehan, Becky Walsh, Marie Hynes and Aoife Timmons while Clara Hayden, Sara Kerfah, Laura Byrne and Chiara Corcoran did well for Fiacc’s.

01/03/2020 21:28
Nurney Villa v Baltinglass Town B
Div Two 01/03 14:00
Nurney Villa 3 - 0 Baltinglass Town B

Nurney Villa 3

Baltinglass Town 0

Nurney had a comfortable win at home on Sunday with three goals in the first 30 minutes.

Nurney went ahead after eight minutes when Tom Murphy put Joe Byrne in to score. They doubled their lead on 17 minutes when Balto half cleared a corner kick only to Philip Murphy who returned the ball to the corner of the net. The visitors began to find their feet but Mick Murphy with a well struck free kick from 30 yards put the home side 3-0 up on 28 minutes.

Balto to their credit improved their performance in the second half and Declan Jones troubled the home defence and won a penalty but it was saved by Andy O’Brien in the Nurney goal.

Excellent for Nurney were Rian Farrell, Tom Murphy and Mick Murphy. Best for Baltinglass were Dean Mann, Declan Jones and Dan Cleary.

01/03/2020 21:28
Vale Wanderers B v Killeshin FC B
Div Two 01/03 11:00
Vale Wanderers B 2 - 2 Killeshin FC B

Vale Wanderers 2

Killeshin FC 2

Vale started brightly and took the lead after just eight minutes, a loose ball bounced in the box and Eric Nolan jumped highest for the breaking ball to flick it past the keeper. Killeshin grew into the game and mid-way through the half, Evan Ruddy squared a ball for James Brennan to finish. with suspicions of offside. This goal sprung Killeshin into life when Ruddy turned provider again as he pulled a ball back for Vinny Dowling to strike home from the edge of the box. Despite being on the back foot, Vale did miss a great chance to level just before half time when Ceilum Darcy whipped the ball across the box and Conor Byrne raced in but his outstretched leg just failed to make contact.

Lorcan Galvin swung in a free kick and Geoffrey Doran rose up to produce an unstoppable header and level the game with 15 minutes to go. Vale were given a lifeline with five minutes to go with the referee adjudging a Killeshin strike to not have crossed the line. With the final whistle about to go Vale broke for one last attack, some nice interlink play allowed Ceilum Darcy to get a shot off from just inside the box but it skimmed just wide of the post and both teams had to settle for a draw in what was a fair result.

Best for Vale were Eric Nolan, Jordan Doyle and Pat Meaney. Best for Killeshin were Vinny Dowling, Robert Noctor and Evan Ruddy.

01/03/2020 21:27
Slaney Rovers B v Hanover Harps B
Div Two 01/03 14:00
Slaney Rovers B 2 - 1 Hanover Harps B

Slaney Rovers 2

Hanover Harps 1

Hanover went close after two minutes when a Gary O’Keeffe corner was met by Kuba Dobosz but his header hit the crossbar. Hanover had a throw near Slaney’s box but the home side cleared and a super cross from Jake Elliot and a great finish from Colin Byrne put Slaney 1-0 on 25 minutes. Gary O’Keeffe and Michael Ryan both had shots but neither found the net. Slaney did add a second on 44 minutes against the run of play through an interception in Hanover's back line and a neat finish from Adam Byrne.

Glen Nolan got through on 52 minutes drawing a fine save from the ‘keeper. Hanover got one back on 58 minutes when Arnus Ubartas squared to Craig O’Reilly who chipped in Dillon Murphy to volley to the net. An Aaron Wynne cross was met by Dylan Walsh on 65 minutes but it was saved also. Ben Akerele Smith put Dillon Murphy through on 70 minutes but again, the Slaney ‘keeper made a fantastic save. Hanover kept pushing with efforts from Arnus Ubartas with 15 minutes remaining and Ben Akerele Smith soon after. On 83 minutes Dylan Walsh rounded three players before firing low to the ‘keeper’s left but again somehow he got a hand to it and Slaney held on for the win.

01/03/2020 21:27
St Patricks Boys B v St Joseph's FC
Div Two 01/03 14:00
St Patricks Boys B 7 - 1 St Joseph's FC

St. Patrick’s Boys 7

St. Joseph’s FC 1

St Pats extended their lead at the top of Division Two with an impressive victory at home to a youthful St Joseph’s to put pressure on Bagenalstown.

Pat’s started well and were 3-0 up after 30 minutes and extended the lead to 5-0 before half time with goals from Jamie Malone 2, Thomas Sheehan 2 and Leven Da Silva.

Joseph’s pulled one back at the start of the second half but Pat’s got two more through John O’Neill and Malone completed his hat-trick.

Great all-round performance from the home side.

01/03/2020 21:26
Castle Rangers v Parkville United B
Division 1 01/03 11:00
Castle Rangers 1 - 1 Parkville United B

Castle Rangers 1

Parkville United 1

Castle Rangers grabbed a late equaliser to share the points with their Tullow counterparts in the Youth Centre on Sunday.

After an even enough start Parkville began to get on top with James Lonergan and John Murphy combining well and Jason Hunter had a goal ruled out for an infringement. Brian Condron and Paddy Hickey went close before Damian Bak made a good save at the other end to deny Rangers. The visitors finally made the breakthrough when T.J. Kavanagh sent a free kick to the top corner on 40 minutes.

The second half was again a close encounter with both sides creating chances. David Orbinski saw his effort ruled out for offside while the same player was denied by a great save by Mick Lawlor in the Castle goal. Parkville’s Cian Madden made his long-awaited return from injury and combined with Padraig McGrath to drop an inch perfect pass to Barry Flynn who saw his effort saved. With time running out Gary Murphy scored on the counterattack to rescue a point for the home side.

Best for Castle were Cain Connolly, Yona Samuel and Rory MacDonald. Best for Parkville were Jason Hunter, Paddy Hickey and TJ Kavanagh.

01/03/2020 21:26
Crettyard United B v Mill Celtic
Division 1 01/03 11:00
Crettyard United B 2 - 2 Mill Celtic

Crettyard United 2

Mill Celtic 2

A share of the points was a fair result after this entertaining encounter in Crettyard on Sunday.

The visitors dominated the majority of the first half possession but failed to capitalise in front of goal. They were hit with a sucker punch when the home side broke up field and Shane Buggy rounded the keeper to put the Laois side ahead at the break.

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first with the Kildare side creating countless opportunities but again it was Crettyard who doubled their lead when Shane Buggy grabbed his second goal to make it 2-0. The Ballitore side got back into the game when Aaron Kennedy fired home from the penalty spot on 79 minutes after David Howe was fouled. Their never say die attitude was rewarded when Andrew Baldwin powered home a header from a Brian Malone cross in the last ten minutes.

Best for Crettyard were Shane Buggy, James Sherwood and Jimmy Dunne. Outstanding for Mill in a great team performance were Andrew Baldwin, Shane Molloy, and Aaron Kennedy.

01/03/2020 21:25
Kilree Celtic v Vale Wanderers
01/03/2020 21:24
Parkville United v Hanover Harps
Premier Division 01/03 11:00
Parkville United 2 - 2 Hanover Harps

Parkville United 2

Hanover Harps 2

Parkville twice came from behind to earn a share of the spoils on Sunday.

The hosts started well but struggled in front of goal while Hanover had efforts from Cathal Coughlan and Alan Shaw, both from distance, go narrowly wide. Harps opened the scoring on 25 minutes, Eoghan Byrne slipped a couple of tackles on his way into the penalty area, when a United defender did get a block on the youngster the loose ball fell to Conor Clack who kept his composure to slot Hanover in front. Parkville went in search of an equaliser before the break but despite plenty of possession they rarely threatened Anto McGrath in the visitors’ goal.

The second half was just ten minutes in when United found their scoring touch. A quick break from defending a corner saw their front man out pace the Harps rear guard and he neatly slotted home for 1-1. That joy was short lived however as Harps next attack yielded their second goal. Stephen Chalton was fouled 25 yards out and Alan Shaw guided the dead ball into the top corner to put Hanover back in front. Thereafter there were chances at both ends, Shaw flashing a shot narrowly wide on 75 minutes before Parkville eventually found an equaliser with five minutes left on the clock to earn a deserved point.

Best for Hanover on the day were the evergreen Pa Dowling, Eoghan Byrne, Conor Clack and Simon O’Shea.

01/03/2020 21:23
Slaney Rovers v Dolmen Celtic
Premier Division 01/03 11:00
Slaney Rovers 3 - 1 Dolmen Celtic

Slaney Rovers 3

Dolmen Celtic 1

Another impressive showing from Rovers saw them move to the top of the table, but with New Oak just two points adrift and with four games in hand it’s likely to be a short spell on top.

Rovers started well but it took half an hour to open their account, a neat back heel from Dominic Byrne finding the net with the Dolmen defence marked absent. 5 minutes later it was 2-0, Byrne turning provider as his corner was headed home by Peter Kehoe. It wasn’t all one-way traffic and Rovers keeper Fergal Harmon had to make two good saves to preserve the lead into the break.

Harmon was again called into action early in the second half, this time saving a penalty as Dolmen applied the pressure. That pressure eventually yielded a goal on 75 minutes to leave the minimum between the teams. Hopes of a point for Celtic were dashed shortly afterwards however as Daniel O’Brien got on the end of a long clearance from Harmon to head Rovers 3-1 ahead as they eased to the points and reward the efforts of Eoin Curran, Lubomir Lesko and Aaron Broughall.

01/03/2020 21:22
New Oak Boys v St Patricks Boys
Premier Division 01/03 11:00
New Oak Boys 1 - 0 St Patricks Boys

New Oak Boys 1

St Patrick’s Boys 0

A Dean Kelly penalty on the stroke of half time was enough for New Oak to claim the points and move into second spot in the table. Slaney lead the way by two points but with New Oak having played four games less the odds are getting shorter on the Carlow Town lads reclaiming the title. The hosts dominated possession for long periods of the first half but with the Pat’s defence in mean mood they struggled to get clear chances in front of goal. David Doyle’s header which just cleared the Pat’s crossbar the closest either side came to a goal in the opening half hour. With half time approaching the deadlock was broken, Doyle fouled in the area as he was about to shoot and Dean Kelly calmly converted to put the hosts 1-0 up on 44 minutes. There was still time for the lively Doyle to strike an effort off the post as New Oak almost doubled their advantage before the ref blew for half time.

Pat’s were a little more adventurous on the restart with Liam Byrne and Haitham Alkalbain probing for openings but with David O’Shea rock solid at the heart of the New Oak backline Pats were getting little joy. New Oak’s most likely source of a second goal was Kelly but twice his efforts from just outside the area went narrowly wide but with the visitors lacking a cutting edge in front of goal Kelly’s first half strike from the penalty spot was enough to see New Oak over the line after a solid team showing.

Best for Pat’s included Haitham Alkalbain, Liam Byrne, Owen Murphy and Anto Lawlor.

01/03/2020 21:21
Stella East wall v Crettyard United
01/03/2020 21:21
Newpark AFC v St Fiacc's FC
23/02 14:00
Newpark AFC 3 - 1 St Fiacc's FC

Newpark FC 3

St Fiacc’s 1

St Fiacc’s started much the brighter in this encounter in Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon.

They were unlucky not to be ahead when Sharon O’Neill’s shot smacked the crossbar. This seemed to spur Newpark into action and five minutes later were in front when Chiats Cardillo’s square ball found Abbie Wall 20 yards out and she rifled her shot to the top corner. On the half hour mark Ebony Masuku doubled the Newpark advantage when she fired low into the bottom corner following a great passing move. Fiacc’s pulled one back soon after when Sharon O’Neill bundled the ball over the line to keep the deficit to the minimum at halftime.

The second half started much the better from Newpark and were soon two clear again when Cardillo got her second of the game this time a strike from 20 yards to seal the points for Newpark and reward a fine team performance.

01/03/2020 21:19