The Premier Division threw up some shock results as Champions Thurles Town dropped their first league points under the tenure of Noel Byrne while Ballymackey Fc bagged their first win of the season after going the whole of last term without a win.
Town travelled to Cloughjordan in a bid to keep their perfect record going but they could only manage a point despite grabbing a fortuitous penalty in the second half as the game ended 2-2. Thurles’ goals came in the shape of Barry Ryan and Ted O’Connor while Ger O’Brien and Alex Wade were on target for Cloughjordan.
Ballymackey sprung the surprise of the day beating Nenagh Celtic by three goals to one in Ballinree. Willie Darcy, Gary Kevin and an Own Goal sealed the win for the hosts while Danny Ryan scored from the spot for a consolation for Celtic.
BT Harps moved to the top of the table after a hard fought 2-1 win over Portumna Town. Harps took an early lead through Tommy Brophy before Garry Curran levelled proceedings from the spot. Harps would continue their fine form however as Eanna McBride bagged his second goal in as many games to win it for Stephen Owens side.
Killavilla Utd got their first win of the season after a comfortable 3-1 win away to Thurles outfit Borroway Rovers. Rovers took the lead through Gary Dunne but goals from Brian Franks, Shane Moloney and Tom Ahern gave David Nash’s side the ideal reply to Tuesdays loss to BT Harps.
Clodiagh Rangers and Rearcross continued their 100% start to the season as they beat Killavilla B 6-4 and Moneygall 2-1 respectively. Four goals from Davey Butler along with a goal apiece from Dylan Sheridan and Seamus Butler was enough to see Rangers beat Villa despite a brace from Conor Nolan along with goals from Brian Brooks and Stephen Murphy.
Rearcross didn’t have it as easy however but goals from Nigel Ryan and Declan O’Toole were enough to see off the Shield Finalists, Tony O’Connor was on target for Moneygall.
Holycross dropped their first points of the season against a tough Borrisokane side. Seanie Comerford and Eoin O’Riordan were on target but goals from Andy Austin and Gordon Harding managed to get Borrisokane their first point of the season in this 2-2 draw.
Elsewhere Sallypark and Gurtagarry both managed 1-0 wins against Nenagh Celtic and Lough Derg. Eoin Ryan found the target for Sallypark whilst a penalty from Paul Ryan was enough to see off Lough Derg for Johnny Moyles Gurta side.
Newcomers Village Fc of Shinrone were handed a tough start to their NT&DL lives as they drew 1-1 with league leaders Ardcroney Fc. Nathan Fogarty bagged the goal for Village but Grady Jones equalised just before half-time for the highly fancied Ardcroney.
Templetuohy managed to put last week’s 5-0 loss to Ardcroney behind them as they served up a thrashing of their own to Clodiagh Rangers B, a brace apiece from Oisín Jordan and Brian Kelly were topped up by further goals from Tony Buston and Aidan Kelly as Clodiagh failed to come to grips with the standard. Niall Shanahan did manage a consolation for the away side as they lost 6-1.
BT Harps came out on the right side of a seven-goal thriller against Ballywilliam as they look to kickstart their season. Brian Kennedy (2), David Fennell and Luke Quinlan’s goals were enough for the Templemore side while Stephen Murray, David Corrigan and Daniel Collins’ goals were in vein as they lost 4-3.