The NT&DL Premier Division got under way on Sunday with three games that amassed thirteen goals in a pulsating start to the season.
Portumna Town 2-3 Thurles Town
Newly promoted Portumna were given an unenviable start to the season as they hosted Champions Thurles Town in their opening fixture. After coping with some early pressure from the champions it would be the newcomers that would break the deadlock as Ryan Hanrahan passed the ball into the corner on the twenty-minute mark. This seemed to wake Thurles up and they equalised eight minutes later when a Joe Moloney effort took a slight deflection and brought it past John O’Meara into the Portumna net. Thurles found themselves in front four minutes later when an excellent Aidan Keenan free found the back of the net in sublime fashion. The plucky Portumna outfit wouldn’t give up however and Ciaran Haugh found space in the box and he fired the ball into the top corner past Loughman to level affairs before half time. Thurles got their winner twenty minutes from time through a very common source as last season top scorer Barry Ryan popped up with a well-placed finish to the bottom right hand corner to win the game 3-2 for his side.
Nenagh Celtic 2-1 Cloughjordan Fc
Nenagh Celtic started their season with a win after coming from a goal down to beat Cloughjordan Fc. Martin Grace put Clough ahead in the first half but goals from Danny Ryan (penalty) and Sean Healy in the second half were enough to ensure that Celtic started with a much-needed win.
Borroway Rovers 3-2 Ballymackey Fc
Borroway Rovers started their return to the top-flight with a 3-2 win over Ballymackey Fc. Keith Moore, Shane Dunne and Benny Connolly were all on target for the Thurles side while goals from Paddy Tuohy and Willie Darcy weren’t enough for Damien Bentley’s side.
Killavilla Utd 1-2 BT Harps
BT Harps got their season off to a flyer with a hard fought 2-1 win over Killavilla Utd in awful weather conditions on Tuesday night. Lyndon Fairbrother put his side ahead just before half time but Tom Ahern equalised just after half time. The winner however would come six minutes from time thanks to w wonderful left foot shot from Eanna McBride.
NT&DL Premier Division
|1||Killavilla United AFC||5||5||0||0||24||5||19||15|
|7||Clodiagh Rangers Fc||5||0||1||4||6||18||-12||1|
Moneygall Fc 1-3 Holycross Fc
Holycross made it two wins from two for the season after a 3-1 win over Shield Finalists Moneygall Fc. Seanie Comerford, Kevin Callanan and John King were all on target for the away side while Joe Callaghan continued his fine form with a consolation goal for the hosts.
Rearcross Fc 3-0 Nenagh Celtic B
Rearcross kept their 100% start to the season alive with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Nenagh Celtic B. Nigel Ryan grabbed a brace for the hosts while Gary McMahon rounded up the scoring.
Clodiagh Rangers Fc 5-1 Lough Derg Fc
Clodiagh Rangers ran riot against the luckless Lough Derg in Drombane coming away with a 5-1 win to send them top of the table. Dean Carew could do no wrong in the game as he grabbed a quartet of goals, Paul Doyle added a fifth as Marco Federico grabbed a consolation for the Killaloe side.
Sallypark Odhráns 3-3 Killavilla Utd B
Sallypark and Killavilla shared six goals in a game that could have went either way. Villa found themselves ahead thanks to goals from Fionn Ryan, Stephen Murphy and Ryan O’Gorman but Sallypark would not go away and managed to get a point thanks to goals from Aaron Reid, Michael Carey and Shane Hogan.
NT&DL Division 1
|6||Sallypark Odhráns Fc||5||2||0||3||11||11||0||6|
Ardcroney Fc 5-0 Templetuohy Fc
Ardcroney continued their fine start to the season with a 5-0 win over Templetuohy Fc. Ross Hughes (2), Robert Austin and Jack Daly all found the net for the league leaders.
Ballywilliam Utd 4-1 Clogiagh Rangers Fc B
Ballywilliam got their first win of the season in a comfortable 4-1 win over Clodiagh Rangers B. Stephen Murray, Peadar Lyons and a brace from Paddy Alonso were to be enough on the day as Jack Smyth grabbed Rangers only goal.
Arra Rovers 2-1 BT Harps B
Arra Rovers grabbed a last-minute winner against BT Harps B in dramatic fashion. Darragh McLoughlin put Rovers ahead but Harps’ Chris Eid levelled proceedings before Rovers grabbed the winner thanks to an own-goal from the Harps defender.
NT&DL Division 2
|1||BT Harps B||6||6||0||0||20||3||17||18|
|2||Lough Derg Fc||5||5||0||0||21||5||16||15|
|4||Holycross Fc B||7||3||2||2||18||13||5||11|
|7||Clodiagh Rangers Fc B||6||2||2||2||11||11||0||8|