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Sporting beat mid table rivals Tulla

Sporting Ennistymon 3-2 Tulla Utd
(Report By Jamesy Mc Conigley)

Sporting Ennistymon leap frog Rob Mc Sherry’s men into fifth position and inflicted the East Clare teams eight loss of the season to date.

This was a real rip-roaring encounter as Sporting Ennistymon secured a big three points against middle of the table opponent’s Tulla. The game commenced with both sides creating chances but nothing in truth clear cut. United took to the field for the first time in a competitive game since the Christmas break and could have taken the lead mid way through the opening half, Oscar Trainor squad member Colin Nelson created space but sadly for Tulla, riffled his effort off the upright and away to safety. But it was Sporting who took the lead, Jamesy Mc Conigley teed up his striker partner Sean to finish with his head. Moments later referee John Grier waved away two penalty appeals for both sides. Sean Mc Conigley was booked for simulation while Eoin Whelan wasn’t awarded a penalty in the opposite end. Ciaren Monoghan brought joy to the home support as he doubled their lead hakf-way through the first half. And this was to be the score at the interval.

Tulla produced a break through within two minutes of the restart. Colin Nelson generated enough room to cannon his attempt from 20 yards out into the bottom right hand corner. United established themselves in the game right from the start of the second half. The visitors began to dominate proceedings and found themselves on level terms when substitute Taoi De Silva, affectionately known as Chow, rounded Joseph Gallagher and coolly slotted into the empty net. Confirmed as a contest now, neither team wanted to settle for a share of the spoils. With the game drawing to a close, Killian Malone whipped the ball in on the money for Sean Mc Conigley to steal in at the back post and gingerly flick past the blinded Sean Cahill. Tulla introduced Darragh Corry who hasn’t featured much for them this season and he could have secured a point late on but Gallagher safely clutched the floated header into his chest. Both sides had players dismissed late on for second bookable offenses but Sporting Ennistymon won’t care as they climb to fifth, behind Avenue on goal difference.

Sporting Ennistymon: Joseph Gallagher; Mark Burke, Thomas Mc Conigley, Michael O’Dwyer, Sean Driscoll; Ciaren Monoghan, Cathal Mc Conigley, Michael Leigh, Killian Malone; Jamesy Mc Conigley, Sean Mc Conigley

Subs: Eoin Brennan for Sean Driscoll

Tulla United: Sean Cahill, Gearoid O’Doherty, Raymond Bane, Kevin Mc Sweeney, Paul Dullaghan, Iago Dionisio, Colin Nelson, Tommy Mc Keown, Johnny O’Brien, Mark Mitchell, Eoin Whelan

Subs: Taoi De Silva for Mark Mitchell, Daragh Corry for Raymond Bane, Gabriel for Iago Dionisio

Shannon Olympic 2-4 Ennis Town
After the disappointing result last weekend you might have expected Ennis Town to come into this game with their heads down but it was far from it. Having to make the journey into Limerick IT didn’t reduce their appetite for this game either. The game started evenly with both teams “eyeing” each other up. The breakthrough came on 13 minutes when Olympic took the lead after a mistake by the Town keeper Ciaran MacMathuna. Ennis Town didn’t let this goal affect them and they were level within 2 minutes when Conor O’Brien scored after receiving a fine through ball from Sean Collins. Both teams had their chances during the rest of the first half while Olympic might feel aggrieved having a goal disallowed just before the break for off side. Ennis Town came out flying in the second half and in the first 10 minutes Olympic didn’t know what hit them as Ennis Town scored 3 goals in this period and even had the luxury of missing a penalty also. Nicky Ryan made it 2-1 on 47 minutes when he relieved the centre half of the ball to slot home. On 50 minutes Conor O’Brien scored his second and Towns third with a cracking volley from all of 30 yards which nestled in the bottom corner of the Olympic goal. 2 minutes later Ennis Town had their fourth with Gary Green being first to react to a fine save from the Olympic keeper to slot home. Green was soon in the action again as he was awarded a penalty in the 54th minutes but the Olympic keeper made a fine save from Nicky Ryan. As the game wore on into the last 20 minutes Olympic began to get a foothold in midfield and were looking now more likely to score. On 80 minutes they got their second scoring a fine headed goal from a corner. Olympic kept up the pressure but some fine defending from the Ennis Town defence held them out.

Ennis Town A: Ciaran MacMathuna, Eoin Keenan, Stephen Horgan, Shane Daniels, Sean O’Callaghan, Shane O Connor, Conor O’ Brien, Adrian Walsh, Sean Collins, Gary Green, Nicky Ryan

Subs: Stephen Murphy for O’Callaghan, Daryl Eade for Keenan, Gary Walsh for Conor O’Brien, Conor Clohessy for Nicky Ryan

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Inch Crusaders 6-1 Sporting Ennistymon B
Inch Crusaders started off 2017 in impressive form with a well deserved 6-1 victory over Sporting Ennistymon B at Lees Road on Sunday morningl. Inch were on the front foot from the start and were 2 up inside 15 minutes with goals from Brenno Enrique and Ronan Grace. Padraig Talty made it 3-0 on the half hour mark with a neat finish from the edge of the box. Sporting pulled a goal back from a corner when Gary Lafferty scored with a header. Inch hit back before half time when Grace scored his second with a bullet of a strike to the roof of the net after cutting in from the right wing to leave it 4-1 to Inch at the break. Inch continued their dominance in the second half. The impressive Grace completed his hat-trick with a close range finish after after been put through by Thiago Santana at the start of the second half. Talty got his second of the day to round off the scoring for Inch and keep them in with a chance of promotion.

Inch Crusaders: Thiago Horatio, Sean Talty, Emmet Pyne, Killian Torphy, Enda McGuane, Rory Killeen, Brenno Enrique, Eamonn Bracken, Padraig Talty, Thiago Santana

Subs: Eoghan Culligan for Grace, Eoghan Grace for Pyne, Aaron Bradley for Enrique, Leoardo Gomez for McGuane

Sporting Ennistymon B: Darragh Flynn, James Keane, Milo Keane, Darren Torpey, Joe Kivlihan; David Murphy, Tomas Kelly, Gary Lafferty, Roma Byrne, Evan McNamara, Paul Devitt

Munster Youths Cup Round 4
Avenue Utd 1-0 Dungarvan
Avenue Utd are through to the quarter-final of the Munster Youths Cup after a good performance to defeat Dungarvan at Lees Road on Sunday. Avenue dominated the first half but were unable to make the breakthrough. Sean Doherty scored the all important winning goal on 65 minutes to earn Avenue a deserved victory on the day.

Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Group B
Ennis Town 3-0 Tulla Utd
This was a fine game played in Lees Road on Saturday. While both teams had their chances the difference being was that Ennis Town took theirs. Scorers for Ennis Town were Elias Kuntz, Bradley Higgins and Graham Callinan.

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