Weekly Observer Premier Division
Abbeyfeale United kicked off 2017 just like they finished 2016 with a victory on Friday night as they defeated Newcastle West AFC 6-2 in Riverside Park. Most of the action came in the opening 45 minutes with the scoreline reading 5-1 at the break with a goal for each team coming in the second half for it to finish 6-2. Tommy Smith and Paudie Smith were both on the mark twice for Abbeyfeale with Joe Kelliher and Mike Keane contributing for the other two goals. Jason Cummins and Paul Downes both found the net for Newcastle West. Ballingarry recorded a strong 3-1 win at home to Glin Rovers to move themselves out of the relegation zone. While Rathkeale made it nine wins from nine as a goal in each half from Declan Nash gave them a 2-0 victory away to Broadford United. Lastly, Carrig Celtic picked up another good victory on the road with them defeating Killeaney 2-1 in Knockdown.
Weekly Observer Division 1
It took a penalty late into the second half for Glantine to defeat Feenagh 1-0 in our first game of Division One. Granagh United continued their great run in the league by scoring three without reply against Breska Rovers to run out as 3-0 victors. It was another high-scoring game for Rathkeale B as they fell to a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Abbeyfeale United B in Holycross. While Shannonside FC ran out 3-2 winners at home to Kildimo United despite a late surge from the away side who scored twice in the second half with goals from Darragh and Ciaran Deegan. Pallaskenry vs AK United was called off due to a bereavement.
Weekly Observer Division 2
Ballysteen move to the top of the table on goal difference following their 4-0 victory against Adare United at Deerpark Estate. Shane Hallinan, John O’Shaughnessy, Mike Neville and Mark Ranahan all got on the scoresheet for the visitors. Askeaton ensured that they were not far behind the top two as they defeated Bally Rovers 3-2 in Ballyhahill while St. Ita’s share third spot with them thanks to a walkover from Ballingarry B. While the battle of the rovers saw Newcastle West Rovers B and Rockhill Rovers play to a 3-3 stalemate in Woodfield.
Weekly Observer Division 3
Newcastle West B returned to winning ways with a strong 6-1 victory away to Carrig Celtic B with Steven Brown and Aaron Geary leading the way with a hat-trick of goals and assists respectively. Kevin Kavanagh started the scoring for his side with a goal from the spot which was equalised soon after with a goal from Mike Dore for the home side. Newcastle then went on to score five without reply with Aaron Geary’s corners aiding both Steven Brown and Andy Lyons to score with their head to make it 3-1. The visitors nabbed their fourth when Jason Cummins headed in from a Kevin Kavanagh corner, a fifth when Aaron Geary’s third assist of the day put Steven Brown in one-on-one with the keeper who slotted home with Brown then going on to score his side’s sixth and final goal along with completing his hat-trick when Jordan Hurley played him through to put the ball past the keeper. A single goal in the first half was all it took for Knockaderry to pick up the three points away to Feenagh B while Ferry Rangers continued their dominance with a 2-0 win against Glantine B.