In the NT&DL Premier Division, title chasers Nenagh Celtic dropped two precious points at home to Portumna Town on Saturday evening. This feisty encounter ended in a 3-3 draw with Celtic’s goals coming from Jimmy Hynes, Danny Ryan and Paul Walsh. The away goals came courtesy of a David Nee brace and a Simon Curran strike. Portumna happy to depart Nenagh with a share of the spoils from a game against one of the league’s top sides.
Meanwhile Killavilla United cemented their place at the top of the league with an impressive 7-1 rout of Borroway Rovers in Villa Park on Saturday evening. Villa raced into a three goal lead inside five minutes with a Rory Murphy hat-trick but Borroway managed to pull one back before half-time through Anto Walker. That strike proved to be a mere consolation though, as Villa were rampant in the second half and scored four more goals, two of those coming from Brian Moloney with Shane and Denis Moloney also finding the net, the latter from the penalty spot. Match report here.
On Sunday BT Harps continued their good form with a 7-0 demolition of Clodagh Rangers in Templemore. Harps had six different scorers on the day with Eanna McBride top of the pile with two goals while Dean McEnroe, Lorcan Roche, Ben Stapleton, Lyndon Fairbrother and Eoin Moloney also scored.
In the division’s other game Thurles Town obtained maximum points from their fixture with Holycross FC on a 3-0 score-line.
In Division 1 Shinrone United kept up their brilliant league form with a 3-0 win away to Ardcroney FC. John Pio Fitzpatrick, Paul Lake and Nistor Tordeci found the net for Shinrone who remain unbeaten so far this season and look certain to secure a second promotion in a row and possibly the Division 1 league title.
However their biggest rivals this season, Moneygall FC, remain joint top of the division, recording a 3-0 victory over Gurtagarry FC.
In the division’s other game, Borrisokane FC made it two wins from two and climbed out of the relegation places with a 3-2 victory over Sallypark FC. Brian Moloney, Shane Stapleton and Lyewelyn Mooney found the net for Borris while Sallypark’s goals came from David Young and Jack Hogan. Borris finally starting to find some form and they may be dark horses for the cup competitions later in the season.
In Division 2 Lough Derg kept up their 100% record in the league with a 2-0 win away to Clonmore United. Kieran Larkin and James Hanley scored for the Killaloe side who remain joint top of the division with BT Harps B. The Templemore side maintained their own perfect start to the campaign with a 3-1 away victory over Arra Rovers. Cathal O’Brien scored for Arra but it wasn’t enough as an OG and a David Fennel brace secured the three points for the away side.
Harps and Lough Derg face off this coming Sunday morning in Killaloe in a top of the table clash that could have a huge bearing on the destination of the division 3 title this season.
Holycross FC B kept up their pursuit of the top two with a 4-1 victory over Clodagh Rangers B. Jack Ryan scored twice with Danny Moloney and William O’Donoghue also on the mark for the home side while Denis McCullagh scored the consolation goal for Clodagh.
Moneygall FC B ran out 6-5 winners over Birdhill FC in a high scoring affair in Birdhill on Sunday morning. Jack Leigh, Adrien Elbert, Paul Mcgrath and Jack O’Brien all scored to give Moneygall their second win on the trot and they look to have turned a difficult season around. Birdhill will count themselves unlucky to come away with nothing from the game having scored five goals through Pa Floyd, Paul Hogan, Kealon Floyd, Dan Delaney and Emmet Floyd.
The U17 League continued last week with a 5-2 win for Ballymackey FC over Borrisokane FC, the Ballinree side bouncing back from last week’s loss to Killavilla United. Portumna Town were involved in a high scoring thriller for the second week in a row but again came away with nothing going down 4-3 to the visiting Moneygall FC. Moneygall move joint top of the table and look to be an early force in this U17 league.