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Shannon Olympic A 1-2 Bridge United A

Bridge Utd got back to winning ways on Sunday morning in tough weather conditions at Olympic Park. The visitors started the brightest and had an early Trevor Maxwell penalty shout waved away by Shane Hayes. Bridge United however didn’t have to wait long before opening their account with Johnny Okoro turning in a Eoghan Pewter effort from Kieran Quinlan’s corner. Maxwells bright start continued when he struck a sublime effort off the bar from 30 yards. Jay Whyte was next to try his luck with a speculative 25 yard effort that DeLoughrey did well to get a hand to and palm over the bar. The second goal came when a through ball by Jon Downes set Kieran Quinlan free and his initial effort was foiled only to recover the rebound and cooly slot it into the bottom corner. Olympic were on the ropes and a combination of last ditch defending a fine goalkeeping kept the visitors at bay. Olympics sole first half effort fell to Quigley who’s close range effort cannoned off the Bridge upright.
The second half saw Olympic fly out of the blocks and had the upper hand in the possession stakes but never really troubled Touhy in the Bridge goal. The Shannon sides best chance fell to Rachid Amallah who’s tame effort was comfortably saved by Bridge number one. DeLoughrey made 3 key saves from Quinlan, McNamara and Pewter to keep the home side in the game. To their credit Olympic battled all the way and were rewarded with an injury time consolation goal when a first time volley by Jason Regan flew into the away net.

Bridge Utd: Paul Touhy, Jonathan Downes, Jason Whyte, Darren Murphy, Eoin Guinan, Kevin Kelly, Kieran Quinlan, Darragh Fitzgerald, Eoghan Pewter, Brian O’Connor, Trevor Maxwell

Subs: Mike McNamara for Okoro, Lee Wall for Brian O’Connor, Barry Downes for Quinlan, Cian O’Rourke for Maxwell

Shannon Olympic: Pierce Deloughrey, Wayne Regan, David O’Flaherty, Dean Power, Alex Cole, Jason Regan, Ray Quigley, Derek Maxwell, Seán Burke, Rachid Amallah, Adrian Carew

Sub: Terry O’Donnell.

Bridge Celtic 0-3 Avenue Utd A
Goals from Ronan Kerin, Sean Doherty and Shaun O’Flanagan gave Avenue a good away victory in Bridgetown on Sunday.

First Division League
Moher Celtic A 2-2 Kilkishen Celtic
Moher started the game very brightly and had alot of early possession. They created a number of chances in the first 15 minutes but were denied by some good goalkeeping and some last ditch defending. They got the break through midway into the half when a ball ricochet off a Kilkishen player into to the path of a Moher striker who finished well. This seemed to wake Kilkishen up and they responded quickly when Ben Mc Loughlan latched onto a Paul Murphy pass and cooly finished from 18 yards. Moher went in front again only to have Kilkishen equalise through the same partnership when Murphy again played Ben through to score his second of the game. Half time 2-2. The second half went the same as the 1st with Moher dominating possession but Kilkishen defending well to see out the game and earn a hard fought point much to the disappointment of Moher players who felt they should have taken all 3 points

Bridge Utd B 1-8 Lifford A
Goals from Lunga Balman, Dylan Ryan (2), Kieran Mahony (2), Gary McNaboe (2) and John Maher gave Lifford an easy victory on Sunday.

Turnpike Rovers 1-5 Newmarket Celtic B
Newmarket Celtic B continued their unbeaten run with a comprehensive win over a Turnpike Rovers at Lees Road on Sunday. Michael Crosby put Newmarket in the lead after a long spell of pressure in the first half but it was in the second period when the floodgates opened. A fortunate OG gave Newmarket the bit of a cushion they needed to push on a bit more with less pressure. An excellent delivery from Paudie Hayes set up Gary Collins for the third before provider turned goalscorer with an excellent half volley. After Turnpike had pulled one back, Crosby finished out the scoring with his second. A vital three points early in the title race for Newmarket.

Newmarket Celtic B: Brian Tierney, Brandon Cullinan, Conor Ryan, Eoin Kelly, Paudie Hayes, Kieran Crosby, Seamus Considine, Martin Mulqueen, Michael Crosby, Gary Collins; Ciaran McCoy

Subs: Shane Meehan for McCoy, Ronan McAuley for Collins, Damien McAuley for Considine, Lee Cronin for K Crosby, John Hartnett for Mulqueen

Selprint Second Division
Manus Celtic 6-0 Burren Utd
Manus Celtic has a good victory over an under strength Burren side at the Fairgreen on Sunday. Goals from Mikey Gereaghty (2), Alan Considine (2) and Brian Keogh (2) eventually saw off a brave Burren side whose keeper made a series of top saves in a very sporting fixture.

Suttons Lighting Third Division
Inch Crusaders 1-5 Shannon Hibs
Shannon Hibs continued their good start to the season after coming from behind in the second half to defeat Inch Crusaders at Lees Road on Sunday. Shannon Hibs had the first chance of the match when Patrick Divanney headed wide after 2 minutes. Gary Leahy was called on to make a great save for Shannon Hibs on 6 minutes when keeping out a mishit clearance from Darragh McDade. Ray Fahey went close for Hibs on 32 minutes after getting on the end of a Liam Delaney cross but his shot narrowly missed the target. Inch finished the half strong and Thiago Santana had a shot blocked by Cathal McCoy 40 minutes. Right on half time a good run and cross from Santana was narrowly missed at the back post by Ronan Grace. Inch started the second half well and Ronan Grace put them in front. Hibs raised there game and Gary Leahy who started the game in goals for the visitors took up an attacking position and banged in four second half goals. Jimmy Houlihan scored a fifth goal for the Shannon side to round off an impressive second half performance.

Inch Crusaders: James Rynne, Mark Connellan, Sean Hehir, Eoghan Grace, Eoghan Culligan, Ronan Grace, Rory Kileen, Cillian Gregan, Thiago Santana, Brenno Henrique, James Killeen

Subs: Eamon Bracken, Conor Clancy, Sean Talty

Shannon Hibs: Gary Leahy, Patrick Divanney, Darragh McDade, Julian Woods, Cathal McCoy, Micheal Wall, Andrew Fitzgerald, Stephen Howard, Liam Delaney, Jimmy Houlihan, Ray Fahey

Subs: Keanneth Ryan, Sam Lehihan, Evan Elliott, Liam Lagen, Thomas McDade

Corofin Harps B 0-5 Lifford B
A hat trick from Dean Coughlan and two goals from Mikey Whyte makes it three wins from three for Lifford in the Third Division.

Shannon Town C 3-2 Sporting Ennistymon B
Two goals from Damo Haugh and a goal from Gary Cusack were enough for Shannon Town to earn a good victory on the day.

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