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Bridge Celtic 3-2 Newmarket Celtic
Bridge Celtic marked their return to the Clare Premier Division by causing a big surprise as the defeated defending champions Newmarket Celtic in a hard fought contest at Bridgetown on Sunday. Newmarket don’t lose many games in the Clare League and this defeat was only their third defeat in league and cup in over two years. 

Nicky O’Connell opened the scoring for Bridge in the first half with a close range header from a great free kick from Alan Lyons. Bridge went two ahead before half time after a quick break from the back by Trevor Howard found Liam Morris in some space on the left wing and he ran at the Newmarket defence before showing great vision as he chipped the Newmarket keeper Trevor O’Donnell who was off his line. 

Newmarket pilled on the pressure in the second half and pulled a goal back when Mark Donlon scored midway through the second half. Newmarket kept the pressure on Bridge as they went in search of an equalizer but great defending from Ryan Morris, Noel Howard, David Hickey withstood everything they threw at the home side. Then with 10 minutes left on the clock Bridge broke down the left wing and Donie Whelan fired in a cross for Liam Morris to finish well from inside the box. An excellent finish from Cathal Hayes in injury time gave Newmarket some hope but it was just too little too late as Bridge Celtic held on for a deserved win on the day. In what was a great team performance from Bridge David Hickey, Ryan Morris, Nicky O’Connell and Paul McEvoy excelled throughout the contest.

Bridge Celtic: Diamuid Whelan, Noel Howard, Liam Morris, Trevor Howard, Alan Lyons, Ben Hynes, David Hickey, Nicky O’Connell, Paul McEvoy, Ailbhe Lonergan, Liam Morris

Sub: Donie Whelan 

Newmarket Celtic: Trevor O’Donnell, Mark O’Malley, Darren Cullinan, Mark Donlon, Paddy Purcell, Seamus Lawlor, Mike O’Malley, David McCarthy, Brian Monaghan, Ciaran McCoy, Cathal Hayes

Sub: Liam Murphy for Cullinan

Tulla Utd A 0-1 Shannon Town A
Shannon Town made the trip to Tulla on Sunday and came away with the points with an early goal from Andrew Russell deciding a well contested match. 

Tulla suffered an early blow with losing Mark Mitchell to injury after a foul on the edge of the box inside the first minute. Georoid O’Doherty went close from the resultant free kick with a shot that narrowly missed the target. Shannon Town went in front with their first attack on 3 minutes when Colin Scanlon put Andrew Russell through on goal and he made no mistake as Tulla keeper Kevin Barron advanced off his line. Tulla had a good chance to draw level on 7 minutes when Sebastio Da Silva put Niall Whelan through on goal but his well struck effort was brilliantly saved by Paudie Hickey. Whelan went close again on 20 minutes after getting on the end of a EoinWhelan free kick but this time his shot was off target. Jamie Cullen had a well struck effort from the edge of the box on 22 minutes saved by Barron. Shannon Town had a great chance to stretch their lead on 24 minutes when Kieran Hackett got through on goal but he was denied by a great save from Barron. Hackett went close again on 33 minutes after a good run and shot but again Barron was called on to make a good save. Shannon Town kept the pressure on for the rest of the half with Josh Lindsay and Scanlon both going close before the half time whistle. 

Tulla had the better of the second half and put Shannon Town under a lot of pressure. Tom Vaughan went close for Tulla with a shot on 46 minutes that narrowly missed the target. Vaughan went close again on 56 minutes after getting on the end of a Da Silva cross but again his effort was off target. Eoin Whelan put Hugh McDaid through on goal on 65 minutes but he was denied by a fine tackle in the box from Darren Griffin. Whelan went close with shots on 71 and 85 minutes that narrowly missed the target. Shannon Town nearly wrapped up the contest on 87 minutes with a good run and shot from Rob Wall that was well saved by Barron. Tulla kept trying to the end but could not find an equalizer as Shannon Town defended well as a team to the final whistle to earn an important three points on their return to the Clare Premier Division. 

Tulla Utd A: Kevin Barron, Paraic Vaughan, Gearoid O’Doherty, Denis Murphy, Daragh Corry, Colin Nelson, Mark Mitchell, Eoin Whelan, Niall Whelan, Sebastio Da Silva, Trevor Corbett

Subs: Hugh McDaid for Corbett, Tom Vaughan for Mitchell (inj), Darragh O’Sullivan for Vaughan

Shannon Town A: Paudie Hickey, Josh Lindsay, Chris Lake, Darren Griffin, Bryan O’Donoghue, Jamie Cullen, Andrew Russell, Evan Glynn, Colin Scanlon, Rob Wall, Kieran Hackett

Subs: Evan Barry for Scanlon, Jack Kelly for Russell, Sean Burke for Hackett, John Allen for Lindsay

Bridge Utd A 4-0 Avenue Utd A 
Bridge Utd got off to a winning start with a hard earned but impressive victory over Avenue Utd in LIT on Sunday morning. Avenue had the best two chances of the opening half when Ronan Kevin was first denied by a great save by Barry Deasy and moments later had his attempt cleared off the line by the hugely impressive Eoin Guinan. After a scoreless first half Bridge came out with all guns blazing and took the lead on 60 minutes when Mikey Mcnamara had his effort saved by Avenue keeper but debutant Eoghan Pewter was on hold to tap home the rebound. Lee Wall made it 2-0 on 70 minutes when he scored an outstanding goal from 25 yards. Substitute John Keogh wrapped up the points with 2 goals in the dying moments. 

Bridge Utd A: Barry Deasy, Kevin Kelly, Darren Murphy, Eoin Guinan, Jay Whyte, Jonathan Downes, Darragh Fitzgerald,Eoghan Pewter, Trevor Maxwell, Mikey Mcnamara, Kieran Quinlan

Subs: Dan Larkin for Kelly, Lee Wall for Maxwell, John Keogh for Mcnamara, Christy Carey for Pewter, Jordan Downes for Quinlan 

First Division League Cup
Bridge Utd B 0-3 Lifford A
Goal from Lunga Balman, Kieran Mahony and Scott Hennessy gave Lifford a good away victory over Bridge Utd at Bunratty on Sunday. 

Kilkishen Celtic 3-5 Avenue Utd B 
Goals from Cathal Lynch (2), Gary Roche, Tomas Hehir and Sean Doherty helped Avenue to victory over Kilkishen Celtic in a high scoring game at Bunratty on Sunday. 

Newmarket Celtic B 2-2 Mountshannon Celtic
Newmarket Celtic and Mountshannon Celtic played out an entertaining draw at McDonagh Park on Sunday. After a debut goal from Shane Meehan had put the hosts in front very early on, they found themselves back on level terms almost immediately. Mountshannon added another before the break to hold the advantage when Mark Rellis sounded the half time whistle. The onslaught of attack from Newmarket towards the end of the second half looked as if it might prove unsuccessful until the Mountshannon keeper took down Ciaran McCoy in injury time. His opposite number Monty Mulqueen came up from his goal to slot the penalty away and rescue a point for the home side. 

Newmarket Celtic B: Monty Mulqueen, Jamie Cronin, Eoin Kelly, Conor Ryan, Brandon Cullinan, Kieran Crosby, Michael Crosby, Seamus Considine, Danny Conway, Shane Meehan, Gary Collins

Subs: Ciaran McCoy for Collins, Ronan McAuley for Conway

Moher Celtic 2-4 Hermitage 
Goals from Mikey Mahony, Clinton Keane (2) and Simon McDonagh earned Hermitage a good away victory over Moher Celtic at Lahinch on Sunday. 

Coole FC 3-3 Kilrush Rangers 
Coole went in front after 10 minutes from a Dave Cahill corner that found the head of Kyle McCarthy in the box and he found the back of the net. Coole were 2-0 up shortly after from a Dave Cahill free kick that found its way into the far corner. Kilrush were rattled at this stage and a long kick from Arek Mamala found its way to Kyle McCarthy and he shot past the advancing keeper to make it 3-0. Just before the break Kilrush got a goal back when Ruairi Norrby scored to make it 3-1 to Coole at half time. Coole continued to push in the second half but could not find the killer fourth goal and midway through the half Kilrush were back in it when Scott Greaney scored to make it 3-2. With 5 minutes remaining Kilrush earned a share of the points when Graham Copley scored to complete a good comebackfor the West Clare side.

Coole FC: Arek Mamala, Jake Farrell, Beano, Noele Glynn, Darren Egan, John Cosgrove, James Cosgrove, Ayrton Quinn, Rafa Mamala, Dave Cahill, Kyle McCarthy

Subs: Sean Roche, Damien Hanrahan, Jason Grealish

Second Division League Cup
Connolly Celtic 3-6 Rineanna Rovers 
Goals from Darren Lyndsay (2), Thomas Reidy (2), Paul Butler and Dion Khetan helped Rineanna Rovers make a good start to the season with victory over Connolly Celtic at Kilmaley on Sunday. 

Third Division League Cup
Group A
Shannon Olympic B 1-2 Shannon Town C
Two goals from Brian Keane helped Shannon Town C to a good victory over Shannon rivals Shannon Olympic B at Olympic Park on Sunday. 

Lifford B 2-2 Inch Crusaders
Inch Crusaders and Lifford played out an entertaining draw at Cassidy Park on Sunday. Lifford were two up going in at the break after having the better of the first half. Inch pulled a goal back on the resumption after Thiago Santana capitalised on a mix up at the back for Lifford from the restart. Santana then put Karl Cullinane through on goal who made no mistake to make it 2-2. Both sides had chances to win it but a draw was a fair result on the day.

Inch Crusaders: Thiago Horatio, Eoghan Grace, Darragh Gregan, Sean Talty, Mark Connellan, Ronan Grace, Brenno Enrique, Cillian Gregan, Karl Cullinane, Oran Killeen, Thiago Santana 

Subs: James Rynne for Cillian Gregan, James Killeen for Oran Killeen

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