The NT&DL’s league action continued last week and over the weekend with 15 games across the three junior divisions and the u17 league. Attackers continue to enjoy their productive start to the season with four or more goals scored in 12 of the 15 games.
The Premier Division resumed in Drombane on Friday evening with Clodagh Rangers playing host to Portumna Town. The visitors came away with maximum points on a 1-3 score-line, to put a bit of early daylight between themselves and the division’s bottom three. Clodagh led 1 nil at the break following a Davey Butler finish but an own goal and two Malcolm Flannery strikes sealed an excellent away win for Portumna.
On Saturday evening Killavilla Utd maintained their early season form and 100% record with a comfortable away win against Holycross FC on a score-line of 0-4. Another finish from Paul Kirwan sees him move joint first in the race for this season’s golden boot, while Joe Moloney, Shane Moloney and Craig Ryan also found the net for the away side.
Thurles Town were looking to bounce back from the previous weeks drubbing at the hands of Nenagh Celtic when they hosted Borroway Rovers on Sunday morning at the Greyhound Stadium. The home side recorded a 4-2 win in this high-scoring derby game to put a couple of unsettled weeks firmly behind them. A Willie Creedon hat-trick and a goal for Martin Darmody sealed the victory for Town while Borroway’s goals came from David McGuire and Gary Dunne.
A single goal separated Nenagh Celtic and BT Harps in a tightly fought contest in Nenagh VEC on Sunday morning with the home team going down 0-1 to the Templemore side. The win here for Harps, courtesy of a goal from Martin Harty, keeps them in the title race and they will be looking to knock Premier Division pace setters Killavilla off their stride in this week’s Friday evening game at Villa Park. Celtic remain joint top of the table and will be looking to return to winning ways away to a struggling Clodagh Rangers this Sunday.
Division 1 continued on Friday evening with more of the same from Shinrone Utd as they made it six wins from six with another home victory. Sallypark FC were the visitors for this game and left empty handed following a 3-1 home win. Sallypark took a 1 nil lead into the half-time break thanks to a deflected effort from Peader O’Connell but Shinrone dominated the second half and raced into a lead with three quick-fire goals. Shinrone’s scorers on the day were John Pio Fitzpatrick, Michael Cordial and Dan Bevans and they look like the team to beat in this year’s Division 1.
Moneygall FC suffered their first loss of the league season going down at home to Ballymackey FC on a 2-3 score-line. The win for Damien Bentley’s side was a welcome one, coming after two recent losses, and capped a wonderful weekend for the club who picked up the FAI Club of the Year award on Saturday night. Two goals from Denis Haverty and one from Gary Kevin secured the victory for the Balinree side with Josh Wynne and Brian Delaney getting the replies for a Moneygall team who will be hoping to return to winning ways against Borrisokane FC this weekend.
Rearcross FC kept themselves in the title race with a solid 4-1 victory away to Ardcroney FC. A brace from Michael O’Gorman takes his league tally this season to an impressive ten goals with a goal each for Kieran Devitt and Colm Carey completing the scoring for Rearcross. Oisín Conaty scored a consolation goal for Ardcroney who have seen their own promotion challenge take a hit with a one point return from the last two games.
Cloughjordan FC look to have turned their league around with four points in their last two games. A 4-2 away win against Gurtagarry FC gives Eoin Killackey’s side their first three points of the season with a brace apiece from Dean O’Meara and Jack Farrell. Two goals from Paddy O’Rourke were not enough for Gurtagarry on the day and this result sees things tighten up in the bottom half of the table with three points separating four teams, all of whom play each other this weekend.
In Division 2, Birdhill FC suffered a 1 nil loss at home to Arra Rovers who keep in touch at the top of the division with this narrow victory. Nenagh Celtic B ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at home to bottom of the table Moneygall FC B with goals from Casey Finn, Johnny Donnellan, Eoin Mitchell and Brian Hayden. Clodagh Rangers B suffered defeat at home to Clonmore Utd on a 1-3 score-line that sees the away side leapfrog them in the table, while Silvermines FC fell to a 2-0 loss away to Holycross FC B.
The U17 League kicked off this weekend with big home wins in each of the three games. Killavilla United put three unanswered goals past Borrisokane FC, while Rearcross FC beat Portumna Town on the same 3-0 score-line. Moneygall FC enjoyed an excellent opening weekend scoring four goals without reply in their game at home to Holycross FC. Shinrone Utd made a win to their winning start to the U/17 League as they beat Arra Rovers by four goals to one.
By Padraig Ryan