CCFL Week 7 Round Up
With the start of the LFA Junior and Youths Cups as well as the Umbro Under 17 FAI Cup it was another packed schedule for CCFL clubs this weekend.
In the Umbro Under 17 FAI Cup Preliminary Round Mullingar Athletic and Portumna Town both progressed, while Abbeyleix Athletic bowed out after going down 4-2 at home to Crumlin United.
In the O’Neills LFA Youths Cup 1st Round Mullingar Athletic lost 3-0 away to Bunclody. Tullamore Town, Mountmellick United, Portlaoise and Edenderry all made their way into the second round. Edenderry registered the score of the weekend with a fantastic 13-0 away win at Tombrack Utd, an incredible three hatricks were scored in the game. The scorers were Cormack Hurley( 3), Ryan Lynch(3) , Mickey Clear(3),Mark Nolan(2) and Carl Fleming(2).
The O’Neills LFA Junior Cup also got underway at the weekend with the CCFL having no less than 21 teams competing in the competition. S Sylvester got both goals for Ballymahon in their 3-2 defeat at home to St Pats Pheonix. Michael Cleary got the first for Derry Rovers in their match with Allenwood to make the score 1-1 after 90 minutes, Keith Hickeys strike in Extra Time was enough to see Derry into the next round. Killavilla and Lurcan needed penalties to decide the winner, Liam England was on the scoresheet for the Roscrea team as the match ended 1-1, Killavilla eventually losing out 6-5 on penalties. Temple Villa welcomed Moyne Rangers to Mount Temple but lost by the odd goal on three, Anthony Allen getting the only goal for Villa.
Cooleraine Keeper Alan OConnell saved three when there match with Griffith Rovers went to penalties, the match ended 2-2 but OConnells heroics ensured a 3-1 victory in the shootout. Darren Flannigan scored for CK United in their 3-1 defeat at home to St Kevins Boys, Nugent and Galvin were on the scoresheet for St Peters as they so off the challenge of Lions FC at McCarthy Park, final score 2-1. Ballinahown and Maynooth also had to rely on penalties to find a winner, Olly Nally and Johnny Keenan both scored as the match finished 2-2, Ballymahon winning 5-4 on penalties.
John Connellan scored on his debut for Willow Park, getting the only goal in their 2-1 victory over Landon. Mountmellick secured their passage to the next round with a 4-4 extra time victory over Usher Celtic, Robbie Hibbits getting a hatrick and John Watchorn getting the other for Mountmellick.
Tom Behan continued his rich vein of form in front of goal when he got Arlingtons first against OMP. Joe Tully got the second meaning extra time was required and Berry Kenny rounded off the scoring with a fine 25 yard strike to win the game for Arlington. Clara travelled to Wexford for their first round fixture, unfortunately goals from Bobby Mitchell(2) and JJ Colsh were not enough as they went down 5-3 to Wexford Bohemians.
Gentex were also in cup action this weekend, Jason Hyland scoring their only goal in a 5-1 defeat in Kentstown in the FAI Junior Cup 2nd Round.
Top played bottom in the Premier Division but the scoreline was far from predictable as Clonaslee took a point home from their visit to willow Park. Melville United moved up to third with a 1-0 victory over 2nd placed Gallen.
Stephen Hawkins added to impressive goals haul for the season against St Peters. Hawkins scored twice to put Abbeyleix 2-0 up, a spirited fightback from St Peters followed too bring the game level but a late own goal from St Peters means Abbeyleixs’ impressive start to the season continues. In the only other match in Division 1 Stradbally defeated Noreside Celtic by an impressive 6-1 scoreline.
In Division 2 Moate Celtic put 5 past Kilcormac without reply to go top of the table, both the Birr Town v Walsh Island Shamrocks and the Portlaoise v Gracefield matches finished 3-3. Rob Knight, Tom Slevin and Eamon Kelly getting the goals for Gracefield.
In division 3A table toppers Killeigh continued their fine run of form, David Jordan, Glen Lafferty and Niall Mahon getting the killeigh goals in a 3-0 win over bottom of the table Ballycumber. Pullogh had PJ Rosney and Dean Bracken to thank for their goals in the 2-1 win over Daingean an Cloneygown Celtic moved up to second with a 4-1 win at Rochfortbridge, Mark Gorman, Eanna Diren, Richie Reynolds and Glen Martin the scorers .
Raharney and Lawrencetown both recorded victories to stay ahead of the pack in Division 3B. Terrence McLoughlin scored Raharneys only goal in the 1-0 win over Banagher and Lawrencetowns Peter Nee got the winner in a 3-2 victory over Milnore, Paul Staunton getting the other two for Lawrencetown. Despite going two goals down to Riverside, Gallen fought back to win 4-2, Wesley Greer, Mark Minnock and Gary Rigney amongst the goals for Gallen, the victory moves them up to fourth in the table.
David Riley and Alan Cormacken were on the scoresheet as Monksland B beat St Carthages 3-1. Midland Celtic defeated Mountmellick 5-3, Gary Donaher, Padraig Goodwin and Darragh Ohanlon getting the goals for Mountmellick. Raheen consolidated their position at the top of 4A with a 5-1 win in Stradbally.
East End Celtic are five points clear at the top of Division 4B with a 6-3 victory over St James. A Ray Gath strike, and a double from Danny Maher, one of which was a superb freekick to make it 4-3 brought St James back into the match but Celtic pulled away towards the end to record their sixth victory of the season thanks to goals from James Carthy(3), Danny Nally(2) and Michael Stanbrook. Kilcormac B lost their 4th match in a row when Raharney took all three points home after an 11-0 victory. Darren Lynam and Kevin Smith both got hatricks, Brian Faughan struck twice and Wesley Kavanagh, Kevin Flynn and Mick Mcaddem got the goals for Raharney. Eagles FC moved onto ten points after beating Clonmore 7-3, Tomasz Wisinski(3), Piotrek Niewiadomski, Andrzej Dygudaj and Robert Wolny the scorers for Eagles.
In Division1 Saturday Dynamo Rooskey moved up to second when they beat Colmcille Celtic 3-2 thanks to goals from Padraig Tighe(2) and Niall Armstrong. Both Max Brady and Liam Mitchell scored for Inny but a late goal gave Longford Wanderers the points in a 3-2 win.
In the Womens Division only two ties survived the weather, Mullingar won 7-1 at home to Riverside and Killeigh and Banghaer shared the points in a 1-1 draw.
Jamie Evans(3), Mark Kerwin and Kevin Galvin all scored for Gracefield in their 5-2 win over Portlaoise in the Under 17 Division. Killavilla recorded a 5-3 away to Birr in the other fixture in the Division.
Two matches were played in the Youths Division, unbelievably both matches ended up producing 9 goals each. Clongowes Wood beat Derry Rovers 6-3, Bidemni Asolabi missed a penalty but more than made up for it when he scored five, Andrew Gleeson got the other for Clongowes. In the other match Monksland United also won by six goals to three when they welcomed St Kierans to Cushla Park.
In the Under 19 Division David McNamara twice scored for Killavilla but couldn’t prevent Abbeyleix taking all three points with a 3-2 victory.
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