Week 15 Roundup
The torrential rain that fell last Thursday and Friday put paid to the majority of games in the CCFL at the weekend, but there was some very significant action nevertheless
In the LFA youths Cup there were mixed results for the CCFL sides against Wexford opposition. Portlaoise put in a sterling performance to defeat Moyne Rovers by four goals to nil. A gritty display from Tullamore, sprinkled with some very decent football came up just short against Mick Wallace’s Wexford Youths in the other game. The Tullamore
side played their part in a fine game, but went down by a solitary goal to nil.
In the under 17 Division Mullingar Town laid down their title credentials with a very satisfactory 4-1 win away to Newbridge Town who seem to have gone off the boil in recent weeks.
Monksland United have moved into a threatening position in the CCFL under 18 Division courtesy of a very good 4-1 win away to leaders Clongowes Wood. Michael O’Hanlon, Ultan Harney and a fine brace from Martin Flannery paved the way for the Athlone boys. Daire Victory replied for Clongowes. Tullamore also recorded a comfortable victory in this division winning 4-0 away to St Kierans Athlone.
In the under 19 Division Athy Town continued to climb the table thanks to a hard fought 2-1 win away to Artlington. Dylan Fitzsimons was on the mark twice for the Athy lads who look as though they will be very competitive for the remainder of the season.
All Senior Division games fell foul of the weather, but one very interesting Premier Division game went ahead and it saw CK United leapfrog Mullingar Town in the table thanks to a fine 3-0 away win. Goals from Michael Bracken, Stephen Weir and Rory Doheny secured the victory for the Tullamore side to put them back in the title race and at the same time put a huge dent in Mullingar Town’s aspirations.
There was a top of the table clash in Division 1 where two excellently headed goals from Anthony Coyne and Johnny Donoghue saw Tullamore close the gap on league leaders Abbeyleix Athletic. Stradbally also made ground when they won 2-1 away to a luckless Highfield side who lost yet another game by the odd goal.
In Division 1 Saturday, a goal from Seamus Kennedy was not enough to prevent Dynomo Rooskey from going down to another mid table side Camlin United. It finished 3-1 in favour of the Longford town men.
Gracefield Athletic moved to the top of Division 2 after they defeated neighbours Walsh Island 3-0. Eamonn Kelly was on the mark twice for Gracefield with Ciaran Wilmot also grabbing a goal.
In Womens action, Mullingar Athletic went top thanks to a comprehensive 5-1 win over Birr Town, while Tullamore made up some ground when they dug out a narrow 2-1 win away to a very determined Riverside outfit.
Finally, six CCFL Shield matches survived the weather. The most exciting of these was certainly the game between Raharney A team and East End Celtic. The Westmeath side won the game by seven goals to five in an absolute thriller. Joey Broderick was the star of the show for Raharney with four goals with John O’Gorman and Alan Shiels also getting in on
the act. James Carty fired home a hatrick for East End, but still ended up on the loosing team. Midlands Celtic, Mountmellick B, Edenderry B, Eagles FC and Killeigh Ramblers are also all safely into the second round.