Roscommon and District Football League
By Tony P Quinn
Cup holders Ballinasloe Town are through to the semi-finals of the Connacht Cup following a 5 – 1 win over fellow Roscommon and District League side Moore United at Moore.
Division 1 side Moore were rocked by an own goal with only 10 minutes played. However, they fought back and Kevin Kenny levelled the game from the penalty spot.
Des Hope headed a Darragh Concannon cross to the Moore net with five minutes left to play in the first half to restore the Premier side’s lead. After the break, Mike Greaney, Mark Duffy and Darragh Concannon added three more for Ballinasloe Town. They now play away to either Ballina Town or Corrib Celtic in the penultimate round.
In the Norio’s Premier Division, Cloonfad beat neighbours Castlerea Celtic 3 – 1 at Cloonfad. With just over a half hour on the clock Stephen Madden scored for Castlerea Celtic. Playing in his eighteenth season for Cloonfad United, Declan Costello turned the game on its head after the break when he got a hat trick for his beloved Cloonfad all be it with a little help from Shane Fagan.
On Monday Cloonfad were away to Ballymoe. They came from 2 – 0 down but conceded a third in the last minute of the game. Adrian Collins volleyed to the Cloonfad net and Cathal Connelly finished from close range to give Ballymoe a 2 – 0 half time lead. Sean Burke and Ger Fagan levelled the game before Adrian Collins connected with of a Joe Cassidy free kick for Ballymoe.
Second placed Ballaghaderreen closed the gap on leaders Dysart to three points following their hard-earned 2 – 1 win over Castlerea Celtic at the Community Park.
The title contenders had two of their players needlessly sent off mainly for disputing the referee’s decisions, but still struggled through to take all three points. Lee Keenan scored both goals for the winners; the first came midway through the first half after Danny Browne done all the hard work, the second came from the penalty spot early in the second half after Robert Towey was deemed to have been taken down in the area as he advanced into the box.
Soon after, things got edgy for the home side as experienced centre back Ian Towey received a second yellow after a tussle with Celtic’s danger man Oisin Ward. Within 10 minutes Ward had pulled one back, as he replied with a stunning strike for Castlerea. Full back Robert Towey received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, and Ballaghaderreen held on for the final 25 minutes to claim a vital three points.
Shiven Rovers had their first Premier Division win of the season when they beat Ballymoe 3 – 0 at Newbridge. Luke Burke volleyed their opener with half an hour played, before Mike Doyle and Sean Igoe added two more well taken goals after the break.
In the Killeen’s sports Grounds Division 1 second placed Fohenagh were held to a 1 – 1 draw away to bottom side Ballinasloe Town. Jason Lohan gave Fohenagh a half time lead. However, Henry Loughnane won and converted a penalty kick for Ballinasloe Town in the second half.
With a game more played Fohenagh are four points behind the leaders with two series of games left to play.
Third placed Strokestown United beat an under-strength Cam Celtic side by 9 – 0 at Cam. Darren Clavvy got his hat trick, with John Rodgers and Derek Connellan adding a brace apiece,before David Parker and Garry Connellan completed the rout. The winners are now nine points behind the league leaders Moore United but with a game in hand.
Glen Celtic could still make the promotion play off spot after they beat the Brazilian side Brazukas by 5 – 1 at Lecarrow. Simon Stachurski scored three and Kieran Trautt and David Keegan one each for the winners, with Marcos pulling one back for the the Ex-Pats.
On Monday, Glen Celtic came from 2 – 0 down with 20 minutes left to play to beat Rahara Rovers by 3 – 2 at Rahara. The home side scored early when Luke Donnelly volleyed home a Brendan O’Meara cross, and Noel Moran headed a second before half time. Ben Connelly, Kieran Trautt and Paul Dolan scored for the Glenamaddy during their purple patch.
Ahascragh United edged closer to winning the Herald Division 2 when they beat Shiven Rovers 3 – 1 at Ahascragh. David Leonard scored his seventh league goal of the season for Ahascragh in the first minute of the game, before Keith Crehan levelled seven minutes later.
Darren Smith got on the end of a Colin Concannon cross to give Ahascragh a 2 – 1 lead with 25 minutes to play. Michael Coughlan made sure of all three points when he converted a penalty kick after Darren Smith was fouled eight minutes from the end.
Ballaghaderreen B remain three points behind league leaders Ahascragh United, despite coming from behind to beat Loughglynn by 3 – 1 at Ballaghaderreen. Barry Nolan scored an absolute stunner for Loughglynn after 20 minutes, but Michael Malone replied for Ballaghaderreen just before the break. Sam Durkin added two more for Ballaghaderreen in the final thrid.
Cloonfad United are still in with a chance of catching the leaders after a 2 – 2 draw away to MD Town. Patrick Kiely and Darren Prendergast gave Cloonfad United a 2 – 0 half time lead, with Gerard Higgins and Michael Mc Walter securing a point for the Milltown/Dunmore side in the second period.
Kilkerrin/Moylough beat K C Celtic 2 – 0 away at Kilconnell. Enda Divilly scored both goals for Kilkerrin/Moylough