Hermitage A 4 Sporting Ennistymon 1
HERMITAGE were crowned Division 1 champions at the Fair Green on Sunday when they defeated Sporting Ennistymon.
It’s a particularly significant result for the Ennis club as they celebrate their 50th anniversary this year and will host a major function at the beginning of June.
“It’s a great year to win promotion to the premier and being in the top division should prove a huge boost to the club,” commented team manager Lenny Franks this week.
The ’Tage took the lead after 20 minutes when Eddie Killeen scored but Ennistymon were level at half-time after Noel Mullane hit his 14th league goal of the season.
In the second half, the Ennis side had goals from Joe Lynch, Robbie Downes and Brendan Dobbins to seal a good victory and the title.
After the game, league secretary Oliver Fitzpatrick presented the trophy to the Hermitage captain Ger Dullaghan.
Hermitage: Joe Burke; Joe Lynch, Alan O’Riordan, Davy Moloney; Bobby Dunne, Ritchie Neylon, Seán McGee, Pa Mannion, Paul Dullaghan, Scott Hennessy, Eddie Killeen.
Subs: Brendan Dobbins for Dunne; Robbie Downes for Neylon.
Sporting Ennistymon: Shane Keane, Brian Curtin, Caoimhin Fahy, Pádraig Brennan, Pa Foley, Brian Sexton, Eoin Brennan, Gearóid White, Mark Burke, Noel Mullane, Alan Sexton.
Subs: Pádraig Flynn for Shane Keane, Donal O’Reilly for Pa Foley.
Moher Celtic A 4 Kilrush Rangers 3
KILRUSH Rangers will compete in the second division next season after this defeat against already relegated Moher Celtic A sealed their fate on Sunday.
Rangers needed a victory to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive but they met a Moher outfit in a determined mood.
Moher started the game with just nine players but they had the full complement for the second half.
Patrick Darcy scored all four goals for the winners, two coming from the penalty spot, while David Tubridy scored a hat-trick for Kilrush.
They were two goals up by the mid-point of the first half but then Kilrush got the upperhand and three strikes from Tubridy had the West Clare side 3-2 up at half-time.
Early in the second half, Moher were awarded their first penalty which Darcy converted and later in the game, he converted another penalty which proved to be the decisive score.
Moher Celtic: Niall Quinn, David Monaghan, Cathal Honan, Donagh Fawl, Neil Burke, Declan Fawl, Pat Nagle, Willie Murphy, James Shannon, Patrick Darcy, Aaron Greene.
Kilrush Rangers: Ger Griffin, Kevin Clohessy, Eoin Fitzgerald, Martin Danagher, Robert Carey, Trevor Clancy, Ollie Copley, Brian Harte, Niall Brennan, David Tubridy, Stephen O’Gorman.
Subs: Brian Clancy for Copley; Kevin Larkin for Danagher; Paddy Coleman for Clohessy.
Inch Crusaders 4 Corofin Harps B 1
INCH Crusaders kept up their recent good form with victory over Corofin Harps B in the third division at Lees Road last week.
Inch started brightly and went in front on 20 minutes when Pádraig Talty finished well to the left corner after getting on the end of a ball over the top from Conor Neylon.
Corofin put on some pressure before half-time and Andy O’Flynn was called on to make a good save. On 60 minutes, Inch brought on John Clohessy and scored with his first touch after getting on the end of a cross from the left by Seán Hehir.
Corofin replied within two minutes after an Inch mistake at the back. Inch scored their third on 70 minutes when Clinton Keane scored after being put through on goal by Clohessy. Clohessy finished off the scoring for Inch with his second of the game after getting on the end of a Keane cross from the right to volley home to the top right corner.
Inch Crusaders: Andy O’Flynn, David Talty, Tom Carmody, Emmet Bowe, Seán Talty, Seán Hehir, Conor Neylon, Mark Connellan, Pádraig Talty, Clinton Keane, Kenny Hartigan.
Subs: John Clohessy for Hartigan, Niall Seery for Carmody, Oliver Fitzpatrick for Pádraig Talty.
St Pat’s 6 Moher Celtic B 0
ST Pat’s had an easy win over Moher Celtic B in this third division tie at Kilmihil. Niall Reidy and Diarmuid Lorrigan scored for the winners in the opening half, while they went on to score four in the second half through Shane Donlon, Noel Sexton, John Hickey and Ciarán Ryan.
St Pat’s: Keith Considine; John Hickey, David Rigney, Noel Sexton, Aidan Sexton; Shane Donlon, Niall Reidy, Sean McNamara, Ciarán Ryan, Diarmuid Lorrigan, Shane Egan.
Subs: Niall Pilkington, James Egan, David Foley.