Corofin Harps 2 Cratloe Forest 2
A share of the spoils resulted when Corofin Harps entertained Cratloe Forest in this first division league.
The visitors dominated the early exchanges and took a merited lead after ten minutes through Brian McMillan.
The lead was short lived as two minutes later Stephen Keane brought the home side level when he chipped the visitors goalie.
Fifteen minutes from the break Corofin lost their captain, Paul Linnane to a red card. From the resultant free Sean Hynan scored for Cratloe to put them back in front but two minutes before half time they were level again and, again, it was Stephen Keane (pictured) who scored.
Corofin had a lot of the play in the second half but they failed to break down a strong Cratloe defence. Ten minutes from the end the visitors were reduced to ten men when Brian McMillan was sent off.
Corofin Harps: Mike Heith; Joe Linnane, John Keane, Brendan Neylon, Stephen Quinn; Brendan Keane, Paul Linnane, Michael Concannon, Brian Halpin, Stephen Keane, Jason Tierney.
Subs: Ronnie Meere for J Linnane; Mark Gleeson for Halpin.
Cratloe Forest: Pierce DeLoughrey, Padraig Chaplin, Thomas O’Connor, Pa O’Halloran, Philip Counihan; Damian Browne, Michael Hawes Ally McMillan, Aidan Browne, Sean Hynan, Brian McMillan.
Sub: Gearóid Ryan for Counihan.
Avenue United B 0 Shannon Olympic A 3
Shannon Olympic A extended their lead at the top of the first division league with an easy 3-0 victory over Avenue United B at Lees Road on Sunday.
Played in wet and miserable conditions, the away side won the game with an excellent first half performance that produced three well-worked goals and a host of other chances.
Olympic got off to a flying start when Jimmy Houlihan calmly tapped home in the third minute after some brilliant centre-forward play by Karl Scott created time and space for a pinpoint cross from the right-hand side to his strike-partner in the six-yard box.
Goal number two came just three minutes later when Scott again created space for himself on the right and crossed for Alan Casey to finish from six yards.
At this stage it looked like a rout was on the cards as Olympic were producing chance after chance, with Karl Scott, Jimmy Houlihan, Eamonn O’Neill, Alan Casey and Jay Regan all having good opportunities to extent the lead. However a combination of poor finishing and Avenue ‘keeper Killian Culligan kept the lead to just the two goals.
The inevitable third goal, and the effective ending of the game as a competition, came in the 41st minute when a great ball from centre-half Fogarty sent Scott free down the right-hand side of the Avenue defence. The clever front man looked up and picked out Jason Regan in the box who headed strongly past Culligan.
On the stroke of half-time Regan had a chance to double his tally but he shot straight at the ‘keeper from eight yards.
Avenue created the first real chance of the half when Chris Dobbins shot straight at McGettrick in the Olympic goals on 48 minutes.
The away side continued to create chances in the second half. Scott hit the crossbar in the 54th minute, Jason Regan had an effort cleared off the line in the 62nd minute, Ray Quigley, who was very impressive in his new centre midfield role, should’ve done better with an effort in the 68th minute and substitute Wayne Regan had a fine shot tipped over the bar on the stroke of full-time.
Best for Olympic on the day were; centre-forward Karl Scott and the centre-midfield pairing of Jason Regan and Ray Quigley
Avenue United B: Cillian Culligan, Alan McNamara, Neil McCarthy, Anthony White, Pa Sherlock, Barry Cusack, Jan Peak, Owen O’Loughlin, Chris Dobbins, Mickey Byrnes, Ian Hassett.
Shannon Olympic A: Gary McGettrick, David Collins, Ian Hogan, James Fitzgerald, Karl Fogarty, Ray Quigley, Jason Regan, Eamonn O’Neill, Karl Scott, Jimmy Houlihan, Alan Casey.
Connolly Celtic 3 Sporting Ennistymon 1
Connolly Celtic collected the points when they accounted for Sporting Ennistymon in this league tie on Sunday
They led at half time through a penalty goal from John Paul Healy. Early in the second half they doubled their advantage when Pat Hogan scored. The visitors pulled one back from Alan Sexton but Connolly had the final say when Kenneth Kennedy (pictured) scored to seal a good win.
Connolly Celtic: Sean Cregan; Andy Cleary, Kieran Dillon, Andy Clancy, Danny Cabey, Bernard Field, Kenneth Kennedy, John Paul Healy, Alan Markham, Brendan Dillon, Pat Hogan.
Subs: Killian Torpey for Cabey; Senan McCarthy for Hogan.
Sporting Ennistymon: Shane Keane; Patrick O’Dwyer, Padraig Brennan, Eoin Brennan, Mark Burke; Michael O’Dwyer, Alan Horan, Fiachra O’Malley, Alan Sexton, Abdel Ennaoui, Thierry Bouton.
Subs: Robbie McInerney, Sean McConigley, Cathal McConigley.