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Late rally earns Lifford a draw

Newmarket’s David Ryan clears ahead of Lifford’s Scott Hennessey. Photograph by Declan Monaghan

Lifford 3  Newmarket Celtic A 3

LIFFORD scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn a share of the spoils with Newmarket Celtic A in this premier league tie played at Cassidy Park on Sunday.
The home side, which had a number of youths on duty, took the lead after 10 minutes through Ryan Boyle but Newmarket fought back and led two goals to one at the break before going two clear early in the second half. Scorers for Celtic were Eoin O’Brien (2) and Conor Ryan.
Fifteen minutes from time, Lifford pulled one back from the penalty spot through TJ Ajisomo after Mark O’Malley was harshly penalised and substitute Manu scored the equaliser shortly before the full-time whistle.
Lifford A: Colin Burke; Joe Lynch, Darren O’Neill, Stephen O’Halloran, Liam Meaney; Gary McNaboe, Scott Hennessy, Fabrice Baptista, Ryan Boyle, TJ Ajisimo, Jason Tierney.
Sub: Manu for Ajisomo.
Newmarket: Trevor O’Donnell; Mark O’Malley, Seamus Lawlor, Michael Devitt, Darren Cullinan; Conor Ryan, Dave Ryan, Eoin O’Brien, Michael Crosby; Gary Collins, Kieran Devitt.
Subs: Eoin Hayes for Collins (inj); Dave O’Grady for D Ryan; Seamus Considine for Crosby.


Shannon Olympic A 1  Bunratty A 1

SHANNON Olympic A took the lead in this tie after 15 minutes through Ray Quigley and they held this until a quarter of an hour from the end when Bunratty substitute Pa Twomey hit home for the equaliser. 
Olympic had the better of the first-half exchanges but failed to turn this into scores on a day when Bunratty’s Gary McGetrick made some fine saves. Both sides finished with 10 men after John Keogh (Olympic) and Seán McDonald were shown red cards.

Shannon Olympic A: Ronan O’Connor; David Collins, Ian Hogan, Noel Donlon, Donnacda Kelly; Karl Scott, Paul O’Connor, Eamonn O’Neill, Wayne Regan; Ray Quigley, John Keogh.
Subs: Marco Concalves for Regan; Jimmy Houlihan for Scott.
Bunratty A: Gary McGettrick; Shane Purcell, Terry Duggan, Steve Carroll, Richard Lillis, Evan Glynn, Brian O’Connell, Noel Collins, Daithi O’Connell, Ryan Kelly, Seán McDonald.
Subs: Pa Twomey for Ryan Kelly.

Burren United 1  Avenue United A 4

THIS tie was played in difficult weather conditions in Doolin and the experience of the Ennis side proved decisive. Avenue took the lead through a Seán O’Mara strike but the home side fought back and equalised through Seán Cormican. Just before half-time Avenue went back in front when Mikey Mahoney scored direct from a corner kick.
The winners scored twice in the final quarter. A Mikey Mahoney free held up and David Smith was in quickly to apply the finishing touch before substitute Barry Nugent had the final goal of the game.

Burren Utd: Conor Cormican; Michael Keating, Kevin Danaher, Daniel Carey, Stephen Tierney; Pat Nagle, Gihat Marine, John McCormack, Seán Cormican, Donal Howley, James Keating.
Subs: Daniel O’Leary for J Keating.
Avenue Utd A: James Hanrahan; Mattie Nugent, Simon Cuddy, David Russell, Eamonn O’Reilly, Anthony White, David McCarthy, Mikey Mahoney, David Herliny, Adrian McDonagh, Seán O’Meara.
Subs: David Smith for Mahony; Barry Nugent for McDonagh; Pa Wilson for McCarthy.

Bridge United A 0  Rineanna Rovers A 0

THIS was a tough game played out in freezing conditions in Sixmilebridge on Sunday. Bridge will be pleased with their  performance despite not taking full points, Jason Casey making a marvellous save from a Derek Fahy with five minutes remaining.

Bridge United A: Paul Touhy; Steve Stewart, Donald Devanney, Jonathon Downes, Adrian Whyte, Greg Deegan, Mark Culbert, Billy Maxwell, Trevor Maxwell, Alan McAuley, Derek Fahy.
Subs: Darra Fitzgerald for McAuley; Darren Murphy for Billy Maxwell, Mikey Reddan for Trevor Maxwell.
Rineanna Rovers A: Jason Casey; Dean Richter, John Earls, Pa Fahy, Hugh Kelly, Stephen Kelly, Kieran Keane, Gary O’Connell, Dermot Nash, Colin Ryan, Paul Butler.
Sub: Johnnie Okoru for Nash; Martin ‘Ogie’ Murphy for Richter; Darren Murphy for Keane.

The game between Rock Rovers and Bridge Celtic, scheduled for Lees Road on Sunday morning, was cancelled shortly before kick-off time of 11am.

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