Shannon Olympic A 2 Turnpike Rovers 1
Shannon Olympic moved to the top of the first division league on score difference by beating Turnpike Rovers 2-1 at Olympic Park on Sunday afternoon.
Turnpike were quick off the mark and capitalised on a slow starting home side with a goal in the fifth minute, after a mix up in the Olympic defence allowed Christopher Shannon in to finish well.
The home side gradually got into the game and in the 25th minute they were rewarded when a David Collins free kick was steered into goal by a superb header from George Justice.
Olympic turned up the heat after netting the equaliser and were unlucky not to extend their lead, just two minutes later, when a Gareth McPhilips effort was deflected wide.
Olympic did not have to wait long for the lead, in the 32nd minute a goal bound Jimmy Houlihan free kick was touched onto the crossbar acrobatically by Turnpike’s ‘keeper Keith Ryan, Olympic’s Donncadh Kelly reacted first to the rebound and slid in to put the home side in the lead.
Turnpike’s Fergal Brennan was unlucky when his chance in the 42nd minute was just over.
Turnpike started the second half in determined mood but the home side were not going to let their lead slip and every chance that Turnpike created in the final third seemed to fall at the feet of an Olympic man, or was finished poorly.
Olympic continued to play some good attacking football and Donncadh Kelly was unlucky not to double his own tally when he just failed to connect with a Gareth McPhilips free kick in the 60th minute.
In the 68th minute Turnpike’s David McMahon chance on goal was stopped by a great tackle from, Olympic’s impressive centre-half, James Fitzgerald.
Olympic went down to 10 men in the 80th minute when captain Jay Regan was handed a second yellow card. Just minutes later the home side suffered another blow when James Fitzgerald had to retire due to injury.
Turnpike piled forward but John Kelly was unlucky when hitting the ball wide in the 88th minute while Fergal Brennan’e effort went into McGettrick’s hands in the 90th minute.
As Turnpike piled forward they were almost caught out when Olympic broke and Jimmy Houlihan created a chance for Wayne Regan, who hit the post. On this Sunday Olympic travel to North Clare to play Sporting Ennistymon.
Shannon Olympic: Gary McGettrick, Ian Hogan, James Fitzgerald, David Collins, Mick O’Connell, George Justice, Donncadh Kelly, Gareth McPhilips, Jimmy Houlihan, Jay Regan, Ryan Kamper
Subs: Wayne Regan, Greg Keane, Dave Kearns, Richie Hanley.
Turnpike Rovers: Keith Ryan, Daniel Russell, Dermot Gannon, Donagh Hassett, Ethan Coote, John Kelly, Fergal Brennan, Noel Frawley, David McMahon, Tommy Cronin, Christopher Shannon.
Subs: Jason Hayes, Mark Woods, Matt Faudy, Ian McMahon, Eric Hayes.
Corofin Harps 1 Sporting Ennistymon 0
Corofin Harps kept up their strong challenge for promotion from the first division when they scored a one goal win over their neighbours Sporting Ennistymon on Sunday.
A minute’s silence was observed before kick off as a tribute to Noel Mullane who had played with both teams and who died earlier this year.
The decisive goal came 10 minutes from the end when Ennistymon failed to clear their lines following a Corofin corner. Paul Moroney was the goal scorer after John Keane’s header had rebounded off the post.
Corofin Harps: Mike Heith; Ronnie Meere, John Keane, Brendan Neylon, Stephen Quinn; Mark Gleeson, Paul Linnane, Damian Ryan, Brendan Keane; Fergal Neylon, Jason Tierney.
Subs: Brian Halpin, Paul Moroney, Diarmuid Daly.
Sporting Ennistymon: Padraig Brennan. Joe Dowling, Caoimhin Fahy, Pa Foley, Alan Sexton,.Thierry Bouton, Gearoid White, Alan Horan, Killian Malone, John McInerney, Sean McConigley.
Subs: Michael Houlihan, Mark Burke, Abdel Ennaoui.
Burren United 3 Cratloe Forest 2
Burren United had to work hard for victory over Cratloe Forest in this first division tie played at Lisdoonvarna on Sunday.
Cratloe took the lead after half an hour through an Ally McMillan header. Burren fought back and equalised through Martin McDonagh before, on the stroke of half time, taking the lead when Noel Downes raced through from midfield to score and putthem 2-1 ahead at the break
Early in the final quarter, Cratloe went back in front through Martin McMillan but, on the stroke of full time, the home side struck for the winner when Enda Coughlan headed to the net following a Danny Burke corner.
Burren United: Craig Flanagan; Daniel Carey, Michael Keating, Enda Coughlan, Marine Gihat; Danny Burke, Evan Talty, Noel Downes, Mark McCarthy, Martin McDonagh, Patrick Darcy.
Subs: John McCormack for Patrick Darcy; James Keating for Gihat.
Cratloe Forest: Pierce De Loughrey; Barry Gleeson, Pa O’Halloran, Thomas O’Connor, Philip Counihan; Aidan Browne, Ally McMilan, Michael Hawes, Damian Browne; Brian McMillan, Padraig Chaplin.
Subs: Martin McMillan for Chaplin; Kane O’Shea for Counihan.