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Lifford AFC's Gullermo Perez Lopez in action against Bridge Utd's Brandon O'Halloran. Photograph by Natasha Barton

Premier League wrap: Bridge United finish on a high

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Bridge United secured a final day victory as Mark Colbert’s side finished comfortably in fourth place.
A victory here for Lifford would have seen them finish fifth. However, this defeat coupled with Mountshannon Celtic’s victory over Shannon Hibs ensured that Adrian Walsh’s side finished sixth.
Lifford will be relatively pleased with their season as despite some early poor results, they were able to finish comfortably in the middle of the pack.
Leon Daly gave Bridge an early lead but that strike was cancelled out by Niall Guinnane as the sides retired to the dressing rooms level at 1-1.
The second half saw both sides push forward in search of a winner but with little in the line for either outfit, the game lacked the necessary cut and thrust that both of these sides have displayed throughout the 2021/22 season.
Bridge managed to find the winning goal when 16-year-old Darragh Hayes struck a late winner to ensure his side finished their campaign on a high note.
The winners will look to build for next season and potentially mount a title challenge while Lifford AFC will be keen to climb the ranks and build on a solid season.
Lifford AFC: John Allan, John Maher, Eoin Monaghan, Eoin Walsh, Guillermo Lopez, Josh Brack, Gary McNaboe, Zac Guilfoyle, Niall Guinnane, Matthew Davenport, Nathan Rezende
Subs: Darragh Madigan for Guilfoyle, Eddie Killeen for Monaghan, Paul Martin for Guinnane.
Bridge United: Paul Tuohy, Michael Carey, Brandon O’Halloran, Jonathan Downes, Liam Flynn, Steve Stewart, Ryan Perez, Adam Fitzpatrick, Julio Perez, Leon Daly, Darragh Hayes.
Subs: Jack O Halloran for J. Perez.


Shannon Town finish with a flourish
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After upsetting Newmarket Celtic in their previous league game, Shannon Town continued their fine end of season form as they put Ennis Town to the sword.
With Ennis Town’s place in next season’s Maloney Hardware Premier Division long secured and with their U19s suffering defeat in the Munster Cup final, Tony Downey’s side had little to play for.
Jack Ryan fired in a hat trick for Shannon Town as they overwhelmed their opponents.
Derek Byrne’s charges found themselves 2-0 up at halftime as Jack Ryan and Gary O’Connell struck for goals. Ryan struck a third early in the second half before Charlie Morrison put the result beyond any doubt with his side’s fourth of the game.
Ryan completed his hat trick before Rob Wall rounded out the scoring with Shannon Town ending their season in style. Ennis Town’s crop of U19 players still have the Clare Cup to compete for but their senior players can now look towards next season and start afresh.
Ennis Town: Adam Fleming, Ultan Shields, Steven Horgan, Chibi King, Seanie Perrill, Jashar Aliu, Evan White, Seun Olanrewaju, Davy Keenan, Darragh Murphy, Robbie Gormley.
Shannon Town: Eoghan Casey, Cody Waller, Steve Carroll, Darren Griffin, Fionn McInerney, Ben O’Neill, Charlie Morrison, Brian O’Connor, Jack Ryan, Gary O’Connell, Brian Monaghan.
Subs: Rob Wall for O’Neill, Aaron Kelly for Waller, Derek Byrne for Griffen.


Mountshannon secure fifth after emphatic win
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Shannon Hibs 1
Mountshannon Celtic rounded out their season in impressive fashion as they overcame an already relegated Shannon Hibs outfit.
Gary Dear and Colm Kavanagh’s side have enjoyed an excellent campaign in their side’s return to the top division of Clare soccer.
Despite lurking close to the relegation zone before the Christmas break, Mountshannon have made good use of the games in hand they possessed while finding the necessary goals to gradually move away from relegation trouble.
Guy Vigurs’ double helped ensure beat a Shannon Hibs side that had previously grabbed their first win of the league campaign against Ennis Town in their previous game.
In a first half that Mountshannon dominated, Guy Vigurs opened the scoring. Hibs managed to hit back through Damien Casey to level the game midway through the opening half.
However, from there Mountshannon retook control and the ascendancy of this contest as a goal apiece from Paddy Fitzgerald and John Scanlan helped the hosts take a 3-1 halftime lead.
Vigurs struck for Mountshannon’s fourth as they ended their campaign with a flourish and they will hope to build on this season heading into pre-season. Meanwhile, Shannon Hibs finished bottom of the table and suffered relegation to the Ann Romer Flowers First Division.
Mountshannon Celtic: Andy O’Dwyer, Sean Browne, Niall Minogue, Oran Scanlan, Niall Dear, Martin Cunningham, Ronan Dooley, John Scanlan, Paddy Fitzgerald, Guy Vigurs, William Glass.
Sub: Ben Harrington for Browne.
Shannon Hibs: Trevor O’Donnell, Adam Ryan, Stephen Touhy, Ciaran McKee, Darragh McDade, Bobby O Connell, Jack Hannah, Mikey Wall, Darren O Loughlin, Damien Casey.
Subs: Jake O Loughlin for Ryan, Ian Downes for Casey, Zygge Wall for M. Wall, Trevor O Donnell Jr. for Hannah, Pa Devanney for Darren O’Loughlin.


Honours shared as Ennistymon left to fight for status
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Shannon Olympic 2
Sporting Ennistymon managed to salvage a point as they twice came from a goal behind.
However, the Lahinch side are still not assured of their place in the Maloney Hardware Premier Division next season as after finishing third from bottom, they now face in to a Promotion/Relegation play-off against Kilrush Rangers.
This result will give Sporting Ennistymon confidence as they fought back twice against an already relegated Shannon Olympic side.
It was Olympic who took the lead in the eighth minute when Ray Quigley managed to evade the Sporting Ennistymon defence and poke home from close range.
Despite Sporting Ennistymons’ best attempts, they were unable to find a response before the break as Shannon Olympic enjoyed a 1-0 halftime advantage.
Two minutes into the second half Sean McConigley was upended in the box before he stepped up to rifle home and level the contest. Parity lasted a little over 15 minutes before Shannon Olympic were awarded a penalty of their own.
Ryan Kelly stepped up to convert as Olympic moved back in front. After some fine build-up play, Sporting Ennistymon found the equaliser in the 81st minute as Michael Leigh struck beyond Piotr Kaluza in the Olympic goal.
Shannon Olympic now must ready themselves for First Division football next season while Sporting Ennistymon will be desperate to avoid the same fate as their destiny lies in their own hands.
Shannon Olympic: Piotr Kaluza, Benjamin Cantillon, Dan Clair, Rob Clair, Alan Kelly, Dean Power, Rachid Amallah, Sean McDonald, Ciaran Keane, Ryan Kelly, Ray Quigley.

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