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Bridge Utd heading towards premier title

Bridge United A 1 Newmarket Celtic A 0 Bridge United A took a giant step towards winning the Clare soccer league’s premier league title when they defeated holders Newmarket Celtic at McDonough Park this Sunday morning. An outstanding defensive display, particularly in the final quarter, was key to this success on a day when the all important goal was scored by Darragh Fitzgerald early in the second half. Over the ninety minutes, Bridge deserved the victory. They had the better of the first half exchanges and will have been disappointed not to lead at the interval. They had a great chance to take the lead just before half time when they were awarded a penalty after Derek Fahy was adjudged to have been fouled in the square/ However, Niall Quinn produced an excellent save from Robbie Wall. The final quarter was dominated by the home side butthey simply could not break down a superb Bridge United defence in which team …

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Spoils shared at Lees Road

By Seamus Hayes Ennis Town A 1  Newmarket Celtic A  1 Champions Ennis Town A and current leaders Newmarket Celtic A shared the spoils when they clashed in the premier league at a cold and foggy Lees Road on Sunday morning. The rivalry between the sides was evident in a well contested tie. It was their second meeting inside a week as they had clashed on Wednesday night under lights at the county grounds in the opening round of the Hugh Kelly memorial league cup. A penalty shoot out was needed to decided that one after they had shared four goals and the Ennis side came out winners on a 4-2 score when it came to the  penalties. Newmarket have led the in the league from the outset and they took the lead in this latest outing when Colin Smith scored twenty five minutes into the game Inside the opening five minutes of the second half, the home side got …

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Nine man Avenue earn a share of the spoils

By Seamus Hayes Avenue United A 0 Bridge United A 0 Despite having two players sent off, Avenue United A earned a share of the points with Bridge United when the sides clashed in this premier league tie at Roslevan on Sunday afternoon. The result means that Bridge United remain in second place with Avenue two points adrift in third spot. Leaders Newmarket Celtic A moved further ahead when they scored another big win over Lifford at McDonagh park and they are now odds on to win the title. Despite the fact that there were no goals, there were plenty of talking points when Avenue and Bridge United clashed. Ten minutes into the game the home side were reduced to ten men when Paddy O’Malley was dismissed by referee James Ferns. Bridge played with the aid of the strong wind in the first half but an Avenue defence, well marshalled by Eamonn O’Reilly, remained in control. As half time approached, …

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White’s strike earns Bridge Utd a share of the spoils

By Seamus Hayes Newmarket Celtic A 2 Bridge United A 2 Full back Jason White earned Bridge United A a share of the spoils in this top of the table premier league clash at McDonagh Park on Sunday morning when he found the net in the first minute of injury time, sparking off great celebrations amongst supporters and officials of the visiting club. League leaders Newmarket looked to be heading for another win when they went 2-0 ahead with ten minutes remaining when Ronan McCormack scored from the penalty spot after substitute Cathal Hayes was fouled in the area by Bridge goalie John Mulready. The visitors refused to give up, however, and were thrown a lifeline six minutes from time when Mike McNamara finished after a bout of pressure. They continued to pile on the pressure and when the league leaders failed to clear from a corner, White pounced for what could yet prove to be a most valuable point. …

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Ennis Town Rock make history

By Seamus Hayes Ennis Town Rock A 1  Newmarket Celtic A 0 There were great scenes of celebration at Lees Road this Friday evening as Ennis Town Rock A were crowned Clare soccer premier league champions for the first time in the club’s history. Goint into Friday’s games, three teams were in the running for the title, Avenue United A, Newmarket Celtic A and Ennis Town Rock A. Avenue A secored their expected win over Hermitage A at the Fairgreen in a tie that finished 4-0 in their favour. To remain in the race, they needed Ennis Town Rock and Newmarket to play a draw but this cup final repeat saw the Ennis side avenge that result and deservingly take the league crown. The all important goal came in the first minute of the second half and it was scored by the team captain and former league of Ireland player Stephen Hickey. Before the break Newmarket suffered a huge blow …

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