05/11/23 RDFL ROUND UP

By Thomas Fitzpatrick


Roscommon and District League Round UP
The third round of the FAI Junior Cup took centre stage on Sunday but it turned out to be an unlucky day for Ballinasloe Town and Moore United who were both beaten by the narrowest of margins.
Ballinasloe travelled to Sligo where they played the Sligo Leitrim Super League side Strand Celtic Strand Celtic won 1 – 0 In a good hard fought game that could have been won by either side.

Moore United and the Mayo Super League side Manulla United were involved in a five goal thriller at Moore but on a day that the Mayo goalkeeper was absolutely inspired it was Manulla who came out on top on a 3 – 2 score line. Moore started on the front foot and should have taken an early lead. However a quick break from the visitors resulted in Cian Benson scoring with just five played. The Manulla Keeper denied Moore an equaliser with three excellent saves and then just before the break Shea Benson took advantage of hesitancy in the Moore defence and gave his side a 2 – 0 half time lead. It got worse for the home side when Cian Benson volleyed a third with sixty five played. However Moore never gave up and Charles Nevin and Josh Lennon pulled two back with eight minutes of play remaining. Moore were sure they had an equaliser in the last minute but somehow the Keeper and a defender cleared the ball off the Manulla goal line.
In the only game played in the Premier Division Ballaghaderreen had a surprising 7 – 0 win over C P Ajax at Tarmon. The winners raced into a 4 – 0 lead and the game as a contested was over by half time. Tom Ward scored four and Danny Browne Leon Sinnott Oisin Horan added one each for the winners. Ballaghaderreen and Boyle Celtic share top spot in the Premier Division.
In Division 1 North Dunmore Town go top of the points table but there is a long way to go. They beat Glen Celtic 3 – 2 at Dunmore. A fast and frantic first 25 minutes saw Dunmore go 1 – 0 up through a twenty metre strike from Padraig Martyn. The Glenamaddy side were level ten minutes later through Michael Heneghan following a corner kick. Gavin Hegarty scored a second for Glen Celtic five minutes later but Padraig Martyn levelled the game just before half time. Early in the second half Shane Davis fed Declan Forde with an excellent through ball and he raced through ond slotted the winners.
Ballymoe F C beat Ballaghaderreen second side 4 – 1 at Ballymoe. Damien Goggins and Eoin Morgan gave Ballymoe a 2- 0 half time lead. Paul Flanagan and Eoin Morgan added two more in the second half with Josh Carney replying for the losers.
The Cloonfad v Kilkerrin United game was postponed due to bereavement
In Division 1 South Skyvalley Rovers go top of the points table but have more games played than the chasing teams.
They had a 3 – 0 win over Rahara Rovers in a game played at Taughmaconnell. In a really hard fought and even game Skyvalley Rovers were 1 – 0 ahead at the break thanks to an Eoin Keogh goal. Rahara missed from the penalty spot early in the second half and it proved costly. Mike Garvey and Cormack Moore added two more for Skyvalley Rovers before the end.
Cam Celtic / Dysart beat St Cuans / Ahascragh United 2 – 1 at Cam. Ben Moran and Doyle scored for the winners and Cameron O Leary replied for the losers.
Boyle Celtic had a hard earned 2 – 1 win over Ballinasloe Town at Ballinasloe.
The home side went 1 – 0 up early in the game thanks to a fine strike from Amanda Lynch. The visitors levelled the game before half time through Anna Mc Grath and added a second early in the second half through Sheridan Takahara. Amanda Lynch came close to levelling the game in the closing minutes but her volley came back off the cross bar.
Kilkerrin United had an 8-1 win over a very young St Cuans/ Ahascragh United side at Kilkerrin. Katie Mc Gann and Mya Grogan scored two each and Aoife Collins Aisling Walsh Costello Siobhan Fahy Samantha Fahy and Sarah Ward added one each with Ruby Glynn replying for the losers.

Shiven Rovers beat Castlerea Celtic 5 – 0 at Newbridge in a game that was much closer than the score suggests.
Lucy Dunican gave the home side the lead with seven played. Ciara Lally added a second and just before half time Lucy Dunican added her second for the winners. In the second halfSarah Gavin and Ciara Lally added two more .

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