12/11/23 RDFL Round up

By Thomas Fitzpatrick


Roscommon and District League
Round Up

Boyle Celtic failed in their attempt to make it through to the Connacht Champions Cup when beaten away to the Sligo / Leitrim Super League side M C R at Sligo. Boyle Celtic just did not play to their full potential and the Sligo Town side MCR were the better side. The home side were 1 – 0 up early in the game but an own goal had the sides level at the break. The home side went in front in the second half but Shane Battles levelled the game just at the end of normal time. However in time added on MCR struck the winner.

In the Premier Division of the Roscommon and District League Moore United beat Shiven Rovers 3 -2 at Newbridge. Moore started well and passed the ball well from the start. They were on top but just could not find the killer touch in the first half and ended the half 0 – 0. Te second half started well for Moore and Ala Duffy ran on to a good ball over the top and slotted the ball into the corner of the net, Josh Lennon added a second with a perfect free kick. Charles Nevin provided an inch perfect cross for Josh Lennon to give Moore a 3 – 0 lead. Shiven pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining through Keith Murphy. Shiven Rovers were right back in the game when Keith Murphy added a second and while they came close to levelling the game it was to be Moore United who deservedly took all three points.

The Castlerea Celtic v Ballinasloe Town game was abandoned mid wat through the second half with the teams level at 1. 1.

At the end of the first series of games in Division 1 North and South three teams from each section will be promoted to Division1 proper. The fourth team from each section will play off to see who will compete in the new Division 1 in a few weeks’ time. Points won in the first games will not carry forward.

In the Division 1 Northern section Cloonfad United drew 0 – 0 with leaders Ballinagare / Manor United. Both teams are very much in contention to join the newly formed Division 1.
Cloonfad United were the better side in the first half but failed to capitalize on their chances created. After the break Ballinagare / Manor were much improved and came close to snatching all three points.

Moylough 79 secured a place in Division 1 proper following a 2 -1 win over Cam Celtic / Dysart at Moylough. The losers still have work to do before securing a place in Division 1.
Both Keepers made some great saves to keep their sides in the game. Moylough took a first half lead when James Fahy created an opening for Dermott Hughes who tucked the ball in the corner of the net. Cam / Dysart were back in the game with sixty played thanks to a Luke Fallon goal. However within a couple of minutes Lorcan Kelly got on the end of an Alan Conway cross to win all tree points for Moylough.

In the Connacht Women’s Cup Cam Celtic had an impressive 3 – 0 win away to the Sligo side Valley Rovers.
Katie Nolan and Rebecca Collins gave Cam Celtic a deserving 2 – 0 half time lead and Katie Nolan added a third after the break.

In an all Roscommon League clash at Castlerea the home side were beaten 2 – 1 by a very good Kilkerrin United side. It was a real tight battle with Kilkerrin coming out on top. Kilkerrin United took the lead when Ciara Boyle got on the end of a corner kick from Samantha Fahy. Rachel Gormley levelled the game before half time but another Samantha Fahy corner kick was headed to the Castlerea Celtic net by Sarah Ward to secure a place for Kilkerrin United in the next round.

In the Roscommon and District Women’s League Ballaghaderreen beat Boyle Celtic 2 – 1 at Boyle. Played in freezing conditions both teams played some excellent football. With no goals in the first half Anna Mc Grath soon gave Boyle Celtic a 1 – 0 lead in the second half. Ava Mc Greal levelled the game following good work by Rebecca Finan. Just when it looked like the game would finish all square Pauline O Grady scored the winner for Ballaghaderreen.

In the Reserve Division Moore United had a 5 – 2 win over Boyle Celtic at Boyle.
Daniel Hughes gave Boyle an early lead. Tommy Naughton levelled the game after thirty minutes when Jason Cunningham created an opening. Tommy Naughton added two more and David Griffin one to give the home side a 4 – 1 lead at half time. Tommy Naughton added his fourth after the break with Aaron Calpin replying for the losers.

Skyvalley Rovers beat Shiven Rovers 5 – 2 at Newbridge in a game much closer than the score line suggests. The sides were level at 1 – 1 when Brian Croffy saved a penalty kick for Skyvalley Rovers and in the second half they pulled away to secure a comfortable win. Richard Browne and Mike Garvey scored two each and Conal Moore one for the winners with Eoghan Browne and Josh Barrett replying for the Shiven Rovers side.

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