RDFL ROUND UP 05/06/2022

By Thomas Fitzpatrick


Roscommon and District League Round Up
Boyle Celtic kept their hopes of winning the treble alive when they beat Castlerea Celtic 3 – 0 at Castlerea. The home side gave it their all in the first half with Jarlath Geraghty Niall Higgins and Mike Conroy all coming close to scoring .However it was the experienced Boyle Celtic who led at half time thanks to a Adam Dwyer strike following a corner kick just before the break. Niall Higgins and Alan Mc Dermott came close to levelling the game before Aaron Calpin and Michael Corrigan sealed a final place against either St Johns Athletic or Ballinasloe Town.
St Johns Athletic beat Kilkerrin United 4 – 0 in their Quarter- Final game at Lecarrow. Cian Kelly Caimin Boldan Jack O Beirne and Tommy Hurley scored their goals.
Ballinasloe Town travelled to Cloonfad and came away with a 7 – 2 win over a weakened Cloonfad United side. Jordan O Leary opened the scoring for the winners after seven minutes and he added two more before the end. Niall Stack scored two and Shane Anthony Kelly and Cameron O Leary added one each. Conor Flynn and James Mc Donagh kept the home side in the game until half time when they scored two.

Dunmore Town and Ballinagare Manor /United will play in the Division 1 Cup Semi Finals following Quarter –Final wins over Dysart and C P Ajax respectively. Dunmore Town beat Dysart 3 -1 at Dysart.
Declan Forde Ben Glynn and Tom Byrne scored for Dunmore with Andy Higgins replying for Dysart.
Ballinagare Manor United edged the Castleplunket side C P Ajax out of the cup when the beat them 2 – 1 at Tarmon. The ever reliable Gerry Ward and Jack Mc Dermott gave the winners a 2 – 0 lead and while the home side pulled a goal back with five minutes left to play the winners just about held on for the win.

Shiven Rovers are through to a second Cup Final after a comfortable 3 – 1 win over Ballinasloe “B” at Newbridge. This ever improving Shiven side went in front in the first half thanks to an own goal. Ten minutes into the second half the winners stretched their lead when Keith Murphy finished off a fine passing move. Within three minutes Wayne Coyne pulled a goal back for the losers and only a couple of good saves from Shane Delaney denied them an Equaliser. With fourteen minutes left to play a fine cross from Keith Murphy was volleyed to the net by Adam Farrell to secure Shiven’s place in the final and a meeting with either Dunmore Town or Ballinagare Manor United.

In the Division 2 Shield Final Ballymoe and Rahara Rovers were involved in a seven goal thriller before a last minute penalty kick won the game for Ballymoe. T Lambe Dan Malone P Hynes and J Tarmey scored for the winners with Shane McCormack scoring two and D Heavey replying for the losers.

Ballaghaderreen second side are through to the Shield final after a 5 – 4 penalty shoot-out win over Dunmore Town at Dunmore.
The game finished scoreless after extra time

Congratulations to Shiven Rovers who celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the club over the weekend. Overall it was an absolute credit to this fantastic Club and great credit is due to all for all the work done in preparation for this wonderful weekend
Onwards and upwards for this great club and good luck in your two upcoming Cup Finals.

Next Sunday sees the Final of the Joes Bar Roscommon and District League Challenge Cup.
This season’s final will see Premier Division Champions Boyle Celtic take on Division1 side Shiven Rovers. While Boyle Celtic will start favourites they should be very wary of a Shiven Rovers side who have already knocked out two Premier sides and seem to grow in confidence and determination with every game they play. While Boyle Celtic played for many seasons in the Sligo Leitrim League they did win the Challenge Cup back in the 1984 / 85 season. The Challenge Cup is the only trophy in the League that has eluded Shiven Rovers and they will be hoping to put that right on Sunday. Both teams will give it their all and a good sporting game is assured. The game kicks off at the Roscommon and District League Grounds Lecarrow on Sunday with a kick off time of 2.00 pm

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