RDFL ROUND UP 13/02/22

By Thomas Fitzpatrick


Roscommon and District League Round up
Congratulations are extended to Ballinasloe Town who advanced to the last
sixteen of the FAI Centenary Cup following a penalty shootout win over the
Mayo Champions Ballyheane at Ballinasloe. The home side got off to a perfect
start when Garry Egan converted a penalty kick after Ryan Burke was taken
down inside the first minute of the game. Ballinasloe Town were the better
side for the next half hour with Niall Stack Ryan Burke and Jordan Carr very
impressive. With thirty eight played Ballyheane equalised. Ben Edah and Liam
Irwin created an opening for Nathan Reilly Doyle and he turned two defenders
before shooting to the Ballinasloe net. For the remainder of the normal and
extra time the teams were well matched with both sets of defenders very
comfortable. There were no more scores in normal or extra time and so the
game went to a penalty shoot-out. Both teams scored seven each without a
miss and so it came down to Des Hope who scored after his opposite number
scored first time but was made take it a second time only to miss.
Also in Round five Boyle Celtic made the long journey to Waterford where they
played Villa F C who are fourth favourite to win this prestigious competition.
Despite playing reasonably well Boyle failed to advance to the last sixteen.
Shane Battles gave Boyle Celtic a deserved lead after ten minutes of play but
the home were awarded a penalty shortly afterwards to level the game. An
injury to Brian Mc Crann proved costly for Boyle Celtic and they conceded two
more. The visitors saw two shots come back off the Villa cross bar visitors and
they also missed a penalty kick near the end. Final score Villa F C 3 Boyle Celtic
In The Premier Division of the Roscommon and District League leaders Kilkerrin
United drew 2 – 2 away to Ballymoe F C. Playing against the wind in the first
half Kilkerrin kept the home side scoreless. Within a few minutes of the restart
Cillian Halvey scored for Kilkerrin but within a minute Damien Goggins levelled
the game. With sixty five played Damien Goggins gave Ballymoe a 2- 1 lead but
with five left to play Kieran Gannon scored fo Kilkerrin United with an
impressive header.
St Johns Athletic made it three wins in a row when they beat Castlerea Celtic 2
– 0 at Castlerea. Young Cian Kelly scored one and made a second for his side.

With twenty five played Daniel O Brien got on the end of a good Cian Kelly
cross to give his side a 1- 0 lead. Cian Kelly scored for St Johns Athletic for the
third game in a row before half tim. Castlerea Celtic were much better after
the break and Jack Higgins Donald Brennan and Mike Conroy all came close to
scoring but it was the Lecarrow side who captured the three points.
Moore United travelled to Cloonfad United and came away with a 2 – 0 win.
Andy Nevin headed Moore United in front after thirty minutes of play and he
added a second with twenty minutes left to play.
Moylough 79 beat Ballaghaderreen 2- 1 at Ballaghaderreen. Ross Mc Dermott
for Ballaghaderreen and Sean Kelly for Moylough exchanged goals before
Pierce Townsend scrambled a winner for Moylough in the last few minutes of
the game.
Skyvalley Rovers closed the gap on Division 1 leaders Ballinasloe Town to five
points with two games less played. They had a hard earned 3 – 2 win over the
Glenamaddy side Glen Celtic at Onagh Park Taughmaconnell. With just eight
minutes played a well struck free kick by Jonathan Harte gave the visitors a
shock lead. With twenty played Skyvalley leading scorer Callum O Brien
levelled the game and Sean Ryan added a second for the home side just before
half time. A good cross by Richard Browne after fifty eight minutes reached
Michael Donoghue who was very quick to react and he made it 3 – 1 for the
Skyvalley side. The home keeper Benny Lynch was forced into a few good saves
to deny Aaron Comer Ryan Mc Hugh and Peter Thomas Keavney as the second
half progressed. The visitors were finally rewarded with five minutes left to
play. Darragh Keavney created the opening and PJ Shanks volleyed to the net
but the goal came too late and Skyvalley Rovers held out for a win.
Shiven Rovers beat Dunmore Town 2 – 1 in a game played at Newbridge.
Cathal Dinnan and Andrew Naughton scored for the Newbridge side.
In the Division 2 Promotion battle Boyle Celtic beat a young Roscommon
United side 7 – 1 at Boyle. Dermott Began scored three Reece Shanley two and
Luca Hill and Adam Dwyer one each.
Dunmore Town came from 2 – 1 down away to Cloonfad to win 3 – 2.Thomas
Kilgarriffe scored early for the winners before Darren Keadin scored two for

Cloonfad United. Cloonfad conceded two goals in time added on at the end of
the game. Thomas Kilgarriffe completing his hat trick for Dunmore when he got
on the end of two corner kicks.
Skyvalley Rovers beat leaders Ballaghaderreen 2 – 0 at Taughmaconnell to go
top of the Division 2 points table. The losers conceded an own goal following a
corner kick after fifteen minutes. Young John Shaughnessy, son of for great
John Shaughnessy added a second with thirty five played and despite intense
pressure from a good Ballaghaderreen side they held out to take all three
In a local derby game at Lecarrow St Johns Athletic and Cam Celtic drew 2 – 2.
Jamie Tiernan gave the home side an early lead but Gavin Byrne and Keith
Dolan scored two for Cam Celtic before the break. Caimin Boland won a point
for St Johns Athletic when he got an equaliser ten minutes into the second
In the Division 2 Shield Moore United beat St Cuans / Ahascragh United 1 – 0 at
Moore. David Griffin converted a penalty kick after thirty five minutes to win
all 3 points for Moore United
Ballymoe beat Rahara Rovers 2 – 1 at Ballymoe. Jack Donnellan and David Swift
scored for Ballymoe and Shane Mc Cormack replied for Rahara Rovers.
The League were shocked to hear of the death of the former Kilkerrin player
Francis Heverin who passed away after a short illness. We extend our
deepest sympathy to his wife three young daughters and allthe extended
family. May he rest in peace

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