RDFL WEEKEND ROUND UP AND RESULTS BY VINCENT BROOKS
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 1 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 points. 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 half. 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