RDFL ROUND UP 26/11/23

By Thomas Fitzpatrick


Roscommon and District League
Round Up
In the outstanding games in Round two of the Connacht Cup Castlerea Celtic advanced to the next round after they went to extra time before beating Ballinrobe Town 3 -2 at Ballinrobe . Oisin Ward scored two and Jarlath Geraghty one for the winners

St Johns Athletic were beaten following a penalty shootout away to the Galway side University of Galway . Jamie Tiernan and Simon Leonard scored for a good St Johns side.

Ballinasloe Town had a difficult game away to the Sligo Super League side Carbury F C. While Ballinasloe started well and Ryan Burke gave them a first half lead they didn’t play well in the second half and crashed out on a 4 – 1 score line.

The Premier Division of the Roscommon and District League is finely balanced with just three points separating the top six teams with four series of matches played.

Leaders Ballaghaderreen F C were involved in a seven goal thriller at home to the current League Champions Moore United. Unfortunately for the home side they found themselves a goal behind at the final whistle. To Ward opened the scoring for Ballaghaderreen after twenty one minutes of play but Charles Nevin replied for Moore United shortly afterwards. Tom Ward scored his second following good work by Patrick Callaghan three minutes before half time but Jack Nevin levelled the game early in the second half. With twenty left to play Shane Dunning gave Moore a 3 – 2 lead but Danny Browne levelled the game when he converted a penalty kick. With four of the five minutes ofadded time remaining Jack Nevin went one better than his brother Charles when he scored the winner for Moore United.

Shiven Rovers were struggling earlier in the season but they picked up three valuable points following a 1 – 0 win over Boyle Celtic at Newbridge. In a rather hectic game Rory Cunningham scored the winner for Shiven Rovers.

In Division 1 Northern section Ballymoe F C are certain to gain promotion to the newly formed Division 1 following a 2 – 2 draw with Ballinagare / Manor at Ballymoe. Who will join Ballymoe is still up for grabs with the remaining teams all very close.
Ballinagare / Manor were the better side in the first half and Aaron Dowd scored for them with thirty played following a perfect cross from Jay Mc Carthy. Ballymoe levelled the game with six minutes left to play in the first half when James Connaughton scored following a corner kick.
Ballymoe started the second half well and took the lead when Damien Goggins scored with a fine volley from the edge of the penalty area . However the ever reliable Gerry Ward levelled the game with a well taken goal and while both teams had chances to take all three points a draw was a fair result.

The Glenamaddy side Glen Celtic had a 4 – 2 win over Cloonfad United at Cloonfad and both teams continue to battle for a promotion spot.
There was very little between the sides with Glen Celtic scoring two goals in the last couple of minutes.
Ryan Mc Hugh gave Glen Celtic a 1 – 0 lead with thirty one minutes played and Sean Burke levelled the game two minutes before half time. Neill Morris gave the home side a 2 -1 lead with seventy five played but Ryan Mc Hugh levelled the game with three minutes of normal time remaining. Cloonfad conceded an own goal and Ryan McHugh completed his hat trick at the end to secure all three points for Glen Celtic.

Dunmore Town beat Ballaghaderreen second side 2 -0 at Dunmore. Shane Davis scored great goal after a neat cross by Mark Connell and Seamus Culkeen added a second before half time with a fine solo effort.

The Women’s League is really close with just five points separating the top five teams
Boyle Celtic travelled to Shiven Rovers and came away with a hard earned 1 – 0 win over the table toppers. Niamh Mc Na Meara scored the only goal of the game after twenty minutes of play.

Castlerea Celtic beat bottom side St Cuans / Ahascragh United 6 – 0 at Castlerea. While Castlerea Celtic were the better side and were 3 – 0 up at half time the losers were unlucky not to score a few goals near the end. Abi Flanagan Rachel Gormley Shannon Dowd Chloe Donnellan Reece Higgins and Aine Brennan scored their goals

Ballaghaderreen beat Ballinasloe Town 6 – 0 at Ballaghaderreen. Allanah Mc Greal and Leanna Foley scored two each and Kayla O Toole and Jessica Feeney got one each..

Kilkerrin United kept their title hopes very much alive when they beat Cam Celtic 1 – 0 at Kilkerrin. Ina great game of football Sarah Ward scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

In the Reserve League Shiven Rovers drew 2 -2 with Moore United at Newbridge. Cian Traynor and Dan Brown gave Shiven Rovers a 2 – 0 lead at half time. Rory Ryan and Mark Lennon replied for Moore United in the last fifteen minutes of the game.

Boyle Celtic beat the Castleplunket side C P Ajax 4 – 1 at Boyle. Kyle Sweeney Colm Morris Conor Tivnan and an own goal made up the Boyle Celtic total.

Dunmore Town beat Ballinagare / Manor United 6 – 3 at Ballinagare in a really sporting game. Young Barry Murphy scored three and Daithi Reddington 2 with Ben Glynn completing their scoring. Aaron Dowd Martin Ward and John Stokes scored for the losers.

Roscommon United beat Skyvalley Rovers 5 – 2 at Roscommon. Shane Doolin and Zico Gomes scored two each and Caio Mulryan added a fifth for the winners.

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