Roscommon and District League Round Up27 th February 2022 The fifth round of the T P Brennan sponsored Connacht Cup took centre stage—with three teams from the Roscommon and District League hoping to reach the Quarter-Finals. Only Ballinasloe Town advanced to the next round. They played the Galway side Dynamo Blues at Ballinasloe and had a comfortable 2 – 0 win. With eleven minutes played Mike Lynch headed a Garry Egan corner kick to the Tuam sides net. Eight minutes later a good passing move involving Mark and Shane Duffy and Niall Stack created an opening for the alert Ryan Burke to volley a second for the home side. For the remainder of the game the experienced Ballinasloe Town side shut up shop and denied the visitors any chance of a comeback. Boyle Celtic played Athenry Fc at the League grounds Lecarrow but after leading for a long period they were beaten 2 – 1 by an Athenry side who are one of the favourites to win this trophy. Shane Battles gave Boyle Celtic a first half lead and missed chances prevented them stretching their lead before half time. After sixty minutes of play Boyle Celtic lost their midfield General Brian Mc Crann through injury and Cathal Fahy and Gary Shanagan added two well taken goals for Athenry in the last quarter of the game. Ballymoe F C travelled to the Galway Premier Division Leaders Salthill Devon and as expected it was the home side who came out on top at a wind-swept Drum. With fifteen played James Connaughton volleyed to the Salthill Devon net from the edge of the penalty area. Tommy Mc Keown levelled the game before half time and in the last fifteen minutes of the game Vinnie Flaherty Timmy Molloy and an own goal gave the home side a place in the Quarter- Finals. St Johns Athletic moved to within two points of the top of the Norios Premier Division following a 1 – 0 win over Kilkerrin United at Lecarrow. A single score from Daniel O Brien won all three points for St Johns Athletic. Ballaghaderreen FC eased their relegation worries with a 2 – 1 win over Moore United at Moore. Danny Browne created an opening for Shairoze Akram who gave the visitors a 1 – 0 lead after eighteen minutes of play and just before half time Sean Smyth set up Danny Browne who added a second. James Lunt saved an Andy Nevin penalty kick early in the second half to keep Moore United at
bay. With eighty played Andy Nevin did convert a penalty kick for mid table Moore United but Ballaghaderreen held out to take all three points. Castlerea Celtic continue to battle near the bottom of the points table. They beat Cloonfad United 1 – 0 at Cloonfad. With just five minutes played Mike Conroy broke clear on the wing and his cross was finished superbly by Ronan Curran. Cloonfad had the aid of a strong wind in the second half but could not break down a resolute Castlerea Celtic defence who held out to take all three points. The first round games in the Joes Bar sponsored Roscommon and District League Challenge cup was played TODAY and by and large the results went as expected. Only teams from Division 1 and 2 are involved in the first two rounds. In an all Division 1 clash at Lisnamult, Roscommon United beat Dysart 2 – 1 in an exciting game. Connie Regan headed the Roscommon United side in front early in the game but Andy Higgins replied for Dysart to leave the sides level at the break. Vando scored the winner for the Town side early in the second half In a local derby game at Tarmon C P Ajax beat Ballinagare Manor United 3 -1 in a really close game. The sides were level with five minutes remaining but the Castleplunket side score two before the end. Gerry Ward gave Ballinagare/ Manor United the lead after ten minutes of play and some excellent saves by their keeper Cian Galvin kept them in front. Brian Larkin levelled the game with an excellent solo goal just after half time and Stephen Crann and Daniel Connolly added two more in the last few minutes to secure a place for the Castleplunket side in the next round. Division 1 side Shiven Rovers were 6 – 2 winners over Division 2 side St Cuans Ahascragh United. Playing against the wind in the first half two great strikes by Liam O Connor and Anthony Keary gave St Cuans Ahascragh United a 2- 0 lead at half time. After the break Keith Murphy scored two and Adam Farrell, Francis Kilcommins and Tom Doyle added one each for the Newbridge side with a sixth coming by way of an own goal... In an all Division 2 clash Ballaghaderreen beat Ballymoe 7- 6 in a penalty shoot- out after the game finished level at 3 – 3 at the end of extra time. Christopher Dunne scored two and Padraig Duffy one for the winners while Jason Tarmey scored two and the experienced Kevin Morgan one for the losers.
The Glenamaddy side Glen Celtic from Division 1 beat Moore United second side 2 – 0 at Lecarrow. Shane Mannion and Marty McGuire scored the goals for the winners with both coming in the first half. Division 1 side Dunmore Town beat Division 2 side Rahara Rovers 3 – 1 at Dunmore. The home side started well and Gavin Mullarkey converted two penalty kicks for his side before half time. Rahara battled on against a strong wind and Liam Naughton pulled one back. Gavin Mullarkey completed his hat trick near the end when he got on the end of a Patrick Cosgrove cross and sealed a place in round two for Dunmore Town. In the remaining game played St Johns Athletic beat old rivals Skyvalley Rovers 3 – 1 in an all Division 2 clash at Lecarrow. David Gately, Karol Feerick and Derek Doyle scored for the winners. The Skyvalley Rovers goal came by way of an own goal and their cause was not helped when they had two players sent off