Rossies denied by Mayo’s late late show

An equaliser deep into injury time denied the Roscommon & District League a win in their opening fixture of this season’s Oscar Traynor Cup against Mayo in Castlebar last weekend.

  Overall the teams were well matched, and while the Roscommon side created good chances in the first half they were forced to defend in numbers after the break as Mayo took control.

  With ten minutes played, Skyvalley’s Ethan Keogh beat the Mayo off-side trap and goalkeeper before scoring to give Roscommon the lead. Both sides had chances before the break but failed to take them and Roscommon went in ahead.

  As expected the second half saw Roscommon on the defensive but their back four, led by captain Des Hope from Ballinasloe Town, kept Mayo at bay. Even when Mayo got past the defence they found the visitors’ ‘keeper Noel Fallon in top form.

  However, deep into injury time, Benny Lavell who had come on as a substitute fourteen minutes earlier grabbed a last gasp equaliser for the Mayo League.

  The Roscommon and District league now have home games against the Clare and Galway Leagues to secure a place in the Oscar Traynor Cup knock-out stages. The game between the Galway and Clare leagues also finished 1–1.

Action from Divisions 1 & 2

Brazukas join Shiven Rovers at the top of the Norio’s Division 1 table after a 4–1 win over Rahara Rovers. Both teams have sixteen points from their six league games played. Edimilson, Marcos, Dannis, and Vando on target for Brazukas.

  Ballinasloe Town kept their hopes of catching the leaders alive when they beat Ballaghaderreen 2-1 at home. Conor Kenny gave Ballinasloe a 1-0 lead after ten Minutes and Niall Keighery added their second just before half time. Gerry Ward pulled a goal back for Ballaghaderreen with sixteen played in the second half but Ballinasloe held out.

  MD Town remain eight points clear at the top of the Division 2 table following a 5–1 win over St. John’s Athletic at Milltown. Calum Manhire and Seamus Culkeen gave the home side an early 2–0 lead before Sean Dervin pulled one back for St. John’s. Stephen Varley and James Maloney added two more for Town before the break and Kevin Varley completed the scoring in the second half.

  Lough Harps and Moylough 79 were involved in a five goal thriller at Ballinlough before Lough Harps came out on top on a 3–2 score line. With Rob Cregg in top form the home side took the lead after eighteen minutes of play with a volley from Kevin Lynch.

  Michael Kelly replied for Moylough with an equally good strike before Michael Golden restored the Lough Harps lead three minutes before the break.

  Marcus Finn converted a penalty to level it once again before Kevin Murphy scored a fine solo goal for Lough Harps, and they held out to take all three points.

  Lough Harps are in joint second place in the table, eight points behind the leaders with four games in hand.

  The Castleplunket side CP Ajax beat Roscommon United 4–1 at Tarmon to move into joint second place behind MD Town with two games in hand. The home side were 2–0 up at half time and added two more before Roscommon United pulled a goal back. Paul Mee scored two and Darren Boyle and Shane Smith added one each for the winners before Michael Lannon replied for United.