Rossies held by Galway as Ballaghaderreen hit MD for five

The Roscommon & District League representative side are still on course to make the play off stages of the Oscar Traynor Cup competition following a 1–1 draw with the Galway League at the Curragh Grounds Ballinasloe on Saturday evening.

  Overall both sides created few real chances with well organised defences and two very good goalkeepers playing major roles in the outcome. Noel Fallon, Enda Kenny, Des Hope, Cormack Clogher, Andy Higgins, James Coyne and Shane Duffy were the outstanding performers for the home side while James Keane, Colm O’Donavan and Gerry Dolan played well for the Galway side.    

  In the first half there were few shots on target with Darragh Concannon and Andy Higgins coming closest to scoring for the Roscommon and District League.

   The Galway League took the lead with thirteen minutes played in the second half. Following a quick break, Galway caught the home defence out of position and punished them clinically. Gerry Dolan got past Peter Keighery on the right wing and his cross to the far post was volleyed home by substitute Jason Finn.

  With thirty-four minutes played Andy Higgins burst through the Galway defence and was hauled back on the edge of the penalty area. Darragh Concannon gave the Galway keeper no chance with a sweetly struck free-kick into the bottom corner.

  Despite their best efforts neither team could get a winner in the closing stages and it’s all to play for this weekend.

  In the Premier Division, Dylan Edwards scored all of the goals as Ballaghaderreen hammered MD Town 5-0 at home. Edwards was unusually quiet in the first half with just the solitary strike, but he soon improved on that lacklustre showing and added four more after the break.

  St. John’s victories are like buses in Lecarrow, they’re now coming along almost once a week. The harbour men (it’ll stick!) enjoyed a 1-0 win away to Cloonfad with David McDonnell on target from the spot.

  In  the Norio’s Takeaway Division 1, Shiven Rovers remain top following a 7-1 demolition of Rahara Rovers away from home. Eric Walsh with a brace and then one goal each from Shane Harkin, Jack Daly, Aidan McInerney, Michael Doyle and Francis Kilcommins for the visitors. Gareth Mulligan with the not so consoling goal for Rahara.

  It turned out to be a great weekend for Shiven Rovers as second placed Brazukas were beaten 5-3 at home by Ballinasloe. A Liam Lynch hattrick and one each for Greg Keighery and David Nee for the visitors. Vando, Marcelo and Marcos responding for the Brazilians.

  Glen Celtic are firmly in the promotion hunt after they beat Ballaghaderreen 2-1 in Glenamaddy. Aaron Hynes and Ryan McHugh gave Celtic a 2-0 half-time lead before Tom Ward pulled one back for the visitors.

  In Division 2, leaders MD Town saw their lead at the top cut to four points as they went down 2-1 away to second placed Lough Harps. The leaders will wonder how they managed to secure defeat from the jaws of  victory, however. Rory Maloney gave the Milltown Dunmore side the lead after 77 minutes, they then won a penalty in the 84th minute. Step forward Harps’ ‘keeper Rory Mannion, who brilliantly saved the spot kick before late goals from Tiernan Murphy and Sean Burke turned the game on its head and gave Lough Harps all three points.

  Moylough 79 are in third following their comprehensive 5-1 win over St. John’s Athletic B. Marcus Finn with a hattrick, Michael Foley and Michael Kelly with one each  for Moylough. Owen Cattigan with the consolation for St. John’s.