Clubs from across the county continued their league and cup campaigns.
Below are all of this weekends soccer results and a round up of reports.
Monksland United 3 Mountmellick United 1
There was defeat for Mountmellick United away in Athlone today.
Mountmellick started well with Curtis Lee getting on a lot of ball but they fell behind just before half time after Monksland scored after a cross into the box was headed to the net.
Mountmellick thought they had a penalty on the resumption of play when Mark Grennan was taken down in the box by the keeper but his claims were waved away by the referee.
And Monksland went on to score two more goals before a late Mark Grennan penalty gave Mountmellick a consolation goal.
TEAM: Martin Forde; Robbie Conron, Brandon Cooper, Mark Goodwin, John Watchorne; Darren Strong, Gary Donoher, Robbie Hibbitts, Mark Grennan, Curtis Lee, Eoghan O’Riordan. Subs: Keith Ryan, Philip Hibbitts, Ben Conroy, Lee Collins, Daniel O’Riordan
Clonaslee United 0 Highfield United 2
Clonaslee also suffered defeat this morning as they lost out at home to Highfield United.
A dull first half passed with few chances for either team. Jack Owens came to Clonaslee’s rescue with a super tackle when it looked like Highfield would take the lead. Clonaslee finished the half stronger but with no real threat.
Highfield enjoyed more of the ball in this half and broke through at the Clonaslee goal with ease sometimes. Although Clonaslee could have taken the lead from a corner when Mark Doherty’s header was cleared off the line.
The first goal was scored 15 minutes from the end when Brendan Dunne’s attempt to clear the ball saw him put through his own net.
Clonaslee pushed for an equalizer but were caught on a break from a corner with Highfield making it 2-0 with the last kick of the game.
TEAM: Seamus Rosney, Jack Owens, Jack Malone, John Rigney, PJ Fitzpatrick, Ger Reilly, Diarmuid Conroy, Michael Hyland, Mark Doherty, Paddy Hyland, Niall Hogan Subs: Brendan Dunne for Doherty (60)
Geashill 1 Stradbally Town 4
Stradbally Town travelled to Ballinagar to play Geashill this morning and ran out convincing winners.
Despite dominating the early exchanges Stradbally failed to make the break through that all of their possession deserved.
Eventually the goal that was deserved arrived through Jody Dillon who finished nicely after a great pass from Jack Langton. Dillon doubled the lead on the 40 minute mark with another tidy finish, this time with his head after a great set piece delivery from Benny Lawlor.
Stradbally weren’t finished for the half just yet as Damien Murphy ran through the home side’s defence and calmly slotted home to make it a 3-0 and deserved lead at half time.
The home side came out and made a game of it in the second half. Pushing hard to try get back into the game left openings for Stradbally and again they punished Geashill, Richie Ryan with a great finish for the edge of the penalty area making it 4-0.
Geashill pulled a goal back but never really got any closer to Stradbally for the rest of the game. Best on the day for Stradbally were Jody Dillon, Richie Ryan and Damien Murphy.
TEAM: Jack Larkin, John Clancy, Ray Mullally, Billy Murphy, Conor Delaney, Jimmy Langton, Damien Murphy, Richie Ryan, Jack Langton, Jody Dillon, Benny Lawlor. Subs: Darren Fowler, Alan Delaney, Conor Brady, John Hayden, Benny Gannon, Jake Byrne.
FAI Youth Cup 1st Round:
Killeshin 1, Portlaoise 8
New Balance FAI Junior Cup 2nd Round:
Birr Town 4 Rosenallis AFC 2;
Monksland Utd 3, Mountmellick Utd 1;
Clonaslee Utd 0, Highfield Utd 2;
Gallen Utd 1, Towerhill Rovers 2;
Geashill Utd 1, Stradbally Town 4;
O’Moore FC 2, St. Carthages Athletic 4;
Kinnegad Juniors 1, St Aengus 2;
Rosenallis 1, Abbeyleix Athletic 2;
Maryborough 7, Monksland Utd 1;
Mountmellick Celtic 6, Riverside FC 0;