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Crettyard advance in FAI Junior Cup and Towerhill face a narrow defeat in this weekend’s soccer action

A number of games in the CCFL were called off this weekend but we are delighted to bring you the sporting results from the Carlow soccer league for the first time ever.

In Division 2 O’Moore FC versus Moate Celtic did not go ahead while FC Killoe gave Stradbally Town a walkover.

Neither Rosenallis ‘A’ or ‘B’ side graced the field of play this weekend either. Their ‘A’ team match was called off as the pitch in Coolraine is waterlogged, while the ‘B’ team’s match was called off due to a bereavement.

Towerhill Rovers suffered a 2-1 loss away against Offaly counterparts Walsh Island. The Laois side were down 2-1 at half-time, with a Nathan Carpenter penalty after 22 minutes keeping the score difference to one.

Robbie Ging was unlucky to hit the post in first half with a shot that looked to be heading in bottom corner. Towerhill played well over all but just had no joy in front of goal.

Opportunities were there, with Towerhill having the majority of the possession in the second half and a strong chance for a second penalty towards the end of the game.

However this 12-man squad were not on luck’s side today and the score finished 2-1.

Team: Richard Downey;Leon McDonald, Sean Egan, Jack Fennell, Aidan McGovern; Gary Roe, Paddy Downey, Nathan Carpenter, Darlington. Robbie Ging, Hayden Delaney. Subs: Eoin farrell

Laois clubs in the Carlow soccer league include Crettyard Utd, Killeshin FC, Ballylinan’s St Annes FC, Wolfhill Athletic- while Graiguecullen are represented by both St Fiacc’s FC and St Patrick’s Boys.

In the Nationalist Premier Division, St Pat’s recorded an immense 7-0 victory over Ballymurphy Celtic while Crettyard United remain joint top of the leaderboard with New Oak Boys.

Crettyard United played in the FAI Junior Cup semi-final Saturday and pulled out a 3-2 win over Swords Celtic to face Cappry Rovers in the final.

St Fiacc’s will be wondering how these three points slipped through their fingers going in 3-0 up at half-time .

The Graiguecullen side took an early lead when Brian O’Rourke headed home an Ian Fleming corner to give the visitors to get the first score on the board.

Fiacc’s then went 2-0 up when Ian Foley finished off a great three-man passing move involving Ross Hennessy and Brian O’Rourke.

Just before half time Aaron Delaney beat the offside trap and made no mistake when he drove his shot beyond the Parkville keeper to give Fiacc’ss a 3-0 at the break.

The second half saw Parkville get out of the stalls faster and for the first time the Fiacc’s defence had to work overtime.

A cross from the left was not dealt with by Fiacc’s and Parkville pounced in to make in 3-1.

The St Fiacc’s response was almost immediate and when James Hickey released Aaron Delaney he neatly tuck the ball in the bottom corner to give Fiacc’s a 4-1 lead .

But the game had a twist or two still to come with Parkville scoring two more goals to now make it a 4-3 game .

Fiacc’s had two immense chances when a Dale Byrne shot hit the bottom of the upright and when an Ian Foley effort just missed the target .

Parkville weren’t giving up the chase and when their keeper launched a long ball forward,  they scored their fourth goal to make it 4-4 .

Fiacc’s seemed stunned after leading for most of the game and were lucky to get out with the point after Ian Foley twice cleared the ball off his goal line in the dying seconds to leave the final score at 4-4 in a very entertaining game .

Some standout players for St Fiacc’s today included James Hickey, Wayne Humphries and Ross Hennessy.

In the Whites Total Health Pharmacy division, Wolfhill lost out 1-0 to Bagenalstown AFC away while Killeshin FC ‘B’ chalked down a 2-0 win over Castlemore United.


Under 17 Premier Division
Abbeyleix Ath 3 Portlaoise 1
Emo Celtic 8 Willow Park 3
St Francis 5 Mullingar Ath 0

Under 17 Division 1
Mullingar Ath 1 Clara Town 1

John Farrell CCFL Cup 1st Round
Gaels Utd 2 Colmcille Celtic 3

Division 1 Saturday
Ballymahon 9 Castlepollard Celtic 1
Camlin Utd 7 Dynamoe Rooskey 3

FAI Junior Cup 5th Round
Birr Town 3 Villa FC 1
Willow Park 1 Ferrybank 0

CCFL Shield 2nd Round
Banagher Utd 3 Ballinahown 2
St Cormacs Ath 3 (5) St Aengus 3 (4) penalties AET

Senior Division
Mullingar Ath 2 Derry Rovers 4
Monksland Utd 3 Ballinahown 1

Division 1
Walsh Island Shamrocks 2 Towerhill Rovers 1

Division 3
B.B.C Utd 0 Kinnegad Juniors 0

Division 4
Abbeyleix Ath 5 Riverside FC 0
Maryborough FC 7 Clonmore Utd 1

Womens Division
Killeigh Ladies 5 Birr Town 1
Bealnamulla 4 Willow Park 0


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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.