There was a weather effected weekend saw just a handful of games played. There was also a sad bereavement for Newcastle West, as Jerry Cronin, a great player and volunteer in every sense of the word, passed away. Both Desmond Cup quarter-finals involving NCW were postponed.
The lack of action means that little has changed across the tiers, the business end of the lower-leagues is near, with the Premier Division just beyond half-way in most cases.
Weekly Observer Premier Division
Abbeyfeale Utd 0-0 Creeves Celtic
Abbeyfeale missed the opportunity to climb into the top three, but they’ll also be happy to take a point having finished with ten and seen Creeves Celtic miss two penalties. Indeed, had the visitors found a winner, they would be out of the relegation zone. Deadlocked after 60 minutes, the first of two penalties were awarded and also saw United reduced to 10 men, for a second yellow card. The spot-kick was thundered off the crossbar. The second penalty, on 80 minutes, was expertly saved by Shane O’Connell, to preserve the clean sheet and a point. Creeves will be frustrated but they’ve picked up four points from six in two difficult away trips.
Ballingarry AFC v Breska Rovers – OFF
Weekly Observer Division 2
Mountcollins 1-0 Abbeyfeale Utd B
Mountcollins moved off the foot of the third tier, taking a narrow win over near neighbours, Abbeyfeale United B. Micah O’Connell’s first-half strike was enough for their first win of the season and puts them above Glantine, with a game fewer played. It was a missed opportunity for Abbeyfeale to get closer to the summit, but this Division is still wide open.
Ballingarry B 1-2 Glin Rovers B
Glin Rovers B put themselves level on points with their hosts thanks to the slenderest of wins in the Paddocks. Cian Culhane gave them the lead from the spot, it was 1-1 at half-time. The winner arrived shortly after the interval, with Ger Riordan applying the finishing touch.
Feenagh 6-1 Carrig Celtic
Feenagh moved to within two points of Ballysteen, thanks to another strong home performance. With three games to play, it looks like this Division will go right to the wire. Feenagh now boast the best attack and defence in the Division, and appear the most in-form side. Ger O’Gorman and Luke Ryan had them in the driving seat at half-time, before Shane Ryan’s brace and further goals from Cian O’Connor and Michael O’Flynn sealed a facile victory.
Reidy Cup 2nd Round
St. Itas 4-3 Dromore Utd B
The home side once again accounted for Division Three opposition in Ashford. Peter Fitzmaurice (2), Martin Mullane and Peter Mulcahy were all on target for the winners, who do spread the goals around. Ethan O’Brien bagged a hat-trick for the Kildimo/Pallaskenry side who will focus on finishing their season strongly in the bottom tier as well as the Richard Hogan Cup.
Weekly Observer Division 1
Shannonside FC v Rathkeale B – OFF
Weekly Observer Desmond Cup Quarter Finals
Glin Rovers v Newcastle West Town – OFF
Newcastle West Reserves v Rathkeale – OFF
Kilcornan v Dromore Utd – OFF
Weekly Observer Division 3
Shannonside FC B v Ballysteen AFC – OFF
Breska Rovers B v Broadford Utd B – OFF