Archive for August, 2011

Honours Even Between Monksland And St James

Sunday 28th August 2011. CCFL Division 4B
Monksland Utd B 2-2 St James. Cushla Park.

A Pat Sullivan-est goal and another from the penalty spot put St James into a 2-0 lead at half time against Monksland United at Cushla Park. However rather than let the heads drop, The Land battled hard in the second half to pull back 2 goals and earn a share of the spoils and pick up their first point of the new season.

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Niall McManus makes a burst out of defense

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Garrycastle Top Tyrrellspass

Sunday 21st August 2011. ACFL Division 1
Garrycastle 1-16 … 0-12 Tyrrellspass.

Garrycastle overcame Tyrrellspass by a 7 point margin on Sunday morning in a game that despite being void of any real excitement, gave the home side a chance to use some squad rotation for fringe and injury recovering players.

Tyrrellspass had chances to close the gap, most notably Denis Glennon who had a one-on-one with Cathal Mullin, however the Garrycastle keeper done enough to shepherd the forward away from a goal scoring angle.

Again, in my humble opinion, Paddy Mulvihill stole the show and at the moment must be the most in-form, and arguably the best, forward in the County.

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James Dolan and Conor Cosgrove combine to make sure Ger Egan goes no further

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Harps Add To Towns String Of Defeats

Saturday 21st August 2011. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 0-1 Finn Harps. Athlone Town Stadium

A Kevin McHugh goal 20 minutes into the match was enough to give Harps all 3 points and leave Athlone, deservedly, with nothing on a warm evening in Lissywollen.

In an all too worrying trend, you could count the number of genuine Athlone attacks on 1 hand, and even worse you could count the number of times Harps keeper Ciaran Gallagher was called into action on a couple of fingers.

The only positives I could take from the game was seeing Damien Rushe make his comeback after a season with local side St Peters while Mark Walshe also returned from injury to take his place in the heart of defense.

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Damien Rushe in action against Mark McGoldrick

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Saints Prayers Are Answered

Wednesday 17th August 2011. CCFL Senior Division
St. Peters 4-1 Monksland United

A 15 minute period of confusion was all it took for a new look St Peters side to inflict a demolition on close neighbours Monksland United in Wednesday evenings CCFL tie at McCarthy Park.

With a number of Peters stalwarts having moved on, a lot of the prematch predictions pointed to an away win, however with 20 minutes gone Aidan Ward had other ideas when he gave the home side the lead. It didnt last long though as not more than 2 mniutes later Robbie Connaughton knocked the ball past the advancing Keith Hynes to pull level.

While most though the equaliser would steady the ship what happened next caught everybody, not least the Monksland players by surprise. Ian Coffey was first to capatilise on a moment of indecision from Land keeper Cathal Hannon to put Peters into the lead. A few minutes later the visiting keeper pulled off 2 very good close range saves, only to lay the ball into the path of Davie McHugh who made no mistake from about 12 centimeters out. Still shell shocked from the 2 quick goals, Monksland failed to clear their lines from a right wing cross and the ball popped out to Kevin Boland who stuck the ball away to make it 4-1 before half time.

The second half proved to be a better matched affair and was probably the performance most expected. With both sides having chances, Peters high line and constant playing offside limited the anount of real attacks Monksland could land on goal, while at the other end, the centre half due of James Keegan and Kevin Gaylard managed to halt Peters advances.

But despite 45 minutes of evenly matched play in the second half, it was the 15 minutes of madness in the first that killed off The Land and gave the Saints their first win of the new season.

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Ian Coffey steers the ball past Cathal Hannon to put Peters into a 2-1 lead

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Garrycastle Ease Past Maryland

Sunday 14th August 2011. Westmeath Senior Championship.
Maryland 0-09 … Garrycastle 2-13. Moate

First half goals from Patrick Mulvihill and Gary Dolan helped Garrycastle to a comfortable victory over Maryland on a sunny Sunday evening in Moate.

With Garryacstle already through to the knock out stages, and Maryland safe from relegation, the game had the look of going through the motions in parts, although even at that Garrycastle were a giant step ahead for large parts of the game.

Patrick Mulvihill in particular was a constant thorn in the side of the Maryland backline as he moved between the full and half forward line, latching on to long passes with ease.

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Conor Farrell attempts a block down on Patrick Mulvihill

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Cup Joy For Willow

Saturday 13th August 2011. CCFL Over 35’s Cup Final
Willow Park 3-1 Longford Celtic. Leah Victoria Park.

Goals from Ronan Fagan, Tony O’Sullivan and Fergal Nugent gave Willow Park a 3-1 vctory over Longford Celtic to claim the 2011 CCFL/PMBC Over 35’s Cup at Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore.

The game itself proved to be a niggly affair with a lot of mouthing back and forth between both sides. Longford, having previously beaten Willow in the League stages, had apparently sneered after the earlier victory so the Athlone side were out to make amends.

Ronan Fagan opened the scoring for Willow when he calmly slid the ball past Longford keeper Norris Kalinauskas before Tony O’Sullivan proved that his spectacular goal in the semi final was no fluke when he unleashed another powerful shot from distance into the top corner of the net.

Longford themselves pulled one back before the break with a cracking long range shot, but in the second half Fergal Nugent wrapped things to up secure the cup for Willow Park.

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Goalscorer fergal Nugent has his ankles clipped during the CCFL Over 35's Cup Final

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Connacht Defeated In Dubarry

Saturday 13th August 2011. Preseason Friendly,
Connacht 10-47 Exeter Chiefs. Dubarry Park

With the Sportsgounds undergoing renovations ahead of the upcoming Heineken Cup, Dubarry Park played host to Connachts first outing of the new season with a pre season friendly against Exeter Chiefs.

Connacht never seemed to get started at all and 5 tries from the visitors ensured a heavy defeat.
With about 5 minutes or so to go before the half time break, one disgruntled Connacht fan standing behind me summed things up when he declared “Ah ball to this …. I’m heading for pints”

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Connacht back row George Naoupu tries to start an attack

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