Archive for January, 2012

Jeepers Keepers As Willow Win Darby

Saturday 21st January 2012. CCFL Senior Division
Willow Park 4-2 St Peters

Willow Park maintained their position at the top of the CCFL Senior Division with a 4-2 win over local rivals St Peters.

Both line ups looked a little unfamilair at the start with midfielder Michael Harney starting in goals for Willow Park, while between the sticks for St Peters stood centre half Tom Silke.

Willow took advantage of the goalkeeping changes when Robbie Shine was first to a clearance from Silke from the edge of the box. The defender took his time before lifting the ball over the Peters defence and into the corner of the net from 30 yards out.

The home side doubled their advantage in the second half, again from the boot of Shine as he lifted a free kick over the wall and into the net.

St Peters started to get back into the game and were rewarded with a penalty and Adrian Carberry, on as a substitute, made no mistake from the spot.

Brian Caldwell added a third after he lifted the ball over the stranded Silke to score against his former club to regain the 2 goal advantage before Willow were gifted a 4th when centre half Sean Kenny handled the ball inside the 6 yard box. From the penalty spot Robbie Shine rounded off a hat-trick.

Not to lie down at that, Peters went on the attack again and pulled one back courtsey of Davy Donaghue. They almost nicked another near the end but for a good save from Harney.

And so it ended 4-2 but credit must go to both stand-in keepers who pulled off some good saves in an entertaining tie.

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Hat-trick scorer Robbie Shine gets the ball away from John McGowan

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Town 19s Bow Out

Saturday 21st January 2012. FAI Under 19 Cup, 1st Round
Athlone Town 1-2 Salthill Devon

Athlone Town bowed out of the Enda McGuill FAI Under 19 Cup on a 1-2 scoreline at the hands of Salthill Devon at Lissywollen.

Ian Sweeney put the home side into a half time lead with a precision shot from distance, howerver Salthill picked themselves up in the second half to notch up 2 goals to go through to the 2nd Round.

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Ian Dempsey clears the ball under pressure from Colm Horgan

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Tramore Squeeze Through To Last 16

Sun 15th January 2012. FAI Junior Cup
Willow Park 1-1 Tramore (AET). Tramore win 6-5 on pens.

Tramore booked their place in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup at the expense of Willow Park, but it took 120 minutes of football, followed by 14 penalty kicks for the Waterford side to go through.

The visitors started the brighter of the sides and took the lead in the 1st half when Robbie Phelan slotted the ball past Paul Bannon in the Willow goal. Willow Park battled hard and were deservedly rewarded with an equaliser before the break when Brian Caldwell headed home from close range.

With the scoring over before half time, the rest of the match turned into a real hard slog for both sides with neither creating any clear cut chances. On the balance a draw would have been the fairest result but with the deadlock remaining after extra time the game had to be decided by the dreaded spot kicks. With Willow having missed 2 penalties, and Tramore 1, right-full Craig Maher stepped up to the plate to fire Tramore into a 7th Round tie against Carndonagh FC of Donegal.

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Tramore captain Stephen Grant gets pasts Peter Sherlocks challenge

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