SLIDESHOW: Desmond League weekend preview

A large number of supporters accompanied Glin Rovers to Dublin last Saturday to play Terenure-based side, VEC FC, in the 6th round (last 32) of the FAI Junior Cup.
Glin lined out with the same starting 11 that came from 2-0 down to win in a penalty shoot-out at home to Lakewood Athletic in the 5th round. They faced a similar daunting task in this game when they conceded goals in the 3rd and 27th minutes. Glin tried to battle their way back into it and Eoin O’Connor and Shane Culhane both threatened in the closing ten minutes of the first-half.
Glin had a strong third quarter and had claims for a penalty turned down. However, the goal that their play deserved eluded them and the game was put beyond their reach when VEC scored the third in the 65th minute in a counter-attack. As one would expect, Glin didn’t give up and they forced the VEC keeper into action on a few occasion. Micheal Stack made a great save to keep it at 3-0 until VEC did score their fourth and final goal in the 85th minute.

Glin Rovers: Michael Stack. Jamie Fitzgerald, Gary Culhane, Tadhg Culhane, Karol Geoghegan. James Wallace, Edmond Horan, Darren Sheahan. Ollie Wallace, Shane Culhane, Eoin O Connor. Subs: Tommy Culhane for Geoghegan, Ben Sheehan for O’Connor, Cian Culhane for O. Wallace, John Wallace for J. Wallace, David O Sullivan for T. Culhane, Ken Holland, Jack Fitzgerald, Joe Downey.

With impeccable timing, Rathkeale closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Abbeyfeale United to three points with a game in hand when they won 3-0 at home to Granagh United last Sunday, a week ahead of the top-of-the-table clash between the Champions of the last two seasons in Riverside Park this coming Sunday. The goals were scored by Keith Harnett, Thomas Quilligan and Gary Enright.
Broadford United slipped up in their pursuit of the top two when they had to settle for a 2-2 draw away to Ballingarry, a game in which there were five players sent off, three from Ballingarry. Micheal Nolan opened the scoring for Broadford in the 20th minute and Conor Laffan equalised five minutes later. Broadford came close to regaining the lead in the first-half when Darren Murphy hit the crossbar from a free-kick. John Paul King did put them back in front on the hour, shortly after which he became the first of the five players to be sent off. Laffan equalised for the second time ten minutes later.

Division 1
Division 1 leaders, AK United, suffered their first league defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 away to Ballysteen, for whom Shane Hanlon scored from 25 yards.
Rathkeale B would have gone back on top if they had won away to Shountrade but they suffered a 2-1 defeat. Shane Reynolds opened the scoring for the home team in the 20th minute, Bob Keogh equalised in the 55th minute and Ryan McCarthy scored a superb winner in the 75th minute with a cracker from the edge of the box.
Adare United are now joint second with Rathkeale B after their 2-0 win at home to Shannonside FC. They led 2-0 at half-time with goals from Chris Carey and Jack English and English scored his second near the end.
Breska Rovers are also in the promotion picture after winning 3-0 away to Athea United. Conor McCarthy scored the only goal of the first-half and late goals from Niall Quane and Josh Fitzgerald secured the three points.
Feenagh recorded their first league win of the season at the 10th attempt when a goal from Diarmuid Coleman in the 25th minute and a 48th minute own goal earned a 2-0 victory at home to Newcastle West Town Reserves.

Division 2
Creeves Celtic extended their lead in Division 2 to three points with a 4-2 victory at home to Killeaney/Bally Rovers Reserves. Their goals were scored by Chris Hayes, Richie Hayes, Damien Lacey and Tom Shanahan.
Glantine lost 2-0 away to Broadford United Reserves, whose goals were scored by William Quaid and TJ Kelly, and so St. Ita’s leapfrogged over Glantine into second place when Jason Sheehan’s 40-yard screamer in the 6th minute proved to be the only goal of the game away to Pallaskenry.

The Weekly Award this week goes to Feenagh for recording their first league win of the season at the 10th attempt with a 2-0 victory at home to Pallaskenry. They will go into a draw with the other Weekly winners for a €100 voucher from Adrenalin Sport of Abbeyfeale and Newcastle West at the end of the season.
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