Rustiness after the Christmas break was apparent in this Youths Division 1 game in Cove Park on Saturday afternoon, with neither Broadford United nor Ballingarry at their best. However, all that matters for Broadford is the three points that takes them back to the top of the table, one point ahead of Askeaton.
Though Ballingarry had the three best chances of the game, two at the end of the first-half and one on the hour, Broadford were by far the better team and are not flattered by their two-goal winning margin. The opener came in the 68th minute, Jamie Keane’s diagonal cross reaching Colm Ryan, who controlled the ball and drilled low past goalkeeper Ciaran Tagney from the edge of the box.
Roles were reversed for the second goal five minutes later, Keane back-heeling inside the near post from a corner by Ryan. The game petered out into insignificance after that, with Broadford happy with what they had and Ballingarry unable to mount a comeback.
Broadford United: Brian Stack, Darragh Ryan, Jack Pierce, Jack Mullane, James Molyneaux, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Conor Stack, Kieran O’Flynn, TJ Kelly, Colm Ryan, Jamie Keane. Subs: Kenny Lynch for O’Sullivan (60 mins), Jack Brennan for Stack (64 mins), Graham Roche for D. Ryan (75 mins), Conor Davey and Cian Ryan for Pierce and Keane (86 mins).
Ballingarry: Ciaran Tagney, Cian Kirwan, Kieran Storin, Luke Flynn, Adam Long, Michael Southgate, Josh Quille, Garrett Sparling, Andrew Meade, Nessan Leahy, Keith O’Kelly.
Subs: Darragh Casey for O’Kelly (h-t), Brian Mulqueen for Leahy (59 mins), David Geary and Mark Sheehan for Storin and Southgate (81 mins).
Referee: Pat O’Donnell.
ABBEYFEALE GO SIX POINTS CLEAR
Abbeyfeale United stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division table to six points with a 6-0 victory away to Ballingarry. Chris Smith opened the scoring in the first minute from the penalty spot and Abbeyfeale pushed on from there with goals from Kevin Murphy (2), Jamie O’Connor, Darren Keane and Pa O’Connor.
Rathkeale, whose game against Carrig Celtic was called off because of a bereavement, are in second place and have two games in hand, as do Broadford United who are a point further back.
Broadford won 7-0 at home to Killeaney/Bally Rovers while Newcastle West Town strengthened their grip of fourth place by coming from behind to win 2-1 at home to Granagh United with first-half goals from Seoirse Joyce and Darragh McCarthy.
Glin Rovers had good preparation for their FAI Junior Cup 6th round game away to VEC FC of Terenure next Saturday with a 2-1 victory at home to Kildimo United.
With AK United’s game away to Breska Rovers abandoned after 55 minutes with AK leading 2-1, Rathkeale closed the gap on the leaders to two points with a 2-0 victory at home to Ballysteen, the goals scored by Aaron Hogan and Niall Lenihan.
Adare United have sole occupancy of third place after coming from behind twice to win 3-2 at home to Athea United.
Shountrade remain in the top half of the table after securing a 1-1 draw at home to Feenagh with a goal from Richard Shorten.
Shannonside FC moved out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory at home to Newcastle West Town Reserves, the goals scored by the evergreen Mike Behan and Declan Lane.
The game between Division 2 title contenders, St. Ita’s and Knockaderry, ended in a 2-2 draw.
Askeaton are also in the mix after a goal midway through the second-half by Sean Whelan earned a 1-0 victory at home to Broadford United Reserves.
Abbeyfeale United B were behind at half-time away to Killeaney/Bally Rovers Reserves but ended up winning 3-1.
Rockhill Rovers were the big winners of the day, putting eight without reply past visitors Newcastle West Town B. Jimmy O’Dea led the way with four goals, two in each half, and was joined on the scoresheet by Aaron Fitzgerald (2), Michael Considine and Kieran O’Dea.
Richard Hogan Cup
Pallaskenry won 4-1 in their Richard Hogan Cup first round tie at home to Glin Rovers B. Ryan Kelly opened the scoring in the 7th minute and his brother, Evan, restored the lead after Glin had equalised in the 18th minute. Evan Kelly scored twice more to complete his hat-trick.
Youths Division 2
Breska Rovers remain two points clear in Youths Division 2 after their whopping 13-0 victory away to Ferry Rangers. Barry O’Connor, Josh Moloney and Dylan Kelly all helped themselves to hat-tricks.
Granagh United are hot on their heels thanks to a 4-3 victory away to St. Ita’s, whose goals were scored by Ronan O’Connor (2) and Ian Kelly.
Mountcollins leapfrogged over Carrig Celtic into third place with a 2-1 victory in Carrickerry, John Hayes scoring for the home team.
GLIN EMBARK ON A CAPTIAL VENTURE
After victories over Sporting Ennistymon, Strand Road, Turnpike Rovers and Lakewood Athletic, Glin Rovers will travel to Terenure in Dublin to meet VEC FC in the 6th round (last 32) of the FAI Junior Cup, kick-off at 2.30 on Saturday.
VEC are currently second in the Premier Division, with four wins, one draw and one defeat. They got to the last 16 two seasons ago, losing 2-0 away to Roscommon side, Boyle Celtic.
The Glin management team of Shane Culhane and Gavin Sheehan would love to be travelling with a full-strength team but unfortunately that will not be the case as striker Paul Sheehan is away on holidays.
Centre-half Brian O’Donovan, who returned to the side before Christmas, will also be missing because of holidays.
They will be a massive loss but both were also missing for the fifth round tie at home to Lakewood, in which Glin came from 2-0 down in the second-half and 3-2 down in stoppage time of extra-time to win 3-1 on penalties.
The Saturday sides in Dublin wouldn’t be on a par with the top Sunday sides in the capital but VEC, with home advantage, still get the nod to be able to overcome a gutsy performance from Glin
Forecast: VEC FC