Tight at the top of Desmond Premier Division

All the weekend Desmond League fixtures
Frank Nelligan rounds up all the recent action in the Limerick Desmond League.

Frank Nelligan rounds up all the recent action in the Limerick Desmond League.

Premier Division

Abbeyfeale United and Rathkeale are now level at the top of the Premier Division table after the Fealesiders won 3-0 at home to understrength Newcastle West Rovers, while Rathkeale had to settle for a 3-3 draw in Ballingarry. Abbeyfeale led 2-0 at half-time with goals from Barry Sheehy and Mike Kelliher, while Pakie O’Connor added the third in the 88th minute.

Rathkeale had to work very hard for their point in Ballingarry, coming from 2-0 down and 3-2 down. Denis Kelly and Francis Kiely scored Ballingarry’s first two goals and Timmy Hogan reduced the deficit before half-time. An og brought Rathkeale level in the second-half but Brian Fitzgerald then put the home team back in front. Paudie Walsh made it 3-3 to complete the scoring. Both sides had chances to win it after that, with Rathkeale hitting the post.

Reigning Champions, Broadford United, are still very much on course to retain their title. They are now just three points behind the leaders, with two games in hand, after their 5-0 win away to Athea United, who, like Newcastle West Rovers, were understrength because of the U-21 County Football Final. Brian Hannigan and Ray Lynch both bagged a brace for Broadford and the other goal was scored by Joe McAuliffe.

Athea remain in the relegation zone, where they are joined by Killeaney who were leapfrogged by Carrig Celtic after losing 2-1 in Carrickerry. The Carrig goals came from Ray Cahill and an own goal.

Carrig are now a point above the drop zone, as are Newcastle West, who lost 2-1 away to Shannonside FC, despite taking an early lead through Seanie Fitzgerald. Martin Fitzgerald scored both Shannonside goals.

Division 1

Rathkeale B lead Division 1 by one point after winning 2-1 in the top-of-the-table clash at home to Kildimo United. Shakie McCarthy opened the scoring for Rathkeale in the 20th minute. Kildimo equalised ten minutes later and missed a gilt-edged opportunity to take the lead in the 50th minute when they failed to convert a penalty. Rathkeale regained the lead on the hour through Cian Shorten and so it didn’t really matter when they also missed a penalty in the 88th minute.

Glin Rovers are second after their big 7-1 victory at home to St. Ita’s. Paul Sheehan scored four, John Kelliher bagged a brace and the other goal was scored by Jack Fitzgerald.

Abbeyfeale United B are also very much in contention for the title. Their 6-3 win away to Old Mill keeps them three points behind Rathkeale B, with two games in hand. Kieran Wynne had a super haul of five goals, with Thomas Cahill scoring the other.

Feenagh remain just a point above the relegation zone following their 2-1 defeat at home to Glantine. A penalty midway through the second-half by Billy O’Sullivan put Feenagh ahead, Jeremiah Healy equalised and Patrick O’Connor scored the winner.

DIVISION 2

At the beginning of November, Askeaton were in the relegation zone, with just four points from four games. In the six league games since then, they have put together a fantastic run of five wins and one draw and are now joint second in the Division 2 table, two points behind leaders Breska Rovers, who won 4-3 at home to Adare United, and with two games in hand. Sunday’s victory was a 6-1 success away to Shountrade.

Askeaton share second spot with Granagh United, who were held to a scoreless draw away to Ferry Rangers.

Ferry share second last place with Kilcornan, who won 4-2 at home to Bally Rovers, whose goals were scored by Bryan Herbert and Danny Liston.

Bottom side, Knockaderry, earned a welcome point when they drew 1-1 at home to mid-table Creeves Celtic. It could have been even better as Liam Murphy’s 20th minute free-kick had them ahead until the 88th minute.

Division 3

Broadford United B joined Newcastle West Rovers B and Ballysteen in a three-way tie at the top of Division 3 after receiving a walkover from Athea United B, while Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Glin Rovers B, who are three points behind the leaders.

Lee Kelly netted a hat-trick, Jonathan Delahunty scored twice and Pete Harty was also on the scoresheet as Askeaton B won 6-2 at home to Kildimo United B.

Youths Division 1

Abbeyfeale United are two points clear in Youths Division 1 after a resounding 9-3 victory away to Broadford United, who are still without a point after eight games. Conor Horan led the way for Abbeyfeale with four goals and was joined on the scoresheet by Pa O’Connor (2), Thomas Sexton, Shane Kelliher and Michael Keane. The Broadford goals were scored by William Quaid (2) and Damien Burke.

Granagh United are in second place, two points Abbeyfeale and with a game more played, after winning 6-1 away to Killeaney, who had been joint leaders with Abbeyfeale. Dara Foley and Sean Griffin both netted twice for Granagh and the other goals were scored by Terence Buckley and Cian McCarthy.

In the other game in the Division, Seamus Keating scored the only goal of the game to secure victory for Rathkeale at home to Askeaton.

Youths Division 2

GB Rovers are back on top of Youths Division 2 after recording a 5-3 victory at home to Feenagh. Finbar Carrig led the way with a hat-trick and the other scorers were Gavin Fitzgerald and Alan Scanlon. The Feenagh goals were scored by Luke Ryan (2) and Sean Shine.

Adare United are just a point behind Glin and with a game in hand after winning 3-1 at home to Glantine with goals from Callum Hourigan, Mike Commane and Mark Carmody.

Long-time leaders, Old Mill, lost 5-0 away to Pallaskenry, with whom they now share third place, along with Glantine.