Broadford United are in pole position in the race for the Desmond League Premier Division title after their six points at the weekend put them two points clear of Abbeyfeale United, who were held to a scoreless draw at home to Newcastle West on Friday night.
Broadford had an easy 5-0 win away to Kildimo United on Friday night. Johnny Carey scored a hat-trick for the second game in a row and the other goals were scored by Micheal Brosnan and Joe McAuliffe.
McAuliffe scored a much more important goal on Sunday, netting an 87th minute winner from a Dylan Kelly corner in a 2-1 victory away to title rivals, Rathkeale, for whom Pa Ahern had opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Broadford’s equaliser came from Brosnan in the 47th minute. Also on Sunday, Abbeyfeale recovered from Friday’s setback to win 4-1 away to Kildimo United.
Two penalties helped Barry Sheehy to his second hat-trick in three games and the other goal was scored by Thomas Smith.
Both Broadford and Abbeyfeale have two games left in the run-in. Broadford are at home to Rathkeale and away to Killeaney, while Abbeyfeale, who were on top continuously from the third Sunday in September until last Friday, are home to Shannonside and away to Newcastle West Rovers.
Rathkeale are also still in contention and after playing Broadford they will finish with a home game against Kildimo United. They had a dramatic win last Friday, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 away to Shannonside thanks to an 87th minute equaliser from Keith Harnett and an injury-time winner from Gary Enright. Rathkeale’s first goal was scored by Tony McCarthy.
Ballingarry made massive strides toward securing their top-flight status for another season by winning both games at the weekend, starting with a 2-1 success away to Newcastle West Rovers.
Francis Kiely opened the scoring on the half-hour, Seoirse Joyce headed Rovers level three minutes later from a Shane Stack cross and James Kelly made it 2-1, which meant that Ballingarry were able to afford Kiely’s missed penalty, which hit the crossbar.
Kiely was on the mark again on Sunday in the 4-0 victory at home to Shannonside, as were Kevin Forde, Dean Clancy and Michael Corrigan. Like Shannonside and Kildimo, fellow relegation strugglers, Killeaney, also lost both games at the weekend.
On Friday, they went down 3-2 in the derby game at home to Glin Rovers, whose goals were scored by the Sheehan brothers, Paul (2) and Darren. On Sunday, they led 1-0 at half-time at home to Newcastle West Rovers with a Colin Enright header but went on to lose 3-1.