Hat-trick of titles looks on the cards
WHO is going to stop Muirhevnamor from completing a hattrick of premier division titles in a row in the Dundalk Summer League?
Even at this early stage they have to be raging hot favourites to hold onto their crown especially after their five-goal hiding of their chief rivals of last season Redeemer Celtic on Monday night.
After a scoreless first-half they tore the visitors apart who have Dave Rogers assisting them this season, imparting his vast experience at senior level to the young club.
He didn't play last night, and he was badly missed with the defence badly torn to shreds in the second-half, as Mickey O'Kane completed a hat-trick while striking partner Paudie Hearty and Gary Clarke scored a goal apiece.
Hearty should easily also have completed his hat trick with Redeemer fortunate not to lose by a wider margin in the end.
Two teams with a keen rivalry over the past couple of years met on Friday night at Fatima, and Shamrock Youths emerged victorious in this latest contest with their Muirhevnamor counterparts.
The teams closely contested the first division honours two years ago, with Muirhevnamor shading the league, and the Fatima outfit gained the better of them in the final of the cup.
They both struggled last summer in the higher division, but this time Shamrocks have made a promising start, outperforming their senior stablemates. This win put them joint second in the table while also moving ahead of the losers with both on three points entering the game.
Brendan Hughes headed the visitors in front ten minutes from the break and they had a couple of other chances to score before that.
However, the home side quickly responded to go in at the break 3-1 ahead and won comfortably in the end with Ross Moran and Paul Adeniyi grabbing a brace of goals apiece, and Barry Cumiskey also scored.
Stephen Broadhurst netted the visitors' second goal. They have undergone a large change in personnel and are going through a transitional stage with a lot of new players in the team.
A lone goal by Ciaran Rogan goal secured the points for Bellurgan against Shamrocks the previous Tuesday that moved them into second place. -Newcomers Boyne Valley stretched their lead to eight points at the top of the first division on Monday night with their seventh straight win - 3-1 over Demesne. Ciaran Harnett, Shane McCormack and Paul Flanagan were on target with Mickey Ryan scoring for Demesne.
Rangers moved within a point of second-placed Redeemer United with a Dean Shields goal deciding the outcome of their game with Seatown, and Bay emerged emphatic 6-3 winners in a high scoring match with Doolargy All Stars. Frank Osadebe grabbed a hat-trick, Paddy Hughes scored twice and Paul Minford completed their tally, while John McKenny helped himself to a brace and Martin McGuinness got the All Stars other goal.
Ciaran Harnett made it six wins out of six games for first division leaders Boyne Valley on Thursday night. He scored both their goals in a 2-0 win over Doolargy Celtic. This was their second win in three days with Peter Reynolds grabbing the only goal of their encounter with third placed Rangers on the Tuesday night.
Redeemer United secured second place with a 3-1 win over second from bottom Bay United and by beating Seatown 3-2 and have two games in hand on the leaders. Stephen Connolly, TJ Murtagh, Woiteck Glasteck hit a goal each against Bay whose scorer was Gerard Collins.
Aiden Grimes, T J Murtagh and Stephen Begley netted on Friday night against Seatown whose marksmen were Elie Dongo and Michael Ololuo.
Seatown received a walk over from bottom club Annagassan.
Demesne upset the form book on Wednesday night beating Doolargy All Stars 3-1 with goals by Brendan McKevitt, Jude Carroll, Jan Newell. Sean McCourt scored for the losers.
Bay suffered their second defeat in three days, losing by the odd goal in five on Thursday to Rampart Celtic. Frank Osadebe and Paul Minford netted for them, while Ryan Keenan, Conor McKeever and Robbie McArdle secured the points for Rampart.
Rangers were too strong for bottom club Annagassan on Friday night with a runaway 6-1 win, carved out by a brace of goals each by Sean Bailey and James Walker and one each by Gary Mulligan and Dean Sheils. Aiden McGuinness scored a consolation goal for the losers. McConville Cup draw Prelim rd, June 25th, Rangers v Bellurgan. First rd, Shamrock Youths v Shamrocks FC; Seatown v Redeemer Celtic; Bay United v Saint Dominics; Muirhevnamor Youths v Muirhevnamor FC; Demesne Celtic v Annagassan; Doolargy All Stars v Rampart Celtic; Doolargy Celtic v Boyne Valley; Rangers/Bellurgan v Redeemer United.