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Saturday 19 April 2014

Asdee extend lead at top of Premier B

DENNY PREMIER B Asdee Rovers 2 Mainebank 0

Asdee Rovers opened up a five point gap at the top of the Premier B.

The North Kerry side had to work very hard for the win as a very strong Mainebank United pushed them all the way.

Mainebank had the better of the opening half as they were playing with a strong wind and were unlucky after five minutes when a shot just went wide of the Asdee goal with keeper Tom Quinn beaten. Asdee settled down and forced a few saves from PJ Ryan in the Mainebank goal.

As the first half went on James Long was proving a handful for the Asdee defence and he was unlucky on thirty minutes when a great run past two Asdee defenders saw his cross deflected away by Maurice O'Connor with the Asdee defence stretched.

With five minutes remaining in the first half Mainebank were awarded a free kick when Jeremiah Tydings handled the ball when trying to bring it under control, Mike Connor sent in the free kick and it went all the way to the net for what looked like a goal but referee Michael Dempsey saw pushing in the box and he disallowed the goal.

Asdee had wind advantage in the second half and were quickly on the front foot. Graham Hannon shooting over after the Mainbank keeper pushed out a cross from John Griffin. After fifteen minutes of the second half Asdee were rewarded for their pressure when Noel Long flashed a great volley past PJ Ryan for the lead goal.

The game swung from end to end with Mainebank forcing a series of corners which they could not force a goal from as the Asdee defense was holding solid.

With fifteen minutes Asdee got the insurance goal when a Darren Russell corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Jeremiah Tydings was waiting and his powerful strike gave the keeper no chance. Mainebank never gave up and tried to the end but Asdee grabbed the points. Atletico Ardfert 1 Ballymac Galaxy 2

Ballymac took a big leap up the league table after defeating one of the favourites in this division Atletico Ardfert. Genie Griffin and Aidan Breen were their goalscorers and they have a few games in hand on other sides in the division and should be in the title later in the season.

DENNY DIVISION 1A Castleisland 5 Ballyhar Dynamos 0

This clash of neighbouring clubs did not live up to expectations with Castleisland winning with plenty to spare. Castleisland were 3-0 up at half time and cruised home in impressive style. Pa O'Rourke scored a brace while Dean Pooleman, Neil O'Sullivan and Stan Divane completed the scoring for the winners. Best for Ballyhar were John Hayes, Cathal Daly and Sean O'Sullivan.

DENNY DIVISION 1B LB Rovers 4 Sneem Santos 0

Newcomers LB Rovers are on a real roll at the moment and moved further up the table on Sunday with an impressive win over Sneem Santos.

Once again Eoin O'Mahony found the net for the North Kerry side and the other scorers were Barry Shanahan, Ger Gorman and Shane Joy.

This win brings them to second place in the division 4 points behind Balloonagh with a game in hand.

DENNY DIVISION 2B

Skelliga FC 2

Valley Wanderers 2

Valley Wanderers missed a chance to go top of the table when they were held to a draw by Skelliga who collected their first point of the season.

Valley took the lead from a free kick by Ger Myles but Skelliga equalised with a 30 yard strike by Niall O'Driscoll.

The south Kerry side went ahead with a Jimmy Stapleton goal but Valley Wanderers equalised with a David Kerins free kick.

Skelliga sprang Rory Keating, Alan Devane and Pa Curran from the bench to try and engineer a winner but it failed to arrive with Valley holding firm for a precious league point with puts them joint 2nd in the table with Tralee Athletic and just a point behind the leaders Na Fianna whose game did not go ahead on Sunday.

Niall O'Driscoll was the man of the match for Skelliga FC. Cedar Galaxy 2 Mainebank B 0

Cedar Galaxy closed the gap on the leading pack with a win over Bay View Rovers

The Killarney side are now in a strong position and with a few games in hand they will have a big say in where the league title will go by the end of the season.

There was no real flow to this game with constant breaks in the play, Cedar took the lead through the slightest of flicks from poacher Sam Dobbins after Ronan Walsh whipped a free into the danger zone.

The home side controlled the tempo throughout being more patient in their build up, still creating a glut of chances, while the visitors were playing a lot on the counter. Bay View tried hard to break through but the galaxy defence and midfield were comfortable dealing with any threat.

Shane Coffey doubled the lead late in the first half after a goal kick was headed back by Darragh O'Regan then flicked on by Dobbins and Coffey punished the lapse in defence.

The Killarney side were always comfortable and sealed out the game despite going down to ten men early in the second half keeping the ball better than the away team, even having four goals disallowed along the way.

Shane Coffey, Tom Groves, Mark Murphy and Ronan Walsh caught the eye for Galaxy while John Mike Carroll was most impressive for the visitors in a game which fizzled out at the end.

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