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Sunday 20 April 2014

LB Rovers inflict a first defeat on Balloonagh

Newcastlewest FC's Mateusz Pavulski gets to the ball before Killarney Celtic's Matthew Keane in the Umbro FAI U17 challenge Cup.

LB Rovers caused the shock of the day at Sandhill Road on Sunday when they inflicted the first defeat of the season on Balloonagh. The fact that they had to come from two goals behind to win made the victory even more admirable.

L B Rovers 3 Balloonagh 2



Rovers got off to a dreadul start conceding two goals in the opening 10 minutes. However, they steadied the ship and a goal from Philip Moran left them 2-1 down at half time.

They began to impose their authority in the second half and drew level with a fine strike from Stephen McSweeney.

Then they set out in search of the winner and this came from a beautifully executed free kick from Ger Gorman.

This win for the North Kerry side really opens up this division and they now are just a point behind the leaders Balloonagh and could be the team to look out for in this division before the season is over.

Listowel Celtic 1 Killorglin FC 0

LISTOWEL Celtic remain serious title contenders and they showed their qualities with a hard earned win over Killorglin. The all important goal was scored by James McCarthy.

They are now third, just two points behind the leaders Balloonagh.

DENNY DIVISION 1A

Killarney Celtic B 3 The Park 'B' 0

JO Jo Fleming continues to find the net almost every week for Killarney Celtic and he scored a further brace on Friday eveing in their 3-0 win The Park. The other goal was scored by Tony Brosnan.

DENNY DIVISION 2A

Shanakill Athletic 2 St Bernards 1

SHANAKILL are the new leaders in this division after a dramatic win at Mounthawk Park.

For a long time it looked as if the game would end up all square but the Tralee side inflicted a fatal blow in the 90th minute when a chance presented itself for lethal striker Brendan Coffey and he did not chicken out and applied a clinical finish to take his club to dizzy heights at the top of the division.

The winners first goal was scored by Kevin Quirke.

DENNY DIVISION 2B

Valley Wanderers 2 Clanmaurice 2

DESPITE having a player sent off Valley Wanderers keep their title aspirations on course after sharing the spoils with Clanmaurice in a good competitive tie. Ger Myles has been in great finishing form all season and he scored both of the Valley goals putting him well up the leaderboard for top goalscorer in the division. Valley had two great late chances to win the game but they were unable to take them.

Na Fianna 4 Bayview Rvs 0

NA Fianna are the new leaders in this division with their win over Bay View Wanders dethroning the leaders Tralee Athletic who were not on duty on Sunday. It was a comfortable win for the North Kerry side who are always good value for money as they score plenty of goals every week.

The game was played in very testing conditions and full marks to both sides for getting on with the job in hand and not dwelling on the adverse elements which were described by a spectator as like a scene from the titanic.

Top marksman Lee Dicken put the Listowel side ahead with a good strike and then Chris Lyons showed his expertise in deadball situations putting away a penalty kick and then finding the net again with free kick to put the Fealesiders in the driving seat. Kevin Murphy wrapped up the scoring with a late strike.

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