Last Saturday night in an historic game Sligo Southern Hotel Super League champions Abbey United travelled to Terryland Park to take on Galway United in the semi-final of the Connacht Senior Cup.Originally the game was fixed for Sunday afternoon which would have suited Abbey as they would have had a full squad available to them. Galway though re-fixed the game and rather thanWith Sligo hosting the Irish stage of the World Rally Championships there were only two games played in the Sligo-Leitrim & District Soccer League. Calry Bohs travelled to Galway to take on Oranmore United in the third round of the Connacht Junior Cup and were beaten 10-1 although Calry were forced to field a weakened side as they were missing a number of players.
Last Saturday night in an historic game Sligo Southern Hotel Super League champions Abbey United travelled to Terryland Park to take on Galway United in the semi-final of the Connacht Senior Cup.
Originally the game was fixed for Sunday afternoon which would have suited Abbey as they would have had a full squad available to them. Galway though re-fixed the game and rather than forfeit the game Abbey chose to field a team although they were missing a number of players due to work commitments.
Indeed they travelled with just the bare minimum but produced a performance which did both the club and the League proud but it was Galway who progressed as they won 4-2.
Despite a bright start Abbey trailed 2-0 after the opening twenty minutes with Galway’s Brazilian striker Alfedo Neto getting both their goals. Keith Carty had a great chance to equalise when Abbey were one down but he had a header cleared off the line. Abbey did get themselves back into the game in the 37th minute as Lee Marshall played a great 1-2 with Glen Shannon rounded the keeper and shot home from a tight angle. Three minutes into the second half and Galway restored their two goal advantage as Neto headed down a Jason Molloy corner to Paul Sinnott who shot home from close range.
Again Abbey showed their fighting spirit to get back into the game as Gareth Kelly scored their second in the 58th minute. He got to the end of a long ball from Paddy Colon and flicked the ball over the advancing Galway keeper and into the net. Abbey were now on top and while they created a couple of good chances and had a strong shout for a penalty they couldn’t get that all important third and were caught on the break in the 87th minute when Molloy scored a fourth for Galway. Overall it was a great experience for the Abbey players and management and had they a full squad at their disposal whose to say that they mightn’t have caused an upset.
Abbey United: Cian Costello, Neal McKenna, Stephen Coen, Clive Somers, Paddy Conlon, Lee Marshall, Gareth Kelly, Keith Carty, Glen Shannon, Christopher Kelly, Andrew McLoughlin.
Results and fixturesResults Saturday 17th November. 2007
Connacht UMBRO Senior Cup Semi Final
Galway United 4 - 2 Abbey United Terryland Pk.
Results Sunday 18th November. 2007
Connacht Junior Cup 3rd Round
89 Oranmore 10 - 1 Calry Bohs At Oranmore
Fixtures Sunday 25th November. 2007
Sligo Southern Hotel Super League K.O.11.00am
Arrow Harps v City United
Yeats United v Calry Bohs
Sligo Pallets Premier League K.O.11.00am
Aughanagh Celtic v Cliffoney Celtic
Ballymote Celtic v Chaffpool Rovers
Carrick Town v Glenview Stars
Cartron United v Innisfree Celtic
Real Tubber v Gurteen Celtic
Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One K.O.2.00pm.
Ballygawley Celtic v Chaffpool United
Cloonamahon Celtic v Coolaney United
Coolera Rovers v Western Rovers
MCR F.C. v Quayside Rovers
d v Ballisodare United
Ivor Parke Painters & Decorators Division Two K.O.2.00pm
Cliffoney Celtic Reserves v Kilglass-Inishscrone United
Dromore Villa v Real Tubber Reserves
Grange United v Aclare Celtic
UMBRO FAI JUNIOR CUP 4th Round K.O. 2.00pm
Boyle Celtic v Strand Celtic
Ballinasloe Town v Castlerea Celtic or Manor Rangers
Abbey United v Lisnamult Celtic
All morning results by 1.30pm and afternoon results by 5.00 pm to 087 7533112 Fixtures are available from 6.30pm in Sunday on 071 9170099.
Where a ground is deemed unplayable the game must revert to the opponent’s ground immediately.
SLIGO SOUTHERN HOTEL SUPER LEAGUE
Gareth Kelly (Abbey United) – 13; Christopher Kelly (Abbey United), Damien Fallon (Carbury FC) – 8; Paul Boylan (Manor Rangers), Lee McKillen (Boyle Celtic), Jason Mulrooney (Yeats United) – 6; Ronan McGourty (Manor Rangers), David Blaine (City United) – 5
THOMAS CONNOLLY BAR PREMIER DIVISION
Alan Harrison (Cliffoney Celtic), Mark Irwin (Ballymote Celtic) – 7 ; Gerard Henry (Real Tubber), Brendan Towey (Chaffpool Rovers), Shane Fowley (Innisfree Celtic) – 6; Gino O’Boyle (Glenview Stars), John Cooke (Gurteen Celtic) – 5; John O’Flaherty (Chaffpool Rovers), Paul Simon (Aughanagh Celtic), Dermot Walsh (Real Tubber) – 4
THE SCENE NEWSPAPER DIVISION ONE
Alan Flynn (Cloonamahon Celtic) – 12; John Conlon (Quayside Rovers) – 8; Michael Kelly (Western Rovers) – 7; Colin McMorrow (MCR) – 6
IVOR PARKE PAINTER & DECORATOR’S DIVISION TWO
Gary Hynes (Dromore Villa), Raymond Gannon (Aclare Celtic) – 6; Ryan McCombe (Dromore Villa), Peter Wilson (Grange United) – 5; Barry Battle, Shane Gilroy (Kilglass/Enniscrone United) – 4
League Goals Only