Sunday 17 December 2017

Banteer ease into final of Saxone Cup

Children under 7 get some sports coaching courtesy of Liscarroll Athletic Club to mark Recreation Week. Also included are organisers
Children under 7 get some sports coaching courtesy of Liscarroll Athletic Club to mark Recreation Week. Also included are organisers

SAXONE CUP SEMI-FINAL CFC Banteer 4 Central Rovers 1

THIS wonderful win put Banteer into the final of the Saxone Cup, a knockout competition reserved for second division sides. The final is against Hibernians on the last Friday of November in Turners Cross and CFC Banteer are desperately keen to take the title.

Banteer had an unbelievable start when striker Timmy Murhpy scored after only thirty seconds. The goal came about as the opposition took a shot from their tipoff which the Banteer keeper saved, and then launched for his centre forward to finish.

The homeside's lead was short-lived, however, as Central Rovers equalised from a free kick on five minutes. With both sides by then settled, the match became a competitive fixture which Banteer gradually dominated.

Paudie Callaghan went close to breaking the deadlock with good solo run through the visitors' defence and a good shot on goals. Banteer eventually retook the lead two minutes before the break. Paul Ryan created the goal opportunity with a good cross that David Murphy headed home emphatically. Niall Carney made it 3-1 to the homeside on the hour when he finished a Timmy Murphy cross into the net.

By then Banteer were well on top and the game was effectively over when Central Rovers conceded a fourth goal with fifteen minutes on the clock. Paudie Callaghan was again involved with a direct free kick from midfield. While Banteer's Keith Mckeogh contested the ball, it went in off a Rovers' defender to make it 4-1 to Banteer. The homeside finished the game comfortably, much to the delight of the good home support.

CFC Banteer are back to second division league duty this weekend with a home game against Donoughmore but, no doubt, each game for the rest of the November will be part preparation for their Saxone Cup final at the end of the month. LEAGUE 3B Glanworth 3 Coachford B 1 THIS win ended a disappointing sequence of results for Glanworth and the valuable three points sent Glanworth towards midtable in League 3B. Brian Cashman's goal ten minutes from fulltime settled the outcome but, overall, the homeside were well worth the full points.

Glanworth dominated the opening 45 minutes and led two-nil at halftime. Dave Pyne netted the opening goal with a firm header on a corner and Ger Hurley doubled the advantage when he collected a ball through from midfielder David Welsh, and finished well when one-to-one with the Coachford keeper.

On the restart, both Liam Brennan and Eamon Sheehan made the best of halfchances but Coachford held firm. They got back into the game with twenty minutes to play when defender Denis Dineen headed home a cross to reduce Glan-

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