Tuesday 16 January 2018

Kanturk bid for fifth in the table

Premier A League. Kanturk V Glen Celtic
Kanturks Leonard Barry about to score goal despite efforts of Glen Celtic goalie, T J Bullman
Premier A League. Kanturk V Glen Celtic Kanturks Leonard Barry about to score goal despite efforts of Glen Celtic goalie, T J Bullman

Saturday 16 February

Premier A League

Kanturk v Bohemians, Kanturk, 2pm

KANTURK are midtable in the Premier A League with a four-point lead on their visitors Bohemians. The home side have won three of their four games to date and they go into this contest on the back of a convincing win against Glen Celtic.

While Kanturk won that game comfortably the sides were tied at two-all at halftime. Glen struck the first after ten minutes but Kanturk quickly played themselves back level. Leonard Barry finished off a sweeping move involving a Martin Riordan pass and a neat one-two with James Barry. Within minutes, Ian Winters put Kanturk ahead with a first-time rasping shot past the Glen keeper.

Glen equalised shortly before the break but a wonderful solo goal from right back Johnny Lynch on the hour put the momentum Kanturk's way again. The right back passed and moved through the Glen defence at pace to score a memorable goal. As if to celebrate his country of origin's win in the African Cup of Nations, Kanturk's Nigerian forward Courage Ibezey made it 4-2 with another well taken goal.

A similar win this weekend could put Kanturk fifth.

League 2A

Park United B v Hillington,

Brigowen, 2pm

PARK United are now third in the table thanks to five consecutive league wins. These wins stretch back to last October and began with an away win to Hillington, this weekend's visitors. That contest finished four-nil and a repeat this weekend could leave Park three points off the top.

Park had an exciting 3-2 win away to Churchvilla last weekend. Colin Stack put them ahead after 20 minutes. While the home side equalised, Ricky Ronane restored Park's lead when he clinched the rebound on a shot. Churchvilla again equalised and the sides both continued to pass and play for a win over the final fifteen minutes. Simon Bane got the winner after linking up with Shane Piggott late in the game.

League 3B

Los Zarcos v Rylane Celtic, Station

Road, Millstreet, 2pm

Bweeng v Glanworth United,

Bweeng Sport Centre, 2pm

Sunday 17 February

Newmarket v Buttevant,

Rathcoole, 10.45 am

THE League 3B title race is now in the final third of the season and Rylane remain three points behind leaders Newmarket. Outside of the leading two sides, Glanworth have the most impressive recent form and they are now joint-fourth.

Newmarket's goalscoring has been phenomenal with 47 goals in 12 games. Five of these came in last week's away win over Coachford. After a typically slow start, Brian Riordan began the rout with a converted penalty. He also finished off a sweeping move involving TJ Bodie and a neat flick from John Ryan to make it two-nil before half-time.

Coachford added to their misery with an own-goal early in the second half and Brian Riordan completed his hattrick on the hour. This was central midfielder's best goal as he curled his shot from outside the box into the top left corner of the net. By then it was four-nil and Bart Daly completed the goalfest late in the game.

Meanwhile, Rylane Celtic stayed within three points with a one-nil win over Buttevant who are bottom of the table. Buttevant are Newmarket's opposition this weekend but their performance against Rylane shows they can be difficult to beat.

Los Zarcos and Glanworth consolidated their midtable standing with an exciting two-all draw last weekend. While Glanworth dominated the first half, they went ahead five mintues after the restart when Alex Sheehan scored from outside the box. David Burke equalised for Los Zarcos and David Curtin put them ahead on 70 minutes when he headed home a Pat Dennehy cross. Glanworth continued to make chances and they got a deserved equaliser with five minutes to play.

Liam Brenann got that all-important goal with a well-taken header at the far side that looped back over the keeper and into the net. Glanworth's opponents this weekend are Bweeng who are three points behind them. Los Zarcos meanwhile host Rylane. This is the first contest between the sides this season so the outcome is anything but certain.

SOCCer Fixtures

Saturday 16 February

Munster Junior Cup 5th Round

Coachford A v Pike Rovers, The Glebe, 2pm

Corinthians Cup 1st Round

Innishvilla B v Watergrasshill, Knocknacurra, Innishannon, 2pm

Premier League

Macroom v Greenwood, Murray Field, 2pm

League 1A

Millstreet Celtic v Glenthorn Celtic, Town Park, 2pm

League 2

Strand United v Donoughmore Athletic, Ballyanley, 2pm

Sunday 17 February

Munster Junior Cup 5th Round

Hibernians v Park United A, Tramore Road, Waterford, 2pm

Corinthians Cup 2nd Round

Kanturk B v UCC B, Kanturk, 10.45am

League 1A

Buttevant v UCC, Buttevant, 10.45am

League 2

Blackpool Celtic v CFC Banteer, St Aidens Community School, 10.45am


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