Wednesday 25 April 2018

Mallow keep title hopes alive with Kilreen win

Kanturk's Denis Finn and Ballincollig's Jason O'Leary contest this high ball during the Cork Aul Div 3 game in Gurteenard on Sunday Credit: PICTURE: BILL MERNAGH
Kanturk's Denis Finn and Ballincollig's Jason O'Leary contest this high ball during the Cork Aul Div 3 game in Gurteenard on Sunday Credit: PICTURE: BILL MERNAGH

UNDER 16 DIVISION 2 Mallow Utd 5 Kilreen 2 Lakewood 4 Leeds 1 MALLOW kept their league title hopes alive last Thursday evening with a 5-2 home win against leagues leaders Kilreen Celtic.

Mallow took the game to the visitors right from the off and took the lead on five minutes when a kick out from Mallow keeper O Hare caused confusion in the Kilreen defence and ended up going straight in to give the home team the early advantage.

Mallow doubled their lead on 15 minutes when a ball broke on the edge of the box and Barrow struck it on the volley to scroe a brilliant goal. Kilreen's cause wasn't helped when they had a player sent off on the half hour mark, but they got themselves back in the game just before short whistle when Mallow didn't clear their lines and left in a soft goal.

Mallow continued to press at the start of the second half and went 3-1 ahead ten minutes in when Barrow got in behind the defence to finish. Kilreen again scored to reduce the deficeit but Mallow closed out the game and added two goals from Attridge and O'Callaghan to keep title hopes alive.

TEAM: D.O Hare, C. Cronin, E.O Regan, J. Cosgrave. H. Barry, J. Dennehy, M. Dineen, N. OKeeffe, L. Attridge, K. Walsh, D. Barrow, Subs: D. OCallaghan for L. Attridge, P. Buckley for D. Barrow, S McCarthy for K. Walsh.

U14 LOCAL CUP A PLACE in the semi-final of the Under-14 local cup was up for grabs as Leeds came to Lakewood on Wednesday evening.

With good results for both sides of late this promised to be a competitive game and that it proved as the game roared into action and the deadlock was broken after three minutes when a Tim Murphy strike was deflected to the net to make it 10.

The game was now being contested all over the pitch as both sides showed the flowing aspect of their game. Lakewood were again rewarded five minutes before the interval when a Shane DalyButz cross from the right was headed firmly home by the in rushing Ciaran Noonan to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Leeds got themselves back into the game after the restart to make it 2-1, but Lakewood again upped the tempo of their game and when Shane got a ball to feet his swift turn unsettled the defender who committed a rash challenge and the referee pointed to the spot.

Shane drove the spotter home to put us 3-1 ahead with fifteen minutes to go. Tim Murphy then picked up a ball in midfield and his neat one two kept the move going and when he drew the defender Shane was loose on the right and his run and shot found the net for his second and ended the contest at 4-1.

A cup semi-final to look forward to was just reward for a strong committed team showing.

U17 LEAGUE 1A Lakewood 4 Macroom 1 LAKEWOOD soaked up the early pressure, as Macroom came looking for a quick goal in this title deciding final game of the season.

Dan Gallagher scored from a well worked corner on the half hour mark, which helped the home team settle and dominate proceedings throughout the remainder of the game, even when reduced to 10 men before the half time whistle.

A fantastic penalty save from John McCarthy, followed by mesmerising footwork from Mickey McNulty, flying past the Macroom defence and scoring a fine individual goal, seemed to break the Macroom spirit. Lakewood finished off the game with flair and exciting football with a brace from John Carroll, completing their season as Division champions, which was just reward for their efforts all year.

Thanks to all who came to support the team on the night, at the many games during the year and well done to Macroom for a great sporting game. A special word of appreciation to Apple Green, Desmond‚s Bar and Heaven‚s Pizza who supplied complimentary refreshments on the night.

Thanks also to Ballincollig Credit Union who kindly sponsored our new team kit this year. All at the club would like to congratulate Barry Ray and the squad for a great season and well deserved for the hard work that was put in.