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Connolly strikes late to halt Ridge charge

Parkville United................................................ 2

Ridge Rangers.................................................... 2

A disjointed Ridge defence almost handed Parkville the lead on five minutes in this Carlow People Premier.

Parkville, however, were forced to shoot from distance and 'keeper Adrian Brennan had no problem with dealing with what came his way.

Ridge went ahead on 25 minutes with Damien Sheehan setting up ace striker Ray Buggy to volley to the United net.

On the resumption, Parkville were dominating play but still found Conor McNally and keeper Adrian Brennan in commanding form making a number of timely interventions and brave saves to deny Jamie Farrell, Ronan Byrne and Ebby Quigley.

Parkville's JJ Connolly then dispossessed Jim Dunne before setting up Ebby Quigley to crack a rising shot across goal to equalise on 68 minutes.

Ridge were struggling to contain Parkville but they somehow managed to weather the storm and then broke upfield to take the lead when Damien Sheehan ran through a static United defence on 80 minutes.

It was looking like the points were destined for the visitors but Parkville showed their own resolve by levelling late on to take a point when JJ Connolly reacted quikest to a ball bobbing about in the box to scamble it over the line.

Castle Rangers.................................................. 4

Ballymurphy Celtic............................................ 3

Victory here by the odd goal in seven saw Rangers move into second place in a very competitive Nationalist Division.

Rangers were a goal to the good within ten minute lead when Roy Pearson sent a speculative shot over the Celtic 'keeper, Jack Kavanagh.

Twelve minutes later they increased their advantage when Paddy O'Brien done all the spadework for Pearson to score again.

Five minutes from half time and two goals down Ballymurphy rallied. Kevin Foley put Shem Dwyer through to score and they levelled before the break, a David Lennon free was headed home by Thomas Doyle

Cailin Canning regained the lead for Rangers midway into the second half however, Celtic hit back again to level on 79 minutes, Kevin Foley got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble.

Rangers then laid siege on the Celtic goal, forcing a number of corners as thee clock ticked down.

From one such set piece, Brian Coogan headed in to win the points with two minutes left on the clock.

St. Fiacc's........................................................... 1

Derry Rovers..................................................... 3

Derry Rovers remain joint leaders of the Evening Herald Division, following there hard fought encounter with St. Fiacc's.

In a six pointer game Fiacc's sloppy play made Rovers life easy and just five minutes into the game Derry were in front when a corner taken by Paul Nolan was allowed to go straight in.

Rovers were in complete control for most of the first half but found the Saints 'keeper in good form making saves from Richie Sinnott, Adam Kenny and a brilliant save from a Paul Nolan free kick.

Credit to Fiacc's, they knuckled down and got their game going, creating a few chances, which they should have capitalised on

. Then Derry produced the move of the match, a long ball was won by Darren Coleman who flicked it to the impressive Adam Kenny who killed it for Nolan to drill a 20 yard volley in off the post for his second goal of the day.

In the second half Fiacc's came out fighting,and a Lee Salter penalty on 80 minutes gave them some hope. That was to evaporate when Paul Nolan was brought down inside the box and he made no mistake in completing his hat trick.


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