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Duffy effort crucial as Ballina stage late rally

Ballinasloe Town pulled off an impressive 3-2 win over Ballina Town to reach the fifth round of the Connacht Cup.

Ballinasloe Town made the long journey to Ballina and were 3-0 up at half-time. With just 10 minutes played Henry Loughnane threaded a ball through the home defence and Shane McInerney scored. Peter Keighery headed a Darragh Concannon free-kick to the Ballina net before Mark Duffy added a third.

In the second half the home side were on top with Kenny and O'Hara adding two goals with 20 minutes remaining. However, Ballinasloe Town held on to win.

In the Ruby Oil-sponsored Premier Division of the Roscommon and District league Moore United beat Castlerea Celtic 1-0 at Castlerea.

Leaders Shiven Rovers received the points from their home game against Strokestown United. And the Cloonfad v Kilkerrin United game was postponed due to bereavement at Kilkerrin.

Third-placed Skyvalley Rovers beat Loughglynn United 2-1 in a thriller at Onagh Park Taughmaconnell. Vincent Walsh scored first for Loughglynn five minutes into the second half.

David Grehan levelled the game before Loughglynn missed a penalty kick. David Grehan added his second from the penalty spot after Ollie Brooks was fouled and Brian Croffey cleared of the goal line near the end to secure a win for Skyvalley Rovers.

Ballymoe FC stretched their lead at the top of the Athlone Nissan Division 1 when they beat nearest challengers Glen Celtic 1-0 at Ballymoe. A single goal scored from a free-kick by Tom Shaughnessy with 10 minutes left to play set Ballymoe on course for at least promotion to the Premier Division next season.

Rahara Rovers lost ground on the leaders when beaten 2-0 at home by Castlerea Celtic. With assistance of the brilliant Paul Martin, Ken Garvey broke the deadlock after twenty minutes and Pakie O'Brien added a second near the end of the game.


Connacht Cup rd 4: Ballina Town 2-3 Ballinasloe Town.

Ruby Oil Premier: Castlerea Celtic 0-1 Moore United; Cloonfad united Kilkerrin United Postponed; Shiven Rovers 3-0 Strokestown; Skyvalley Rovers 2-1 Loughglynn United.

Athlone Nissan Division 1: Castlerea Celtic 3-2 Roscommon Town; Ahascragh United 4-0 Shiven Rovers; Ballymoe FC 1-0 Glen Celtic; Ericssons Athlone v Roscommon Town Postponed; Rahara Rovers 0-2 Castlerea Celtic; St .Johns Athletic 1-0 Moylough 79.

Bear an Raille Division 2: Ballaghaderreen F.C 6-2 Cam Celtic; Lough Harps 3-2 C.B. Trotters; Lisnamult Celtic 5-3 K.C. Celtic.

Roscommon Casey Ford Division 3: Ballinagare F.C. 1-1 Cloonfad United; Loughglynn United 1-3 C.P .Ajax; St. Johns Athletic 0-3 Skyvalley Rovers.

Friday 19 February

Athlone Nissan Division 1: Castlerea Celtic v Shiven Rovers Referee M.Nolan (8.0).

Saturday 20 February

Ruby Oil Premier Division: Castlerea Celtic v Skyvalley Rovers Referee E.Deering (7.30); Moore United v Cloonfad United Referee T. Cormican (7.30).

Sunday 21 February

Connacht Junior Cup rd 5: Ballinasloe Town v Boyle Celtic Referee J. Dermody Assistants E.Deering T.Cormican.

Ruby Oil Premier Division: Kilkerrin United v Shiven Rovers Referee F.Daly.

Athlone Nissan Division 1: Ahascragh United v Ballymoe F.C. Referee R.Stokes; Ericssons Athlone v Rahara Rovers Referee E.Collins; Moylough 79 F.C. v Roscommon Referee N.Parkes.

Bear an Raille Division 2: Manor United v Cam Celtic Referee W.Stokes; Lough Harps v Ballaghaderreen F.C. Referee T.Moloney; Dunmore Town v C.B Trotters Referee Referee N.Larkin.

Roscommon Casey Ford Division 3: C.P Ajax v Cloonfad United Referee M.Hatchett; Skyvalley Rovers v Ballinagare Referee T.Grenham (11.0); St Johns Athletic v Loughglynn United Referee M. Nolan.