CAN you remember when a team called St Mary's from Athlone played in the 'old' Major Division in what was then the Counties section of the former Leinster Junior League?
It's not that long ago, perhaps 15 or 16 years, around the same time that Custume Celtic were a force in local junior football.
One man who was long associated with St Mary's, a club which also played in the Leinster Senior League, was Jimmy Greene, and he has just been appointed as manager of the Tullamore Town first team, which plays in the League of Ireland 'A' Championship.
Joining him at the helm at Leah Victoria Park will be a coach with more recent CCFL connections, Tommy Hewitt.
The new assistant Tullamore Town manager has been the St Peter's boss in recent years, and like Greene, has strong links with the Defence Forces. In fact, Hewitt is currently head coach with the Defence Forces, a role formerly held by Greene.
Incidentally, Birr Town's Alan Corboy has been a key player on the Defence Forces representative team in recent seasons.
Cup boost for Edenderry 'B' thanks to Reilly strike
WITH just two wins from nine outings in CCFL Division 3A, Edenderry Town's B boys were delighted to chalk up a cup victory recently.
They travelled to St Aengus and booked their place in the second round of the Division 3 Cup thanks to a solitary Brian Reilly goal.
Noel Kinnane was excellent in goals for Town, denying Brian Russell and Mick Meade among others to ensure that Reilly's headed goal was the difference between the sides.
Cullen stars for Tullamore
IT is going to be a tall order dislodging Bealnamulla Athlone Town from the top of the Evening Herald Women's Division but at least Tullamore are keeping up the fight.
Bealnamulla made it seven wins from seven with a remarkable 7-0 win over third placed Killavilla United.
On the same day, Tullamore picked up their seventh win from eight games with a 2-0 victory at the expense of neighbours Killeigh.
Goals from Emma Martin and Richelle O'Neill were enough to get Tullamore home against Killeigh, in a match where the winners' right winger, Orla Cullen, provided the star turn.
Slevin nets on the double
TOM Slevin bagged a brace of goals as Gracefield set up a CCFL Red Shop Division 4 Cup second round tie with Arlington's B team.
Two teams from Portlaoise AFC are already through to the last eight, but Portlaoise C and D have avoided each other in the quarter-final draw.
Raharney will travel from Westmeath to take on Portlaoise C while Portlaoise D await the winners of what promises to be a very interesting derby clash in the second round between Portarlington neighbours Gracefield and Arlington B.
Derry Rovers are also in the last eight, and will play the winners of Daingean Town and Ballyroan. Also still in the tournament are Stradbally Town, Millnore Rovers from Streamstown, Rochfortbridge, Mountmellick United B and Raheen.
FURTHER to last week's mention of Dom Keating performing as a referee in a Killeigh friendly match, word has reached this column that a display later in the evening, when he linked up with Declan Kinahan, resulted in the pair being hailed as the 'new Jedward'. Keep it up lads, Simon Cowell could come calling at any time.