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Nevin nods Nurney into Herald shield 'quarters'

New Oak Boys......................................................0

Nurney Villa.......................................................1

Holders Nurney Villa advanced to this season's quarterfinals of the Evening Herald Carlow Shield with a single goal victory at home.

With the fixture switched to Nurney the game opened well with both side passing the ball particularly well.

The vital goal came on 27 minutes when Richard Kearney delivered a corner into the New Oak goalmouth and Mick Nevin headed powerfully home.

Stevie Purcell then came to the Boys rescue when he intercepted a Seamus Kinsella pass with Nevin ready to tap home as Nurney fought to increase their lead.

Ken Lacey also cleared off the line on 37 minutes when Des Shaw rose to power a header towards the corner of the net following a corner kick.

The second half saw New Oak threaten the Villa goal on a number of occasions as the sought an equaliser.

Paddy O'Brien wasted a couple of gilt-edged chances, shooting over following a good ball from Willard Kinsella and then heading over a Sean Kelly cross.

The Boys also had one late chance but David O'Shea could only find the side net from a narrow angle as Villa march on.

Kilree Celtic........................................................0

Stretford United..................................................2

With Crettyard engaged in FAI Junior Cup duty, rivals Stretford knew that a win would catapult them to head the Premier division.

Kilree from the outset resorted to a long ball which suited the United defence giving the visitors ample possession

Gradually Stretford imposed themselves with Jamie Kavanagh and Gary Powell combining well on the left wing to create chances for James Ryan and John Doyle each of whom might have scored by 15 minutes.

Stretford made the breakthrough when Gary Powell slipped a pass through to Barry McDaniels to run through the heart of the Kilree defence to score on 20 minutes.

Kilree gradually improved and managed to exert some pressure on the visitors defence but P.J. Connolly and Eugene Keating were in outstanding form repeatedly clearing their lines under pressure until half time.

This pattern of play continued into the third quarter and just as it appeared that Kilree must level, a misdirected pass allowed Kieran Dollard to quickly release to John Doyle beating the advancing keeper to double the United advantage on 55 minutes.

Some stout Kilree defending managed to minimise the chances available to an increasingly rampant Stretford. The best chance came on 80 minutes when Eoghan Evesson burst through but drilled wide of an inviting target.

Grange F.C..........................................................3

Castle Rangers....................................................3

Rangers came from 3-1 down with two late goals to snatch a draw in the Nationalist Division.

Things looked good for Rangers early in the game when they took the lead on just six minutes, a Brian Pearson shot taking a wicked deflection off a Grange defender Declan Jones to wrong foot the 'keeper. Grange however struck back to dominate the half and only two excellent saves by Eddie O'Brien to deny Johnny Kavanagh and Paddy Byrne kept Rangers ahead. However, the home side got a deserved equaliser on 40 minutes when Joseph Arguetta swung over a corner and David Cleere knocked it home from six yards.

Levels at the break Grange were to go 3-1 up in the second half. Firstly, Niall Byrne pounced on a bad back pass to beat O'Brien in the goal and then David Cleere placed Niall Byrne to put grange 3-1 up on 70 minutes. Rangers came however with a late rally and two Cailin canning goals, one from a free kick in the last fie minutes, gave them a share of the spoils.


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