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Scintillating Sylvia has Tullamore fans in awe!

HAT-tricks, hat-tricks and yet more hat-tricks - that's Tullamore Town's women's team and Sylvia Gee.

A whopping 8-1 win over Mullingar Athletic saw two hat-tricks, one from Gee and another from Patrice Stapleton.

Then, in a 4-1 victory at the expense of Noreside Celtic, Gee again scored three goals.

One of Gee's goals in particular had the Town fans at Leah Victoria Park swooning.

She picked up the ball in her own penalty area, weaved her way through at least half a dozen despairing Mullingar Athletic tackles, and then rounded the opposing keeper before tapping the ball home.

Some credit must also go to Emma McNiffe, who scored on her Tullamore debut against Athletic, and to Jenna Cornally and Richelle O'Neill, also on the mark as the Town women gathered six points and maintained the chase of league leaders Bealnamulla Athlone Town.

Race at top of Division Two is blown wide open

THE Division Two title race was blown wide open when Ballybrittas travelled to Kilcormac and defeated the league leaders.

That result, coupled with a Kilcormac victory the previous weekend over Athlone's St Peter's B, actually meant that up to seven of the division's nine teams are in contention for honours.

Ballybrittas travelled to Kilcormac without injured midfielder John Booth but Portarlington man Shane Mullins deputised and within eight minutes he had scored the game's first goal.

The Wilson brothers, Seamus and Stephen, combined to set up Brian Mahony for Ballybrittas goal number two and they eventually took the points on a 2-1 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Coolraine, who were scheduled to play Noreside yesterday, and who had lost just once in 10 league games, progressed to the second round of the Combined Counties Cup with an extra-time win over Rathmore United.

Coolraine were 2-0 down at half-time in normal time but got back into the game with goals from Jamie Hensey and Daniel Hensey, before Pat Cosgrove netted the extra-time winner from the penalty spot after Shane Ryan had been fouled.

Shelly the Rosenallis hero in shootout

VETERAN Rosenallis keeper Damien Shelly was the hero as Rosenallis made it into the last 16 of the Combined Counties Cup.

Shelly rolled back the years with a last-gasp extra-time penalty save which killed off St Carthage's hopes in the competition.

In the recent third round encounter with Carthage's, he filled in for Paul Friel in goals and after goals from James Jackson and John McLoughlin had Rosenallis 2-1 with extra-time nearly up, it looked like the Laois boys were safe.

Then came a spot-kick decision in the dying seconds but Shelly saved with his feet to deny the Saints a crack at a penalty shoot-out.

MORE power to Frankford FC, the Offaly-based club who have teams in Division 4B and the Youths Division of the CCFL. The Kilcormac club are embarking on a new ground development which will cater for those teams, plus the Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s.

Local publican Mike Kelly is sponsoring the first team and among the other sponsors, perhaps the most interesting is Nigel Reams, who heads up a company which is planning to build a power station in the Midlands.