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Ballaghaderreen move closer to Roscommon and District League title

Jan 22, 2024 12:45 By Dave Hooper
Ballaghaderreen move closer to Roscommon and District League title
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Shiven Rovers ladies return to winning ways

Due to the combination of frost, rain and a storm only a very few Roscommon and District League games were played at the weekend.

In the only game played in the Premier Division, Ballaghaderreen took a big step towards winning the title, beating nearest challengers Boyle Celtic 2–1 at Boyle.

Overall, the teams were well matched, the sides playing really attractive football. Conor Kelly gave the hosts a 1–0 half-time lead.

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With 68 minutes played Thomas Greene landed Ballaghaderreen equaliser. Whereas, the ever-reliable Danny Browne scored the winner with 16 minutes remaining.

Having reached the halfway stage Ballaghaderreen are three points clear of Boyle Celtic with a game in-hand.

St. Johns Athletic and last season’s champions Ballinasloe Town are still in with a chance of catching the leaders. However, they will need to improve on their earlier results.

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In the Reserve Division, Dunmore Town beat Boyle Celtic 4-1 at home.

A well taken Raman Saman finish gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with just two minutes played. Shortly afterwards Saman was fouled and Ben Glynn converted the resultant penalty.

Luca Roddy scored for Boyle Celtic early in the second-half but Michael Harnett made it 3-1, following some excellent play. Kieran McIlhenry added a fourth for Dunmore after a fantastic through ball by Tiago Conclaves.

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Skyvalley Rovers drew 2–2 with CP Ajax at Taughmaconnell. Jack Moore and Padraig Downey scored for the hosts. Darren Boyle and Thomas Callaghan scored for the Castleplunket side. Meanwhile, Shiven Rovers beat Roscommon United 4–1 at Lisnamult.

Women's League

In the Roscommon and District League Women’s League; Shiven Rovers ladies got back to winning ways, beating Ballinasloe Town 3–1 at Newbridge on Saturday evening.

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With five minutes played Laura Farrell and Muirne Kilcommins created an opening for Lucy Dunican who volleyed to the bottom corner of the net.

Sheenagh Martyn added a second from a very tight angle four minutes later. Ballinasloe Town never gave up and Natoya Fogarty pulled a goal back with a fine volley just before half-time.

Both teams created chances in the second-half before Muirne Kilcommins sealed victory with Shiven’s third goal. Shiven face Cam Celtic this weekend at newbridge.

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