Boyle Celtic and Ballaghaderreen continue Roscommon and District league battle

Feb 12, 2024 12:50 By Dave Hooper
Boyle Celtic and Ballaghaderreen continue Roscommon and District league battle
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Roscommon & District League Round-Up February 11th

Boyle Celtic and Ballaghaderreen FC continue to lead the Roscommon and District Premier Division.

While both teams have 21 points Ballaghaderreen have a game less played.

Boyle Celtic scored a 2–1 win over the Castleplunket side C.P Ajax at Boyle. The teams were well matched in the first-half. The second-half was much better, and C.P Ajax began to really stretch the Boyle defence.


Paul Mee well struck 65th minute free-kick came down off the Boyle cross bar, leaving Darren Flynn an easy task to convert.

Callum Andrews levelled the game with 15 minutes remaining with an excellent volley. However, Conor Kelly got the winner for Boyle with just two minutes remaining.

Ballaghaderreen FC scored a 4-1 win at home to Shiven Rovers. Cormac Rushe headed Ballaghaderreen ahead on 20 minutes. Keith Murphy equalised with a penalty kick.


There was nothing between the sides until Shiven Rovers had a player sent-off on 60 minutes. Danny Browne scored for the hosts 10 minutes later. Indeed, Browne converted a penalty and Peter Horan added a fourth for the winners in the closing minutes.

St Johns Athletic remain in third place six points behind the leaders. That’s after a 3–3 draw against Castlerea Celtic at the League grounds Lecarrow.

Castlerea took the lead on 14 minutes through Oisin O’Farrell. However, Jamie Tiernan levelled the game and then gave St Johns a 2–1 lead on 34 minutes.


Just before half-time Jarlath Geraghty levelled the for the Castlerea side. However, Jack Higgins made it 3–2 on 75 minutes, but with seven minutes added on played St Johns were awarded a penalty, which Daire Kenan converted.

Ballinasloe Town and Moore United drew 1–1. Ballinasloe took the lead when a Josh Bullman kick-out put Josh McCarthy in the clear, who squared the ball to Mark Richardson who finished from close range.

Charles Nevin converted a penalty for Moore United in the second-half.


Division One

The race for the Division 1 Championship is very close with four of the seven teams in contention. Ballymoe FC travelled to Moylough and came away with a 3–2 victory.

Damien Goggins gave Ballymoe a 1-0 lead with six minutes played. Moylough levelled the game nine minutes later through Matthew Cheevers, but Daniel Malone restored the Ballymoe lead on 33 minutes.


Damien Goggins converted a penalty after Daniel Malone was fouled with 52 minutes played. Whereas, Leo Donnellan pulled a second back for the hosts it came too late for Moylough to snatch an equaliser.

Skyvalley Rovers remain unbeaten following a 4–2 win over St Johns Athletic at Onagh Park, Taughmaconnell. Eoin Keogh headed to the St John’s net on seven minutes.

Six minutes later Emmet Kelly won a penalty for the hosts, which Ethan Nkololo converted. Chris Hurley converted a penalty for the visitors on 20 minutes.

Garry Canavan made it 3–1 for Skyvalley Rovers on 32 minutes with a well struck free kick. Darragh Moore forced the visitor’s keeper into making a couple of good saves before, Daniel Keenan’s corner was converted by Cathal Ferrick.

Eoin Keogh added a fourth for the hosts who scored a comfortable victory.

Ballinagare Manor Utd had a 6–2 win over Glen Celtic at Glenamaddy. Despite having more possession Ballinagare/Manor were 2–0 down after 20 minutes. Daragh Keavney scoring both goals for the Glenamaddy side.

Alan Keane started the fight back on 30 minutes, headed a Keith O’Reilly long throw to the Glen net. Five minutes later, Gerry Ward laid the ball off to Jay McCarney who it 2–2 at half-time.

The visitors were well on top in the second-half and Jay McCartney, Gavin Murray, Gerry Ward and Keith O‘Reilly added four without reply.

Division Two

In Division 2, Cloonfad United are top of the table following a 7–2 win over Kilkerrin United.

Conor Ruane scored three and Conor Flynn, David Frayne, Daithi Gannon and James Brennan added one each for the winners. Brian McDermott and John Miskell replying for Kilkerrin.

Rahara Rovers and St Cuans/Ahascragh United share second place and drew 2–2 when they played at Rahara on Sunday.

Evan Donnelly opened the scoring for Rahara Rovers after 25 minutes. Cormac Lavin doubled their lead five minutes later. The reliable Liam O’Connor pulled one back for St Cuans/Ahascragh Utd before half-time.

Cameron O’Leary levelled the game on the hour mark. Both teams came close to getting a winner but game finished 2–2.

Elsewhere, Cam Celtic Dysart had a 2–0 win over Ballaghaderreen. David Cunniffe and Gareth Mulligan scored their goals.

Women's League

In the Women’s League, Ballaghaderreen beat a young St Cuans/Ahascragh United side 4–1 at Ahascragh. Caoimhe White gave the hosts an early lead.

However, Ballaghaderreen levelled the game on 23 minutes and went on to add three more before the end.

Castlerea Celtic took the lead early in the game through Aoife Smyth but Pam Nee scored either side of half-time to give Ballinasloe Town the advantage.

However, in a fairly physical encounter Aoife Smyth added a second to share the spoils.

In the Quarter-finals of the Connacht Women’s Cup Roscommon and District League side Kilkerrin United lost out to Swinford United on penalities.

Swinford winning out 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the game finished 1–1 at the end of extra-time.

Swinford took an early lead but Kilkerrin United were back in the game before half-time. A well worked corner kick resulted in Caoimhe Boyle finding the net.

Both teams had chances in the remainder of the game but it was Swinford who made it to the semi-finals.

The game featuring Corrib Celtic and Cam Celtic was postponed until next Sunday.

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