Boyle Celtic failed in their attempt to make it through to the Connacht Champions Cup.
Sligo/Leitrim Super League side MCR scoring a 3-2 over Boyle at Sligo writes Vincent Brooks.
Celtic did not play to their full potential and the Sligo Town side were the better team. The hosts went 1–0 up early in the game. However, an own goal had the sides level at the break.
The hosts retook the lead in the second-half but Shane Battles levelled the game at the end of normal time. However, in time added on MCR struck the winner.
Roscommon and District League Round-up
In the Premier Division of the Roscommon and District League, Moore United beat Shiven Rovers 3-2 at Newbridge.
Moore were on top early-on but just could not find the killer touch in the first-half, that game was scoreless at half-time.
The second-half started well for Moore. Alan Duffy ran on to a good ball over the top and slotted the ball into the corner of the net. Josh Lennon added a second with a perfect free-kick.
Whereas, Charles Nevin provided an inch perfect cross for Josh Lennon to give Moore a 3–0 lead. Shiven pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining through Keith Murphy.
Shiven Rovers were right back in the game when Keith Murphy added a second. While, Shiven came close to levelling the game it was Moore United who deservedly took all three points.
The Castlerea Celtic Ballinasloe Town game was abandoned mid-way through the second-half with the team’s level at 1-1.
Next phase of league season
At the end of the first series of games in Division 1 North and South, three teams from each section will be promoted to Division1 proper.
The fourth team from each section will play-off to see who will compete in the new Division 1. Points won in the first games will not carry forward.
In the Division 1 Northern section Cloonfad United drew 0–0 with leaders Ballinagare/Manor United. Both teams are very much in contention to join the newly formed Division 1.
Cloonfad united were the better side in the first-half but failed to capitalize on their chances created. After the break Ballinagare/Manor were much improved and came close to snatching all three points.
Moylough 79 secured a place in Division 1 proper following a 2-1 win over Cam Celtic/Dysart at Moylough. The losers still have work to do to secure a place in Division 1.
Both Keepers made some great saves to keep their sides in the game. Moylough took a first half lead when James Fahy created an opening for Dermott Hughes who tucked the ball into the corner of the net.
Cam/Dysart were back in the game with 60 minutes played thanks to a Luke Fallon goal. However, within a couple of minutes Lorcan Kelly got on the end of an Alan Conway cross to win all tree points for Moylough.
In the Reserve Division Moore United had a 5–2 win over Boyle Celtic at Boyle. Daniel Hughes gave Boyle an early lead. Tommy Naughton levelled the game after 30 minutes when Jason Cunningham created an opening.
Tommy Naughton added two goals and David Griffin one to give the hosts a 4–1 lead at half-time. Naughton added his fourth after the break with Aaron Calpin replying for the losers.
Reserve Division action heating up
Skyvalley Rovers beat Shiven Rovers 5–2 at Newbridge in a game much closer than the score-line suggests.
The sides were level 1–1 when Brian Croffy saved a penalty kick for Skyvalley Rovers. In the second-half, Skyvalley pulled away to secure a comfortable win.
Richard Browne and Mike Garvey scored two each and Conal Moore one for Skyvalley. Eoghan Browne and Josh Barrett replying for the Shiven Rovers.
In the Connacht Women’s Cup Cam Celtic had an impressive 3–0 win away to the Sligo side Valley Rovers.
Katie Nolan and Rebecca Collins gave Cam Celtic a deserving 2–0 half-time lead and Nolan added a third after the break.
In an all Roscommon League clash at Castlerea the hosts were beaten 2–1 by a very good Kilkerrin United side. It was a real tight battle with Kilkerrin coming out on top.
Kilkerrin took the lead when Ciara Boyle got on the end of a corner kick from Samantha Fahy. Rachel Gormley levelled the game before half-time, but another Samantha Fahy corner kick was headed to the Castlerea net by Sarah Ward, securing a place for Kilkerrin United in the next round.
In the Roscommon and District Women’s League Ballaghaderreen beat Boyle Celtic 2–1 at Boyle.
Played in freezing conditions, there was no goals in the first-half. Anna McGrath soon gave Boyle Celtic a 1–0 lead.
Ava McGreal levelled the game following good work by Rebecca Finan. Just when it looked like the game would finish all square Pauline O Grady scored the winner for Ballaghaderreen.