Carnbane League Round-up: Quickfire goals enough as Rossowen see off Archview United
Archview United 0 Rossowen 2
In this week’s Carnbane League feature game, two goals in the space of 10 first half minutes saw Rossowen leave Jennings Park with the win, as they also moved five points clear of the bottom two.
On the half hour mark, Shaun Parr’s initial cross was cleared by Stephen O’Connor, but Jordan Fegan kept the attack alive by driving down the left wing and playing a dangerous low cross into the box. Archview goalkeeper David Hankin couldn’t hold on and Callum Annett was in the right place at the right time, to tap the ball into the net from close range.
On 39 minutes it was 2-0 to Rossowen when they fashioned a goal out of nowhere. Gairiad Clarke seemed to play an aimless long ball up the middle of the Archview defence, but they didn’t deal with it and were punished.
Hankin came racing out of his goal to attempt to clear, but Rossowen’s Annett beat him in a foot race to the bouncing ball and did enough to knock it into the path of Ben Lynch, who made no mistake in applying the finish into an empty net.
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Six of the best for high-flying Hoops
Greenfield Park 0 Newry Celtic 6
Premier Division table toppers Newry Celtic were at their best on Saturday, as they found the back of the net six times in a comprehensive win over Greenfield Park.
The Celts were on the board after just six minutes when Conor Shields put them ahead, and two goals in quick succession midway through the first half from Colm Fegan Caolan Gray had them in command of the game.
Gary McAleavey then got in on the act, as he added his side’s fourth and fifth goals of the game, before Gray made it a brace on 80 minutes, rounding out the scoring in the process.
The result sees Newry Celtic top the table with nine wins and one draw from 10 league games. This Saturday, they face Cleary Celtic – who have won all eight of their league fixtures – in the most mouth-watering game of the season up to this point.
The two Rovers can’t be split
Villa Rovers 2 Camlough Rovers 2
In a battle of the Rovers at Jennings Park, Villa and Camlough couldn’t be separated.
Villa went ahead through Niall O’Neill on seven minutes, but Camlough equalised eight minutes later, before Niall Owens had them in front at the half-time whistle.
However, the spoils were shared after Eoin Devlin found an equaliser on 73 minutes.
Title chasers Orchard held by Ashgrove
Ashgrove Rovers 2 Orchard United 2
Orchard United lost some ground in the Division 1 title race with a 2-2 draw against Ashgrove Rovers.
Dillon Smyth and Patrick McShane traded goals before half-time, before Smyth added a second to put Orchard ahead on 72 minutes.
However, the lead only lasted two minutes, and substitute Ryan Cowan found the net to ensure the sides had to share the points.
Orchard now sit six points behind league leaders Ballybot United, having played one more game than their title rivals.
Second half blitz secures the win for Ballyholland
Cartwheel United 1 Ballyholland 4
Third-placed side Ballyholland came from behind to defeat Cartwheel United 4-1 at Jimmy Steen Park.
The home side led 1-0 at half-time, but Ballyholland came out a different side for the second period, and goals from Micheal McAllister, Conor Carlon (two) and Niall Fegan blew their opponents out of the water.
Lisdrum too strong for the Bridge
Mayobridge 1 Lisdrum Youth 4
Lisdrum Youth were too strong for Mayobridge on Saturday, winning by a three-goal margin.
Luke Kelly got them off to a dream start with a goal in the first minute, and although Keelan McEvoy equalised for Mayobridge, Lisdrum powered home with three unanswered goals, including a penalty from ex-Villa Rovers star Shea McArdle.
Also featuring for Lisdrum was Armagh and Crossmaglen Rangers Gaelic football legend Jamie Clarke, who debuted for the side in the Bessbrook Cup last week.
Parkview edge five-goal thriller
Parkview 3 Church Street 2
Parkview came out on the right side of the result in an entertaining encounter with Church Street.
Church Street took an early lead through Ryan Kelly, but Parkview then assumed control of the game, with an equaliser from the penalty spot, before goals from Darren Hillen and Thomas Gorman.
Liam McCartan found the net for Church Street’s second on 84 minutes, but their comeback efforts fell just short.
IFA FonaCab Junior Cup Round 5
Cleary march on
Castlewellan Town 1 Cleary Celtic 1 (Cleary win 3-0 on pens)
Cleary Celtic are through to the next round of the IFA FonaCab Junior Cup after a nail-biting penalty shootout win away to Castlewellan Town.
The home side went ahead midway through the first half through Shea Croskery, but Neil Barr brought parity between the sides from the penalty spot.
There were no more goals, and despite losing Stephen Hughes to a red card, Cleary held on for penalties, where they were victorious.