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Weekend Review for Week Ending 18th May

ByGer Kennedy

May 20, 2014

Ricky Fogarty Cup Final
Nenagh AFC made it a Premier League & Cup double with a 3-2 extra time win over Nenagh Celtic in the Ricky Fogarty Cup Final played at the Brickfields venue on Sunday afternoon. Nathan Kelly put the hosts ahead on the half hour mark, however Michael Hynes bagged an equalizer for the Hoops midway through the second half to leave it all square at the end of ninety minutes. Ryan Gilmartin edged Nenagh AFC back in front three minutes in to the first period of extra time, however Celtic kept plugging and were back in the frame when Mark Walsh tied it up at two all midway through the second period. Nenagh AFC grabbed the winner with seconds remaining courtesy of an own goal. Michael Leo representing the NT&DL presented the Ricky Fogarty Cup to Nenagh AFC captain Thomas Sheppard

Third Division Cup Final
Cloughjordan ‘B’ were crowned Third Division Cup winners following a two nil win over Gurtagarry in Ballinree last Saturday evening. The opener came in the 9th minute when Andy Brennan was nudged in the box before getting up to convert with aplomb from the spot. Cloughjordan doubled their tally against the run of play on 32 minutes after Conor Deane took advantage on the left before drilling to the roof of the net. Gurtagarry battled gallantly to get back in to the game but met stiff resistance from a resilient Cloughjordan rearguard. NT&DL Chairman Mike Young presented the Fast Food Cup to Cloughjordan captain Niall Farrell after the game.

Joe Delaney Cup
Bansha Celtic prevailed over Rearcross Youths in this quarter final game played at Rearcross FC Grounds last Thursday evening. The TSDL side enjoyed a two nil lead at half time thanks to strikes from Sean O’Halloran and Sean Breen. Bansha Celtic stretched it to three nil when Darren McGrath was on the mark. Robert Houlihan pulled a goal back for Rearcross with sixteen minutes to play, however Sean Breen and Sean O’Halloran were both on target again to seal a comprehensive win for the visiting side.

BT Harps Youths travelled to Bansha on Sunday for this Joe Delaney Cup semi-final and progressed to the decider with a convincing 6-2 result over Bansha Celtic. The Templemore side led 2-1 at the midway stage with goals from Eric Quinlan and Jack Kennedy while Darren McGrath scored for the home side. The hosts were back level five minutes in to the second half when Darren McGrath netted his second of the outing. BT Harps piled on the pressure after this and ran out comfortable winners with a second a piece from Eric Quinlan and Jack Kennedy before Jamie Bergin and Michael Greed got on the scoresheet to seal the win for the NT&DL team.

NT&DL Tipperary Cup
Cloughjordan ‘A’ snatched an extra time winner against Roscrea United ‘A’ at the Kennedy Park venue to secure their place in the final of the Tipperary Cup last Sunday afternoon. The home team took the lead through Paul Kirwan on the 10 minute mark, however the teams went in level at the break after PJ O’Brien rattled the net. Kevin Kennedy edged Cloughjordan ahead with a well taken goal, however a dogged Roscrea outfit were back level on the stroke of full time when John Cordial obliged, but Cloughjordan were to have the last say when Davy Williams crossed to Kevin Kennedy who crashed home a dramatic winner to send the visitors through to the Final.