The top four in the Premier League has a familiar look about it, with the four teams most favoured to win the title, Fairview, Pike, Balla and Aisling locked on six points after two games.
Fairview Rgs 2 Nenagh AFC 1
For the second time in a few days Fairview were forced to eke out a result against a plucky Nenagh XI on Sunday.
Fairview had numerous chances but were having no luck in front of goal. They paid the price for these misses when Nathan Kelly put Nenagh in front from a good breakaway goal. Ross Mann restored parity to send the sides in level at the break.
The game continued in the same vein after the restart with Fairview on the front foot.
They got a great chance to take the lead when awarded a penalty midway through the half. However keeper Harry Fleming saved well to deny AJ O’Connor.
Straight to the far end where Nenagh were awarded a penalty minutes later, but again goalkeepers came out on top when Aaron Savage saved well to deny his former team mates.
The home side made a number of changes and they had the desired effect. AJ Moloney was spotted by the A team management when he scored four goals or the B team on Saturday and he continued in the same vein hitting a beauty to seal the points.
Fairview Rgs: Aaron Savage; Jamie Enright; Jason Cross; AJ O’Connor; Mark Slattery; Jeffery Judge; Mike O’Gorman; Adam Frahill; Ross Mann; Eoin Duff; Conor Coughlan.
Subs: James Fitzgerald; AJ Moloney; Cian Fitzgerald
Nenagh AFC: Harry Fleming; Dylan Kennedy; Colm Hayden; Bryan McGee; Eoin Coffey; Eamon White; Adam Ryan; Diarmuid Fitzpatrick; Paul Costello; Kieran O’Brien; Nathan Kelly. Subs Alex Gardas, Devlin Courtney
Pike Rovers 7 Kilmallock 1
Pike proved much too strong for a Kilmallock side yet to get out of the traps.
Kevin Barry and Ger Barry scored two apiece with Colm Walsh O’Loughlin, Jonathan Grant and Colin Daly completing the scoring.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O’Donovan; Eddie O’Donovan; Nathan O’Callaghan; Adam Lipper; Ger Barry; Colm Walsh O’Loughlin; Shane Walsh; Kyle Duhig; Jonathan Grant; Cian Collins. Subs: Sean Hamm; Colin Daly; Adam Quinlivan; Kevin Barry; Cian O’Donoghue
Kilmallock: James O’Mahoney; Niall O’Riordan; Dylan Walsh; Cian Burchill; Shane Lyons; Mark Heffernan; Jason Heffernan; Mark Burchill; Jack Barry; Paul Doona; Bennie Burke.
Sub:Tom Bowyers; Niall Moloney
Mungret Reg 1 Ballynanty Rovers 2
Ballynanty Rvs made it two wins from two with a hard earned victory at Mungret Regional.
Ger Higgins gave Balla the lead and Eddie Byrnes tacked on a second before the break.
Mungret proved much better in the second half and pulled one back through Colm Barrett. Try as they might, the home side were unable to break through the Balla rearguard again.
Mungret Reg: James Roche; Craig Prendergast; Conor Myers; Aaron Long; Eoghan Ryan; Darragh Killian; Cian McNicholas; Colm Barrett; Pat Aherne; Kian Barry; Sean Ezekannagha. Subs: Kieran Long; Dylan Frawley; Mark Patterson; Marcus Finucane
Ballynanty Rovers: Jamie Stewart; Seamus Moloney; Ger Higgins; Jake Dillon; Adam Costello; Aidan Hurley; Eddie Byrnes; Thomas Byrnes; Pat Whelan; John Connery; Adrian Power. Subs: David Donnan; Michael Guerin; Aaron Nunan; Liam Byrnes
Janesboro 2 Aisling Annacotty 4
Aisling are also on full points after [posting their second win, a 4-2 win over Janesboro.
Shane Tracey put Aisling on their way and Shane Clarke scored a second before the break. After the restart Tyrique Leamy pulled one back from the spot.
Liam Quinn restored Aisling’s two goal advantage but Jack Fitzgerald netted for a hard working ‘Boro outfit to put the minimum between the sides.
Shane Stack, with his second crucial goal in four days, secured the points for Aisling.
Janesboro: Vincent Browne; Scott McEvoy; Samuel Ogundare; Donie Curtin; Jamie Ryan; Keith O’Connor; Dermot Hughes; Conor Madden; Ben O’Shaughnessy; Tyrique Leamy; Jack Fitzgerald. Subs: David Hannon; Sean O’Dwyer
Aisling Annacotty: Brian O’Connor; Blake Curran; Aled Harkin; Graham Burke; Eoin Murphy; David O’Mahoney; Shane Tracey; Liam Quinn; Shane Stack; Shane Clarke; Aodh Ó hAnluain. Subs: Richkov Boevi
Geraldines 2 Coonagh Utd 3
Having both lost their opening games, both teams were all out for victory here.
Ger Myles put Coonagh in front and Frank Harnett doubled their lead.
Geraldines pulled one back through David Hurley before the break.
In the second half, Myles scores a cracking goal to make it 3-1. Trevor Daly reduced the deficit, but the visitors held firm to take the spoils.
Geraldines: David Fitzgerald; Andrew Kennedy; Lee Whyte; Paul Fitzgerald; Bobby Tier; David Hurley; David Considine; Ousman Darboe; Karl Turner; Trevor Daly; Cillian Finn.
Subs: Zac Mursah; Tshepho Ngwato; Mike Crowley; Thomas O’Grady; Cillian Healy
Coonagh Utd: Jose Zaquieu; Darren Martin; Luke Doherty; Joey Sheehan; Ryan Earls; Frank Harnett; Eoghan O’Neill; Barry Harnett; Ger Myles; Ian Considine; Martin Deady.
Subs: Brion Moriarty; Rory O’Neill
Regional Utd 1 Prospect Priory 0
Regional Utd bounced back to winning ways after a disappointing opening day defeat.
Once again Prospect have nothing to show for a gutsy display. Twice Regional keeper Rob Shier turned the ball onto the crossbar, but in the end they could not break down a solid Regional defence.
Jack Arra scored the only goal of the game in the first half, latching onto a superb pass by Jeff Mannion to finish.
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Jack O’Donovan; Sean Madigan; Andrew Cowpar; Evan O’Connor; Ross Fitzgerald; Mark Shanahan; Kieran O’Connell; Jack Arra; Pat McDonagh; Jeff Mannion. Subs: Killian Kingston
Prospect Priory: Adam O’Doherty; Ian Maher; Josh O’Rahilly; Glen Kelly; Wayne Colbert; Adrian Healy; Ian Clancy; Eric Carr; Yacouba Yabre; Dylan Kelly Higgins; Jack Cross.
Subs: Philip Naughton; Chris Hogan; Danny Colbert; Dean Glasheen
Thursday’s opening Premier League fixtures went generally as expected although Fairview had to dig deep to see off Prospect. Jack Cross gave Wayne Colbert’s men the lead, but Jeffery Judge, Mike O’Gorman and Eoin Duff put Fairview in control. Josh O’Rahilly reduced the deficit but ‘View held on for the points.
Pike Rovers beat Janesboro 4-0 with goals from Conor Layng (2), Eoin Hanrahan and Ger Barry.
Ballynanty Rvs put five past Geraldines courtesy of Jake Dillon, Aaron Nunan, Adrian Power, Eddie Byrnes and an an own goal made up the tally.
Ten man Coonagh went down 4-1 at home to Nenagh for whom Eoin Coffey, Bryan McGee, Kieran O’Brien and Dylan Kennedy were on the mark.
Aisling Annacotty just edged out Regional Utd Annacotty. Ewan O’Brien and Kieran O’Connell netted for Regional but goals from Shane Clarke, Adam Dore and Shane Stack won out.
In the final game in the top flight Kilmallock had a disappointing start to proceedings going down at home to Mungret Regional. The visitors under Ger Burke had the perfect start scoring four without reply from Eoghan Ryan (2), Kieran Long and Pa Aherne
The Premier A League promises to be a competitive place this season with a number of contenders giving early signs of their intentions.
Moyross were highly impressive in a 4-0 win over Corbally Utd. Craig Collopy, Anthony McInerney, Cian Power and Habideen Gbadebo wee on the scoresheet for Frank Hogan’s men.
A Pat Boyle hat trick ensured an opening day win for Carew Park who edged out Aisling B by the odd goal in five.
Brian O’Sullivan and Sean O’Brien netted for Newport but they fell to a strong Charleville XI 4-2 with winning scores courtesy of Shane Dillon 2, Cian McNamara and Ciaran Carey.
AJ Moloney turned in a super performance on his Fairview debut, scoring four times in a 5-0 win over Cappamore. Conor Keane also scored.
Hill Celtic had no answer for a rampant Athlunkard Villa who ran in hat tricks for Christian Kerley and Danny Taylor. Adam O’Regan made up the tally.
Murroe beat Holycross 5-2 thanks to scores from Dave Ryan 2, Adrian Ryan 2 and Jack O’Carroll. Ross O’Brien May and Niall O’Riordan replied.
In Division 1A a new look Granville hit Star Rvs for six. Former Irish international Shane Waters scored a double as did Nathan Walsh 2, Joe Keane and the legendary Conor Lynch also scored. They followed up the weekend with a 4-2 over Ballylanders. Dylan Noonan and Sean Kiely scored for Bally, Dara Reddan, Kevin McNamara, Joe Keane and Nathan Walsh netted for the winners.
On the opening day Ballylanders had beaten Castle 4-2 thanks to goals from Cathal Shanahan, Rob McLoughlin, Eamon O’Mahoney and Dylan Noonan. Craig McNamara and an own goal accounted for Rovers scores.
Evan Shine scored for Hyde Rgs A in a 1-1 draw with Patrickswell amnd on Sunday the same player scored all three for Hyde in a 3-1 win over Star Rvs.
Kevin Meade and Jason Dineen scored for Kilfrush against Shelbourne whose goals came courtesy of Conor McGuane and Karl Buckley
Shelbourne drew their second game also, a 3-3 tie with Patrickswell. Karl Buckley, Mark Moloney and Shane Griffin scored for Shels
Summerville Rvs kicked off their campaign with a 7-1 win over Kilfrush thanks to a brace apiece from Shane Power , Evan O’Grady and Ian Dore, Emanuel Alfred also scored for the winners.
Tyrone Price and Ken Nealon (Southend) and John Ryan and Michael Hickey (Knockainey) traded scores in a 2-2 draw.
In Division 1B Mungret Reg ran riot against Aisling Annacotty C running in scores from Kuba Cieloch 3, Davie Burke 2, Conor O’Leary, Liam Dooley, Mark Patterson and an own goal.
Regional B also were big scorers in a win at Athlunkard Villa B 2 Regional Utd B 8
Justice Mbayimbi and James Ring scored for the home side but goals from Gerry Fitzpatrick 3, Jeff Mannion, Jack Donovan 2 John McDonagh and Aaron O’Hanlon won out.
Dave Ryan 3, Vinny Ryan 2 and Mickey Gammell scored in Pallagreen’s 6-4 win over Caledonians for whom Evan Madigan, James Power, Nicky O’Connell and Wayne Coillin netted.
Caherdavin Celtic eased past Newport thanks to goals from Kane Connolly 3, Cian O’Rahilly and Evan Fahy while Glenview Rvs beat Charleville 3-1. Jack Delaney 2 and Barry Butler scored for the winners. Eoghan Buckley replied
An amazing game in Div 2A saw Hyde Rgs B play out a 6-6 draw with Murroe B. Steven Fitzmaurice 3, Ger Nash 2 and Dara Kelly scored for Hyde, Mike McNamara (2), Philip Clancy, Paul Holmes, Jack Donnell and Jack Moore were on the mark for Murroe
Sean Considine’s goal secured a 2-1 win for Wembley at Kilmallock and Meanus also scored an away win at Corbally Utd B with scores from Conor Burke, Patsy Punch and Chris Crotty.
Janesboro B hit Castle Utd for five courtesy of Kian Hedderman 2, Jeff Dore, Aaron Quinlivan and Jamie Cross.
The big shock in Division 2B saw Newport C edge out a star studded Aisling Annacotty D 3-2. Jay Ryan 2 and Killian O’Sullivan scored for the Cee’s while Barry Madden scored a brace for Aisling.
Abbey Rvs opened with a 3-1 win over Lisnagry B. Emmet McGinty 2 and Shane Hogan scored for the winners. Lisnagry A proved too strong for Northside. Tony Burns 2, Lee Park 2, Liam King, Kieran O’Malley and Jamie Collins netted for the winners. Frank Daly and Tim Hogan replied.
Devlin Courtney scored the only goal as Nenagh B edged out Mungret Reg C and Coonagh B beat Shels B 3-0. Cian Murphy 2 and Ralph Leonard were the marksmen.
Joe O’Callaghan 2 and Sean Buckley scored for Dromore Celtic in a 3-1 win over Athlunkard Villa C for whom Gary Kelly scored.