Sports Gear Direct First Division

20/20 Glazing 1ย  – 2 Co. Councilย 

LEADERS Co. Council denied 20/20 Glazing a return to the top after the two title contenders met in a fiercely contestedย  Sports Gear Direct First Division six pointer in difficult overhead conditions at Mayfield Pk. last Sunday morning, writes Finbarr Buckley.

The competitive Michael Ryan was the orchestrator behind both of the winnerโ€™s goals, supplying Jason Crowley with the first early on before setting up Richard Murphy with the second from a breakaway in the final quarter. Despite Gary Croninโ€™s late reply for the hosts, Council held on to come away with all three points after being under the cosh for almost the entire second-half. Tom Clery and Paul Barry were solid throughout at the heart of the visitorโ€™s defence.

Abtran 2 -1 VoxPro

Shane Hegney fired mid-table Abtran into a 20th minute lead with right-back Ryan McSweeney doubling the lead from a twenty-five yard screamer in the 70th minute. Abtranโ€™s tactic of playing long balls out from the back bore rich dividends in the lead up to both goals with Ross Daly getting on the end of another long clearance, this time for VoxPro, to flick on for Paul Coveney to net the visitorโ€™s only goal. Coveney and Dave Oโ€™Sullivan were VoxProโ€™s best performers on the day.

SCS Crookstown United 2 – 0 Daltonโ€™s Pharmacy

Crookstown, in their first season, continue their dramatic drive for promotionย  with a 4th home win of the campaign following last Sunday lunchtimeโ€™s two-nil win over Daltonโ€™s Pharmacy. Greg Fitton opened the scoring in the 65th minute after Michael John Oโ€™Mahony released the striker through the middle. Daltonโ€™s Anthony Oโ€™Sullivan was denied an equalizer shortly afterwards when he was denied a one-on-one by a superb block from stand-in keeper Tim Irwin. Irwin went on to have a hand in the insurance second after his long kick-out was thumped to the net by Martin Oโ€™Sullivan. Michael Deasy and Colm Crowley were once again immense in the centre of the park, nullifying the threat of Pharmacyโ€™s play-maker Paulo Santos.

Cork Hospitals 2 – 2ย Dell EMC

Cork Hospitals ended their six match losing streak in the league by coming back from two down to salvage a point in the late Sunday afternoon kick-off at The Farm. Kevin Oโ€™Connor on the half-hour and Dave Busteed , ten minutes later,ย  edged the visitors into a two-nil interval lead only for Sean Kent and the much travelled James Carroll to rescue a point forย  John Browneโ€™s charges. Paul Murphy and Matt Tiffney were influential throughout for Mick Doneganโ€™s visitors.

Sports Gear Direct Premier Divisionย 

Quinlanโ€™s Bar 6ย  – 0ย Marlboro Trust

Quinlanโ€™s eased to the double over Trust to move to within four points of leaders Doolanโ€™s Cow in the only Premier Division fixture played last Saturday afternoon at Mayfield Pk. Danny Oโ€™Donoghue claimed the first andย  third with an own goal and a braceย  from Damien Oโ€™Mahony and one from Chrissy Bell contributing to the winnerโ€™s total at the finish. Bellโ€™s fifth was the pick of the goals after a driving run from the back was followed by a devastating finish into the top left-hand corner. Dermot Kenneally and Graham Hosford continue their impressive form for the home team.

Mooney Cup โ€“ Quarter-Final
OBS – Doolanโ€™s Cow (abandoned after 10 mins.)

The last eight tie between twice winners Doolanโ€™s Cow and First Division title chasing OBS was wisely blown up after ten minutes by referee Denis Cronin in the interests of the playersโ€™ safety after high winds and a sudden downpour made playing conditions hazardous. The pair will meet again in two weeks to decide who progresses to the last four.