Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group A
UCC United 2 – 2 Co. Council (UCC won 4-3 on pens.)
THE last remaining quarter-final spot was up for grabs at The Farm last Sunday morning where old rival locked horns to decide who would progress with group winners Satellite Taxis to meet holders Doolan’s Cow in the last eight, writes Finbarr Buckley.
Dave McCarthy set up Mario Fosca for Council’s lead goals inside the opening twenty-five minutes before going off injured. Cathal Doherty reduced the deficit from a fine strike and with twenty minutes remaining league secretary Peter Travers’ cross-cum-shot ended up in the net for 2-2. United squeezed through in the subsequent shoot-out by the odd penalty in seven.
Sports Gear Direct Shield – Group C
Harp Celtic 1 – 2 District 11
The meeting of the top two, who had already through, at sunny Mayfield Pk. last Saturday afternoon was of academic interest to decide who would finish top. Despite being without a number of key regulars, Davie O’Mahony’s Harp went in front ten minutes before half-time through a sublime Eric O’Mahony free-kick which nestled in the top corner after Tony O’Leary was taken down wide on the left. The visitors seized the initiative in the second 45 to edge in front through Eddie Madigan and Kenneth Hussey to see out the tie unbeaten in the group. Madigan, Gary Mooney and Liam Nichol stood out for the winners with Jerry Murphy, Olden Connolly and Ryan O’Connell up top the pick for Harp.
Sports Gear Direct Premier Division
Marlboro Trust 3 – 0 SCS Crookstown Utd
Four-time winners Marlboro Trust opened their 22ND consecutive season in the top flight with a three-nil win over SCS Crookstown Utd. at Mayfield Community School last Friday night. Tim Irwin’s visiting side were in high spirits going into the contest after the previous weekend’s stunning five-nil win over Martin Harvey Solicitors. However, after Daniel del Blanco put Trust ahead from a lob over Conor Murphy in the 31st minute and Crookstown’s powerhouse midfielder Colm Crowley was dismissed for a second yellow card offence in the second 45 , Kevin O’Sullivan and Alex Campos tagged on two further goals for the hosts with twenty minutes remaining to seal a first home win. Keeper Murphy, central defender Charles Kenneally and James Kelleher up front impressed for the visitors.
Doolan’s Cow 5 – 1 OBS
Doolan’s Cow, the last team to lift the title back in 2018/19, made an impressive winning start going four up before half-time through top scorer Jamie Murphy (3) and Rob Ryan. After Murphy added his fourth in the 67th minute, Kevin Sadik pulled one back for the visitors following a rebound from full-back Cormac O’Bruic’s long range strike. Darren Geraghty, Stephen McCarthy and Aaron Hennessy shone for the champions.
Satellite Taxis 3 – 1 Jason O’Neill Electrical
Satellite and JONE met for the first time in top flight football and in a fine advert for attacking football, two second-half goals on the counter from Breff McCarthy and Shane Doody settled the destination of the points after the host’s McCarthy and the visitor’s Darren McCarthy had earlier exchanged first-half goals.
Sports Gear Direct First Division
VIP Barbers 1 – 3 Cork Hospitals
Cork Hospitals got off the mark with a 3-1 win over VIP Barbers at Crosshaven. Tadhg Whelan bagged two with Conor O’Halloran also on target. Dave Synott and Rory McCarthy were in fine form for the winners. Jamie O’Leary replied for the hosts.
The Weigh Inn 4 – 2 Suro Cars
The Weigh Inn made it two wins out of two by putting four past Suro Cars at the Regional Pk. After a goalless first forty-five, James Carroll scored twice with Killian Kelleher and an own goal completing the winner’s tally. The visitors pulled two back through Rob Fitzgerald and Chris Brant and went close to securing an unlikely draw late on through Fitzgerald and Brendan Daly. Kelleher and Ger Bradley were prominent for the league leaders.
Jay Bazz 1 – 2 Lion’s Den
Lion’s Den came from one down at half-time, Rory Murphy on target for the home team, to triumph 2-1 courtesy of a David Gaffney free-kick and another from Tim O’Donovan.
Longboats 2 – 2 Daz Barbers
Neil O’Connell scored twice for Longboats in the 2-2 with Daz Barbers at Garryduff. Jojo Duffy and Darren countered with the goals for the visitors.
Telus International 2 – 4 Trend Micro
Trend Micro won for the first time with Vitor Granja (2), Jose Guerra and Pablo-Laprida Canelo netting for the winners. Telus reply came from Callan Dempsey and Darren O’Connor.
McCarthy Insurance Group Munster Junior Cup
Macroom 7 – 0 Finbarr Galvin’s Derrow Rovers
Derrow Rovs. made the long journey to Murrayfield to take on Munster Junior League outfit Macroom in their first-ever Junior Cup tie. The young visitors fell to a heavy defeat after defending resolutely, the hosts scoring five of their total late on. Darren Dineen registered five for the winners with Ryan Doody and David Hunt also among the goals.