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Fixtures THURSDAY 3RD JULY U16 CHALLENGE CUP Kilkerrin United v Ballymoe FC Strokestown United v St John's Athletic Moylough 79 FC v Ballinasloe Town U16 CHALLENGE SHIELD Skyvalley Rovers v Dysart FC Shiven Rovers v Cloonfad United Lough Harps FC v Glen Celtic FRIDAY 4TH JULY U10 FIRST DIVISION Skyvalley Rovers v Dysart FC, 6.45 pm  Moore United v St Johns Athletic, 6.45 pm Ballaghaderreen FC v Castlerea Celtic, 6.45 pm Lough Harps v Ballinagare FC, 6.45 pm Roscommon Town v Moylough '79, 6.45 pm Glen Celtic v Cloonfad United, 6.45 pm U10 PREMIER DIVISION Skyvalley Rovers v Dysart FC, 7.30 pm Moore United v St Johns Athletic, 7.30 pm Ballaghaderreen FC v Castlerea Celtic, 7.30 pm Lough Harps v Ballinagare FC, 7.30 pm Roscommon Town v Moylough '79, 7.30 pm Glen Celtic v Cloonfad United, 7.30 pm SATURDAY 5TH JULY U8 BLITZES Group A, St John's Athletic, 11 am Dysart FC, St John's Athletic, Skyvalley Rovers, Moore United FC Group B, Glen Celtic, 11 am Shiven Rovers, Dunmore Town, Moylough 79 FC, Glen Celtic Group C, Lough Harps, 11 am Ballinagare FC, Ballaghaderreen, Ballymoe FC, Castlerea Celtic, Lough Harps U16 FIRST DIVISION Moylough 79 FC v Cloonfad United, 6 pm St John's Athletic v Lough Harps FC, 6 pm MONDAY 7th JULY  U14 CHALLENGE SHIELD QF Cloonfad United v Moore United FC, 7 pm St John's Athletic v Ballaghaderreen, 7 pm Roscommon Town v Castlerea Celtic, 7 pm Glen Celtic v Moylough 79 FC, 7 pm TUESDAY 8th JULY U12 CHALLENGE CUP QF Ballaghaderreen FC v Roscommon Lions, 7 pm Ballinagare FC v Dunmore Town, 7 pm U12 CHALLENGE SHIELD Moore United v Shiven Rovers Skyvalley Rovers v Strokestown United Kilkerrin United v Lough Harps Roscommon Tigers v Moylough '79 Cloonfad United v St John's Athletic

Celtic see off the Town

Roscommon Town went down to Castlerea Celtic at home as their poor form continued. It was Roscommon who started the brightest in this game and had chances to open the scoring but couldn't find the finishing touch and it was Celtic who took the lead with a goal from Cooney after some good build up play to go in at half time one nil up. The second half was just as bad for the Town who missed a hat full of chances to get into the game, but an own goal from the Town ended the game which saw the Town drop more home points. Oisin Hession and Jack Earley had outstanding games for the Town and deserved to be on the winning side. U12 PREMIER  DIVISION Ballaghaderreen were too strong for Ballinagare in this game and ran out easy winners with goals from Liam Creaton (2), Darragh Kelly, Sharoze Akram and Seamus Cunniffe. Skyvalley Rovers recoded their first winner of the season with a good win away to Ballymoe with goals from Mark Richardson (2) and Sean Dunne. This result saw Ballymoe lose their 100 percent home record. U12 DIVISION ONE The biggest mover in last week's round of games was Shiven Rovers under 12 team when they went from fourth to top of Division One with two victories. Their first win was over Glen Celtic with goals from Keith Murphy and a hat-trick from Sean French to seal the win. Next up for Rovers was St John's Athletic. Rovers were too strong for St John's and ran out easy winner with goals from Keith Murphy (3) and two goals from Sean French. Moylough 79 had the biggest win then they beat league leaders Strokestown United six one to keep them in the title race. Lough Harps won the local derby game with Castlerea Celtic to go into second place in the league, with goals from Robert Naughton (3) also Cian Cunningham and Damian Callaghan scored for Harps. U12 SECOND  DIVISION  Dunmore Town league leaders beat Cloonfad United to stay three points clear of second place Dysart FC with goals from Jamie Coen, Matthew Reddington (2), Evan Canny (2), Eanna Keating and Eoin O'Mahony to seal the points for the Town. Dysart got their season back on track with a win over Ballymoe Celtic with goals from Eoin Fallon (2), Michael Kelly (2), Donal Kelly and Sean Clogher. Kilkerrin United and Roscommon Tigers played a high-scoring draw. U14 CHALLENGE CUP  Strokestown Town beat Castlerea Celtic with a late goal from Thomas Corcoran to send United into the next round. Roscommon Town and Skyvalley Rovers played a thriller and saw the game go into extra time; Rovers won the game in extra time to go into the next round. Lough Harps over came Ballaghaderreen in this close contest to go into the round with goals from Andrew Hussey (2) and Conner Hussey. U14 CHALLENGE SHIELD Glen Celtic beat Ballymoe FC three two with St John's Athletic getting the better of Roscommon Tigers. U16 PREMIER  DIVISION Strokestown United took a big step towards winning their third title in a row by beating Ballinasloe Town with a late goal from John McAuliffe to go two points clear at the top. Second place Roscommon Town continue their good form with a win over Skyvalley Rovers to give them a one point lead over third place Ballinasloe Town. Kilkerrin United have an outside chance in the league with a win over Ballaghaderreen and are just six points off the league leaders. U16 FIRST DIVISION Glen Celtic kept up the pressure on the league leaders Cloonfad United with a win over Castlerea Celtic. Cloonfad United, joint leaders and with a game in hand, saw off Ballymoe FC. It was a good week for Lough Harps who recoded their first win of the season with a two one victory over Dysart.

Ladies hope to lower 'Banner'

Ladies football All-Ireland Intermediate Championship   Shane Reynolds  The Roscommon ladies football intermediate team embark on their championship trail this Sunday and face a tough opening encounter against Division Two League Champions Clare in Johnstown at 3 pm.   Having enjoyed a healthy league campaign this year hopes are high that they can put in a good performance on Sunday and maybe even upset the odds against a very talented Clare team that will be plying their trade in Division One next season.   Both sides are part of a five-team system which also include Cavan, Tipperary and Limerick with two teams progressing into the All-Ireland semi-finals - so there is certainly everything to play for.   Team manager P.J. Shanagher knows that Clare will be favourites for this Sunday's game but is still confident that his side can secure a positive result.   'Clare are a very formidable team and we know this having seen them win the league but although we will certainly respect them we will not fear them and I believe we are capable of putting it up to them on Sunday.'   P.J. stated that training has gone quite well since the team first got together and he has been extremely happy with the commitment and efforts of the players in preparation for the game this weekend.   'We started training back in November and since then the spine of this team has stuck together and worked very hard. Every girl that takes to the field on Sunday will have worked extremely hard to have got there so we are delighted with the response we have got all year.   'We have a very experienced panel but we have also added a couple of younger members in recent weeks so we would be confident enough that we could pull off a win a win in Johnstown this Sunday'.   Roscommon have essentially a full panel to choose from with the exception of Jennifer Conlon and Michelle Walsh who have travelled to the U.S. for the summer. Louise Tully captains the side and they will also look to seasoned campaigners such as Annette McGeeney, Emer Casey and Caroline Conway for leadership when the ball is thrown in on Sunday. They also have Fiona Gavin, Feena Beirne and Sarah Sharkey back from injury which means that there will be a lot of places up for grabs this weekend.   The Roscommon Ladies Board are grateful to both the St. Joseph and St. Faithleach's clubs for the use of their club grounds to facilitate training and to all those who sponsored the team at various stages throughout the year.

Spirit of minors praised

After all the dust had settled in Tuam on Saturday evening in the aftermath of another famous victory for the Roscommon minor team, Peter Carney, selector (pictured above by Ken Nolan in Tuam), had a smile as big as any as he spoke to the press after the game.   'It's very exciting altogether. There is a great buzz in the dressing room after that win. All the lads' hard work paid off out there today. We are thrilled with the win.   'Their fighting spirit was great. Their never-say-die attitude and the belief that they showed in the final few minutes was brilliant and they should be commended for that.   'There was a lot of pressure on those lads today after the way the Roscommon minor team has performed in the last couple of years but they did themselves proud.'   Although they secured the win in extra-time, there were still areas of the performance which management were not entirely happy with.    'We would be a little bit concerned about the ten or fifteen minutes after half-time when Galway were on top. We struggled in that period and it's something that seems to be happening in a few games so we just need to work on that.    'This game should bring this team on great. It is worth months on the training field and what these players need to do is realise that they are as capable as anybody else - as they have just shown today.'   Looking ahead to the Connacht final, Peter acknowledged that the team would be well prepared for the showdown in Castlebar and would be quietly confident going into the game.   'We have to be hopeful going into the Connacht final and although we would be confident we will not be over-confident. It's going to be a very good game but we have a score to settle with Mayo so we'll see how things go' concluded Peter.  - Shane Reynolds.

The big throw-in!

Shannonside FM SFC 1st Round:  Previews by Seamus Duke  Padraig Pearses v St. Aidans (on Saturday in Pairc an Piarsaigh at 7 pm) This local derby will be well fought and keenly contested. The three teams in this group (it includes Elphin) are confident of making it through to the quarter-finals. Every game in this group will be tough. St. Aidans have improved in recent weeks and they will give this local derby everything. Pearses have been in the last two semi-finals and they have plenty of good young footballers, having won the minor title last year. They should have the edge in this local derby. Key Players - Padraig Pearses: Damien Donnellan, John Whyte, Niall Carty, Michael Duignan, Sean Fahy, Dennis Whyte. St. Aidans - David Hoey, Francie Grehan, Eamonn McCormack, David Thompson, Keith Waldron. The Managers - Padraig Pearses: Eamonn Mahon; St. Aidans: Ned Burns.  Prediction: Pearses (narrowly).  St. Faithleachs v Western Gaels (on Saturday at Ballyleague at 7.30 pm) This is the game of the weekend in the SFC and a mouth-watering prospect. Faithleach's have been in the final the past two years and they have Seamus Qualter as manager this year. The former Westmeath hurling manager is a very experienced man on the line and he will be a big help to Faithleachs. Western Gaels have now reached a position where they are expected to challenge for the title and the recent Leo Kenny Cup win will be a boost to them. They certainly have the players to cause a stir in the championship this year. This is an incredibly hard game to call. I have a feeling that Faithleachs might scrape through but that Western Gaels will have a say later in the championship. Key Players - St. Faithleachs: Gary Cox, Ray Cox, Martin Reynolds, Stephen Ormsby, Aidan Dooney, Enda Kenny. Western Gaels: Seanie McDermott, Cathal Cregg, Derek Moran, John Nolan, Kevin Higgins. The Managers - St. Faithleachs: Seamus Qualter; Western Gaels: John Donnellan Prediction: St. Faithleachs, narrowly.  Roscommon Gaels v Kilmore (on Sunday at Hyde Park at 2 pm) This is another very interesting game and a hard one to call. Kilmore are certainly the form team of the two when it comes to the league but despite a bad league run, Roscommon Gaels have been showing signs of a return to form in recent weeks. They have a lot of players missing or injured but they have a number of good young players too and this game looks evenly balanced. The midfield battle will probably decide it and while I know that I would be a little biased on this one, I think that the Gaels will be hard to beat in Hyde Park. There will not be much in it though. Key Players - Roscommon Gaels: Brian McNeela, David O'Gara, John Nolan, Enda Daly, Paul Gleeson. Kilmore: Donal Carroll, Derek Connellan, Paul Garvey, Colm Garvey, Emmett Flood.  The Managers - Roscommon Gaels: Michael Menton; Kilmore: Anthony Carroll.  Prediction: Roscommon Gaels, narrowly.  St. Brigids v Strokestown (on Sunday at Kiltoom at 4.15 pm) Last year's quarter-final was a great game of championship football and Strokestown were left cursing their luck as Karol Mannion's last-gasp penalty decided the issue. Strokestown were unlucky that day and it would appear that this year they are not going so well, in the league at least. Strokestown are a great championship outfit but I think it is also fair to say that it would be a shock of monumental proportions if Strokestown were to defeat St. Brigids in their own home pitch. If Brigids have a full team or anywhere near it, then they should win this game. It's as simple as that. Key players - St. Brigids: Shane Curran, Karol Mannion, Mark O'Carroll, Frankie Dolan, Cathal McHugh, Senan Kilbride (and many more). Strokestown: Ronan Owens, Morgan Beirne, John Rogers, Conor Silke. The Managers: Strokestown: Dessie Barry; St. Brigids: Anthony Cunningham.  Prediction: St. Brigids.  George Bannon Sports Intermediate Football Championship 1st Round St. Croans v St. Michaels (on Saturday at Ballintubber at 7.30 pm) A tight call here between two teams that will be dissappointed if they do not get to the semi-finals at least this year. Croans have been to the final and the semi-finals in recent years and they are one of the strongest teams in the championship despite the fact that they are missing players though injury and emigration which will weaken them a little. St. Michaels were unlucky not to progress last year, losing out to Michael Glaveys in the quarter-final by only two points. I expect both teams to qualify from this group but Croans (being at home) might just shade this one. Key Players - St. Croans: Shane Lannon, Marin Towey, Eamonn Towey. St. Michaels: Niall Cox, Alan O'Hara, Ronan Cox. The Managers: St. Croans: Padraig Conoma; St. Michaels: Sean Kennedy Prediction: St Croans, narrowly.  Kilbride v Boyle (on Sunday at Kilbride at 4.15 pm) Kilbride were surprisingly relegated from the senior football championhip last year and they will be eager to get back there very quickly indeed. They should start with a win against a Boyle side who have gone through the mill in the past two years with several players emigrating and the experience of being  relegated into the Tansey Cup. Wwith the players they have Kilbride should be too strong. Key Players - Kilbride: Conor Devanney, Seamus O'Neill, Stephen Lohan. Boyle: Niall O'Donoghue, David Casey, Tadgh Egan. The Managers - Kilbride: Gerry Clarke; Boyle: John Bruen.  Prediction: Kilbride. 

Mart Report

Castlerea There were 500 cattle on offer with the quality lots unchanged in price. The plainer lots in particular were a little harder sold, but overall the trade was good with a good clearance of stock. Bullocks: Ch 535 kgs €1,027, Bl Lim 530 kgs €915, b. Lim 530 kgs €990, Ch 430 kgs €785. Ch 575 kgs €1,100. Red Lim 535 kgs €985. Ch 690 kgs €1,225. Ch 655 kgs €1,150. B. Her 450 kgs €810, Ch 420 kgs €825, Ch 308 kgs €790. Heifers: AA 515 kgs €840, Ch 370 kgs €805, AA 510 kgs €1,120, Ch 620 kgs €1,140, Ch 670 kgs €1,300, Red Lim 540 kgs €1,000, B. Lim 475 kgs €925, R. Sim 375 kgs €800, Sim 460 kgs €780, B. Her 470 kgs €700. B. Lim 330 kgs €535. Cows: AA 755 kgs €1,240, Ch 835 kgs €1,310, B. Lim 580 kgs €830, Ch 670 kgs €975, Red Lim 550 kgs €850, B. Her 610 kgs €780. Cows with calves at foot made from €650 to €1,295 per head. Springer cows made from €670 o €925 per head. Weanling bulls: 100 weanling bulls on offer. Red Lim 340 kgs €680, Ch 260 kgs €600, Ch 278 kgs €650, B. Lim 295 kgs €˙580, Red Lim 340 kgs €760. Weanling heifers: B. Lim 350 kgs €660, Red Lim 370 kgs €800, Ch 250 kgs €480, Ch 320 kgs €630, B. Lim 320 kgs €665, B. Blue 260 kgs €585, Ch 250 kgs €572, Ch 345 kgs €620, Ch 335 kgs €630. Suck calves: Lim heifer €160, Ch bull €250, Fr. Bull €95, AA heifer €145, B. Blue heifer €305, Bl heifer €200, Sim heifer €245.

Mart Report

Castlerea There were 500 cattle on offer with the quality lots unchanged in price. The plainer lots in particular were a little harder sold, but overall the trade was good with a good clearance of stock. Bullocks: Ch 535 kgs €1,027, Bl Lim 530 kgs €915, b. Lim 530 kgs €990, Ch 430 kgs €785. Ch 575 kgs €1,100. Red Lim 535 kgs €985. Ch 690 kgs €1,225. Ch 655 kgs €1,150. B. Her 450 kgs €810, Ch 420 kgs €825, Ch 308 kgs €790. Heifers: AA 515 kgs €840, Ch 370 kgs €805, AA 510 kgs €1,120, Ch 620 kgs €1,140, Ch 670 kgs €1,300, Red Lim 540 kgs €1,000, B. Lim 475 kgs €925, R. Sim 375 kgs €800, Sim 460 kgs €780, B. Her 470 kgs €700. B. Lim 330 kgs €535. Cows: AA 755 kgs €1,240, Ch 835 kgs €1,310, B. Lim 580 kgs €830, Ch 670 kgs €975, Red Lim 550 kgs €850, B. Her 610 kgs €780. Cows with calves at foot made from €650 to €1,295 per head. Springer cows made from €670 o €925 per head. Weanling bulls: 100 weanling bulls on offer. Red Lim 340 kgs €680, Ch 260 kgs €600, Ch 278 kgs €650, B. Lim 295 kgs €˙580, Red Lim 340 kgs €760. Weanling heifers: B. Lim 350 kgs €660, Red Lim 370 kgs €800, Ch 250 kgs €480, Ch 320 kgs €630, B. Lim 320 kgs €665, B. Blue 260 kgs €585, Ch 250 kgs €572, Ch 345 kgs €620, Ch 335 kgs €630. Suck calves: Lim heifer €160, Ch bull €250, Fr. Bull €95, AA heifer €145, B. Blue heifer €305, Bl heifer €200, Sim heifer €245.

Cattle slaughterings drop

The number of cattle slaughtered in May 2008 was 13.8% lower than in May 2007. A comparison of May 2008 and 2007 figures shows that sheep slaughterings decreased by 17.1 percent, pig slaughterings decreased by 7.2 percent.  The number of cattle slaughterings in January-May 2008 was 9.5 percent lower than the corresponding 2007 figure. Over the same period there was a decrease of 6.8 percent in sheep slaughterings and a decrease of 1.6 percent in pig slaughterings. Between the periods January to March 2007 and 2008, Netherlands and Germany recorded increases in pig slaughterings of four percent and 2.9 percent respectively. Spain, France and Poland recorded a decrease of 29.8 percent, one percent and 5.2 percent respectively.

Milk intake down

Domestic milk intake by creameries and pasteurisers was estimated as 685.0 million litres for May 2008. This was 0.5 percent below the corresponding 2007 figure.  Comparing the May 2008 milk produce figures with those for May 2007 shows that total milk sold for human consumption decreased by two percent to 43.7 million litres. Butter production was down 12 percent to 16,800 tonnes.

Fertiliser price rise

The price of fertilizer in April 2008 was 62.1 percent up on the figure for April 2007, according to figures released this week by the Central Statistics Office. On an annual comparison, the unadjusted agricultural output price index was 128.0 in April 2008, 16.3 percent higher than in April 2007. The unadjusted agricultural input price index was up 21.1 percent to 155.1 over the same period. Comparing April 2008 unadjusted indices with April 2007 shows that fertilisers, feeding stuffs, energy, seeds, veterinary expenses and plant protection products were up 62.1 percent, 20.3 percent, 13.7 percent, 10.7 percent, 2.4 percent and 1.5 percent respectively. However, IFA Inputs Project Team Leader James Kane said that some farmers are being panicked into paying higher prices for their inputs this season when it is clearly evident that very good deals are available for those who shop around. Mr. Kane said, 'The trade has attempted to talk up the price of an array of items, most notably fertiliser, plastic, bale wrap and Roundup. In the case of Roundup and fertiliser, world prices have risen dramatically but this has not stopped a number of manufacturers, suppliers and merchants hoarding and sitting on stocks in anticipation of an ongoing price increase.' 'More recently, silage wrap and silage covers have been the targets, with the industry attempting to hike prices by a minimum of €10 per bale for wrap, claiming that supplies are tight. Once again farmers in the Northern half of the country have been able to achieve the better deals,' he added.
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