Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dysart to face old rivals Skyvalley Rovers in Challenge Cup Final

Dysart will play old rivals Skyvalley Rovers in the Roscommon & District League Challenge Cup Final on Sunday 29th May following semi-final wins over Shiven Rovers and Moore United respectively.

  The opening game saw Division 1 champions Dysart play Premier side Shiven Rovers at the League Grounds, Lecarrow. A strong cross-field wind made conditions difficult and it was coming near half-time before the teams got to grips with the conditions. 

  The second half was much better and only a fine display of goalkeeping by Dysart’s Noel Fallon and his opposite number Michael Killalea prevented many scores. Dysart finally broke the deadlock after seventy minutes when James Coyne scored a well deserved goal. 

  Experienced Shiven Rovers were quickly back on level terms when Darren Carty volleyed the ball to the Dysart net. Surprisingly there were no more scores in normal or extra-time and in the resultant penalty shoot-out Dysart came out on top on a 5-2 scoreline with their young ‘keeper making two saves.

  Skyvalley Rovers were always the better side against fellow Premier side and neighbours Moore United, also at Lecarrow. Despite playing against the wind the Taughmaconnell side created the better chances with David Grehan, Cormac McDonnell, Shane Blackweir and Alan Naughton among their best players. Ray Griffin in the Moore goal pulled off a stunning save to deny Vinnie Costello but with thirty-nine minutes played he could do nothing to prevent the quick-thinking Emmet Kelly from opening the scoring for Skyvalley Rovers. 

  A free-kick from Alan Naughton reached Sean Fahy who knocked the ball back to Kelly who finished with a crisp shot. Moore were back on terms within a minute of the second half. John Duffy broke clear from near the halfway line and rounded the ‘keeper, Benny Lynch, to level the game. 

  Alan Duffy was a constant threat to the Skyvalley defence and he was ably assisted by Kevin Kenny on the wing. David Grehan saw his header come back off the Moore crossbar before Skyvalley Rovers scored a deserved winner. A deep cross by Sean Fahy was deflected past the Moore ‘keeper by the alert Emmet Kelly. Over-playing the ball in defence nearly cost Skyvalley Rovers a late goal but good saves by Benny Lynch and Keelan Daly  saw them safely through to the final.

  Dysart and Skyvalley played eachother in the Cup final on two previous occasions with Dysart winning the first 1-0 following a replay in 1989. Seven years later the teams clashed again and this time Skyvalley Rovers came out on top in a penalty shoot-out following a replay.

Premier Division 

Ballinasloe Town go three points clear at the top of the Premier Division points table thanks to a comfortable 5-1 win over Ballymoe at Ballymoe. 

  Darragh Concannon, Niall Stack and Liam Lynch gave Ballinasloe Town a 3-0 half-time lead with Conor Kenny and Adrian Ward adding two more in the second half. Colm Killackey pulled a goal back for a relegated Ballymoe. 

  Ballinasloe only need a point from their home game next Saturday evening against second-placed Skyvalley Rovers to win the Premier Division.

  Skyvalley Rovers remain in with a chance of winning the Premier Division title after a hard-fought 5-2 win over Kilkerrin United earlier in the week. When you are looking for a win an away game against Kilkerrin United would be the last thing you would wish for and so it proved in this game as Skyvalley Rovers were flattered by the margin of their win. 

  Vinnie Costello gave the visitors an early lead but David Fahy levelled the game before half-time. Martin Shaughnessy gave Kilkerrin United a 2-1 advantage with fifty-eight minutes played but David Grehan replied for Skyvalley Rovers shortly afterwards. 

  The visitors withstood constant pressure for the next ten minutes but then broke away to score through David Grehan. In the closing stages Ollie Brooks and David Grehan added two more to see Skyvalley Rovers still in with a chance of the Premier Division Championship going into the last game. 

Play-off win 

for Ahascragh 

Ahascragh United will remain in Division 1 next season after they beat Division 2 side Castlerea Celtic 2-0 at Lecarrow in a promotion/relegation play-off. Michael Coughlan opened the scoring after eighteen minutes and David Leonard added a second for his side ten minutes before half-time.