00:00 Saturday 12 March 2011 

Victory keeps Crossmahons promotion prospects alive

LEESIDE moved out of the premier league relegation zone following their hard fought 2-1 away win achieved against Molaga Celtic last Sunday afternoon in Timoleague.

Finbarr McSweeney and experienced centre half John Finbarr O'Callaghan netted the Leeside goals which enabled them to eke out a crucial victory which may ensure they retain their premier league status for another season. John Sheehan struck a consolation goal for the home side who remain comfortably placed in sixth place, seven points clear of the relegation zone having enjoyed a dream debut season plying their trade in the premier league.

This latest Leeside victory moves them level on points with fellow relegation candidates Droumree who have a game in hand on their Mid Cork rivals whilst Togher Celtic remain rooted to the bottom of the table two points adrift of the Mid Cork duo with only three games remaining to preserve their premier league status.

There were four games played in the first divison with Crossmahon recording a comfortable 4-1 home win over Bantry Gunners to move to within one point of second placed outfit Crookstown as the race to clinch automatic promotion to the top flight intensifies. Patrick White with a brace, Kieran Kelly and Tadhg Twomey netted for the home team to effectively condemn the Gunners to relegation. Timmy O'Brien netted a consolation goal for Bantry Gunners who remain anchored to the bottom of the table four points adrift of safety with only three games remaining. Bay Rovers continue to lead the first divison table and hold five and six point leads over Crookstown and Crossmahon respectively but both teams possess a game in hand on the Kealkil based outfit as the race to secure the two automatic promotion places gears up for a thrilling conclusion.

Clonakilty Town emerged narrow victors by the odd goal in five following a thrilling local derby clash against Rosscarbery Town last Sunday. Karol Kurowski with a brace and Colin O'Neill netted for the home team who move above Rosscarbery in the league table but both clubs remain in the relegation zone. Liam McCarthy and an own goal were the Rosscarbery scorers. Rosscarbery's situation is more perilous than their local rivals Clonakilty Town whom they trail by one point whilst having played a game more.

Aultagh Celtic continue to look anxiously over their shoulders as they are now level on points with Clonakilty Town having played the same number of games as the race to avoid relegation to the second division intensifies. Clonakilty Town face a tricky away assignment against local rivals Ardfield next Sunday.

Ardfield returned to winning ways following their deserved 2-1 away win achieved against Kilmichael Rovers. Jeff O'Donoghue opened the scoring for the away team midway through the first half with an emphatic penalty finish awarded following a foul on Mark Evans. Kilmichael restored parity prior to the first half interval from another penalty conversion.

Ardfield pounced for their winning goal in the 68th minute when Mark Evans netted from close range following a Connie Leahy corner. Ardfield could even afford the luxury of a missed Jeff O'Donoghue penalty in the closing stages as they picked up a crucial away wins which should enable them to maintain their first division status for next season. Castletown Celtic and Baltimore FC shared the spoils following a tentative scoreless draw played out last Sunday morning.

Mizen AFC moved joint top of the Division 2 A following their facile 13-1 away win against Durrus last Saturday afternoon. Daniel O'Driscoll (3), John Cullinane (2), Shane Lucey (2), Denis Cotter (2), John O'Callaghan (2), David O'Leary and Patrick Scully struck to enable Mizen complete a comprehensive away victory. Ciaran O'Donovan struck the long Durrus consolation goal.

Mizen currently embarking on a very impressive run of form are now joint level alongside Sullane having played the same number of games as their Mid Cork rivals.

Sullane cruised to a 4-0 away win against Drinagh at Canon Crowley Park last Sunday following goals from Conor Lynch (2), Sean O'Riordan and Don Scannell.The two top teams are due to meet in Coolea next Sunday morning at 11am in what promises to be fascinating contest between two teams determined to secure automatic promotion to the first division next season.

There was one game played in the ladies league last Sunday with Crookstown romping to a 4-0 away win against Bay Rovers. Melissa Finn with a hat-trick and Val Leahy struck the Crookstown goals.

Ballydehob sprang a major cup upset when they defeated local rivals Bunratty United on a 2-1 scoreline following their Premier Cup quarter-final tie played in Rathravane last Sunday morning. Wayne Cronin marking his comeback from a long term injury and Barry O'Brien struck the Hob goals to record their first win against their neighbours this season in this their fourth clash of the year. John Farrell struck the consolation goal for a Bunratty United outfit succumbing to only their second defeat thus far this season. Skibbereen secured their quarter-final berth after they were awarded a home win against Dunmanway Town.

There were two semi-final first leg encounters played in the Ladies Cup last Sunday. Knockavilla recorded a surprisingly comfortable 4-1 home win against a Dunmanway Town outfit chasing their fourth final appearance in consecutive years. Regina Curtin, Clodagh Deasy, Katie McCarthy and Aileen O'Leary netted for the home team. Ellen Healy replied with a consolation goal for the away teams which gives them some hope ahead of next Sunday's second leg fixture.

Drinagh Rangers eked out a hard fought 2-1 away win against Lyre Rovers. Aisling Connolly and Eileen Coughlan struck for the table toppers. Michelle McKennedy struck the Lyre Rovers goal.

There is a full programme of premier league fixtures down for decision next Sunday with league leaders Bunratty United scheduled to travel to play Dunmanway Town whilst second placed Skibbereen entertain Clonakilty AFC. In the race to avoid the dreaded relegation zone, Droumree play host to third placed Drinagh Rangers whilst Togher Celtic travel to play Ballydehob in a must win game for the team currently rooted to the bottom of the division. The second leg semi-final Ladies Cup ties are also scheduled for next Sunday.

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