Draw means both Dunmanway and Drinagh lose ground in league
DUNMANWAY Town and Drinagh Rangers' 2 - 2 draw meant that they both lost some ground on Premier Division leaders Ballydehob who clocked up the biggest score of the day last Sunday when they had a 6 - 1 home victory over Crossmahon.
Ironically, for Drinagh and Town it was both sides' second 2 - 2 draw in successive league outings and with Ballydehob in a rich scoring vein at the moment, there's a distinct gap opening up between the leaders and the chasing group.
At Canon Crowley Park last Sunday, Drinagh enjoyed the better of the first half exchanges. Barry O'Driscoll gave them the lead and Drinagh also had a penalty saved by Theo Cullinane. Jerry McCarthy made it one apiece from the penalty spot, and Barry Ross gave the visitors the lead. Town appeared to be heading for a hard-earned victory when Drinagh's Gavin Daly popped up for the equaliser with just three minutes remaining to earn the home side a share of the points.
Mark Cronin was the man in form for Ballydehob in their 6 - 1 hiding of Crossmahon at Rathravane. Cronin got four of his side's tally, with Nick Cole and Colm O'Donovan adding one apiece. Hugh Curran was on target for Crossmahon. This was Mahon's fifth successive league defeat after a good start to their campaign and with just 6 points from nine games they need to pick up points fast.
Ardfield's defeat to Bunratty has them also in trouble at the wrong end of the table, whereas this victory pushes Bunratty up to fourth place in the league table. John Walsh scored twice for Ardfield, but goals from Colm Cleary, Jason Nyhan and an OG were enough to give the visitors all three points.
At Inchydoney, Skibbereen were well in control as they beat the hosts Clonakilty AFC 4 - 1 with goals from Mark Collins, Brian Dwyer, Eoin Hodnett and JP Reen, while Clon's reply was an OG.
The other Premier League game scheduled, Leeside v Togher, fell foul of the weather and had to be postponed.
In Division 1, the programme was badly interrupted by the weather with three games being postponed Bantry Gunners v Rosscarbery, Bay Rovers v Riverside Athletic, and Castletown Celtic v Molaga Celtic.
Of the two games that did go ahead, the Clonakilty Town v Lyre Rovers was the pick with an exciting 3 - 3 draw the result. Alan Murphy, Declan Murphy and Coleman O'Brien scored for Clon Town, while John Clancy, Kevin Coffey and Michael Keohane and one apiece for Lyre.
Droumree Dynamos kept their hopes of promotion very much alive with their 2 - 0 win over Kilmichael who still have only 4 points to show for their seven outings. Neil Corkery and Martin Kelleher were the Droumree scorers.
In Division 2, Clonakilty AFC B recorded their first win of the season when they had a 4 - 0 win over hapless Harbour United, who have yet to register a point from their seven games. Scorers for Clonakilty were Leo Flynn (2), Cillian McCaffrey and Jonathon Wright.
Mizen AFC, who are grouped in with Clonakilty AFC and Harbour United at the foot of the table, had home advantage against Castlelack but still suffered a 4 - 1 defeat. This was an important win for Castlelack as it opens up a gap between them and the bottom three. Ian McCarthy, Stephen McLaughlin, Killian O'Sullivan and Steve Stone were the goalscorers for Castlelack, while Brian Clarke hit the Mizen goal.
Courtmac are in fourth place in the table following their 3 - 1 win over Dunmanway Town B. Gearoid Holland with two and Brian O'Donoghue score for Courtmac and David Deane replied for Town B.
It's still full steam ahead for Crookstown at the top of Division 2 as they recorded their eleventh straight win in the league and have maximum points, 11 ahead of their nearest rivals Baltimore.
On this occasion Crookstown were made to work very hard for their 1 - 0 victory over Drinagh Rangers B and a Daniel Leahy goal was all that separated the sides.
Baltimore had home advantage against Sullane and, in somewhat extraordinary circumstances, this game was abandoned half-way through. Sullane were 2 - 0 to the good when the referee had no choice but to call a halt to proceedings as the Ilen river, adjacent to the Mill Road pitch, had risen over its banks and flooded the pitch. Baltimore, it appears, may well have been saved by a high tide on this occasion!
The Cloughduv v Durrus game was postponed.
In the O'Herlihy U-18 Division on Saturday, Riverside Athletic caused an upset when they had a 2 - 0 win over table-toppers Drinagh Rangers. Goals from Brian McCarthy and Michael O'Driscoll were enough to see the Riverside lads collect their first league points.
Skibbereen hosted Lyre Rovers at Baltimore Road and this was a cracking tie which finished 5 - 3 in favour of the Skibb side. A Mark Collins hat-trick and two from Dan MacEoin had the home side in a comfortable position but John Leahy's hat-trick for Lyre kept them in contention. The win moves Skibb up to six points and level with Lyre.
Togher Celtic were awarded a home win against Kilmichael.
In the Ladies League there was only one game down for decision and that was between great rivals Drinagh and Dunmanway Town who have served up some superb clashes in recent years.
Again there was little or nothing between the sides on this occasion, but Drinagh, playing at home, just had a slight edge and won by 2 - 1. Caroline Herlihy and Ber O'Regan scored for Drinagh and Ciara McCarthy replied for Town.
With the weather worsening it's hoped there won't be any disruption to the programme this weekend.
On Saturday, Skibbereen have an attractive game at Baltimore Road, kick-off 2.30, when they host Greenmount Rangers in the FAI Junior Cup third round.
The pick of the Premier League games is undoubtedly the clash of Ballydehob and Bunratty at Rathravane. Both these sides are in great form at present and these clashes are always entertaining.
In Division 1, Bay Rovers host table-toppers Rosscarbery and this should be great battle.
In Division 2, Dunmanway Town are at home to Crookstown and the visitors will have to be at their best here to maintain their 100% record.
There are two other interesting Munster Junior Cup fixtures on Sunday. Drinagh travel to Passage to play Passage FC, while Kilmichael Rovers travel to play Leeside of the AUL.
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