Clonakilty Town and Sullane produce an U16 Cup thriller
WE are down to the final four in this season's SuperValu West Cork Schoolboys U16 Cup tournament following the completion of last weekend's quarter-final ties.
Two of the U16s' top sides, Clonakilty Town and Sullane, produced a thrilling SuperValu WCSL U16 quarter-final tie in Courtmacsherry. JP Maughan fired Clonakilty into an early lead but Sullane equalised within two minutes when Aaron Murphy curled a delicious effort into the top corner of the net.
The Coolea club hit the front through Gearoid Golden after 30 minutes and completed a terrific first half when Daniel Dineen made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time.
Clonakilty Town staged a superb second-half comeback with Emmett O'Gorman reducing the deficit before JP Maughan's late strike sent the tie to extra-time.
Concubhar Murphy won it for Sullane with a sublime finish in the first half of the additional period and Sullane held on for a 4-3 victory.
Emmett O'Gorman, Cian O'Donovan, Josh Henry were best for Clonakilty Town with DaithÌ Allen, Michael Dineen and Arron Murphy on top form for Sullane.
Dunmanway Town will face Sullane in the U16 Cup semi-finals following a 3-2 defeat of Riverside Athletic in Mohona. The home side started superbly and were 3-0 up by the 35th minute after Aidan O'Donovan broke the deadlock, Jack O'Connor converted a penalty and O'Donovan netted his second with a neat finish.
Jason Jordan pulled one back minutes before the interval but a succession of missed for Riverside chances meant Mark Kingston's late strike proved academic as Dunmanway Town held on for a 3-2 win. Dylan Scannell, Matthew Draper.
Gavin Aherne and Jason Jordan excelled for Riverside while Jack O'Connor, Aidan O Donovan Jamie Carroll were impressive for Dunmanway.
Skibbereen and Lyre Rovers couldn't be separated in their U16 Cup quarter-final tie in the Baltimore Road after a goalless 70 minutes.
Extra-time was necessary to decide a winner and Mark Shorten netted the only goal of a tight encounter five minutes from the end to set up a U16 Cup semi-final date with Bantry Bay Rovers.
Lyre's top players included Shane Tuschewski, Sean O'Sullivan, Cathal Nyhan and Thomas McCarthy with Darragh Casey, Sean O'Donovan and Lucas Millar the pick of a gallant Skibbereen side.
There were two fixtures completed in the SuperValu WCSL U16 First Division last weekend as the chase to see who goes up with Riverside Athletic (champions) to next season's Premier League intensified. Togher Celtic completed their 2012 league programme with a narrow 2-1 defeat of Kilmichael Rovers to move into second place in the standings.
Andrew Doyle opened the scoring for the hosts after 20 minutes and Conor O'Donovan made sure of the points with a second strike 10 minutes from time.
Kenneth Lynch scored a late consolation effort for a battling Kilmichael Rovers right on full time.
Sean Matterson, Eoin Murray and Conor O'Donovan were amongst Celtic's best players while Kilmichael enjoyed fine displays from Kevin Murphy, Oisin DeLacey, Peadar Lynch and Kenneth Lynch.
Clonakilty AFC's 3-1 win at home to Drinagh Rangers moved the Ballyvackey club into third place, three points behind Togher Celtic and with two remaining fixtures to overtake the current second-placed team.
Ferdia McCarthy, Damien Madden and David Jennings netted for Clonakilty on an afternoon Martin Connolly and Ross Mannix impressed for the winners with Eoin O'Sullivan, Jordan Roe and Kieran Daly on form for Drinagh.
Ardfield and Lyre Rovers produced a magnificent SuperValu WCSL U12 Shield quarter-final in Lyre with extra-time necessary to separate two evenly matched teams. Ryan O'Donovan handed Ardfield a first half 1-0 lead courtesy of a neat finish but Ciarán Nyhan equalised a minute after the restart and an exciting tie eventually ended 1-1. Nyhan netted his second of the afternoon minutes into extra-time before Ardfield's Dara Hayes made it 2-2 straight from the kick off of the final period.
An enthralling encounter looked set for penalties until Brian O'Donovan pounced with six minutes to go to win it 3-2 for a delighted Lyre Rovers. Ciarán Nyhan, Killian O'Driscoll, Thomas Palmer and Colm O'Donovan were the pick of Rovers' best players while Fintan Barrett, Ryan O'Donovan and Dara Hayes caught the eye for Ardfield.
The second U12 Shield quarter-final proved a one-sided affair with Clonakilty AFC overpowering a young Drinagh Rangers team in Ballyvackey. Jack Wycherley, King Ayalla, Ryan Tobin, James Calnan, Ryan Hearne, Sonas McCaughey, John O'Driscoll and an own goal were Clonakilty's scorers with Ian Jennings netting Rangers solitary reply. Keelan Crawford was Clonakilty AFC's most impressive player with Drinagh's top performers including Ian Jennings, Jamie Ronan and Mark O'Sullivan. Bantry Bay Rovers and Kilmichael Rovers scheduled SuperValu WCSL U12 Cup quarter-final had to be postponed but has been rescheduled for this Saturday in Kealkil.
Riverside Athletic awaits the winners in the last four with Skibbereen and Leeside clashing in the other semi-final. The solitary SuperValu WCSL U12 First Division fixture completed last weekend saw Togher Celtic narrowly defeat Clonakilty AFC Youths 2-1 to secure a second league win of the campaign.
Cian O'Neill broke the deadlock after 10 minutes had elapsed and the points appeared secured when Thomas Tyner doubled Togher's lead nine minutes later.
Clonakilty AFC Youths staged a gutsy comeback with Devidas Brazas pulling one back for the visitors shortly before the interval. Despite Clonakilty's best efforts Togher held out for a 2-1 win thanks to sterling displays from Conor O'Neill, Kieran Farrell Thomas Tyner and Cian O'Neill. Clonakilty AFC Youths best players included Darragh Holland, Joshua Mensah and Jack Conway.
The battle for the SuperValu WCSL U14 Premier League shows little sign of abating following last Saturday's results. League leaders Skibbereen had the weekend off so title-chasing Lyre Rovers and Dunmanway Town took the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table. Rovers proved too strong for Bunratty United running out 6-0 winners in Lyre to move within 3 points of Skibb.
Top scorer Oisin Walsh took his tally to 15 league goals for the season courtesy of a hat-trick while Joseph O'Donovan contributed a brace and Stephen Shannon completed Lyre's total. Despite the defeat Bunratty enjoyed fine individual displays from Kalum Geary, Jack Goggin, Tim McCarthy and Padraig Reidy. Joseph O'Donovan, Shane Collins, Cathal O'Driscoll and Sean Ryan stood out for Lyre.
Dunmanway Town remain in second place just 2 points behind Skibbereen following the Mohona club's 4-0 win away to Bandon last Saturday. The attacking duo of Keith White and Jack Hurley has contributed a combined total of 19 goals this term and both players were on target in a pivotal victory over a talented Bandon side.
Oisin O'Donovan and Kevin Murphy also found the net for Dunmanway with Michael Kelly, Adrian Cronin and Kevin Murphy on top form for the winners. Bandon's faint title hopes all but vanished with the defeat despite the best efforts of Shane Collins, David Behan and John O'Shea.
West Cork Oil Squad of the Week (U12): Fintan Barrett (Ardfield), Ryan O'Donovan (Ardfield), Keelan Crawford (Clonakilty AFC), Darragh Holland (Clonakilty AFC Youths), Joshua Mensah (Clonakilty AFC Youths), Ian Jennings (Drinagh Rangers), Jamie Ronan (Drinagh Rangers), Ciarán Nyhan (Lyre Rovers), Killian O'Driscoll (Lyre Rovers), Conor O'Neill (Togher Celtic) and Kieran Farrell (Togher Celtic).
SuperValu WCSL Team of the Week: Lyre Rovers U12.
SuperValu WCSL Player of the Week: Aidan O'Donovan of Dunmanway Town U16.
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