*Paul Corry scored for Bridge Utd. Photograph: Natasha Barton
BRIDGE UTD dropped points against neighbours Shannon Town Utd which was duly capitalised on by Newmarket Celtic who move two points clear at the top of the Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division.
Two points is the gap between Celtic and Bridge Utd at the top of the table with Avenue Utd now sitting in third spot on nine points. Kilrush Rangers and Mountshannon Celtic are rooted to the bottom, both sides have yet to claim a point while a third defeat in a row has saw Tulla Utd drop down the pecking order.
Avenue Utd too strong for Kilrush
Kilrush Rangers 1
Avenue Utd 5
Venue: Gallery Park, Kilrush
Conor Hehir scored twice with Nneji Nnabuike, Conor Mullen, and Eliaz Kunz hitting the target as Avenue Utd recorded their third win in this year’s League. Danny Clancy scored for Kilrush on the restart, they remain without a win in their firs three games.
Avenue went in front on 30 minutes when Vincent Onouha played Nneji Nnabuike through on goal and Nnabuike finished well with a low left foot strike to the corner.
Avenue went two in front on 47 minutes when Conor Mullen headed home a well delivered corner from Dylan Barry.
Kilrush got back in the contest on 49 minutes when Danny Clancy finished well from inside the box.
Avenue restored their two goal advantage on 65 minutes when Conor Hehir got some space on the edge of the box and fired an unstoppable shot to the top right corner.
It was 4-1 Avenue on 71 minutes when Eliaz Kunz scored after making a strong run down the left wing and finishing well with a shot from inside the box.
Avenue made it 5-1 on 86 minutes when Hehir scored his second after getting on the end of a great ball into the box from Gary Roche.
Avenue Utd: Paul Roche, Conor Hehir, Cullen McCabe, Conor Mullen, Dylan Casey, Dylan Barry, Vincent Onouha, Nneji Nnabuike, Eliaz Kunz, Ronan Kerin, Mark Roche
Subs: Cian McDonagh for Mullen, Tomas Hehir for Kerin, Stephen Jordan for Onouha, Gary Roche for Kunz, Michael Dinan for Nnabuike
Coole win again
Coole FC 5
Mounstshannon Celtic 1
Coole FC recorded their second win in as many weeks to move to fifth position in the Maloney Garden Machinery Premier Division.
Celtic go top
Newmarket Celtic 5
Tulla Utd 1
Venue: McDonagh Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus
Five different scorers for Paddy Purcell’s Newmarket Celtic saw them earn a 5-1 win over Tulla Utd.
Eoin Hayes and Darragh Leahy nudged Celtic into a 2-0 advantage. Fionn Ryan pulled a goal back for the East Clare side just before half-time.
Harvey Cullinan converted from the penalty start on the resumption when Hayes was fouled. Centre-half Eoin Kelly and Jashar Aliu netted in the second half to see Celtic to a 5-1 victory.
All square between Shannon Town & Bridge Utd
Bridge United A 1
Shannon Town A 1
Paul Corry put Bridge Utd in the lead within the first quarter but Bridge Utd didn’t take their chances to double their advantage.
Instead, Shannon Town levelled before half time with Brian Monaghan finding the net.
Bridge Utd continued to pile the pressure on in the second half but Eoghan Casey between the posts was able to stop everything that came his way and ensure the sides finished all square.
Bridge Utd: Luke Woodrow, Jonathan Downes, Mikey Carr, Storm Devanney, Alan Mulready, Kieran Quinlan, Jason Whyte, Liam Buckley, Paul Corry, Adam Fitzpatrick, Leon Daly
Subs: Jordan Downes for Whyte, Ronan Tuohy for Fitzpatrick, Eoin Keenan for Carr
Shannon Town: Eoghan Casey; Stephen Carroll, Fionn McInerney, Natty Nyakujara; Cody Waller, Aaron Kelly, TJ O’Dwyer, Ben O’Neill, Colin Curran; Kieran Hackett, Brian Monaghan
Subs: Fergal McCarthy, Charlie Morrison, Jack Ryan, Jamie Doyle, Luke Cahill
Ann Romer Florist First Division
Shannon Hibs A 4-3 Newmarket Celtic B
Kikishen Celtic 5-0 Bridge United B
Rhine Rovers 2-4 Shannon Olympic
Brian Pyne Tiles Second Division:
Ennis Dons 0-1 Bunratty Cratloe
Inch Crusaders 4-1 Shannon Hibs B
Brownie’s Barbershop Third Division League
Fairgreen Celtic 4-1 Manus Celtic
Tulla United B 4-2 Coole FC
Fern Celtic B 1-3 Bridge Celtic