A STRONG 7-0 win was secured by Newmarket Celtic to keep their aspirations of back to back Premier Division titles alive, Lifford FC had bragging rights over Ennis Town FC with both Coole FC and Tulla Utd set to secure promotion from the First Division.

Newmarket maintain strong challenge

Newmarket Celtic 7
Sporting Ennistymon 0
Venue: McDonagh Memorial Park, Newmarket-on-Fergus

Champions Newmarket Celtic A maintained their strong challenge to retain the premier league title when they easily overcame the challenge of Sporting Ennistymon on Sunday.

They were 4-0 ahead at half time and continued to hold the upperhand in the second period. Manager Mark O’Malley made five changes during the course of the game including the move of Colin Smyth to goalkeeping duties in the second half.

The goalscorers were Davy McCarthy and Eoin Kelly (2 each), Gearoid O’Brien, Stephen Kelly and Cael Gaffney.

Newmarket Celtic A: Shane Cusack, David O’Grady, Paddy Purcell, Stephen Kelly, Darren Cullinan; Alan Kelly, Conor McDaid, Colin Smyth, Gearoid O’B rien, Davy McCarthy, Ciaran McCoy

Subs: Eoin Kelly for Purcell; Cathal Hayes for McDaid; Martin McCarthy for D. McCarthy; Davy Lennon for Cusack; Cael Gaffney for O’Brien

Sporting Ennistymon; Dara Flynn; Matthew Crowe, Jack O’Dea, Michael Leigh, Ciaran Monaghan; Cian Shannon, Gary Lafferty, Jamesy McConigley, Sean Crowe; Byron Kenny, Cathal McConigley;

Lifford win Town derby

Lifford 2
Ennis Town 1
Venue: Steele Rock Park, Lifford

Trailing by a goal at half time, Lifford struck twice in the second half to earn victory over Ennis rivals Ennis town on Sunday.

Eddie Killeen and Paul Martin were the scorers for the winners while Ennis Town’s goal came from Dean coughlan in the opening half.

Lifford: Rhys Phillips; John Maher, Eddie Killeen, Eoghan Monahan, Ethan Cronin, Paul Martin, Niall Guinnane, Eoin Walsh, Dylan Ryan, Nathan Rezende, Guillermo Petez

Subs; Michael Junaid for Maher; Darragh Madigan for Junaid; Gary McNaboe for Guillermo; Hamad Kuku for McNaboe; Jean Ganda for Guinnane;

Ennis Town; Peadar O’Keeffe; Steven Horgan, Declan Ensko, Lase Ifebajo, Adam Fleming; Jasher Aliu, Robbie Gormley, Peter O’Brien, Davy Keenan, Dean Coughlan, Lee Clohessy;

Subs; Dean Hegarty for Aliu; Paddy Bugler for Ensko; Seun Olanrewaju for Coughlan.

Important win for Mountshannon

Shannon Olympic 1
Mountshannon Celtic 2
Venue: Olympic Park, Shannon

William Glass and John Scanlan were the goalscorers as Mountshannon Celtic accounted for Shannon Olympic in this Premier Division tie at Shannon on Sunday.

Ray Quigley was the goalscorer for Olympic.

Shannon Olympic; Zsolt Lagos; Benjamin Cantillon, Rob Clair, Dan Clair, Pa Madden; Dean Power, Sean McDonald, Ciaran Keane, Ryan Kelly, Ray Quigley, Declan McDonald.

Subs; Mateusz Chelminiak for D.. McDonald; Rachid Amallah for Power; Jay Regan for Keane; Piotr Kaluzza for Kelly

Mountshannon Celtic; Andy O’Dwyer; Ben Harrington, Tommy Gleeson, Michael Barrett, Oran Scanlan; Niall Dear, Martin Cunningham, Luke Sugrue, John Scanlan Paddy Fitzgerald, William Glass.

In the Ann Romer Flowers First Division, Coole FC and Tulla Utd remain on course to be playing in the top flight next season. Coole are on top with 42 points from sixteen games, Tulla are second with 41 points from 17 games.

Coole FC are in action next on Wednesday May 22nd versus Shannon Town B where a win would see them crowned league champions, Tulla Utd recorded a 1-1 draw with Kilrush Rangers over the weekend.

Also in the First Division, Newmarket Celtic B defeated Bridge Utd B 3-2, Shannon Town B had a comprehensive 7-0 win over Turnpike while it finished Moher Celtic B 2-1 Hermitage.

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