*Brian Monaghan got on the scoresheet for Shannon Town Utd. Photograph: Oliver Fitzpatrick

After more than a year without competition, the Clare soccer league swung back into action at the weekend with first round games in the various league cup competitions.

There were plenty of goals across the four divisions and followers of the game are eagerly looking forward to this weekend’s fixtures.

Shannon Olympic in the Premier and Inch Crusaders have withdrawn from this competition but they will be back in action come the various leagues which commence in August. Their withdrawal led to Newmarket Celtic A and Manus Celtic A without a game last week.

In the premier division Avenue United, managed by David Russell were 7-0 winners over Shannon Hibs on Sunday with their goals coming from Dylan Barry (2), Gary Roche (2), Eliaz Kunz, Thomas Hehir and Ronan Kerin (1 each).

Shannon Town A overcame Bridge United A by the odd goal in five with the winner’s goals coming from Kai Khetan, Jack Ryan and Brian Monaghan while Bridge United’s replies came from Leon Kelly and Conor Maxwell.

Coole FC were the weekend’s top scorers, hitting eight goals as they accounted for Turnpike Rovers who scored four times. Scorers for the Gort based side were Joe Copley (4), Tom O’Neill, Fergus Tuohy, Gabriel Egan and Kieran Burke.

Brendan Harkin scored the game’s only goal as Newmarket Celtic B recorded a 1-0 victory over Tulla United.

The B teams from Bridge United and Avenue United shared the spoils when they drew 2-2. Ethan Slater and Ronan Tuohy were the Bridge goalscorers in this one while Jamie Roche and Sean Doherty scored for Avenue.

Fern Celtic made history as they fielded at junior level for the first time in the club’s history and to make matters better they emerged with a 3-2 win over Manus Celtic B in the third division. Liam Meaney (2) and Jamie O’Connell were the goalscorers for the winners.

Meanwhile six games in the youths league last Saturday provided 38 goals in total. The results here were;
A division: Avenue United 5 Bridge United 3; Lifford 3 Bridge Celtic 2; Newmarket Celtic 4 Moher Celtic 2.
B division: Burren United 4 Fern Celtic 3; Mountshannon Celtic 3 Tulla United 6; St. Pats 4 Shannon Town B 2.

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