Local football round up, 31st March 2012

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
The passing of  Jimmy Craven after a long illness meant many local games were called off as a mark of respect to the popular lad who turned out for many Carnbane sides. All of the remaining games that did go ahead had a minute’s silence before kick off. Premier Divison Late Fusco goal stuns Bessbrook Newry Celtic bounced back in the best way possible after their shock exit from the AOH Cup last week. A late strike from Nicky Fusco gave Celtic all three points in a match which could well have a big say in the destination of the Carnbane Premier Division title.

Anthony Fearon makes a driving run towards goal.

Two yellow cards issued in the first five minutes by referee Dessie Kavanagh indicated that he was going to keep tight control of this encounter. It was clear that neither side wanted to concede goals as defences dominated in the early stages of the game. Gradually though both teams began to create chances. Bessbrook’s Mickey Green cleverly turned his opponent but was unlucky to see his snapshot rebound off the base of the post. Celtic replied when a great cross from Stephen Quinn found the unmarked Nicky Fusco, whose swiftly hit shot was well saved by Peter Murphy. Moments later Murphy’s goal-kick went straight into the path of Adrian Larkin, who with an open goal at his mercy, managed to steer his shot wide of the upright. Green then had another great chance to give Bessbrook the lead but just as he was about to pull the trigger, Anthony McParland made a brilliant saving tackle to deny him. Bessbrook  pushed hard for a winner in the second half and Peter Markey might have done better with a free header from a corner. The ‘Brook further declared their intentions to take all three points when they moved Philip Hughes up to centre forward in the search of the winner. They pushed forward without creating any clear cut chances and they were nearly caught out when Newry Celtic broke clear and Fusco hit the base of the post with a sweetly struck left foot drive.

Philip Hughes senses it mightn't be his side's day!

Bessbrook continued to drive forward but in the 94th minute Celtic produced the sting in the tail. The ball fell to Fusco from a Celtic corner, and from 15 yards out he dispatched the ball into the back of the net to consign Bessbrook to their third league defeat of the season. First Divison Campbell strike downs Juve’ Parkview moved into ninth in the table after they beat Newry Juventus 2-1 at Artie Green Park. Gareth Gorman converted a penalty and Hugh Campbell found the net from close range to give Parkview a commanding lead. Cathal Murphy replied for Juventus but Parkview held out and took all three points. Milburn march on Milburn continued their good run of form when they got the better of Villa Rovers at Jennings Park. Dermot Morgan gave Milburn an early lead from the penalty spot before Daniel Small doubled the advantage shortly into the second half.

"On your marks!" - Newry Celtic's Moan tries to escape the attention of his marker.

A penalty ten minutes from time from the evergreen Danny Cushnan reduced arrears to give Villa hope, but Milburn held out quite easily to take them to within one point of third placed Grasshoppers in the league table. AOH Cup Bohs’  book place in last four of cup This game was back and forth for the first 15 minutes until Bohs’ trio of Paddy Heaney, Felix Flynn and Brian O’Neill started to get on top and take control of the midfield for Bohs’. Bohs’ won a corner on the half hour mark and at the second time of asking a brilliant ball by Ciaran Cummins found the head of Martin O’Donnell to make it 1-0. Ballybot started to get back into the game, with Joe Barr and Felix McCourt both going close, but three minutes before the half time whistle Bohs’ doubled their lead. Justin Philpott picked up the ball 25 yards out and beat two men before rifling the ball into the top corner to give Boh’s a two goal advantage at the interval. Two minutes into the second half Felix Flynn pressurised a defender into making a mistake and rolled the ball past the goalkeeper for 3-0. Ten minutes later, Flynn played the ball to O’Donnell, who fired past the ‘keeper for his second of the day to put the game out of reach for the ‘Bot. It was all academic from here, although Joe Barr did grab a consolation for Ballybot near the end to reduce the deficit to 4-1, which added some respectability to the scoreline. Results Premier Division Bessbrook United         0 – 1     Newry Celtic Damolly United 1 – 4     Windmill Stars Kilkeel Athletic  1 – 3     Killeavey United First Division Parkview           2 – 1     Newry Juventus Rostrevor Rovers          2 – 1     Whitecross AFC Villa Rovers      1 – 2     Millburn United AOH Cup quarter final Bohemians        4 – 1     Ballybot United   Carnbane underage results Under 9 Damolly  1  –  2  Midway United Valley Rangers Colts  0  –  3  Killowen Warrenpoint Town  3  –  0  Camlough Rovers Midway United  0  –  1  Rathfriland Moneyslane  1  –  6  Killowen Valley Rangers Colts 2  –   3  Camlough Rovers Warrenpoint Town 1  –  0  Lisdrum Midway  0  –  2  Warrenpoint Town Valley Rangers Colts  0  –  0  Lisdrum Killowen  0  –  1  Damolly Moneyslane  0  –  5  Warrenpoint Town  Under 11 Moneyslane 3  –  2  Camlough United Camlough Rovers  5  –  1  Barcroft Valley Rangers Colts  1  –  2  Midway United Rathfriland Swifts  0 –  4  Killowen Under 12 Midway Reds  3  –  3   Midway United Moneyslane  0  –  2  Annalong Rovers Brookvale  2  –  0  Moneyslane Under 13 Valley Rangers Colts  3  –  2  Damolly Brookvale Colts  2  –  7  Camlough Rovers Rathfriland  2  –  3  Lisdrum United Under 15 Lisdrum  0  –  4  Annalong Rovers Damolly  6  –  0  Ashgrove Rovers Under 16 Crieve Rovers  5  –  0  Dromore Amateurs
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