Local football round up, 14th April 2012
‘Brook beat batting Bohs
First Division side Bohemians hoped to cause an upset when they took on Bessbrook United in the semi-final of the AOH Cup at Willie Davis Park on Saturday.
Conor Shields got them off to the perfect start when he lobbed the ‘keeper from 15 yards out five minutes into the game. Bessbrook replied a short time later when Peter Markey’s shot hit the post and Mark Patton hit in the rebound. The ‘Brook continued to dominate and took the lead on the half hour mark. Patton returned the favour when he headed a Kenny Kearns free kick onto the cross bar, Markey followed up and bundled the ball into the net.
Six minutes before the interval, in a rare Bohs attack, Marty O’Donnell’s clever flick found Felix Flynn who forced Murphy into making a good save.
Five minutes into the second half Patton should have scored but with only the ‘keeper to beat, he blasted over the bar. Bessbrook continued to press forward and an unlucky Patton saw a thunderbolt shot rebound off the crossbar.
Gradually Bohs began to get back into the game and Conor Shields and Felix Flynn both came close to equalising. ‘Brook then brought on talisman Philly Hughes and following good interplay with Anthony Fearon he smashed the ball past Cole for his side’s third goal.
Minutes later Markey broke through but was unable to extend his side’s lead when he blasted wide. Bohs continued to battle on for the remainder of the game but a comeback never looked on the cards.
Bessbrook now await the outcome of Killeavy United v Kilkeel Athletic to find out their opponents in the final.
I’d ‘eight’ ‘two’ be a Woodside player!
Killeavy cruised into the last four of the AOH Cup with an emphatic 8-2 win at home to Woodside on Saturday.
Anthony O’Hare increased his lead in the race for the ‘Golden Boot’ after he smashed in five of the goals while Kevin McDonnell, Dee Reel and Dee McEvoy completed the rout. Killeavy now meet Kilkeel Athletic in the semi final.
Derby spoils shared
Finn Harps and Crieve Rovers shared a point a piece in an open encounter at Jennings park. Marc Greer headed Harps in front before Joe Campbell leveled for Crieve. Ryan ‘Dixie’ Devlin restored Harps lead from the penalty spot but Darren Campbell leveled once again to earn a point for his side.
Elsewhere, there were wins for title chasers Windmill Stars and Newry Celtic over Ballybot and Killowen Celtic respectively.
Premier Division League table
The ‘Price’ is right
The ice cream is on Collie Price as his side Clanrye Athletic carved out their first league win since early January when they beat Villa Rovers 2-1 at Derrybeg. Colm Rooney netted for Villa but Clanrye fired in two late goals to give them maximum points, which helps lift them off the bottom of the league table.
Elsewhere, Parkview continued their recent purple patched when they beat Grasshoppers 3-2. Hugh Campbell, Johnny McNulty and an own goal gave them the three points and now leaves them level with Rostrevor Rovers in mid table.
Rostrevor Rovers continued their good form as Johnny Murchan and Tommy McNally helped them to a 2-1 win over promotion chasers Midway United at Kilbroney park.
First Division League table
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Photos from Bohemians v Bessbrook United:
Cleary Celtic 4 – 0 Rockview United
Damolly United 0 – 2 Kilkeel Athletic
Finn Harps 2 – 2 Crieve Rovers
Killowen Celtic 1 – 3 Newry Celtic
Windmill Stars 2 – 0 Ballybot United
Ashgrove Rovers 1 – 3 Whitecross AFC
Cartwheel United 4 – 1 Drumcashlone
Grasshoppers 2 – 3 Parkview
Newry Juventus 3 – 4 North End Strollers
Rostrevor Rovers 2 – 1 Midway United
Villa Rovers 1 – 2 Clanrye Athletic
Bohemians 1 – 3 Bessbrook United
Killeavey United 8 – 2 Woodside
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