Local football round up, 5th May 2012

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Monday, May 7th, 2012
Premier Division Newry Celtic , Windmill Stars and Bessbrook United all picked up three points on Saturday in this year’s three horse race for the title. Windmill Survive second half scare Windmill Stars looked home and dry after a double from John Joe Maguire and one from Ciaran O’Neil gave them a three goal advantage at half time. A snapshot from the impressive Kyle Morris gave Kilkeel hope on the hour mark and the same player thundered a shot past Windmill ‘keeper Joe Price to reduce arrears to just a goal five minutes later. The Windmill players looked nervous and it was Kilkeel who looked the more likely to score. Joe Fegan settled Windmill’s nerves though when he found the back of the net from a free kick ten minutes from time. (shown below) [youtube]http://youtu.be/HSVv4A4JTRo[/youtube] Substitute Liam McCartan put the game beyond any doubt two minutes from time when he latched on to a long ball before sending his chip over the advancing McAstocker in the Kilkeel goal. Best of the rest…

Windmill's Josh McKeown gives this Kilkeel player the slip in their game at Olympic Park.

Bessbrook United maintained their challenge for the title after seeing off Killowen Celtic for the second time within a week with a 3-1 win at Kilbroney. Gareth Hughes, Philip Hughes and Declan Carville were all on target in a great team display from the ‘Brook. Ballybot met Rockview United at the Barley field in a game where only pride was at stake as both sides are safe from relegation. Paul Rafferty netted for Rockview but Ronan Casey replied for the ‘Bot to give his side a share of the spoils. A late goal from Cleary Celtic’s Fergal Murphy gave them maximum points against Finn Harps at Willie Davis Park. A double from Finn Harp’s Caolan Grey and Cleary’s Shane Lundy looked like both sides were going to share the spoils but Murphy had other ideas. He fired home late in the game to give Cleary all three points. The Premier Division table is now as follows:
P W D L F A GD  Pts
Windmill Stars 23 18 2 3 63 20 43 56
Newry Celtic 22 17 4 1 62 25 37 55
Killeavey United 24 13 4 7 59 42 17 43
Bessbrook United 18 14 0 4 48 20 28 42
Finn Harps 23 9 7 7 48 46 2 34
Woodside 24 9 3 12 33 41 -8 30
Killowen Celtic 22 9 2 11 39 49 -10 29
Kilkeel Athletic 19 9 1 9 31 29 2 28
Rockview United 22 8 3 11 38 46 -8 27
Cleary Celtic 21 8 2 11 35 40 -5 26
Ballybot United 23 7 2 14 38 49 -11 23
Damolly United 24 4 1 19 23 73 -50 13
Crieve Rovers 23 1 5 17 26 63 -37 8
Gilmore Cup The first round of the Vincent Gilmore memorial Cup commenced on Saturday. This is a knockout competition involving all of the First division teams, traditionally played in the last few weeks of the season.

Kilkeel goalkeeper McAstocker does well to block this shot from Windmill's John Joe Maguire.

Two of the divisions’ in form sides; Bohemians and Parkview, met at Artie Green Park. The game promised to be a cracking affair and with eight goals it certainly did not disappoint. The difference on the day though was Bohemian’s Justy Philpott as his hat trick, along with a brace from Conor Shields helped Bohs’ come out on top. Their reward is a place in the quarter final against Clanrye Athletic. Bohs will be favourites in this game but they will be taking nothing for granted as Clanrye have been putting an impressive run together of late. Villa Rovers had a disappointing end to their season after North End Strollers sent them crashing out of the Cup with a 6-1 defeat at Jennings Park. Brian Dillon(2), Steven Lowry, Raymie Hughes, Conor Quinn and Eddie Fearon were all on target for the ‘Strollers, while Paul Daly scored Villa’s lone strike. The ‘Strollers now face a quarter final tie with Newry Juventus. Elsewhere, there were wins for Grasshoppers, Whitecross and Midway United. The full quarter final draw is as follows: Clanrye Athletic     Bohemians Whitecross AFC  v  Grasshoppers North End Strollers  v   Newry Juventus Rostrevor Rovers/Millburn Utd    v   Midway Utd   Saturday’s Results Premier Division Ballybot United 1 – 1     Rockview United Finn Harps        2 – 3     Cleary Celtic Killowen Celtic   1 – 3     Bessbrook United Newry Celtic      2 – 1     Woodside Windmill Stars   5 – 2     Kilkeel Athletic Gilmore Cup Round 1 Grasshoppers   3 – 0  Ashgrove Rovers Midway United  2 – 1 Drumcashlone Parkview   3 – 5  Bohemians Villa Rovers  1 – 6   North End Strollers Whitecross AFC   6 – 1   Cartwheel United Clanrye Athletic – Bye Newry Juventus – Bye
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