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60 TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 SPORT SOCCER NOTES CCFL FIXTURES GOAL!... Eoin Lanigan of Mullingar Athletic gets past David Ferris of Confey to score Athletic’s third goal in Gainstown last Friday night. Ryan Norris of Mullingar Athletic jumps in ahead of Niall Mahedy of Confey to get a touch on the ball during last Friday’s night’s league game in Gainstown. Wilson and Lanigan amongst the goals as Athletic defeat Confey LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1B MULLINGAR ATHLETIC 3 CONFEY 0 Mullingar Athletic maintained their push for promotion with a very good 3-0 win against Confey last Friday evening in Gainstown. While three goals was the final margin, Athletic were a little flattered by the scoreline as they had to endure some strong Confey pressure in the first half. However, thanks to some strong defending by Ben Treanor in particular, and some good saves by goalkeeper Damien O’Connor, Athletic managed to go in level at 0-0 at the break. Then with the wind in their backs Athletic turned in a much improved second half performance, scoring three goals to clinch three vital league points. Lee Wilson scored two great goals on 48 and 59 minutes to send Athletic on their way and then Eoin Lanigan, who set up Wilson for his two goals, scored the third and final goal as Athletic maintained their position at the top of the Leinster Senior League Intermediate Division 1B table. So Athletic now have just five games remaining, beginning with a very tricky away clash against Kilnamanagh next Sunday morning in Dublin. David Maher’s side remain top of the table but it is very close between the chasing pack of Dublin University, Kilnamanagh and CIE Ranch for those top three final places. UNDER PRESSURE Athletic faced into a strong wind in the first half and Confey really should have taken an early lead in the third minute when Mullingar’s Conor Kavanagh lost possession and Stephen May raced through, but an excellent tackle by Ben Treanor saved the day for Athletic. Three minutes later and goalkeeper Damien O’Connor came to Mullingar’s rescue by advancing smartly to save Grahame Kennedy’s close range shot, while O’Connor also did well to save a shot from Confey’s Niall Mahedy on 12 minutes. Athletic were really un - der pressure in these early stages but they began defending more as a team, and resolutely held out to go in goalless at half-time. Athletic were forced into a first half change when Andrew Kelly, who had been playing well went off with a head injury, and was replaced by David Masterson, who went on to have a fine game in defence. Not even the loss of a tooth would prevent Stephen Daly from driving Athletic forward from midfield in the second half. DEADLOCK BROKEN Just three minutes into the second half Athletic took a vital lead. A long ball out of defence by David Masterson was controlled by Lee Wilson and he laid the ball off to Eoin Lanigan, who returned the ball to Wilson, and he struck the ball sweetly into the bottom corner of the net with great precision. Four minutes later, Athletic were relieved when Confey had a goal ruled out for offside after Andy Dagg scrambled the ball home, but the goal was ruled out by the referee’s assistant. This was a correct but crucial decision as just four minutes later Athletic LEINSTER SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1B TABLE (Top 6) (Each team to play a total of 24 games, top three to go up) P W D L Pts Mullingar Athletic 19 12 2 5 38 Dublin Uni 16 12 1 3 37 CIE Ranch 16 9 3 4 30 Kilnamanagh 17 9 3 5 30 Hartstown 21 9 1 11 28 Pegasus 15 6 5 4 23 Brian Whelan of Confey clears the ball as Stephen Daly of Mullingar Athletic closes in during last Friday’s night’s league game in Gainstown. doubled their advantage. Once again Eoin Lanigan set up Lee Wilson and Wilson fired to the net for his second goal of the contest. Athletic now had some breathing space but points were not in the bag yet. Fortunately, David Maher could call on Craig Sweeney for goalkeeping duties when Damien O’Connor was forced off injured with 15 minutes to go, and Sweeney saved well from Grahame Kennedy with less than ten minutes to go. As the game entered the final five minutes, Athletic made sure of the points when the industrious Eoin Lanigan was on hand to score Athletic’s third goal and give the home side a solid 3-0 win before they enter their five remaining games of the season, beginning with that big clash against Kilnamanagh next Sunday. Mullingar Athletic: Damien O’Connor, David Mimnagh, Ben Treanor, Conor Kavanagh, Darragh Kiernan, Sean Reid, Andrew Kelly, Stephen Daly, Ryan Norris, Lee Wilson, Eoin Lanigan. Subs used: David Masterson for Andrew Kelly (injured 24 mins), Craig Sweeney for Damien O’Connor (injured, 76 mins), Stephen Sweeney for Sean Reid (78 mins), Sergio Laso for Eoin Lanigan (88 mins). Confey: David Coyne, David Ferris, Mark Keenan, Andy Doolin, Kieran Cawley, Andy Dagg, Grahame Kennedy, Niall Mahedy, Stephen May, Stephen Reynolds, Oisín Hogan. Subs used: Brian Whelan for Hogan (half time), Bruce Ketchin for Reynolds (72 mins). Referee: Andrew Murphy. (selected fixtures for local clubs) Wednesday, April 11 All games at 6.30 unless stated Under 19 Division 1: Kilbeggan v Mucklagh; The Land Lake Kilbeggan; Senior Division: Rosenallis AFC v Clonaslee Utd; The Grove, Rosenallis; Willow Park v Birr Town A; 7.00; Willow Park, Athlone; Division 1: Mountmellick Utd v Towerhill Rovers; Conor Davis Park, Mountnellick; Horseleap Utd v Gentex; Horseleap Village; Midlands Saturday, April 14 All games at 2.30 unless stated FAI Under 17 Cup Semi Final; Greenwood FC v Willow Park; 2.00; Lehenaghmore Cork; Under 17 Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg: Melview FC (2) v Ballymahon (1); Wanderers Park Longford; Willow Park B (1) v Mullingar Ath (2); Willow Park Athlone; CCFL Youths Cup 1st Round (Players born in 2000 or younger): Portlaoise v Mullingar Ath 18s; Rossleighan Park Portlaoise; Under 19 Cup 1st Round: Kilbeggan SC v Edenderry Town; The Land Lake Kilbeggan; Michael Dolan Div 1 Cup Quarter Final: Grange United v Ballymahon AFC; Raithin Community Pitch, Grange, Mullingar; Division 1 Saturday: Newtown FC v Castlepollard Celtic; Farnagh, Longford; UCL Harps v Longford Wanderers; Lough Gowna; Division 3 Saturday: Idle Raharney United Sunday, April 15 All games at 11.00 unless stated Paddy Cotter Cup Quarter Final: Ballinahown A v Birr Town A; Sportspark, Ballinahown Paddy Cotter Cup Semi Final: Derry Rovers A v Clara Town A; Leah Victoria Park, Tullamore; Senior Division: Rosenallis A v Willow Park; The Grove, Rosenallis; Clonaslee Utd v Mullingar Athletic; Community Centre, Clonaslee; Idle Mullingar Town, Monksland Utd A, Tullamore Town Division 1: Horseleap Utd v Towerhill Rovers; Horseleap Village; Division 2: Birr Town B v Kinnegad Juniors; Frank O'Connell Park, Birr; Idle Moate Celtic, Gallen Tuesday, April 17 All games at 6.45 unless stated Under 19 Division 1: Kilbeggan v Portlaoise B; The Land Lake Kilbeggan; Wednesday, April 18 All games at 6.45pm unless stated Senior Division: Birr Town A v Rosenallis A; Frank O'Connell Park, Birr; Division 1: Horseleap Utd v Coolraine; Horseleap Village; Division 2: FC Killoe v Kinnegad Juniors; The Mall Complex, Longford. CCFL RESULTS Under 19 Cup 1st Round Clonnaslee Utd 3, Mucklagh 0; Under 17 Division 1 Stradbally Town 2, Willow Park 4; Mullingar Ath 4, Ballymahon 3 Ml Dolan Division 1 Cup Walsh Island Shamrocks 2, Derry Rovers 1; Saturday Divisions Cup Semi Final Ballymahon 2, Longford Wanderers 0 Division 4 Cup Semi Finals St Cormacs 5, Abbeyleix Ath 1; Rosenallis 2, Kenagh Utd 0; CCFL Shield Quarter Final Geashill Utd 1 (4), St Carthages Ath 1 (2) pens aet CCFL Shield 2nd Round Ballinahown 3, BBC Utd 1 Senior Division Birr Town 1, Clara Town 1; Willow Park 2, Tullamore Town 0 Ballinahown 3, Mullingar Town 1 Division 1 Saturday UCL Harps 3, Castlepollard Celtic 4 Division 2 O’Moore FC 3, FC Killoe 1; Birr Town 0, Gallen Utd 3; Kinnegad Juniors 0, Moate Celtic 3; Stradbally Town 1, Highfield Utd 2; Division 3 Monksland Utd 2, Maryborough FC 1; CCFL CUP DRAWS John Farrell Counties Cup Quarter Finals Gentex v Towerhill Rovers, Derry Rovers/Gallen United v Castlepollard Celtic or Stradbally Town, Rosenallis v Willow Park, Clara Town v Birr Town. Ml Doland Div 1 Cup Semi Finals Walsh Island Shamrocks v Camlin Utd or Towerhill Rovers Grange Utd or Ballymahon v Mountmellick Utd or Gentex FC Under 19 Cup Quarter Finals Emo Celtic or Mountmellick Utd v Edenderry Town or Kilbeggan Clonaslee Utd v Birr Town Clongowes Wood or Banagher Utd v Portlaoise A Mullingar Ath v Portlaoise B or Tullamore Town Under 17 Cup Quarter Finals Stradbally Town v Ballymahon or Melview Willow Park A v St Aengus Tullamore Town v Mullingar Ath or Willow Park B Portlaoise Bye Youths Cup Quarter Finals Ballymahon v Portlaoise or Mullingar Ath 18s Stradbally Town v Mullingar Ath 17s Melview FC v Edenderry Town Mucklagh v Willow Park

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 SPORT 61 KINNEGAD JUNIORS FC NOTES Kinnegad’s Under 14s remain in contention for league title MSL U14 Major Kinnegad Juniors.................5 Tullamore Town ...................1 Saturday's game, played on a sticky pitch at Lagan Park was always going to be difficult for the Kinnegad Juniors under 14 team. This was the third time these two sides have met in as many weeks and after Kinnegad had won the two legged cup tie we knew Tullamore would be out in force. Before the game, Kinnegad talked about playing with intensity and letting the ball do the work when in possession. The first half started well, with Kinnegad keeping plenty of the ball but just lacking with the final pass. The home side had several half-chances throughout the half but were caught a bit static at times when it came to challenging for the second ball. Against the run of play, Tullamore got a goal when their defender rose highest to brilliantly head in from a corner. So after having most of the play the home side were down 0-1 at half time. The second half saw Kinnegad raise their game to a different level altogether! They dominated all over the field and were playing some beautiful attacking football. The equaliser came with a smart free kick from Kieran Mitchell- Lee, who drilled it in low and hard for Devine to knock it in past the keeper. From there, Kinnegad grew in confidence. Michael Akerele got his first with a nice finish after some unselfish play from Eimhinn Whelan. Scott Clynes scored a superb volley from outside the box after a wonderful pass from Liam Matear, another for his collection of wondergoals this season. Michael got his second soon after, and the scoring was rounded off by Kieran Mitchell-Lee who finished calmly after a mazy run through the heart of the Tullamore defence to make it 5-1. Overall, this was a thoroughly deserved win for Kinnegad that keeps them right in contention for the league title. As always, a massive thanks to the supporters for cheering the team on throughout at Lagan Park! It was really great to see so many other coaches from our club (past and present) there cheering on the boys! Man of the Match - Calum Kelly - improves every week and is growing into a fine centre back! MSL U11 West Tullamore Utd ......................2 Kinnegad Juniors.................1 This was a disappointing performance and result for the Kinnegad under 11 team away in Tullamore. This young team have been fantastic all year in their first competitive season and this may prove valuable to them as a lesson learned. Kinnegad win, draw and lose together and against Tullamore, they simply didn’t play to the same level and intensity that they have done all season. Kinnegad started well and looked comfortable at the back with Jack Heaney, Alex McCabe and Adam Mitchell Lee in front of goalkeeper Sean Speller. In midfield Dylan Murphy, John Rogerson and Dara Whelan looked busy. The first goal came from Dylan who finished nicely after a period of dominance. So Kinnegad were one up and looking in control. However, Kinnegad seem - ed to almost immediately switch off. A shuffle in the defence after Alex had to go off early with a recurring groin problem, didn’t help and Tullamore scored almost immediately with their first shot. So it was now 1-1 at half time. During the second half, Tullamore improved and Kinnegad played in fits and starts but never really got going like they can. Oscar Carpenter and Shane Daly came on and both made an impact down the right! The skipper Jamie O’Leary and Evan Holbrook tried hard but never really got into the game like they have most of this season. Midway into the second half Tullamore scored again from what looked like a cross from the right wing, which went right over Sean and into the net. Kinnegad battled hard but never really passed the ball well enough. Plenty of corners and free kicks led to half chances but in truth the away side never really threatened. Man of the match - Oscar Carpenter, who brought much needed urgency when he came on half time! KINNEGAD JUNIORS LOTTO Lotto Result - numbers drawn were; 12-22-25-27. Next week’s jackpot was €6,700. Download "myfinances" App and play Online. Clarke on the mark for Ireland BY PAUL O’DONOVAN Former Raharney United player Sami Clarke achieved a memorable feat last week when he scored his first international goal, scoring in a 2-2 draw for the Republic of Ireland’s under 15 team against the Czech Republic last Tuesday. Clarke, who is just 14 and from Killucan, scored a spectacular goal for his country in the friendly international played in at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbottstown, Dublin on Tuesday, 3 April. The Czech Republic took the lead on ten minutes but it was Clarke, a secondary school student at St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge, that scored the equaliser for Ireland. Clarke, now playing with Shamrock Rovers in Dublin, scored a superb solo effort, as he spun past his marker, turned inside First team clinch three points against Confey The Mullingar Athletic first team remained on course for promotion with a solid 3-0 victory over Confey in Gainstown last Friday evening. All the goals arrived in the second half with Lee Wilson (2) and Eoin Lanigan (1) on the mark. Athletic remain top of the table but face a very difficult and important league match away to Kilnamanagh next Sunday morning in Dublin. KESTRELS SOAR TO REACH CUP FINAL U12 SFAI Cup Regional Semi-final Mullingar Kestrels...............5 Edenderry.............................1 Mullingar Athletics U12 Kestrels were at home on Saturday and graced the main pitch in Gainstown when they faced an Edenderry team who looked really up for this SFAI Regional semi-final game. The Kestrals showed great character after going 1-0 down early to fight back quickly. Alex Sheerin equalised with a fine half volley on the turn from 20 yards. The Kestrels then went in front minutes later when an Edenderry defender deflected a fine Donnacha Maguire corner past his own goalkeeper. Pressing home their domination of this game, Fionn Maguire squared for Alfie Armstrong to slot home with a neat finish. Sami Clarke from Killucan, scored a wonderful goal for the Irish Under 15 team last Tuesday against the Czech Republic. MULLINGAR ATHLETIC FC NOTES Alfie soon added another with a cool finish and got his hat trick from close range. A very strong performance form Tony Sheerin`s side who have set the bar for the final! Well done lads. Results LSL Mullingar Ath 3 Confey 0 CCFL U17 Div 1 Mullingar Ath 4 Ballymahon 3 MSL Sat April 7 U10 West Clara Utd 0 Mullingar Ath Cubs 3 Banagher Utd 2 Mullingar Ath 4 U12 SFAI Sketchers Regional Semi Final Mullingar Ath Kestrals 5 Edenderry TN 1 U12 Major Mullingar Ath Eagles 4 Mountmellick Utd 0 U12 West Mullingar Ath Hawks 4 Raharney Raptors 1 U14 SFAI Regional Semi Final Mullingar Ath 4 Kilcullan 1 U15 Div 2 Mullingar Ath Lions 4 Templeville 1 U16 Plate Mullingar Ath 4 Kilcock Celtic 1 Sami Clarke in action here, scored for the Irish Under 15 team last Tuesday against the Czech Republic. and shifted the ball onto his left foot to slot into the net. It was a wonderful goal and one that will live long in the memory for Clarke and his family. Oran Crowe then put Ireland 2-1 up before the Czechs equalised to make it 2-2 and that’s how it finished. Clarke followed this up by coming on as a second half sub against the Czech Alex Sheerin on left and Alfie Armstrong on right attempt to get to the ball before the Edenderry goalkeeper during last Saturday’s cup game in Gainstown. Fixtures LSL Sunday April 15 Kilnamanagh v Mullingar Ath, Kilnamanagh, 11.00am CCFL Saturday April 14 U17 Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg Willow Park v Mullingar Ath 2.00pm U18 Youths Cup 1st Round Portlaoise v Mullingar Ath 2.00pm Sunday April 15 Snr Men Clonaslee v Mullingar Ath 11.00am MSL Tues April 10 U13 Major Mullingar Ath v Killeigh 7.00pm U16 Major Willow PK v Mullingar Ath 6.45pm Wed April 11 U12 Major Mountmellick Utd v Mullingar Ath Kestrals 7.00pm U14 West Mullingar Ath Pumas v Rahanine 7.00pm Mullingar Ath Tigers v Grange Utd 7.00pm Thurs April 12 U13 Major Mullingar Ath v Mountmellick 7.00pm U14 Major Tullamore TN v Republic on Thursday and helping to set up the winner in a 2-1 victory. Clarke now has six caps for his country and will be looking to gain more caps with the Irish Under 16s Ryan Kelly of Mullingar Athletic Kestrels gets the better of his Edenderry opponent during last Saturday’s cup game in Gainstown. Mullingar Ath 7pm U15 Major Tullamore TN v Mullingar Ath 6.45pm U15 Div 1 Mullingar Ath Cougars v Rosenallis 6.45pm Fri April 13 U15 Ski Lowry Cup Semi Final Mullingar Ath v St. Francis 6.30pm Sat April 14 U10 Terry Hilliard Boys Cup Mountmellick Utd v Mullingar Ath Cubs 10.30am U10 Boys Shield Mullingar Ath v Portlaoise 2.30pm U11 Boys Cup Willow PK v Mullingar Ath Eagles 10.00am U12 Major Mullingar Ath Eagles v Clara TN 9.45am Mullingar Ath Kestrals v Emo Celtic 10.00am U13 Boys Plate Mullingar Ath Kestrals v Portlaoise AFC 12.30pm U13 Major Mullingar Ath Falcons v Birr TN 11.15am U14 Stokes Cup Abbeyleix Ath v Mullingar Ath 11.30pm U14 Plate Semi Final Portlaoise Utd v Mullingar Ath Pumas 10.45am U15 Div 1 Mullingar Ath Cougars v Birr TN 12.30pm when they begin their season next October. Until then Clarke will continue working hard on his game, as he trains four times a week with Shamrock Rovers Under 15s, where former Republic of Ireland legend Damien Duff is his manager. These training sessions include an early morning session on a Tuesday at 6.30am before Sami comes down to school in Rochfortbridge. Not surprisingly, Sami is beginning to attract interest from across clubs in Britain, with Brighton and Fulham mooted to be tracking the young Westmeath man. Sami’s dad Eddie Clarke was delighted with his son’s performance for Ireland and the fact that he picked up the Man of the Match award against the Czechs. “I’m delighted with Sami’s progress to date. He just has to keep working hard now with Shamrock Rovers and hopefully his game will continue to improve,” Eddie told Topic this week. U15 Div 2 Birr TN v Mullingar Ath Lions 12.00pm U16 Lennon Cup Mullingar Ath v East Galway 11.00am U16 Shield Mullingar Ath Cubs v Rosenallis 3.15pm Mon 16 April U10 West Mullingar Ath Cubs v Mullingar Ath 6.30pm U14 Stokes Cup Mullingar Ath Tigers v Kinnegad Jnrs 7.15pm Tues 17 April U13 Mark Casey Cup Portlaoise AFC v Mullingar Ath Falcons 7.00pm Kilbeggan SC v Mullingar Ath 7.00pm Wednesday 18 U11 Boys Cup Mullingar Ath Eagles v Willow PK 6.30pm Emo Celtic v Mullingar Ath Hawks 7.00pm U12 Major Clara TN v Mullingar Ath Eagles 7.15pm U14 Girls Clara TN v Mullingar Ath 7.00pm U15 Shield Temple Ville v Mullingar Ath Lions 7.00pm Thurs 19 April U13 Major Birr TN v Mullingar Ath 7.15am U15 Ski Lowry Cup Semi Final St. Francis v Mullingar Ath 7.00pm

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