Division 1: Rathkeale B 2-3 Breska Rovers A
It is now 10 league games without defeat (W9, D1) for our A team. This was a hard fought victory over an experienced Rathkeale B team. The home side took the lead with a wonderful right-wing cross was volleyed into the top corner after 15 minutes.
Breska battled gamely and Josh Adams eqaulised with a header from an Ethan Keyes corner from the right. His header had too much power and accuracy for the defender on the line.He doubled his account and made it three goals in two appearances for the A team shortly before the break. Tom Clancy won the ball back, released Ethan Keyes, who linked with Niall Quane and it was Keyes who centered for Adams to find the net. It was a powerful counter attack which gave us the half-time advantage.
Adams turned provider for the third and the insurance goal. James Purcell’s long goal-kick was flicked on by Adams and Ethan Keyes raced onto the ball to find the bottom right -hand corner for a 3-1 lead.
Rathkeale reduced the deficit in stoppage time but not before some excellent defensive work from Conor McCarthy, Declan Normoyle and the relentless TJ O’Connor. Victory for St. Ita’s over Newcastle West Town Reserves means that our advantage at the summit of Division One remains just six points.
Team: James Purcell (C); Diarmuid O’Connor, Declan Normoyle, Conor McCarthy, Tom Clancy; Josh Fitzgerald, Sean Healy, TJ O’Connor, Ethan Keyes; Niall Quane, Josh Adams
Subs: Rob O’Grady (for Quane, 60 mins), Ross Kenny (for Fitzgerald, 85 mins)
Division 2: Breska Rovers B 2-2 Carrig Celtic
Our B team were unforunate to draw 2-2 with Carrig Celtic B on Sunday. A late equaliser from Carrig meant it is back-to-back draws for our second team. An own goal came as a result of good Keith Punch work. It was 1-1 at the break but sub Orin Gravey gave Breska the lead late on from close range. The visitors scored their second with the last kick of the game, after working a free-kick into a more favourable position.
The B team will be hoping to move up the table in coming weeks and despite the late goal the team moves to eight place in Division Two, with eight games remaining.
Team: Seamus Lyons; Dara Punch, Dan Hayes, Ivan Coughlan, Tommy Collery; Keith Punch (C), Jack Moroney, Ben Adams, Michael Keating; Dylan Kelly, Josh Moloney
Subs used: Orin Garvey (for Moroney), Sean Gormley (for Keating)
Subs: Kenneth Reid, Cathal O’Connor
Breska Rovers v Creeves
Our ladies played a friendly with Division One table toppers Creeves Celtic. Many thanks to Brian and Creeves for travelling for an enjoyable workout on Sunday morning.