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Palatine Celtic 0
Hanover Harps 1
A keenly contested tie was decided by a first half goal.
Pal started the best but slowly Hanover gained a foothold in the game and after 30 minutes they took the lead when William Moran delivered a free kick into the opposition box and David Cleary finished it to the net. Celtic responded and before half-time Gary Murphy, Martin Doyle and Niall Prendergast all came close to levelling, but Hanover had a 0-1 lead at the break.
The second half failed to live up to the first with some scrappy play from both sides. The visitors however held on to their slender lead to collect the points.
Starring for Hanover were David Dunne, William Moran and David Cleary. For Palatine Lorcan Carroll, Emmet Casey, Ross and Martin Doyle impressed.
Crettyard United 0
Celtic Stars 0
Despite the best efforts of both sides this tie played in a downpour ended in a scoreless stalemate.
Stars had the better of the first half exchanges against Cretty, whose cause was not helped when they lost the influential John Delaney through injury. Eoin Doyle in the United goal made one great stop from Tony Darcy.
The second half saw Cretty come more into the game and they came close when the Stars keeper made a good save from Stephen Preston. Also near the end Mark Fox had an appeal for a penalty turned down by the referee as the game ended scoreless.
For the home side Paul Talbot, Ciaran Delaney and the excellent Michael Jordan stood out. Best performers for Stars were Larry Keating, Paddy Gannon and Peter Ryan.
Vale Wanderers 2
Nurney Villa 2
The points were shared in this local derby at The Superbowl on Sunday.
The home side took an early lead when Dylan Bradley turned home a Ger Cullen pass from close range. However Nurney responded well and Shane Mahon had the sides level midway through the first half. Zak Yongram made a fine save from a Gary Dillon free kick, as Villa pushed for the lead. Yongram again denied Dillon from a second free kick on 32 minutes, but this time the loose ball fell to Val Fleming who returned it to the net for a 1-2 half-time lead for Nurney.
Vale pressed hard for a second half leveller. Ger Cullen and Dinny Byrne missed chances to bring the sides level before sub Celium Darcy rifled home from 12 yards range to see the sides share the points.
For the home side Alex Round, Dylan Bradley, Lee Conran and Celium Darcy excelled. With Philip Murphy, Gary Dillon, Adrian Dermody and Keith Slye outstanding for Nurney.
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