03 Dec 2021

Late revival rescues Rangers!

Anyone looking for high-scoring games in the Kilkenny & District League could have done worse than check into the comings and goings in Division Two.

Anyone looking for high-scoring games in the Kilkenny & District League could have done worse than check into the comings and goings in Division Two.

With a staggering 23 goals from the four games in the division, the sides really went goal crazy!

There was drama aplenty in Kilmanagh, where River Rangers showed Lazarus-like properties to rescue a point against Deen Celtic,

Trailing 1-3 with 10 minutes left to play, things looked grim for the Rangers, who had also missed a first half penalty. A late Tommy Manogue free-kick gave the hosts hope, before Gearoid Murphy’s last gasp penalty saw them haul back the ’Comer men and finish 3-3.

That point helped second-placed Rangers prevent Celtic from overtaking them, but they couldn’t stop Freebooters B from opening up a five-point lead at the summit.

The Blues did that in style, taking the spoils with a 6-0 win in their city derby with Evergreen C. A brace from Paddy Kiely, plus more goals from Chris Valentine, Aidan Nolan, Richie Coyne and Kevin Ireland, did the trick for ‘Booters, who have scored a staggering 23 goals in their six games to date.

The Ormonde Villa v Lions B game was another high-scoring affair. The city side got the win by the odd goal in seven, while Bridge United B and St Mary’s shared the spoils on a 2-2 scoreline.

Thomastown United maintained their 100% record in the Premier Division and moved to the top of the table with a 3-1 win over Spa United.

Barry Whelan got the hosts up and running at United Park, while Steven Connolly (2)made sure of his team’s third league win on the spin.

Their position at the top is down to goal difference, as the Lions A saw off Newpark A 4-2 in Durrow. They too have nine points, albeit having played one game more than ‘Town. Freebooters A and Newpark A are on six points apiece.

Fort Rangers continued their drive for promotion back to the Premier Division thanks to a hard-fought win in Rathdowney.

Eddie Nugent and David Forristal were on target as Rangers beat Clover United 2-1 and closed to within a point of division leaders Brookville (10 points from five games).

Tullaroan did their hopes no harm as they got the better of Newpark B in a ten-goal thriller in the city. Newpark may be bottom of the table, but they didn’t make life easy for Tullaroan, who had Ger Brennan (2), David Sweeney, Martin Slattery, Brendan Burke and Gerry O’Dea on the mark as they marched to a 6-4 win.

That result sees them join Fort on nine points, one clear of Stoneyford United and two in front of Freshford Town.

Elsewhere Freebooters A moved into the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup, but needed extra-time to do so. Locked on a 3-3 scoreline with Hanover Harps, Jason Hennessy was the hero as the Blues bagged a big win in Carlow. Dessie Hayes (2) and David Rice were also on target for the Blues.

Freshford Town weren’t as fortunate on their travels. They went to Wexford, but came home empty-handed after New Ross Celtic won their clash 5-1.

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