NTSFL round up

U 12 Girls Premier Birdhill 5 - 1 Borris St. Kevins - Birdhill raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Ruth Allen and Emma Coleman before the impressive Emma Shelly scored to get Borris St. Kevins back in the game.

U 12 Girls Premier Birdhill 5 - 1 Borris St. Kevins - Birdhill raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Ruth Allen and Emma Coleman before the impressive Emma Shelly scored to get Borris St. Kevins back in the game.

Borris pressed hard for a second but could not break down a resolute Birdhill defence. Indeed the home team looked dangerous on the break and added further to their tally with a Ciara Connolly goal and an excellent strike from the skillful Emma Coleman to round off an impressive display.

U 16 Girls Premier

Birdhill 5 - 2 Borris St.Kevins.

Borris St.Kevins arrived short of the full compliment of players to compound what is always a difficult assignment away to Birdhill. However they set about the task in determined mood and deservedly took the lead ten minutes into the game when Sarah Foley scored following great work from Sarah Mc Kevitt down the left wing. Birdhill responded well to this early set back and began to apply pressure on the visitors defence where Caoimhe Burke and Laura Glesson were in sparkling form. Laura Kennedy brought off a string of fine saves in the Borris St.Kevins goal before Keely Linihan capitalised on a defensive mix up to shoot Birdhill level just before the break. Robbyn Moore and Sarah McKevitt worked hard to keep Borris St.Kevins in the game but the second half belonged to the impressive Keely Linihan who had the home team ahead five minutes after the restart. Lucy Hurley extended the lead shortly after and the game was put beyond reach when Linihan converted a penalty after Caoimhe McGrath was brought down. Linihan, who’s pacy runs were now tearing the visitors rearguard to shreds set up Trudy Hurley for Birdhill’s fifth. Borris St.Kevins to their credit never gave up and were unlucky not to score themselves with good efforts from Moore and McKevitt. Indeed Katie Jones in the Birdhill goal brought off a spectacular save from a Robbyn Moore piledriver when the game was still in the melting pot. Moore converted a late penalty for the visitors to round off an entertaining game.

U/12 Danone Cup

Killarney Celtic 4-2 BT Harps

BT Harps run in the Danone Cup ended with an away defeat to Killarney Celtic, BT Harps were two goals to the good at half time but the home side rallied in the second half scoring four unanswered goals.

U16 National Cup

BT Harps 2-3 Kilmallock

BT Harps hosted Limerick side Kilmallock and lost out by the odd goal in five. Both sides contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game, marksmen for the home side James Bergin and Michael Connors.

U12 Div 1

Clodiagh Rangers 2-2 Arra Rovers

Clodagh Rangers entertained league leaders Arra Rovers and claimed a credible two all draw, Keith Ryan from the penalty spot and Jack Ryan Casey on target for the home side.

U12 Div 2

Holycross 1 Nenagh AFC C 2

Nenagh finished the stronger to snatch victory in an entertaining contest between two evenly matched teams. Holycross settled better and led by a goal to nil at half time thanks to a well taken score from Luke Scally. The game looked destined to go the way of the home team who edged exchanges in the second half when Paul Kennedy brough Nenagh level with a well taken goal five minuted from time. Not satisfied with the draw Nenagh pressed forward with renewed vigor and were awarded a fee kick in a dangerous position in the dying moments. Conor Byrne’s kick struck the crossbar and the rebound was headed across goal by Jack Hassett where Adam Ryan was on hand to slide the ball home for a last gasp winner.

Boys U16 League.

Holycross 3 Arra Rovers 2

Rovers started the brighter and went ahead fifteen minutes into the game when William Fogarty curled a free kick from outside the area into the far corner of the net. The home side responded quickly with a goal of equal quality from Thomas Fogarty who’s volley from thirty yards rattled the Arra net. Holycross were in front five minutes later thanks to a Dylan Quirke strike and held the advantage going into the break. The play switched from end to end in an entertaining second half. Arra struck with twenty minutes remaining through a headed goal from Ruadhri Mulrooney from a Jack Moloney cross to restore parity. An exciting last quarter saw both keepers tested before the home team secured the points when Thomas Fogarty prodded home his second following a goalmouth melee. Arra, who could consider themselves unlucky to leave empty handed, had good performances from the impressive Paul Carroll in goal, Conor Gill in defence, and Rudhrai Mulrooney. For Holycross who are back in the hunt for league honors thanks to this hard fought victory Michael Ryan in midfield, Thomas Fogarty who’s goals were vital, and Fionn McCartan, following his introduction at half time, were prominent.

Girls U14 League.

Holycross 0 Birdhill 2

A strong Birdhill team saw off the challenge of the home side and record a valuable victory in this entertaining and closely contested fixture. While chances fell to both teams it was Birdhill’s defence which dominated and ultimately proved the difference on the day. Birdhill led at half time thanks to goals from Ellen McKeogh and Sophie McGrath. Holycross tried hard to get back into the game in the second period but found it impossible to breach the resolute Birdhill rearguard where Caoimhe McGrath and Trudy Hurley were in top form. Holycross never gave up and had good performances from the impressive Anna Gavin, Claire McGrath, Katie Ryan, and Lily Maher.

Book Launch.

Birdhill FC will launch a book entitled Birdhill FC -30 years in North Tipperary at The Coopers Public House Birdhill on the 22nd December next. The book is compiled by Sean O’Brien and promises to be an interesting read for all soccer followers. The club extends an invitation to all who wish to attend on launch night.

National Cup

U12 Danone Cup


Killarney Celtic 4-2 BT Harps

U16 National Cup

BT Harps 2-3 Kilmallock

NTSFL Fixtures

U12 Premier

Puckane 1-1 Lough Derg

U12 Div 1

Clodiagh Rangers 2-2 Arra Rovers

Ballymackey 5-1 Cloughjordan

U12 Div 2

Sallypark 3-5 Nenagh Celtic

Holycross 1-2 Nenagh AFC C

U13 Div 1

Shannon Rangers 1-0 Silvermines

U14 Premier

Ballymackey 8-0 Arra Rovers

BT Harps 0-10 Nenagh AFC

Ardcroney 4-2 Holycross

U14 Div 1

Lough Derg 3-1 Rearcross

Moneygall 2-1 Nenagh AFC B

U16 Premier

Holycross 3-2 Arra Rovers

Nenagh AFC 2-2 Ardcroney

U16 Div 1

Shannon Rangers 1-3 Lough Derg

U14 Girls

Ballymackey 0-3 Nenagh AFC

Holycross 0-2 Birdhill

NTSFL Fixtures 15/12/12

Munster Girls Under 14 Cup Final:UL Astro Pitches

Nenagh AFC v Rathkeale. Kick off 11.30am (Pitch 1)

U13 Premier

Nenagh AFC V Holycross at 1.30pm

Lough Derg V Birdhill at 11am

BT Harps V Ballymackey at 11am

U13 Div 1

Shannon Rangers V Cloughjordan at 12.30pm

Arra Rovers V Nenagh AFC B at 11am

Silvermines V BT Harps B at 11am

Nenagh AFC C V Shinrone at 2.30pm

U15 Premier

Sallypark V Cloughjordan at 11am

Birdhill V Ballymackey at 11am

Nenagh AFC V BT Harps at 10:30am

U15 Div 1

Nenagh AFC B V Holycross at 12noon

U11 Future Stars Program

Moneygall V Puckane B at 12.30pm

Clodiagh Rangers V Puckane A 12:30pm

Arra Rovers V Nenagh AFC(city) at 12.15pm

Rearcross V Lough Derg B at 12.30pm

Ballymackey A V BT Harps A at 11am

Ballymackey B V BT Harps B at at 11.50am

Birdhill V Nenagh Celtic at 12:30pm

Silvermines V Holycross at 12.15pm

Shinrone V Lough Derg A at 11am

U12 Girls Premier

Borris/St.Kevins V Ballymackey at 11am

Birdhill V Holycross at 2pm

Nenagh AFC V Shinrone at 11am

U12 Div 1

Nenagh AFC B V Cloughjordan at 12noon

Nenagh Celtic V Holycross B at 11am

U16 Girls

Borris/St.Kevins V Nenagh AFC - OFF Due to U14 Munster final

Birdhill V Shinrone at 2.30pm