Ilen Rovers capture first senior silverware

Ilen Rovers claimed their first silverware as a senior football club when they won the Tadhg Crowley Plate final by beating Bishopstown after extra-time in Baltimore yesterday.

With home advantage in this tie, which also doubled as a Cork SFL clash, the Baltimore side triumphed 3-13 to 1-17 after extra-time. As a league fixture, both sides claimed a point as it finished 2-8 to 0-14 after 60 minutes.

Kevin O’Sullivan, Peadar O’Driscoll and Dan Mac Eoin got the goals for Ilen, while Daniel O’Donovan was the city side’s main scorer.

The league is now led by Douglas and Bishopstown on eight points each.

Douglas had a 2-16 to 2-10 win over city rivals St Finbarr’s yesterday, Shane McCarthy and Kevin Murphy getting their goals while Mark Harrington chipped in with a number of points.

Having been level at 0-5 each at half-time, Carbery Rangers pulled away in the second-half to beat fellow Carbery side Dohenys 1-14 to 0-8. Declan Hayes’s early second-half goal was the crucial score for the Rosscarbery club, while John Hayes got five points and Kevin MacMahon and James Fitzpatrick each scored four.

Mark Quinn with three points was Dohenys’ top scorer.

In the other top-flight game played yesterday, Conor McCarthy scored 1-3 as O’Donovan Rossa overcame Newcestown 1-9 to 0-7. Rob McCarthy and Eoin Hodnett scored two points each for the Skibbereen club, who claimed their first win of the campaign.

Valley Rovers, Naomh Abán and St Vincent’s beat St Michael’s, Clyda Rovers and Na Piarsaigh, respectively in Division 2, which is still led by Béal Áthan Ghaorthaidh, while Éire Óg continue to top Division 3 after they beat Kinsale by 1-15 to 2-10.

In the only RedFM SHL game played over the weekend, Courcey Rovers had a two-point win over Bride Rovers. Séamus Hayes, James O’Regan and Gavin Moloney scored the goals for Courceys as they racked up a tally of 3-9, Barry Johnson scoring six points, while Michael Collins got four of Bride’s 0-16.

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