Boyle Celtic go three points clear with vital win

Boyle Celtic are three points clear at the top of the Roscommon & District League Premier Division with three games to go following 2-1 victory over Ballinasloe Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

Coming into the game, both teams were level at the top of the table on equal points with equal games played. However, Boyle Celtic held top spot with a plus five better goal difference.

Neither side could create an opening in the first half with both Goalkeepers Aidan Fallon (Ballinasloe Town) and Seán Conlon (Boyle Celtic) ensuring the scoreline remained at 0-0 at the interval.

Boyle Celtic score the game’s opening goal on 67 minutes. Brian McCrann’s corner was cleared only as far as Jake McCrann who found Gerard McDermottroe out wide on the left.

McDermottroe’s whipped cross was cleared to the the path of Shane Battles who flicked the ball back to Mick Corrigan only for another Ballinasloe body got in the way which in turn resulted in the ball finding Darren Foley.

The Geevagh man then unleashed a rasping drive to the back of the net to score his seventh league goal of the season.

Two minutes later it was 2-0. A poor clearance clearance from Ballinasloe allowed Finbar Cregg time and space and the former Roscommon senior gaelic footballer doubled his side’s advantage.

The hosts brought the margin back to one with an 81st minute Gary Egan penalty.

Despite finishing the game with a player less following a second yellow Card for Ciaran Harrington, Boyle Celtic held on.

Boyle Celtic Team: Seán Conlon; Dessie Carlos, Jake McCrann, Gerard McDermottroe, Darren Conlon; Darren Foley, Ciaran Harrington, Shane Battles, Michael Corrigan, Finbar Cregg; Brian McCrann.

Subs used: David Flanagan for Cregg (78 mins), Aaron Calpin for Battles (88 mins).

After the game, Boyle Celtic player-manager Jake McCrann spoke to Ocean FM Sport’s Ronan Flanagan.