Carraroe outfit promoted as promotion rivals Cois Fharraige held to a draw

By Mike Rafferty

MAC Dara were not in action over the weekend, but they still clinched promotion from the First Division without kicking a ball. Having finished their league campaign, they were looking over their shoulder as neighbours Cois Fharraige had five games in hand and needed to win them all in order to overtake the Carraroe based side for the second promotion position.

Mac Dara were put out of their misery pretty quickly as Cois Fharraige failed to get the win required on Sunday when held to a 2-2 draw by a Galway Bohs side who are second from bottom in the table and desperate for points themselves in their quest to avoid the drop back to the Second Division.

Despite the obvious incentive of needing to win in order to maintain their promotion challenge, Cois Fharraige fell behind twice as goals by Aidan Naughton and Dylan McConville put the home side ahead on each occasion, only for Chris Ó Biadha and Leon Mac Lochlainn with a late header to level matters. #

Of course, Craughwell United were confirmed as First Division champions last week, but they still have a few games to play and on Sunday were comfortable 7-0 winners over St Patrick’s as Adon McFarlane got the scoring going from the penalty spot, before Sean Connaughton (two), Alan Flannelly, Cian Garman, Ruairi McArdle and Ryan Gallagher also added to their tally.

In the remaining game in the division, Oughterard and Salthill Devon B shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Now the home side will be disappointed with the outcome as goals by Ryan Greally, Oisin Fleming and Diarmuid Wickenden had them three up at one stage, before the visitors responded with goals from Jamie Greaney (two) and Odhran Taylor as matters finished all square.

Premier League

Way back in September St Bernard’s won their first game of the season in the Premier Division against neighbours Colemanstown United, but since then points have been hard to find as they have added just two draws in lying second from bottom of the table.

Pictured: Darren Moylan of Galway Bohs breaking away from Cois Fharraige’s Leon Mac Lochlain during Sunday’s First Division tie at Millars Lane. Photos: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

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