CCFL: Athlone Derby Abandoned On Busy weekend Of Games

The Senior Division contest ended with two penalties, two red cards and an abandonment.

The CCFL will await the referee's report from an Athlone derby that was abandoned in the Senior Division over the weekend.

The game was 2-2 between St Peter's and Monksland United when the incident took place and the official indicated that the game would be called off.

St Peter's took a 2-0 lead in the contest before Monksland brought the game back to all square thanks to a brace of penalties were scored.

Two red cards and the cancellation of the match immediately followed the second goal according to reports.

Chairperson of the Combined Counties Football League Kevin Egan says such an occurrence undermines organised football in the region:

There were seven games down for decision in the Paddy Cotter Cup last weekend.

In the first round, there were wins for Stradbally Town who beat Clonaslee United 1-0, Portlaoise and Clara Town who both enjoyed wins in two respective seven goal thrillers, Coolraine and Rosenallis were both beaten 4-3.

In the second round, it finished Birr Town 3 Mullingar Town 1, Mullingar Athletic 2 Mountmellick United 1, Melville FC 1 Willow Park 2, and Abbeyleix were beaten 4-2 by Ballinahown.

In the Combined Counties Shield first round, Rosenallis were comfortable 3-0 winners over Emo Rangers, Coolraine progressed at the expense of Mullingar Athletic where it finished 2-1, and Clara Town were 1-0 winners against St Michael's Athletic.

There were three games in the second round of the shield. Highfield United beat Clonown Rovers 2-1 after extra time, Kinnegad and Birr Town made it to penalties deadlocked. The Westmeath side progressed 4-3 in the shootout. And there was a comfortable 4-1 win for Cloneygowan against Raharney United.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Portlaoise and Mullingar Athletic in the women's division of the Combined Counties Football League over the weekend.

In Laois, Kinnegad Juniors were beaten by 2-1.

Mullingar Athletic picked up three points in the women's division with a 2-1 win over Mountmellick United.

Elsewhere in the men's First Division Gallen United registered a victory over Inny FC, and the score line once again was 2-1.

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