Pat Sheehan rounds up the weekend soccer action where there was mixed results for Limerick clubs in the FAI Junior Cup.
Carew Park qualified for the FAI Junior Cup 6th Round when they beat Fairview Rgs 2-1 at the Fairgreen on Sunday afternoon.
A game that promised so much failed to reach the heights expected at such a stage in the competition and while both sets of players gave their all, at times the game seemed to lack any cohesion.
Carew Park will not be complaining. They did just enough to win although they needed a last gasp interception by Mark Slattery to keep the home side out.
Jamie O’Sullivan was the Carew hero scoring one and creating the other in a fine performance marred by a silly yellow card whinging at the Referee.
A hugely inexperienced Fairview side will be disappointed to have exited so easily but their improvement was plain to see and I am sure Dermot Finnan and Co, will use the defeat to learn from.
Colin Scanlon had a great chance to open the scoring when played through by Heffernan after 15 minutes but fired across the keeper and wide of the Carew goal.
At the other end Brian Aherne’s cross was headed over the top by Gary Griffin while a fine run by O’Sullivan created a opening for Jonathan Grant that he should have converted but uncharacteristically fired over the top from close range.
Lucca Tedde’s corner kick was only partially cleared by Ronan Power but Gary Griffin was well placed to clear off the line.
Mark McGrath gave warning of the threat he posed when he raced clear of the Carew defence but Power spread himself to block the effort.
Carew started the second half well and Jamie O’Sullivan was denied an opener by a brilliant save from Jamie Stewart and the Keeper was again to the fore to deny Mark Keane’s header from Pat Boyle’s corner kick.
Carew opened the scoring on the hour mark with a goal of sheer simplicity. O’Sullivan took possession midway inside the Fairview half and when the defence back off he charged past the defence and pulled the ball across goal for Grant to touch home.
Fairview responded well and were level within minutes from an excellent score. Heffernan exchanged passes with Scanlon before playing McGrath through and the youngster kept his cool to fire past Power.
Fairview failed to build on the goal and it was Carew who upped the tempo. They got their reward when again the ‘View defence allowed O’Sullivan too much space and he took full advantage rounding the ‘keeper to fire home.
O’Sullivan was denied another score by a superb save from Stewart and as the game wore on Fairview gave it one last shot.
Dean O’Brien’s cross cum shot skimmed the crossbar and in the final minute McGrath looked like replicating his first goal but a superb tackle from Mark Slattery got the ball to safety.
Fairview Rgs - Jamie Stewart; Jason Mullins; Richie Mullins; John Mullane; Mike Ryan; Dean O’Brien; Craig Reddan; Colm Heffernan; Lucca Tedde; Mark McGrath; Colin Scanlon. Subs: Craig Madigan; Dean McNamara
Carew Park - Ronan Power; Gary Griffin; Francis Kett; Mark Slattery; Mark Keane; Brian Aherne; Cyril Maher; Pat Boyle; John Boyle; Jamie O’Sullivan; Jonathon Grant. Subs: Jon Somers
Nenagh AFC 0 Pike Rovers 2
Pike Rvs made light work of their FAI 5th round win over Nenagh AFC in Nenagh on Sunday afternoon.
The scoreline does not reflect the Limerick side’s superiority with Pike keeper Gary Neville a mere spectator throughout.
Keith Harnett once again came good on the big occasion scoring both Pike goals in a man of the match display. Alongside him John Tierney also shone while the work rate of Pat Moloney up front ensured the home defence was kept busy throughout.
Pike took the lead after 25 minutes when Harnett headed home from John Tierney’s cross.
Harnett doubled the advantage when his initial effort was saved and he followed up to fire in the rebound.
Pike Rovers - Gary Neville; Wayne Colbert; Martin Deedy; Pat Mullins; Conor Moloney; Jason Heffernan; Keith Hartnett; John Tierney; Eoin Hanrahan; Alan Barry; Pat Moloney. Subs: Dave Ryan; Eddie O’Donovan; Paul Doona
Bellurgan 5 Mungret Reg 5
(Bellurgan won 4-2 on pens aet)
Mungret Reg endured an eventful couple of hours before bowing out of the FAI Junior Cp on their visit to Co Louth side Bellurgan.
Mungret will be kicking themselves as they left a 3-0 lead slip before eventually succumbing to a penalty shoot out.
Goals from Gary Long, Ger Burke and Eugene McNamara had the Limerick side well in command but by the end of the 90 minutes the Dublin AUL side had fought back to level 4-4 (Pat O’Donoghue scoring Mungret’s fourth) and faced extra time with a two man advantage courtesy of two red cards for Mungret.
Despite the setbacks Mungret regained the lead in extra time courtesy of A Des O’Donoghue penalty but once again the home side regained parity and in the end penalties were called for and that was where Mungret’s luck ran out.
Aisling Annacotty 2 Shannon Hibs 2
Shannon Hibernians picked up their first point of the season when they won a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Aisling on Saturday evening.
It could have been even better for the Clare men as goals from Eddie Dunne and Ryan Kelly had them two goals to the good by half time.
However Aisling fought back well and two goals from Darren Harrington gave them a deserved share of the points.
Aisling Annacotty - Anthony McDonnell; Philip Byrnes; Dara Droog; Sean Ryan; Des Keehan; Darren Harrington; Conor McCullogh; Stephen Leddin; Ronan Smalle; David Njuki; Evan O’Neill. Subs: Shane Cusack
Shannon Hibs - Whelan, Derek Byrne, Derek Maxwell, Gareth Quirke, Eddie Dunne, Jamie Egan Eddie, Jamie Cullen, Jack Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Brian McGorrian, Subs; Seamus Farrell, Jake Dunlea, Rob Wall
Geraldines 2 Wembley Rvs 1
Wembley, fielding a weakened team took a first half lead against Geraldines when Pat Sheahan headed the opening goal.
However after the restart Geraldines fought their feet and an own goal levelled the game on the hour mark.
With ten minutes remaining Christy O’Neill pounced on a loose ball inside the area to smash home the winner.
Geraldines - Keith McCarthy; Danny O’Neill; Donie Curtin; Tom O’Grady; Ian Storan; Jamie McMahon; Christy O’Neill; Bobby Tier; George Daffy; Derek Hannon; Derek Daly. Subs: Richie Flynn
Wembley Rvs - Ray O’Connell; Eddie Mulcahy; Gary Joyce; Diarmuid Green; Pat Sheahan; Shane Byrnes; Dave Quinn; Joey Sheahan; Keith Ryan; Alan Wallace; Seamus Mulcahy. Subs: Rob McLoughlin
Kilmallock 0 Corbally Utd 6
Kilmallock’s recent tale of woe continued at the weekend when they conceded six goals without reply to Corbally at the County venue. Ken Nealon (2)
Ian Dunworth put Corbally in front and tow penalty kicks by Ken Nealon made it 3-0 by the break. Second half scores from Ben Savage, Dave Kinsella and Darren O’Sullivan completed the rout.
Corbally Utd - Adrian Duhig; Darren Hanley; Dave Kinsella; Ronan Sherlock; Barry Hartnett; Dave O’Gorman; Gary O’Connell; Ian Dunworth; Ken Nealon; Ben Savage; Darren O’Sullivan.
Regional Utd 5 Janesboro 2
Janesboro could only field ten players for this game and paid the price when they were comprehensively beaten by Regional Utd in Dooradoyle.
Two stunning goals from Kieran O’Connell gave Regional a great start and while Shane Clarke pulled one back from a free kick, Peter Nash pounced to finish when the Boro keeper could not hold a Mike Aherne shot, restoring Regional’s two goal advantage.
Darren Naughton volleyed in a fourth before the break and after the restart Peter Nash scored his second to make it 5-1.
Shane Clarke struck a second to put some semblance of respectability to the scoreline on an off day for the Boro.
Regional Utd - Robert Shier; Mike Reidy; John O’Leary; David Cowpar; Ian Hughes; Mike Aherne; Shane O’Doherty; Darren Naughton; Danny Colbert; Peter Nash; Kieran O’Connell. Subs: Paudie Walsh
Janesboro - David McNamara; David Donnan; Aled Harkin; Pat McGarry; Wayne O’Donovan; Christy Doyle; Shane Waters; Shane Clarke; Declan Nash; Aidan Hurley.