Limerick Soccer - Progress for NCW and Ballingarry

Frank Nelligan rounds up some of the Limerick Desmond League action from last weekend.

Frank Nelligan rounds up some of the Limerick Desmond League action from last weekend.

Only five games survived the wet weather last Sunday. Among the eight casualties was the FAI Junior Cup 4th round tie between Broadford United and Killarney Celtic.

Broadford now lose home advantage and so the game will be played in Killarney’s all-weather pitch this Sunday.

The surface installed by Killarney is excellent but is still different to playing on grass and so for that reason I reverse my original forecast and predict that the home team will find enough advantage in their familiarity with the surface to win the tie.

Newcastle West are through to the last 64 open draw after Seoirse Joyce’s last-minute goal secured a 3-2 victory at home to Rathkeale. It was also Joyce who opened the scoring but the sides were level at half-time after David Mooney equalised.

Alan O’Shea then put Rathkeale in front and they held that lead until they conceded an own goal in the 80th minute. Extra-time was looming until Joyce popped up to score his ninth goal of the season.

Munster Junior Cup

Ballingarry are the first Limerick Desmond League side through to the last 32 of the Munster Junior Cup after winning by the odd goal in five at home to Carrig Celtic.

They got off to a great start when Dean Clancy headed them in front in the very first minute. Anthony Molyneaux equalised soon after but Dara O’Grady restored the lead for Ballingarry, who went 3-1 ahead before half-time through Denis Kelly. Sean McSweeney pulled a goal back from the penalty spot on the hour and that’s how it stayed, despite a lot of pressure from Carrig.

Newcastle West Rovers and Newcastle West will be bidding to join Ballingarry in the fourth round when they meet on Sunday. Newcastle West are unbeaten in six league games, Rovers are without a single point after the same number of games.

That’s indicative of a big gulf between the sides and, while derby games can be unpredictable, I predict that the form book will be upheld and that Newcastle West will reach the open draw of the Munster Junior, just as they did in the FAI Junior Cup last Sunday.

Richard Hogan Cup

Glin Rovers B advanced to the semi-finals of the Richard Hogan Cup with a 2-0 victory at home to Broadford United B, the goals scored by Sean Lyons and Bartley Costello.

Division 1

Breska Rovers moved off the foot of Division 1 after their convincing 5-2 victory away to Askeaton, for whom Robert Carrig scored both goals.

A 3-0 win away to Adare United saw St. Ita’s move into third place. They led 1-0 at half-time thanks to an own goal, for which much credit must go to Niall McEnery. The other two goals came in the last ten minutes, scored by Damien Breen and Joe O’Regan.

Youths Div 2 League Cup

Breska Rovers are through to the semi-finals of the Youths Division 2 League Cup after putting six without reply past visitors Glantine, the ground work done with five first-half goals. Josh Fitzgerald netted a hat-trick, Killian Gavin bagged a brace and the other goal was an own goal.

Youths Division 2

Carrig Celtic recorded their first victory in Youths Division 2, at the seventh attempt, when a goal from Eoin King was enough to get the better of visitors Feenagh.