Munster Junior Cup
Pike Rovers 3
Current Munster Junior Cup champions, Pike Rovers, advanced to the quarter finals of the provincial tournament with a 3-1 over Waterford Premier League leaders Hibernian at the Pike Club on Sunday.
The home side did it the hard way after conceding the lead to the visitors after 20 minutes when Conor Whittle availed of some slack Pike marking to fire across Gary Neville to the net.
Pike failed to impress in the opening half but still managed to go in at the break level after Steven McGann equalised on the stroke of half time. Paddy O’Malley’s corner kick was met powerfully by McGann and his header deflected off
A much improved Pike took the field after the restart and they were in front within minutes when Wayne O’Donovan delivered a corner kick, Jonathan Grant challenged keeper Sean Whitty and when the ball dropped loose, substitute Eoin Hanrahan was on hand to blast home.
Pike contained the visitors comfortably enough thereafter despite Gary Neville having to save well from David Cooley’s free kick.
With time running out Pike made double sure when McGann raced onto a through ball and face done on one with Whitty, unselfishly centred for the supporting Jonathan Grant to complete the scoring.
Pike Rvs; Gary Neville, Wayne O'Donovan, Eddie O'Donovan, Conor Kavanagh, Ian Fletcher, Paddy O'Malley, Jason Mullins, Colin Daly, Jonathan Hannafin, Steve McGann, Jonathan Grant, Subs, Evan Patterson, Eoin Hanrahan, Adam Lipper, Shane Walsh
Hibernians; Sean Whitty, Cormac Breslin, Conor Keane, Dan Carroll, Clive Prendergast, Gary Keane, Conor Whittle, David Cooley, Jon St Ledger, Mark O’Keeffe, Jason Keane Subs Ken Purcell, Gavin Purcell
Geraldines ensured there will be at least one Limerick side in the last four when they qualified to host Ballynanty Rvs, in the quarter finals following an impressive 3-0 win over Pilltown from the Waterford League.
Playing with the aid of a gale force wind in the first half Geraldines took just 15 minute to make their advantage count.
From the Pilltown’s kick out the ball fell to Dean McNamara, nearly 40 yards from goal, and seeing the keeper off his line duly he planted the ball in the empty net.
If Pilltown thought the wind would be to their advantage after the break they were to be disappointed within two minutes when Karl Turner was tripped in the box and from the resultant spot kick Shane Byrne fired home for a two goal lead.
Things got even better for The Dines on 65 minutes. Shane Byrne picked out Karl Turner who swiveled on his marker to fire in the final score.
Geraldines; Evan Moloney, Clifton Carey, Paul Fitzgerald, Bobby Tier, Thomas O'Grady, Dean McNamara, Christy O'Neill, Karl Turner, Shane Cox, Donie Curtin, Shane Byrne, Subs, Paul Campbell Ian O'Donoghue, Ross Mitchell, Morgan Clancy
Grattan Utd 1
Ballynanty Rvs 2
Ballynanty Rvs became the first Limerick side to reach the last eight of the Munster Junior Cup with a 2-1 win over Grattan Utd on Saturday afternoon.
The draw saw Balla take to the road again but it didn’t stop the Blue from achieving their goal.
They did it the hard way however going behind to an early Peter O’Sullivan goal before taking control.
The playing surface that left a lot to be desired and it took Balla a while to get into their groove.
The hosts took advantage of Balla’s slow start and took the lead through O’Sullivan on 15 minutes.
Balla responded well but Dermot Fitzgerald’s header from six yards rattled the crossbar.
Midway through the half Balla were back on level terms. A challenge on Kevin Nolan went unpunished when a penalty was a possibly but from the resultant corner kick defender Kenneth Meehan headed in from close range.
It got even better for Balla ten minutes before the break. Dermot Fitzgerald’s free kick proved too hot to handle for the home keeper and Eddie Byrnes, following up, finished off the rebound.
With the field descending into a mud bath the second half produced little in the way of chances with the Balla defence proving rock solid.
A late red card in injury time spoiled what was a good day for the Limerick side.
Ballynanty Rvs; Stephen McNamara, Ger Higgins, Craig McMarlow, Ken Meehan, Shane Guerin, Ronan Ryan, TJ O'Dwyer, Eddie Byrnes, Kevin Nolan, Arron Nunan, Dermot Fitzgerald, Michael Guerin, Dara Hughes, David Donnan, Sean Madigan
Regional Utd 0
Newmarket Celtic 1
After five consecutive wins, Regional tasted defeat for the first time this year when they fell to a single goal against Clare Champions Newmarket Celtic.
The Limerick side were always fighting an uphill battle after losing Clyde O’Connell to a second yellow card after 30 minutes.
It was scoreless at the break but as it transpired a goal from current Irish striker Eoin Hayes decided the tie and try as they might Regional were unable to get back into the game.
Regional Utd; Rob Shier, Tom Frawley, Alan Murphy, Clyde O'Connell, Jack Lynch, Ross Fitzgerald, Pat McDonagh, Declan Cusack, Willie Griffin, Kieran O'Connell, Evan Cusack, Subs, Donal O'Connell, Ian Hughes, Martin Madden, Mike Reidy
Sporting Ennistymon 0
Kilmallock qualified for a home quarter final versus the mighty St Michaels after their win in Lahinch on Sunday.
Sporting Ennistymon were unable to break down a resolute Kilmallock defence all after so Paul Doona’s penalty kick after 38 minutes was enough to see the Limerick side through.
The Kilmallock striker was fouled himself and dusted himself down to successfully convert.
Kilmallock; Robbie Egan, Anthony Barrett, Benni Burke, Davie Todd, Jake Mulcahy; Anthony Punch, Barry Sheedy, Jason Heffernan, Killian Hayes; Paul Doona Tommy Heffernan.
Munster Junior Cup Quarter Final Draw 2018-2019
Kilmallock Utd v St Michael’s
Newmarket Celtic v Pearse Celtic
Carrick Utd v Pike Rvs
Geraldines v Ballynanty Rvs
Games to take place on or before 9th/10th March 2019.
Newport 4 Hyde Rgs 3
The Lawson Cup threw up two cup classics on Sunday with both games ending 4-3.
Newport knew they faced a tricky tie at home to Hyde Rgs and when Ben Kennedy scored twice to put Hyde in front they were in no doubt.
A good comeback saw Christy Doyle score twice to level the tie.
The Division 2A leaders were not done however and an Aidan O’Brien penalty saw them regain the lead.
Once again Newport fought back and a Brian O’Sullivan levelled from the penalty spot.
With the game heading for extra time Newport sub Dave Kennedy struck the winner.
Newport; Harry Ryan, Kevin Connolly, Elliott Slattery, Jimmy Fyffe, Mark McGuire, Sean Ryan, Peter O’Sullivan, Christy Connors, Dave Ryan, Christy Doyle, Brian O’Sullivan, Sub Dave Kennedy, Kevin O’Brien
Hyde Rgs; Ronan Power, Mark Whelan, Johnathan Somers, Ryan McCormack, Dylan Bourke, Ger Nash, Richard Benn, Aidan O'Brien, James Daveron, Luke Kennedy, Ben Kennedy, Subs Kevin Slattery, Brian Slattery
Hill Celtic 4
Coonagh Utd 3 (aet)
As predicted the difference in Divisions meant little going into this one and when Coonagh lost their goalkeeper and a goal from the resultant penalty it levelled the difference even more.
Aaron Dawson scored twice for the home side along with a goal from Mike Lipper while Coonagh responded with goals from Joey Sheehan, Billy Connors and Ger Myles.
Celtic had a chance to snatch it late on but stand in keeper Killian Collins saved to send the game to extra time.
The game was decided with a fitting goal for such a game when Dean Mitchell let fly with a 20 yarder that flew into the top corner.
Hill Celtic; Alan Aherne, Adrian Mitchell, Cian Quinn, Danny Sheehan, Dave Corbett, Mike Lipper, Alex Purcell, Lee Reddan, Aaron Dawson, Dean Mitchell, Kenneth Nealon
Coonagh Utd; Kieran Simmonds, Seamus Maloney, Joey Sheehan, Aaron Costelloe , Martin Deady, Eddie Radcliffe , Eoin Martin, Brian Doran, Ian Considine, Ger Myles, Billy Connors, Subs Killian Collins, Darren Martin, Keith Doran, Kelvin Reynolds and Sam Power
PJ Matthews Premier League
Janesboro took full advantage of Pike’s cup commitments to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 3-0 win over Nenagh.
The home side showed a more steely look as they held out the League leaders in the opening half.
Without leading scorer Shane Clarke, Boro found the breakthrough when Kevin Barry broke the deadlock.
Keith Mawdsley added a second and Barry scored his second to complete the scoring.
Nenagh; Aaron Savage, Daniel Ryan, Mark McKenna, Eoin Coffey, Tommy Martin, Jack Daly, Danny butler, Nathan Kelly, Ryan Gilmartin, Thomas Sheppard, Archie Mitchell
Janesboro; John Mulready, Danny O'Neill, Ryan O'Doherty, Tom Clarke, Lee O'Mara, Mike Ryan, Aaron Grant, Aidan Hurley, Adrian Power, Kevin Barry, Keith Mawdsley, Subs, Dylan Kelly Higgins, Shane Stack, Andy Murphy, Conor Lynch
Charleville threw the proverbial cat among the pigeons at the foot of the table when they defeated Prospect to pull a number of sides back into the danger zone and give themselves renewed hope.
Pat O’Callaghan scored the only goal of the game to seal the win.
Prospect Priory; Darren Glasheen, Ian Maher, Dom Fitzgerald, Dean Casey, Evan O’Grady, Philip Naughton, Adrian Healy, Ian Clancy, James Cleary, Pa Whelan, Trevor Hogan, Subs Derek Hanlon, Corey Mc Callum
Charleville; David Parajnak, Thomas Hehir, Dom Foley, Ross Foley, Ciaran Carey, Joey Herbert, Gary Ward, John O’Driscoll, Joe Kavanagh, Shane Dillon, Pa Callaghan
Aisling Annacotty 6
Carew Park 1
Aisling continued in a winning vein when they welcomed a young Carew side to Annacotty on Sunday.
The home side did not get things all their own way and it was in the latter stages they piled on the goals.
Jason Lipper scored a brace with James Cleary, Colm O’Reilly, Killian Moloney and Ben Banaghan also netting. Anthony McCormack replied for Carew Park.
Aisling Annacotty; Brian O’Connor, Bradie Flynn, Ian Dore, Fionn Hurley, Brian Butler, Shane Donegan, Colm O’Reilly, Steven Goggin, Killian Moloney, Jay Lipper, James Cleary, Subs,
Carew Park; Jeffery O’Callaghan, Robert Curtin, John Kennedy, David Power, Willie Moran, Pa McCarthy, Myles Casey, Adam Fitzgerald, Anthony McCormack And Wassiou
In the Ger Ryan Youth Cup semi final Division One side Regional made it through to the decider against Aisling but only after seeing off a plucky Carew Park side. Jamie Greaves, David O’Connell and Jack O’Donovan scored for the winners with Keith Fitzgerald and Adam Dore netting for the Division Three side.
In Youth Division One Aisling moved top thanks to a 4-2 win over Mungret Reg. Tommy Canty (2), Caimin Ayers and Billy McNamara made up the tally.
Mungret Reg remain joint second in Division 1A following their scoreless draw at Athlunkard Villa while in the same Division Holycross saw off Corbally Utd with scores from Kyle Dillon, Gary McInerney and Tony Burke.
Kilfrush move six points clear in 1B following a 4-1 win over Caherdavin Celtic. Mikey Ryan (2), Aaron Power and Keith O'Connor netted for the leaders.
Shane Finch was on the mark for Knockainey but they were pipped by Shelbourne and scores by Nick O'Connell 0 and Jack O'Donovan.
Pallasgreen increased their lead in Division 2B with a 3-2 win over Newport. Cormac McCarthy (2) and Vinnie Ryan netted for the winners.
Craig Madigan opened his Parkville account with all three goals versus Caherdavin Cel B and goals from Joseph Ozigbu, Seamus McCarthy and Donal Doherty gave Athlunkard Villa B the spoils over Aisling Annacotty C.
Lisnagry remain top in Division 4 after a 4-2 win over Coonagh Utd C. Two goals apiece from Jordan Clancy Jason Keane secured the win.
Nearest challengers Fairview beat Murroe 5-1 with scores from Mike Kett (2), Jason Benn (2) and Jason Roche while Frank Flynn was on target for Aisling E in their draw with Athlunkard Villa C.
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