SLIDESHOW: Limerick Junior Soccer weekend match reports

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


Limerick District League had to settle for a share of the spoils in their opening group game of the Inter County Youth Trophy on Saturday evening at Jackman Park. 

Pike Rvs' Cian Power put Limerick into the lead but Clare's Mike McInerney restored parity before the break. 
The visitors took the lead through substitute Evan Egan but Power came to the home side's rescue with a diving header to tie the game. 

Clare lost their opening game in a three team group, going down 3-1 to Galway and looked determined not to exit the competition. They battled Limerick for everything and got their reward for their efforts. 
Colin Naughton and Adrian Lipper are at the helm for the Limerick selection and while they will be happy with the comeback they know there  is more in the side. No doubt as they progress in the tournament this will be proven. 
The visitors had the first chance of note when the ball fell to Callum McNamara 12 yards from goal but the Clare player's shot was saved by Pike keeper Adam Doherty. 

Five minutes later Killian Moloney tried his luck with a pile driver that flew just over the top. 
Limerick went close again with a free kick outside the box when Dylan O'Neill's effort whizzed just too high of the crossbar. 
Ten minutes from the break TJ O'Dwyer picked out Cian Power who beat the offside trap before tucking the ball home past Clare keeper Peter Sziga. 

Clare were back on terms within five minutes. A free kick 25 yards out was struck by striker Mike McInerney and it skidded along the wet surface into the bottom corner.
McInerney went close to giving Clare a half time lead but his snap shot saw Doherty get his fingers to the ball to turn out for a corner.

Clare's disappointment only lasted a few minutes as the visitors took shortly after the break when substitute Evan Egan was allowed space to fire past Oisin Hayes in the Limerick goal. 

Limerick were back on level terms midway through the half. The influential TJ O'Dwyer delivered a free kick into the Clare box which was headed clear. Sean Reeves-Wasik gathered and fed O'Dwyer again who delivered a sweet ball into the danger zone and Power's diving header left the keeper stranded as the ball tucked into the corner. 

McInerney and Power both went close again for their respective sides while Egan went even closer with an effort from the right than skimmed the crossbar on it's way to safety. With two teams to qualify from the group Limerick just need to avoid a two goal on their trip to Galway defeat to progress to the knock out stages of the tournament.    

Limerick DL: Adam Doherty; Alex Kiely; Sean Reeves-Wasik; Adam Lipper; Josh Considine; TJ O'Dwyer; Killian Moloney; Dylan O'Neill; Cian Power; Ross Mitchell; Ethan Butler. Subs: Oisin Hayes; Liam Loftus; Brian Thompson; Charlie Baker; Liam O'Sullivan

Clare DL: Peter Sziga; Alex Collins; Conor Murphy; Darragh Lohan; Emmet McMahon; Colin O'Connor; Callum McNamara; Robbie Walker; Mark McInerney; Danny Clancy; Kai Kheton. Subs: Adam Ryan; Dean Neary; Enda Egan; Michael Luddan; Nathaniel Nyalcujaca
Carew Park 8  Coonagh Utd 1
High flying Div 1B side Coonagh Utd had the misfortune to meet a Carew Park XI in a mean mood in their Munster Junior Cup tie at Carew Park on Sunday afternoon. 
The visitors well heralded frontline made their mark inside five minutes when Gordon McKevitt fired them into a shock lead. 
If Coonagh thought the goal would be a springboard to push forward they had not allowed for Darragh Rainsford. The former Limerick star turned on the style netting a hat trick inside 30 minutes to put Carew on easy street.  Further goals by Jonathan Grant, John Connery and Alex Purcell gave indication of Carew's form. 
Mark Slattery and Jonathan Grant made up the winners tally while Ger Myles and Eoghan O'Neill gave the score a more balanced look. 

Carew Park: David Quinn; Jamie Enright; Lee Boyle; Gary Griffin; Mark Slattery; Alex Purcell; Adam Frahill; Darragh Rainsford; John Connery; Jonathan Grant; Derek Hanlon, Sub Jamie Stewart.

Coonagh Utd: Kieran Simmonds, Rory O'Neill, Luke Doherty, Aaron Costello, Graham Minogue, Keith Doran, Gordon McKevitt, Joey Sheehan, Ger Myles, Mark McGrath, Eoghan O'Neill, Subs; Dave Coffey, Conor Cusack and Kevin Bolger

Hill Celtic 3 Caherdavin 1
Hill Celtic will also represent Limerick in the latter stages of the Munster Junior Cup following a 3-1 win over fellow Division 1B side Caherdavin. Michael Lipper, Johnny Corbett and Garry Kelly scored for the winners. Dylan Meehan replied for Caherdavin. 

Hill Celtic ; Adrian Duhig, Peter O Brien, Dean Casey, Johnny Corbett, Cian Quinn, Daniel Ikoghode, Lee Reddan, Michael Lipper, Dean Mitchell, Jeffery Hogan, Gary Kelly. 

In the other Munster game Murroe had an impressive 6-1 win over Regional Utd B. No doubting the hero of the hour as Liam Quinn netted five of his side's goals. Adrian Ryan completed the rout.  
FAI Junior Cup
Pike Rovers 4 - 2 Kilfrush
Pike Rovers got the fright of their life in the FAI Junior Cup when Division 1B side Kilfrush pushed the Hoops to extra time before succumbing.  Neil Quinn gave Kilfrush a shock lead inside the first minute and they were dealing comfortably with whatever the home side could throw at them. 
It took Pike 65 minutes to get back on level terms thank to substitute Dave Ryan who netted from close range.  When Eoin Hanrahan headed in from Wayne O'Donovan's free kick on 85 minutes you felt Kilfrush's odyssey was over. However in the last minute Pa Kiely shot took a deflection past Adam O'Doherty to send the game to extra time.  The Premier side upped the ante in extra time and took the lead when Steven McGann netted from a spot kick.     Eoin Hanrahan made sure of the win when he headed in a fourth from Paddy O'Malley's corner kick. 

Pike Rovers: Adam O'Doherty; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Wayne Colbert; Pat Mullins; Jonathan Hannafin; Steve McGann; Eoin Hanrahan; David Hannon; Colin Daly; Paddy O'Malley. Subs: Dave Ryan; Jason Mullins

Kilfrush: Cian O Grady, Oisin O Grady, Fionn Murphy, Ryan Mawdsley, Alan Buckley, Paudie Maher, Pa Hehir, Stephen Meade, Neil Quinn, Paudie Wixted, Aaron Carmody, Subs: Pa Kiely, William O Keefe, Kevin McCarthy, Jamie Ryan
Premier League
Aisling Annacotty 1 Janesboro 2
League leaders Janesboro faced down one of their toughest games of the season and came out shining as goals from the deadly duo of Shane Clarke and Keith Mawdsley gave them a hard earned win over Aisling in Annacotty on Sunday morning. 
The result give the Champions a seven point gap at the top of the table and the odds on them being overtaken are being shortened by the game. 

The home side were well up for the fray and battered the champions in the opening 15 minutes. Their reward was an opening goal by Barry Hootan and they were a trifle unfortunate to have seen a Byron Fitzgerald goal ruled out for offside. 
The impressive Sosuke Kimura fired into the side netting, Jason Lipper had a shot turned away at the foot of the near post and a glancing header from Damien Collins flew inches wide all before Fitzgerald's rebound effort from Kimura's free kick was ruled out. 

The home side were not to be deterred however and got the opener when from a Kimura corner, Collins rose highest but when his header was turned onto the post by 'keeper Larry Sheehan, Barry Hootan knocked in the loose ball.  
The goal was the wake-up call 'Boro needed and they were back on terms when Shane Clarke netted a superb equaliser. 
Niall Hanley picked out Aaron Nunan who centred for Clarke and 25 yards out the striker curled a beauty around the defender into the top corner. 

Aisling went close just after the restart when Byron Fitzgerald's shot from an acute angle whizzed across the face of the 'Boro goal.
'Boro took the lead with another quality strike. Former Aisling striker Keith Mawdsley had been successfully contained for most of the game but presented with one chance the League's top scorer punished his old team mates. 
Good battling by Mike Ryan and Aaron Nunan saw them Dispossess and Aisling attack and a quick ball to Mawdsley allowed the striker to look up and drill a low drive from 25 yards into the bottom corner for the lead. 
As expected as the game petered out Aisling threw everything forward and had a couple of half chances, the nearest of which Evan O'Connor blasted across the face of goal from an acute angle, but in the end 'Boro held firm for three valuable points. 

Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Evan O'Connor; Barry Hootan; Damien Collins; Patrick Stanisewski; Chimka Manjor; Brian Butler; Shane Donegan; Sosuke Kimura; Jason Lipper; Byron Fitzgerald. Subs: Niall Smith; Darren Harrington; Dylan O'Neill; Dion Lynch

Janesboro: Larry Sheehan; Danny O'Neill; Aled Harkin; Tom Clarke; John Boyle; Arron Nunan; Niall Hanley; Mike Ryan; Adrian Power; Shane Clarke; Keith Mawdsley. Subs: Kevin Murphy; John Tierney; Shane Walsh
Holycross 1  Moyross 2
In a relegation six pointer Moyross crept out of the bottom two with a hard earned 2-1 win over bottom side Holycross on Sunday.  Scoreless at the break, Moyross sub Alan Quinlivan opened the scoring after the restart. 
Holycross bounced back when Pappy Kelly got his first of the season to equalise but once again Barry Quinn emerged as the Moyross hero netting a crucial goal, his fifth in ten games, to win three priceless points. 

Holycross: Colin Madden; Sean Riordan; Barry Kirby; Mike Leahy; Andy O'Neill; Pappy Kelly; Paddy Moloney; Simon Delaney; Niall O'Riordan; Dara Glynn; Tony Burke. Subs: Conor McEniry

Moyross: Michael O'Donoghue; Aaron Power; Jonathan Power; Pat McCallig; James McNamara; Sam Power; Keith Colbert; Stephen Hannon; Andrew Duggan; Barry Quinn; Shane Guerin, Sub Alan Quinlivan.

Kilmallock 5  Ballynanty Rovers 1
Kilmallock produced their best performance of the season to heap further agony on a Balla side who have had a miserable week.  Positioned precariously close to the drop zone, few would have given Kilmallock hope of beating third placed Ballynanty Rvs but the county side blitzed their city opponents and had the game wrapped up before Balla woke from their slumber. 
Two early goals from Killian Hayes put Kilmallock on their way. 
Shortly after half time Tommy Heffernan brought his haul for the season to double figures when he made it 3-0 and Derek McCarthy added further to Balla's problems. 
Dermot Fitzgerald reduced the deficit from the spot but it was the home side who had the final say when Anthony Punch completed the scoring. 
After going out of the FAI last Sunday, Balla also crashed out of the Tuohy Cup on Wednesday. Tom Daly and Co, will have their hands full getting the side back to the competitive force they are but no doubt we will see a return to form in the coming weeks.   

Kilmallock: Charlie O'Shea; Rian Brady; Jake Mulcahy; Dave Todd; Niall Burchill; Killian Hayes; Tommy Heffernan; Jason Heffernan; Bennie Burke; Anthony Punch; Derek McCarthy. Subs: John Heffernan; Jack Barry; Evan Mulcahy; Graeme Mulcahy

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Dan Lucey; Eddie Byrnes; Dermot Fitzgerald; Clyde O'Connell; Jason Hughes; Peter Ryan; Nikola Strok; Joel Coustrane; Kevin Nolan; Michael Guerin. Subs: Zac Hyland; Bobby Ryan


Division 1A produced a cracking tie on Saturday evening in Annacotty. Geraldines kept their promotion hopes on course with an incredible 6-5 win over Aisling.  

The winning scores came courtesy of Shane Byrne 3, Karl Turner 2 and Eddie Lee while Aisling's response was from  Andrew Leyden 2, Lorcan Feeney, John Lysaght and Graham Power. 
Just one of Sundays' Division 1A games survived in Division 1A and with just one win from their last six outings Mungret turned in a welcome impressive performance hitting Castle Rvs for six courtesy of Mark Purcell (2), Marcus Finucane, Yakuba Yabre, Dara Curran and Jay McKillican
In Division 1B Shelbourne dropped further ground when held to a draw by Newport. Shane Mulready netted for Shels while Elliot Slattery obliged for the home side. 

St Pats beat Caherconlish 5-2. Mark Carmody scored twice and Darragh Phillips also netted. Dave Buston Snr and Dave Buston Jnr made up the tally. Mark Ryan and Aaron Power replied for Caherconlish. 
Hyde Rgs join Ballylanders in second spot in Division 2A following a 3-1 win over Charleville. Mark Whelan, Aidan O'Brien and Dale Hannon were the Hyde's marksmen. 

A hat trick from  Danny Ryan helped Nenagh to a 4-1 win over Balla B. John Butler completed the winning tally.
Goals from Stephen O'Brien and Stephen McNamara secured a 2-1 win for Kennedy Park over Pallasgreen and pushed their side to the top of the Division 2B League Table
Declan O'Connor 0

Athlunkard Villa B and Summerville Rvs B played out a 1-1 draw. Steve Surgenor and Brian Muldoon were the respective goal scorers. 
In Division 3A Herbertstown hit Prospect Priory  for six courtesy of Bob McEniry 3, Gerard McInerney, Jason Murphy and Sean Hanley and Ryan Harris and Shane Carmody scored in Aisling's win over Caherdavin. Patsy Punch scored all four goals for Meanus in a win over Bruff. 

In Division 3B Cappamore Celtic beat Newport C 4-1 with two scores each from Eric Conroy and Pat Ryan.  An Evan Quinlivan double helped Wembley to a 2-0 win at Weston Villa. 
Summerville drew 3-3 with Dromore Celtic in Div 4. 

Pat O Shaughnessy, Sam O Riordan and Robert Doyle scored for Dromore while Valdir Correa Junior (2) and Lincoln Lohan replied for Rovers.  Alan Nicholas and Pat O'Kane scored for Aisling in a 2-1 win over Athlunkard.
In the Open Cup Hyde Rgs progressed with a penalty shootout against 'Boro B. 

The game finished 2-2. Lee Keating scored twice for Boro with Shane and Noel Aherne netting for Hyde.    
Congratulations to Regional Utd Under 17's who turned in their best display of the season beating Dublin giants Stella Maris 2-1 in the Capital to advance in the FAI Under 17 Cup. 
David O'Connell and Pat Kirby scored for the Limerick side. 
Charleville progressed in the Munster Youth Cup with 3-1 win over Geraldines.  David Riordan & Charlie Baker 2 accounted for the winning scores. Luke Ward replied. 
A hat trick from Lee Park helped Lisnagry to a 4-2 win over Caherdavin. James Crotty was also on target. 
Shelbourne ran in seven goals against Mungret Regional courtesy of Karl Buckley (3), Frank Hogan (2) and Sean Hartney (2)
Cian Walsh and Sean Connelly scored for Corbally in a 2-2 draw at Regional B.

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