Munster Junior Cup
Carew Park 1 Pike Rvs 2 (AET)
A last minute equaliser by Steven McGann kept Pike's Munster Junior Cup hopes alive and the international midfielder followed up by scoring the winning goal in extra time to put his side into the last 16 of the Provincial tournament.
With 89 minutes played Darragh Rainsford's goal had Carew Park in the driving seat but never say die Pike got their reward in dramatic fashion.
Carew will be bitterly disappointed to have gone so close and not seen out the task.
The home side went close to taking a lead on 18 minutes. Mark Slattery picked out Adam Frahill in the middle of the park and the midfielder let fly from 20 yards with an effort that just clipped the crossbar.
Ten minutes later a good cross by Jamie Enright was met by Kieran Hanlon but his looping header was just wide of the mark.
Before the break Pike had their first chance of note when McGann picked out Dave Ryan whose snap shot went within a whisker of breaking the deadlock.
The second half continued with little to choose between the sides but it was the home side who broke the deadlock on 65 minutes.
Pat Boyle delivered a free kick into the area which was only partially cleared as far as Darragh Rainsford on the angle of the box and he dispatched a beauty low into the corner giving Gary Neville no chance.
Minutes later Rainsford raced onto Frahill's through ball but on this occasion the Pike keeper came out tops, racing from his line to clear to safety.
Ten minutes from the end Jason Mullins crossed for Eoin Hanrahan but his header looped onto the crossbar.
When it looked like it was Carew's day, Jason Mullins again was the provider. McGann gathered and powered past two defenders before calmly slotting past keeper Tommy Holland to send the tie to extra time.
Extra time was only minutes old when Paddy O'Malley was fouled in the area and McGann converted the spot kick.
Carew chased an equaliser thereafter but, with Pat Mullins and Wayne Colbert on song in the Pike rearguard, their best efforts fell just short.
Carew Park: Tommy Holland; Jamie Enright; Jon Somers; Mark Slattery; Gary Griffin; Barry Dillon; Adam Frahill; Pat Boyle; Kieran Hanlon; Darragh Rainsford; John Connery. Subs: Jamie O'Sullivan; Jonathan Grant; Reece Healy
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Jason Mullins; Eddie O'Donovan; Wayne Colbert; Pat Mullins; Eoin Hanrahan; Steve McGann; Darragh Carroll; Dave Ryan; Paddy O'Malley; Wayne O'Donovan. Subs: TJ O'Dwyer; Kyle Duhig
Murroe 1 Grattan Utd 1 (Murroe won 5-4 on pens aet)
Division 1A side Murroe FC reached the last 16 of the Munster Junior Cup with a penalty shoot win over Cork Premier side Grattan Utd after the sides finished 1-1 after extra time.
It is a great achievement for Philip Clancy's men who now face a trip to Tipperary giants St Michaels vying for a place in the quarter finals.
The Cork side, victors over Coonagh in the FAI last week started in fine form and had a number of gilt edged chances. However a missed penalty (saved superbly by Murroe keeper Adam Newman), the Murroe crossbar and some sterling defending led by Damien Ryan saw them finish the half scoreless.
Murroe were much better in the second half and took a deserved lead when Liam Quinn gathered at the edge of the area a hit a beauty into the top corner.
The visitors responded well and were back on level terms shortly after when they netted from a goalmouth scramble.
Extra time was called for and Murroe's superior fitness saw them well in control but in the end penalties were needed to separate the sides.
Successful kicks by Liam Quinn, Alan Cunneen, Anthony Cusack, Evan Walsh and Darragh Ryan along with another crucial save by Nuaman saw the Limerick lads progress.
Murroe; Adam Nuaman, Darragh Ryan, John Humphrey, Damien Ryan, David Rainsford, William Clohessy, Adrian Ryan, Evan Walsh, Anthony Cusack, Liam Quinn, Michael McNamara
Fairview Rgs 0
Carrick Utd B 3
Fairview Rgs crashed out of the provincial tournament after going down to a shock 2-0 defeat against Carrick Rgs B squad at Annacotty on Sunday.
Fairview had been playing well in their most recent games so it was expected they would deal with the Waterford side. However they came up against a tight outfit who took their chances to progress.
With the weather playing havoc with ball control , there was few chances of note in the opening 45 minutes.
Conor Kavanagh and Christy Doyle both went close but in the end had nothing to show for their efforts.
The visitors took the lead after 68 minutes when Noel O'Donnell headed home a Conor O'Leary corner. Fairview pushed on after conceding but found the Carrick defence a solid unit.
With time running out the visitors killed off the game when Stephen Hahessy scored from the spot.
Now reduced to ten men Fairview conceded again right at the death when Hahessy converted a second spot kick.
Fairview Rgs; Ritchie Ryan, Josh Considine, Paul Danaher, John Mullane, Conor Mc Cormack Jeffrey Judge, Conor Kavanagh, Nathan O'Callaghan, Craig Madigan, Christy Doyle, George Daffy, Subs; David Hannon, Adam McNamara .
Carrick; James Harrison, Dale Grace, Noel O Donnell, James Welsh, Bobby Landers, Conor O Leary, Keith Welsh, Mikey Ryan, Owen Smith, Stephen Hahessy, Darren Murphy, Subs; Alan Butler Darryl Whitty, James Whelan, Shane Dooley
Newmarket Celtic 0
Cappamore Celtic 3
Cappamore Celtic's Munster journey came to an end on Sunday afternoon when they crossed swords with an excellent Newmarket Celtic XI who posted an impressive 3-0 win.
Cappamore battled bravely but found the step up a handful against one of the in-form sides in the country.
Newmarket opened the scoring Irish International striker Eoin Hayes was denied by Kevin O'Connor in the Cappamore goal. Unfortunately fell to Colin Smyth who had the easy task of finishing.
The home side doubled their lead with a large helping of luck. A powerful shot from Davy McCarthy came back off the keeper O'Connor's knee to the edge of the box where it hit Eoin Hayes in the chest and looped back over the goalie and in.
Cappamore continued to give it their all but with Paddy Purcell bossing the home defence it was tough going.
With three minutes remaining Alan Brigdale tacked on a third goal to wrap it up.
Newmarket: Shane Cusack, Seamie Lawlor, Stephen Kelly, Paddy Purcell, Darren Cullinan, Colin Smyth, Colin Ryan, Cathal Hayes, Eoin O’Brien, Davy McCarthy, Eoin Hayes. Subs: Daithi O’Connell, Ian Collins, Alan Brigdale, David O’Grady
Cappamore: Kevin O’Connor, Denis Fitzgerald, Mike Fitzgerald, Mike Ryan, Adrian O’Dwyer, Brian Fenlon, Joe Shannon, Mike Buckley, James Bradshaw, Rob McLoughlin, Andy Murphy, Sub; Colin Ryan
CG Killarney 1 Janesboro 9
Lowly CG Killarney went into their Munster Junior Cup tie against Limerick Premier League Champions Janesboro, more in hope than expectation and will consider it something of a success to have held the visitors scoreless for 25 minutes.
However thereafter 'Boro let loose to run out convincing winners.
In the 26th minute Shane Clarke put his partner Keith Mawdsley in on goal to set the ball rolling and the League's top scorer had completed his hat trick within 15 minutes.
Within two minutes of the restart Lee O'Mara made it 4-1.
Mawdsley added his fourth, Adrian Power claimed a brace and Shane Clarke topped in off with a hat trick.
Janesboro; John Mulready, Aidan Hurley, Aled Harkin, Lee O'Mara, Steven Bradley, Mike Ryan, Niall Hanley, Aaron Nunan, Adrian Power, Shane Clarke, Keith Mawdsley, Subs; John Tierney, Danny O'Neill, Donie Curtin
Aisling Annacotty 1
Charleville moved level on points with Moyross in their bid to avoid the drop from the Premier League with their second win of the season beating Aisling Annacotty 5-1 in Charleville on Saturday evening.
The convincing manner of Charleville's victory augers well for their hopes of survival as their front runners produced the display they have been threatening over their last few outings.
The Cork side gave a scintillating display of attacking football against an Aisling side who were on a run of good form.
The game started very evenly and Charleville's decision to play with proved fruitful.
They broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when Pat O'Donoghue played a ball over the top for Shane Dillon to fire in a low shot from an acute angle.
Charleville notched a second five minutes later. Jack Callaghan put Dillon clear again but on this occasion Aisling keeper Jimmy Fyffe blocked his effort. The rebound fell to Pat O'Callaghan who fired in from 6 yards.
Aisling reduced the deficit almost immediately when Jason Lipper dispossessed Darren Butler in the final third and exchanged passes with Colm Murphy before letting fly from 30 yards into the top corner giving Jesse Smith no chance in the Charleville goal.
It was temporary relief for the visitors however as Charleville scored again on 37 minutes. Mark Kavanagh put Ken O'Donoghue away on the flank and he pulled the ball back across goal for Shane Dillon to fire in his second of the evening.
The half timer break couldn't come quick enough for Mike McCarthy's side but they conceded again when Dillon had another effort parried away by Fyffe but only as far as Gary Ward who fired in his third goal of the season.
The second half proved a more placid affair. Damien Collins did hit the post for Aisling but the only goal came from the home side when Gary Ward sent Dillon away on the right . He crossed to Pat O'Callaghan who dinked the ball over the advancing keeper for a superb goal.
Charleville: Jesse Smith; William Dillon; Ciaran Carey; Jeremy Bridgeman; Jack Callaghan; Mark Kavanagh; Shane Dillon; Pat O'Callaghan; Gary Ward; Aaron O'Connor; Kieran O'Donoghue. Subs: Gavin Mullins; Jamie Copps; Jason O'Hara
Aisling Annacotty: Jimmy Fyffe; Brian Butler; Barry Hootan; Dylan O'Neill; Damien Collins; Stephen Goggin; Colm Murphy; Shane Donegan; Jason Lipper; Brian O'Donovan; Liam Danaher. Subs: Lorcan Feeney; Dion Lynch; Kennedy N'dip; Oisin Kelly
Under 17 Div One
Nenagh AFC 3
Regional Utd 7
Regional United opened up a six point lead in the Under 17 Division One League with an impressive win over Nenagh. Goals from Paudie Hartigan, David O'Connell (2), Sean Erasmus, Gary Kelly, Eoin O'Regan and Jamie Greeves did the damage.
Munster Junior Cup
5th Round Draw
A. St Michael’s or St Saviours v Murroe
B. Newmarket Celtic “A” v Everton or Drinagh Rgs
C. Rockmount or Sporting Ennistymon v Carew Park or Pike Rvs
D. Nenagh Celtic or Peake Villa v Thurles Town or Broadford Utd
E. Carrick Utd “B” v St John Bosco or Hill Celtic
F. Janesboro v Kanturk or Pearse Celtic “A”
G. Cahir Park or Avondale Utd v Southend Utd
H. Waterford Crystal or Youghal v Killarney Celtic or Ballingarry
Games to take place on or before 10th/11th February 2018.
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