SLIDESHOW: Pike Rovers and Janesboro advance in Cup competitions

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


FAI Junior Cup Q-Final
Shannon Town 0 Pike Rvs 0 (Pike won 2-0 on pens aet)
Pike Rvs qualified for the last four in the FAI Junior Cup following a penalty shoot out win over Shannon Town in Ennis on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Shiels' men, determined to make up the disappointment of their final defeat to Sheriff in 2015/16 are one step away from an appearance in another decider after holding their nerve to edge out a sticky Shannon Town XI.
No doubting hero of the hour for Pike Rovers as goalkeeper Gary Neville saved three of Shannon's penalties to keep the home side scoreless. It was needed as Pike also missed a couple of spot kicks of their own.
Further good news for the Hoops arrived when the draw for the semi final favoured them with a home tie against Newmarket Celtic.
The early stages were tentative with both sides sizing up the opposition. Pike were forcing a number of corner but the home side dealt comfortably.
The first chance of note arrived on 20 minutes when a goal bound shot by Steve McGann was blocked and the rebound crowded out by a determined Shannon defence.
A free kick by Eoin Hanrahan spotted Pat Mullins at the back post but his delivery missed by millimetres.
The home side showed the threat they possessed seven minutes from the break when Colin Scanlon beat the Pike defence and lobbed the outrunning Gary Neville. Luckily for Pike Eddie O'Donovan got back to superbly hook the ball off the line.
A couple of minutes later Dave Ryan's delivery just missed Paddy O'Malley and just before the break Pike suffered a blow when Pat Mullins was forced out of the action.
Nerves were on display for both teams early in the second half and a big call by the referee denied Pike a penalty when it looked like Eoin Hanrahan had been clipped in the area.
'Town had a good chance to break the deadlock on the hour mark when Scanlon broke clear but Gary Neville saved and a quick breakaway saw Steve McGann denied a shot on goal by a last ditch tackle at the other end.
Five minutes later Hanrahan set up McGann but again the effort failed to match the build up.
On 80 minutes a second yellow card reduced Shannon to ten as Pike piled on the pressure.
Paddy O'Malley had a shot from the edge of the box whiz narrowly over the top and in the final minute of normal time Hanrahan headed over from Shane Walsh's delivery.
The first period of extra time failed to produce anything of note. Pike had a great chance in the second period but McGann headed over from Jason Mullins delivery.
So penalties were called for and while Shannon missed their first, Neville proceeded to save three in a row. Shane Walsh and Wayne O'Donovan showed how it was done, successfully converting for Pike.
Pike Rvs: Gary Neville, Wayne O'Donovan, Eddie O'Donovan, Pat Mullins, Wayne Colbert, Dave Ryan, Steve McGann, Shane Walsh, Eoin Hanrahan, Colin Daly, Paddy O'Malley, Subs; Darragh Carroll, Jason Mullins, Brian O'Callaghan

Munster Junior Cup
Janesboro 1 Peake Villa 0
Janesboro, vying for their first Munster Junior Cup success since 2012, took a huge step on that path on Sunday, beating Peake Villa to reach the semi finals of the provincial tournament.
The Tipperary side proved a tough outfit with Aaron Nunan's goal all that separated the sides at the end of 90 minutes.
The home side were far from their best in the opening 45 minutes although Niall Hanley had a great chance to take the lead but was denied by the keeper.
The visitors had a couple of chances also but found keeper John Mulready in top form.
The half time team talk had the desired effect as Boro took the lead just after the restart when a rare lapse in the Villa rearguard allowed Aaron Nunan to race in and round the keeper before slotting home.
A minute later Keith Mawdsley's good run and pass set up Shane Clarke but the prolific striker was unable to hit the target.
Adrian Power fired just over the top with a volley and Mawdsley went close on a couple of occasions but failure to kill off the game kept the Tipperary side alive.
They piled on the pressure in the final 15 minutes but time and time again Mulready proved too good and the home side held on to make the last four.
Janesboro; John Mulready, Steven Bradley, Thomas Clarke, Ryan Doherty, Danny O Neill, Aaron Nunan, Mike Ryan, Niall Hanley, John Tierney, Shane Clarke, Keith Mawdsley, Subs; Aidan Hurley, Adrian Power, Lee O Mara, Kevin Murphy

FAI Youth Cup Q-Finals
Edenderry 1 Kilfrush 2
Kilfrush will carry the hopes for a Limerick success in the FAI Youth Cup after they came back from the dead to win their quarter final bout with Edenderry.
The Offaly side looked like they had their ticket booked to the semi's leading 1-0 in the final minute.
However the Limerick side were awarded a free kick and 15 year old Shane O'Donoghue topped off a man of the match performance by finding the net to send the game to extra time.
Kilfrush completed their comeback in the first period of extra time when Mark Quinlan made a great solo run and pulled the ball back across goal for Dylan O'Shea to fire into the bottom corner.
Kilfrush: Peter Morrissey, Oisin O Grady, Mark Quinlan, Cillian O'Shea, Alan Buckley, Paudie Wixted, Dylan O Shea, Cian McCarthy, Kevin Doyle, Ricky Dee, Shane O'Donoghue, Subs, John Egan, Chris Neville

Pike Rvs 0 St Kevins Boys 2
Following Kilfrush's victory a day before, it was hoped Pike could emulate the feat to see two Limerick sides in the last four of the FAI Youth Cup. Unfortunately the Hoops came up against a crack side in St Kevins Boys so their dreams will have to be put on hold for another season at least.
The Limerick side gave it a real go and can be proud of their efforts but goals from Gavin Harney and John Barry secured the win for the Dublin side.
Pike Rvs; Adam Doherty, Callum Walters Keane, Sean Reeves Wasik, Jason Keane, Evan Hudner, Ben Doherty, Ethan Butler, TJ O'Dwyer, Barry Coleman, Kyle Duhig, Cian Power, Subs; Oliver Plunkett, Brian Thompson, Brendan Guiry

PJ Matthews Premier League
Carew Park 2
Aisling Annacotty 1
Carew Park closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to three points but only just, as they needed a last gasp Adam Frahill screamer to secure all three points.
The home side took a half time lead when Jonathan Grant's shot was adjudged to have crossed the line.
Darren Harrington levelled after the break and when a draw looked the outcome a cleared corner fell to Frahill on the edge of the box and he dispatched a beauty to the top corner to snatch the points.
Carew Park: Gordon Stewart; Jamie Enright; Jon Somers; Mark Slattery; John Boyle; Alex Purcell; Adam Frahill; Barry Dillon; Reece Healy; John Connery; Jonathan Grant. Subs: Pat Boyle
Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Dion Lynch; Kennedy N'dip; Damien Collins; Darren Harrington; Jimmy Bourke; Brian Butler; Oisin Kelly; Byron Fitzgerald; Evan O'Connor; Shane Donegan. Subs: Oisin Hayes; John Lysaght

Moyross 2 - 3 Fairview Rgs
Moyross' attempts to move out of the drop zone came to nought as Fairview Rgs took all three points on offer in Moyross.
Nathan O'Callaghan put Fairview in front but Shane Guerin levelled the tie.
Goals from Conor Kavanagh and Paul Danaher put the visitors in the driving seat but a Barry Quinn goal set up an exciting final in which the home side were unable to break down a good Fairview defence.
Moyross: Michael O'Donoghue; Jonathan Power; Lee Boyle; Pat McCallig; James McNamara; James Cleary; Stephen Hannon; Keith Colbert; Shane Guerin; Anthony McInerney; Barry Quinn. Subs: Aaron Power; Luke Ward; Alan Quinlivan
Fairview Rgs: Richard Ryan; Liam O'Sullivan; Nathan Clancy; Paul Danaher; Alex Kiely; Craig Madigan; Jeffery Judge; Conor Kavanagh; Nathan O'Callaghan; George Daffy; Lee Whyte. Subs: John Mullane

Kilmallock 3 Holycross 0
Kilmallock ensured a comfortable run in to the League campaign following a win over Holycross that puts them nine points clear of the drop zone.
An own goal put them on their way and Donal McCarthy doubled their lead before Paul Doona wrapped it up from a spot kick.
Kilmallock: Charlie O'Shea; Niall Burchill; Jake Mulcahy; Dave Todd; Bennie Burke; Anthony Punch; Jason Heffernan; Derek McCarthy; Paul Doona; Tommy Heffernan; Donal McCarthy. Subs; John Heffernan; Evan Mulcahy
Holycross: Kevin Purcell; Gearoid McCarthy; Mike Leahy; Cian Madden; Stephen Hanley; Adam Costello; Tony Burke; Andy O'Neill; Niall O'Riordan; Pappy Kelly; Dara Glynn. Subs: Martin Carew; Chris Keane.

Prospect Priory gave notice in the Lawson Cup with an impressive 7-0 win over Southend. Darren O'Sullivan was Southend's tormentor in chief with three goals. Chris Hogan, Thomas Lyons, Eddie Brazier and an own goal made up the tally.
Goals from John Nnambi and Dermot Hughes helped Corbally Utd to a hard earned 2-1 win over Star Rvs, Martin Lyons netted for Star, while Summerville Rvs also progress thanks to Dave Lynch's goal which saw them past St Pats.
With Prospect in Lawson Cup action, Cappamore had the chance to move into top spot but they could only earn a share of the spoils at home to Castle Rvs. Rob McLoughlin scored for the home side while Jack Flavin replied for Rovers.
Geraldines made no such slip as they took full points at Fairview Rgs B to move joint top, albeit with more games played. Conor Madden put Fairview in front before Cian Byrnes levelled.
However a double from Kevin Barry secured the points for Geraldines.
Murroe and Mungret Reg shared the spoils. Liam Quinn and Brian Quinn scored for Murroe with Keith Storan and Keith McNicholas replying.
Goals from Dave Cregan, Shane Finch and Nick Hayes gave Knockainey a welcome win over Granville Rgs for whom Alan Sheehan.
It's as you were in Division 1B with leaders Coonagh winning 4-0 at Newport. Mark McGrath scored twice, Ger Myles and Eddie Radcliffe made up the tally.
Second placed Athlunkard Villa beat Caherdavin Celtic 5-1 with scores from Manni Ajuong (2), Eoin O'Riordan (2) and Christian Kerley while third placed Shelbourne also hit five at home Kilfrush.
Brendan O'Dwyer claimed a hat trick with Luke Ingram completing the scoring.
Goals from Dave Corbett, Mark Ryan, Mark O'Connor and Hugh McGuire helped Caherconlish to a 4-2 win at Croom Utd.
Gary Kelly and Lee Reddan were on the mark for Hill Celtic at home to Regional Utd B but scores from Rory Casserly, Tom Frawley, Jeff Mannion and Colm Hyland gave the visitors the spoils.
In Division 2A the top of the table clash went in favour of Ballylanders who now joint their opponents Geraldines B in top spot.
Hyde Rgs were unable to take advantage as they fell 2-0 to Caledonians and goals from Jack Cross and John Travers.
Corbally Utd B and Nenagh AFC B played out a 3-3 draw in Athlunkard. Dave McPhillips and Alan Ruschitzko (2) accounted for the home scores.
In Division 3A Caherdavin got the better of Prospect Priory B thanks to goals from Barry O'Sullivan, Danny McDonagh and Paul Scales while a brace from Bob McInerney saw Herbertstown past Meanus.
Abbey Rvs fell to Parkville and goals from Gareth Butler (2), Keith Moran and Gillian Petaveau while Aisling beat 'Boro B 3-2. Conor Hanrahan (2) and Barry Madden scored for the winners; Shane Clohessy and Anthony Tobin replied.
In Youth Div One, Tommy Canty scored five times as Aisling eased past Caledonians.
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