SLIDESHOW: Janesboro set up an all Limerick final

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Munster Junior Cup semi-final Janesboro 1 - 0 Newmarket Celtic

Janesboro ensured on Sunday, that this season's Munster Junior Cup final will be an all Limerick affair after Niall Hanley's injury time strike saw the past Clare champions Newmarket Celtic.

They will meet Pike Rvs in the final which will be a repeat of the 1980/81 in which Boro were successful.

The game which promised much did not deliver in most part due to a swirling wind that assisted neither side.

Neither goalkeeper had to over exert themselves during the game in which both teams wasted clear cut chances.

The Boro defence with Thomas Clarke again calling the shots coped well with Irish striker Eoin Hayes. That said Pat Purcell and Co also did a good job of keeping the Boro front runners, right until the final minute.

In the middle of the park Aidan Hurley and Niall Hanley got the better of their opposite numbers which made things a bit easier for their defence.

Boro started the game well with Aaron Nunan and Adrian Power going close with shots.

A snap shot from Hanley went agonisingly wide of the goal

Another good run by Nunan saw him cut inside onto his left and curled a shot just past the post before John Tierney also was wide from a good position.

The visitors went within a whisker of taking the lead midway through the half when Stephen Kelly flicked on from a corner. Boro keeper John Mulready palmed the ball away as far as Tino Nzvaura who headed over from six yards.

Just after the break Thomas Clarke went within inches of heading Boro in front after out jumping Pat Purcell and at the other end Eoin Hayes was given time to tee u[p a shot from 20 yards which curled at the last moment striking the crossbar and out of play.  

With the board going up showing four minutes of injury time the visitors looked like they would steal it when Nzvaura headed on to the unmarked Hayes but he somehow volleyed wide of goal from six yards.

Janesboro took full advantage of the reprieve and in the 92nd minute Thomas Clarke floated a free kick into the Celtic penalty area, Shane Clarke got a great header to knock the ball in the six yard box and Niall Hanley stretched to touch the ball past the keeper to the net.

The final will be played either Friday 17th or Saturday 18th May in Jackman Park.  

Janesboro: John Mulready; Steven Bradley; Ryan O'Doherty; Tom Clarke; Arron Nunan; Adrian Power; John Tierney; Niall Hanley; Aidan Hurley; Shane Clarke; Keith Mawdsley. Subs: Danny O'Neill; Aled Harkin; Kevin Murphy

Newmarket Celtic: Shane Cusack; Colin Smyth; Darren Cullinane; Stephen Kelly; Paddy Purcell; Colin Ryan; Tino Nzvaura; Ian Collins; Eoin Hayes; Cathal Hayes; Eoin O'Brien. Subs: David Reidy; Daithi O'Connell

Under 17 Div 3 Cup Final Shelbourne 3 Ballynanty Rvs 1

Shelbourne won their first youth trophy in living memory when they defeated neighbours Ballynanty Rvs 3-1 at Jackman Park on Saturday evening.

The record books don't help to solve the mystery but one shrewd soccer observer reckons it could be 70 years since the Green and Whites tasted success at this.

For me it was one of the more enjoyable games for a long time at the venue and Ballynanty Rvs played their part in making it so.

It was a breath of fresh air to see two sides get stuck into each other with none of the histrionics from the players that you see in Junior fare.

It was a good old fashioned tussle by two sides packed with potential.

Balla went into the game as rank outsiders but showed from an early stage they were not overawed.

Within minutes, the lively Jake Murphy skipped down the right flank but his shot from an acute angle forced a fine save by Shels keeper John O'Connor.

The game was evenly poised when Balla broke the deadlock ten minutes from the break.

Tom Kiely's well struck free kick proved too hot to handle and when the ball broke loose inside the 6 yard box Jake Murphy pounced to knock the ball home.

Shels were back on level terms minutes later. The silken skilled Jack Rice curled a free kick into the danger zone and Aaron McGuane expertly back headed the ball to the roof of the net.

The second half was only minutes old when Frank Hogan looked like he had given Shels the lead but a superb goal line clearance by Jay O'Loughlin saved the day and a minute later Hogan was seen to good effect putting in a crucial tackle to deny Jamie Ryan the chance to restore Balla's lead.

Tony Cusack's side took the lead on the hour mark when Kasper Kudz' diagonal ball sailed over the heads of the Balla defence into the path of the inrunning Matt DeCourcey who coolly slotted the ball home from close range.

Balla keeper Alfie Duggan kept out a looping header from Cian Connolly with the aid of the crossbar minutes later but Balla began to get a grip on the game as they chased the equaliser.

They huffed and puffed but came up against a solid Shels back line.

With Balla stretched, Shels sealed the win when Ross Van Der Dussen set up fellow  substitute Luke O'Shea to tuck the ball home from inside the box.

Shelbourne: John O'Connor; Kasper Kudz; Brendan Penny; Aaron McGuane; Craig Reale; Matt DeCourcey; Sean Hartney; Jack Rice; Cian Connolly; Karl Buckley; Frank Hogan. Subs: Luke O'Shea; Ross Van Der Dussen; Dan Moloney

Ballynanty Rvs: Alfie Duggan; Jamie Ryan; Jack Reddan; Jordon Franklin; Jay O'Loughlin; Tom Kiely; Ryan Wallace; Dylan Franklin; Dan Daly; Karol Connolly; Jake Murphy. Subs: Stephen Bourke; Keane Ryan; David Healy; Adam Moynihan; Mark Roche

PJ Matthews Premier League - Charleville 6 - 1 Moyross

With all eyes on this relegation six pointer, Charleville made light of a couple of bad results by turning on the style in a 6-1 over fellow strugglers Moyross.

Two goals each for Shane Dillon and Pat O'Callaghan means the deadly dup have scored 29 of Charleville's 37 league goals to date.

Dan Clancy and Mark Kavanagh were also on the mark for the winners.

Charleville: Jesse Smith; William Dillon; John O'Driscoll; Jeremy Bridgeman; Darren Butler; Aaron O'Connor; Mark Kavanagh; Gary Ward; Dan Clancy; Shane Dillon; Pat O'Callaghan.

Moyross: Michael O'Donoghue, Jonathon Power, Lee Boyle, James McNamara, Anthony Lee,  Keith Colbert, Stephen Hannon, Aaron Power, James Cleary, Barry Quinn

Holycross 0 - 4 Regional Utd

Holycross' tale of woe continued on Saturday as Regional chalked up their 10th League win of the campaign with four goals to spare. Pat McDonagh, Sam Gleeson,  Kieran O'Connell and Ian Hughes! scored for Ray Lynch's side.

Holycross: Kevin Purcell, Stephen Hanley, Barry Kirby, Adam Reardon, Gearoid McCarthy, Paddy Moloney, Niall Riordan, Martin Carew, John Carew, Paudie Mulcahy, Ryan Glynn

Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Mike Reidy; Ian Hughes; Darragh Walsh; Sam Gleeson; Jeff Mannion; Ray Lynch; Kieran O'Connell; Tom Frawley; Stephen Keeley; Pat McDonagh.

Nenagh AFC 0 - 1 Fairview Rgs

Youth player Ross Mitchell scored the only goal of the game to give Fairview the points in a mid table game at Nenagh.

Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Luke Kennedy; Eoin Coffey; Steven Daly; John Mitchell; Dylan Sheehan; Ben Banaghan; Alan Sheehan; Dan Butler; Ciaran O'Reilly; Jordan Lewis.

Fairview Rgs: Richard Ryan; Conor Kavanagh; Paul Danaher; Lee Whyte; Josh O'Rahilly; Conor McCormack; George Daffy; Nathan O'Callaghan; Ross Mitchell; Ryan Gilmartin.

Fairview Rgs 0 - 1 Pike Rovers

A late penalty converted by Steve McGann kept alive Pike's mathematical chances of pipping Janesboro to the title in a hard fought game versus old rivals Fairview Rgs in midweek.

Highlight of the game for the Hoops was the assured performance of youth player Adam Lipper at the heart of the defence.

Fairview Rgs: Richard Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Lee Whyte; Paul Danaher; John Mullane; Conor Kavanagh; Jeffery Judge; Conor McCormack; Nathan O'Callaghan; Ross Mitchell; Christy Doyle. Subs: Josh O'Rahilly

Pike Rovers: James Tierney; TJ O'Dwyer; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Adam Lipper; Paddy O'Malley; Shane Walsh; Eoin Hanrahan; Colin Daly; Dave Ryan; Cian Power. Subs: Steve McGann; Kyle Duhig

Ballynanty Rovers 3 - 2 Carew Park

With little at stake but pride, Balla and Carew played out an entertaining game which the hosts just edged.

Jason Hughes, Kevin Nolan and David Donnan scored for the winners; Jamie Kelly and Jonathan Grant replied for Carew.

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Michael Guerin; Damian Conway; Dara Hughes; Ken Meehan; David Donnan; Jason Hughes; Kevin Nolan; Eddie Byrnes; Jamie Daly; Derek Daly. Subs: Nikola Strok; Dan Lucey

Carew Park: Jamie Stewart; Gary Griffin; Mark Slattery; Albert Slattery; Keegan Park; Adam Frahill; Pat Boyle; Darragh Rainsford; Alex Purcell; Barry Dillon; Jonathan Grant. Subs: Jamie Enright

FAI Senior Cup - Avondale Utd 0 - 2 Pike Rovers

Pike Rvs unbeaten run continued on Saturday afternoon with victory in the FAI Senior Cup.

Pike made the trip to Cork side Avondale United in a qualifying round and progressed to the first round proper.

Steve McGann put Pike in front from a penalty kick and midway through the second half Cian Collins made sure of the win with a second goal.  

Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Adam Lipper; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Wayne Colbert; Shane Walsh; Paddy O'Malley; Steve McGann; Eoin Hanrahan; Darragh Carroll; Cian Collins. Subs: Dave Ryan; Brian O'Callaghan

Roundup

Prospect qualified for the final of the Division 1A O'Halloran Cup with a 5-1 win over Fairview Rgs. In Div 1A League action Geraldines and Prospect Priory played out a teak tough 1-1 draw in Garryowen. A Cian O'Donoghue goal put 'Dines ahead but Trevor Hogan levelled for the leaders.

The result means promotion is now in the hands of Cappamore who, thanks to a Ryan Deere goal, edged out Murroe.

Corbally Utd put a dent in Summerville Rvs hopes of returning to the top flight when goals from Jake Downey, Shane Cox and Darren Naughton saw them win 3-0 but two days later the sides met again when an own goal saw Summerville take the points.

Castle Rvs eased their relegation worries with a 1-0 win over Knockainey, Micheal Ryan scored while Granville are not going without a fight as shown in their 5-2 win over Fairview Rgs B who are now dragged into the mire. Ian Quaide, Craig Downes, Alan Sheehan, Niall McNamara and Pat Whelan scored for Granville.

Coonagh's march to the Division 1B title suffered a hiccup in midweek when Dean Mitchell and Dan Malone scored to give Hill Celtic a 2-1 win but they bounced back on Saturday to  

beat Caherconlish 4-1 courtesy of Mark McGrath, Ger Myles, Aaron Costello and Ian Considine.

Athlunkard Villa remain in second thanks to a 2-1 win over St Pats. Eoin O'Riordan and Stephen Carmody scored for Villa.

Shelbourne also kept pace with a 3-0 win at Croom Utd. Liam Morris struck twice with Brendan O'Dwyer making up the tally.

At the other end of the table a Ralph Judge hat trick in a 3-0 win over Southend gives Caherdavin renewed hope of survival

In Division 2A Geraldines B kept up their promotion push with a 2-1 win over Ballynanty Rvs B thanks to scores from Paul Campbell.

A last minute deflected goal by Dean Slattery, his second of the game, denied Star Rvs the win they needed to put the title race in their hands. Keith Curran and Stuart O'Keeffe scored for Star who now concede advantage to Kennedy Park.

Caherdavin increased their lead at the top of the table in Division 3A thanks to a hard earned win at Herbertstown. Danny McDonagh (2) and Brian Scales scored the winning goals.

In the 3A Cup Abbey Rvs beat Parkville 2-1 thanks to scores from John Frawley and Danny Taylor.

Wembley and Northside fought out a titanic battle before Wembley progressed after a 10-9 penalty shoot out win.

Gary Joyce and Niall Hogan netted for the winners while Bobby Griffin hit a double for Northside.

The top of the table clash in Youth Div  One went the way of Pike Rvs who impressed in a 4-1 win over Aisling Annacotty. Cian Power struck twice for the winners with Brian Thompson and Kyle Duhig.  Ben Kennedy replied for Aisling.

Balon Sport Player of the Month March 2018

Jonathon Grant (Carew Park)

Carew Park 's Jonathon Grant was the Balon Sport Player of the Month for March 2018.  

The striker who boasts a scoring record that would be the envy of any player in the country, turned in a man of the match performance in the final of the Tuohy Cup claiming a hat trick in his side's victory over Charleville.