SLIDESHOW: Limerick Junior Soccer Round Up

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


Lawson Cup Semi-Finals : Ballynanty Rovers 3-1 Aisling Annacotty

Ballynanty Rvs reached the final of the Lawson Cup with a 3-1 win at home to Aisling on Sunday. Mike Guerin put Balla in front early on but that goal was cancelled out by Jason Lipper's equaliser. A foul on Oisin Kelly presented Lipper with the opportunity to give Aisling the lead but Stephen McNamara in the Balla goal saved well.

Balla regained the lead with a disputed goal. Aisling keeper made a superb save from Kevin Noland and thought he had made another fine block to deny Jamie Daly from the rebound. However the linesman flagged the ball crossed the line and Balla were back in front.

Peter Ryan made sure of the result when he finished Derek Daly's cross to the net.

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Liam Brock; Dara Hughes; Dermot Fitzgerald; Dan Lucey; Michael Guerin; David Donnan; Jason Hughes; Derek Daly; Kevin Nolan; Jamie Daly. Subs: Eddie Byrnes; Peter Ryan

Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Evan O'Connor; Kennedy N'dip; Darren Harrington; Damien Collins; Shane Donegan; Chimka Manjor; Oisin Kelly; Brian Butler; Jason Lipper; Sosuke Kimura. Subs: Dion Lynch; Colm Murphy; Jimmy Fyffe

Geraldines 0-4 Janesboro

Janesboro will be Ballynanty Rvs opposition in the final after they accounted for Division 1A side Geraldines. John Tierney broke the deadlock after 25 minutes to secure Boro a half time lead. Keith Mawdsley tacked on a second and Adrian Power killed off the contest. Niall Hanley added a fourth for good measure late on.

Geraldines: Evan Moloney, Eddie Lee, Christy O'Neill, Thomas O'Grady, Alan Barry, Ian O'Donoghue, Bobby Tier, Kevin Barry, Shane Byrne, Karl Turner, Keith O'Connor, Subs; Derek Hannon

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


In the Premier League there were two games played. Holycross tale of woe continued at the Fairgreen when the home side won 4-0. Christy Doyle (2), George Daffy and an own goal accounted for the scores. Nenagh's good form continued with a 4-1 win over Regional Utd. Ben Banaghan (2), Dylan Sheehan and Ciaran O'Reilly netted for the winners; Ray Lynch replied. In Division 1A Cappamore have battled their way back into contention for promotion. In midweek they beat Champions Prospect 2-0 with scores from Michael Buckley and Colm Ryan and followed up on Sunday with a 3-1 over Mungret. A double from Andy Murphy and one from Joey Shanahan won the game. Geraldines maintained their charge with a 3-0 win at Summerville Rvs.  

The top game in Division 1B was a thrilling affair won out by Athlunkard Villa in a 3-2 game with Shelbourne to set up a nail biting finish to the League.

Darren Roche, Eoin O'Riordan and Manni Ajuong scored for Villa. Liam Morris and Brendan O'Dwyer replied for Shelbourne.  

Kennedy Park were crowned Champions in McGettigans Div 2B following a 4-0 win at Athlunkard. Needing a win to seal the title 'Park did it in style. Stephen McNamara opened the scoring with veteran striker Thomas McInerney adding another couple along with one from Dylan Ryan to complete the scoring.  

On the next pitch Jason Daly's hat trick helped Star to a 4-1 win over Pallas bit Kennedy Park's win means Rovers have to be content with second.  

Caherdavin made sure of the STA Furniture Div 3A League title when they beat Abbey Rvs 2-0 at the Greenhills in midweek. Barry O'Sullivan and Ben Wallace scored the all important goals.

All Tan Sunbed Div 3B is heading for a thrilling climax with three sides still in the running to be Champions. Gary Joyce's goal for Wembley against Shelbourne gives them advantage. A win in their last game versus Weston will see Wembley crowned Champions but if they slip  Kilmallock B and Castle Utd, who meet in their last game, can overtake them.

There is a play off in the Balon Sport U17 Div Three following Shelbourne's 2-1 win over Leaders Lisnagry. With Caherdavin beating Holycross it meant both teams leapfrogged the leaders and will now play off to see who is crowned Champions.
Cup Finals

Div 1B Calvert Cup Final : Coonagh Utd 1-0 Southend

Coonagh Utd completed the first part of a potential double in Division 1B when the captured the Calvert Cup with victory over Southend on Tuesday evening. Joey Sheehan scored the only goal of the game early on to give the League leaders victory.

A big crowd turned out and were treated to an exciting finale in which Southend threw caution to the wind in search of a late equaliser.

In the end Coonagh held out but a host of missed chances made for an unnecessary tense finish. 

The deadlock was broken after ten minutes when Brian Doran's inswinging corner saw a ball watching Southend defence punished when Joey Sheehan pounced to head home from close range.  

Both teams were guilty of over passing at times allowing both defences to thwart any threats that arose but Southend did get close when a well struck shot by their main threat Barry Gibbons saw Coonagh keeper Kieran Simmonds go full length to turn the ball away for a corner.

The second half saw the game open up more as Southend chased the tie. More often than not the Southside club were restricted to threats from corner kicks or set pieces that saw Simmonds to the fore time and again.

At the other end the usually reliable Mark McGrath could have had a hat trick if his luck was in. The former Carew Park striker broke free of the defence but faced one on one with Dean Hyland it was the keeper who prevailed.

Minutes later Hyland again made a fine block to deny sub Brion Moriarty and when the rebound fell to McGrath his shot struck the butt of the upright.

Southend continued to press and showed great courage but they were susceptible to the breakaway and a point blank save from Hyland denied Moriarty a second late on.

With veteran defender and Captain, Graham Minogue leading by example Coonagh held firm to claimed the title without conceding.

Coonagh Utd: Kieran Simmonds; Luke Doherty; David Coffey; Graham Minogue; Aaron Costello; Keith Doran; Gordon McKevitt; Eoin Martin; Mark McGrath; Joey Sheehan; Eoghan O'Neill. Subs: Ian Considine; Rory O'Neill; Brion Moriarty; Peter Hodnett

Southend: Dean Hyland; James Walsh; Stuart Bussoli; Shane McGrath; Yasmin Alsnhah; Dean Hogan; Dave Brosnan; Hayden Johnson; Barry Gibbons; Aaron Grant; Ger Johnson. Subs: Darragh Sheehan; Devlyn Price; Tyrone Price; Greg Grant

Under 17 Div Two Carroll Cup Final

Charleville 4-1    Newport

League leaders Charleville captured the Under 17 Divisional Cup with a 4-1 win over Newport in the decider at Jackman Park on Thursday evening.  It was Charleville's third victory over the Tipperary side this season but this game was in the balance until a quick fire second half brace from top scorer Cian McNamara put the game beyond Newport's reach.

Charleville, who need a point in their last League game with Kilfrush to complete the double, took the when a superb ball from Daniel O'Connell picked out Cian McNamara who in turn played Jorge Gustavo in to slip the past the advancing Josh White in the Newport goal.

Newport responded well and got back on terms with a fine goal by Jack Foley.

Charleville were backed in font before the break after Oran O'Connell retrieve a lost ball and his work rate was rewarded as his cross/shot curled in over the head of the keeper.

Newport emerged after the restart determined to get back on terms but were hit with a sucker punch when McNamara showed his threat by netting a third.

Before Newport had time to regroup they were three behind again it was McNamara who raced onto O'Connell's through ball to fire in from 18 yards.

To sum up a bad night for Newport they were denied a late consolation when Colin Coleman's spot kick was well saved by Charleville keeper David Parajnak.

Charleville: David Parajnak; Liam Campbell; Daniel O'Connell; James Horgan; Killian Cagney; Jamie O'Regan Curtin; Josh Riordan; Jason Collins; Jorga Gustavo; Cian McNamara; Oran O'Connell. Subs: Matthew Howard; Darragh O'Flynn; Jack Kavanagh; Sam O'Connell; Cian O'Mahoney; Maurice Barry

Newport: Josh White; Robert Duggan; Killian O'Malley; John Ryan; Darren Collins; Jack Noble; Devon Ryan; Brendan McMahon; Jack Foley; Ciaran Flynn; Colin Coleman. Subs: Colm Carey; Thomas O'Toole; Sean Freeney; Cian O'Connell; Joey Kelly; Karl Kelly; Chris Carmody

Div 2A Lipper Cup Final

Geraldines B 3 - 0 Hyde Rgs

Geraldines followed up on clinching promotion by winning the Division 2A Lipper Cup at Jackman Park on Friday evening beating Hyde Rgs 3-0.

The score line does scant justice to a battling Hyde XI but the winners proved more canny in front of the opposition goal by taking the chances presented to them.

Geraldines built their win on a rock solid back four in which David Hurley stood out.

Hyde created plenty of openings and tested Dines keeper Pat O'Shea on a couple of occasions but more often than not were thwarted before getting into the danger zone.

Moloney and Niall Benson gave plenty of cover to their defence while up front Joe Keane and Paudie Reale needed constant minding.

Hyde will be disappointed to have fallen to avoidable mistakes but they pulled a rare blank at the other end of the field which proved their undoing.

Full back Ryan McCormack looked a threat when overlapping; Mark Whelan and Ciaran Rainsford battled gamely at the heart of defence while Richard Benn and Gavin Hehir also caught the eye.

Hyde had the best early chances through Aidan O'Brien. The midfielder ran onto Ger Nash's through ball but was denied by O'Shea from six yards and the keeper repeated the feat minutes later. 

Geraldines showed how it should be done five minutes later Hurley broke up a Hyde attack and then popped up on the left to put a ball across goal. The slippery ball evaded keeper Robert Griffin and Joe Keane pounced to tuck the ball away.

With Hyde rattled Mike Crowley went close with a powerful header just over the top and Paudie Reale whizzed a shot across the face of goal and narrowly wide.

At the other end Ger Burke denied Hyde an equaliser heading off the line from Evan Shine's inswinging corner kick.

Geraldines doubled their lead after the break when Paudie Reale knocked the ball in after another defensive slip up.

Hyde pushed to get back in the game but found Hurley &Co too strong and it was Dines who got the score when Zac Mursal blasted home to seal the tie.

Geraldines B: Pat O'Shea; Ger Burke; Andrew Kennedy; David Hurley; Mike Crowley; David Moloney; Niall Benson; David Considine; Joe Keane; Paudie Reale; Owen Tracey. Subs: Paul Campbell; Shane Considine; Nathan Walsh; Zak Mursal; Nathan Morris; Mansoor Arda; David Crowe

Hyde Rgs: Robert Griffin; Ryan McCormack; Ger Nash; Mark Whelan; Ciaran Rainsford; Richard Benn; Luke Kennedy; Gavin Hehir; Evan Shine; Aidan O'Brien; Steven Fitzmaurice. Subs: Cathal Callianan; Dale Hannon; Brian Slattery; Martin Dinan


Youth Div Two Horan Cup

Charleville 4 - 1 Kilmallock

Charleville made it a memorable week for their youth set up when the Youth Team emulated their Under 17 cup winning team, by beating rivals Kilmallock in Jackman Park on Sunday morning.

With both teams locked in a battle for the League title a close game was on the cards. However a good opening for Charleville saw them take an early lead which threw Kilmallock out of sync and the Cork side eventually ran out comfortable winners.

Tom Griffin gave Charleville the lead after ten minutes when he picked up a pass from Darragh Buckley and drilled a 25 yarder to the back of the net giving Jack Barrett no chance Kilmallock goal.  

Jamie Copps doubled Charleville's lead with a free kick that took a wicked bounce and squirmed under the keeper.

Kilmallock emerged in the second half determined to get back in the tie and had the Cork boys on the back heel. However a second yellow card reduced Kilmallock to ten men and Charleville took advantage when Cameron O'Flynn used his power to force through the opposing defence to blast the ball home.

To their credit Kilmallock continued to give it their all and got some consolation when Dylan O'Brien reduced the deficit.

However Charleville responded immediately with the final goal fired home by top scorer Charlie Baker to begin the celebrations.

Charleville: David Parajnak; Adam Barrett; Cathal Barrington; Eamon O'Sullivan; Jamie Copps; Tom Griffin; Darragh Buckley; Luke Doyle; Charlie Baker; Cameron O'Flynn; Jamie Banks. Subs not used: Ruari O'Connor; Oran O'Connell; Jamie O'Regan; Ciaran O'Regan; Liam Campbell; Santiago Junquera

Kilmallock: Jack Barrett; Luke Gleeson; Shane Enright; Sean Barrett; David O'Sullivan; Cillian Keane; Jack Maguire; Dylan O'Brien; Eoin Carroll; Sean O'Leary; Enda O'Neill. Subs not used: Alex Medrano; Tyreek Casey; Thomas O'Neill; Conor Hanley; Sean Daly; Daire Brady