SLIDESHOW: Pike Rovers maintain top spot following Aisling Annacotty win

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Leaders Pike Rvs consolidated their position at the top of the table with a 4-0 win over Aisling in Annacotty on Saturday evening to extend their unbeaten run to 15 games.


Sunday was deemed a free day by order of the FAI, (to allow people travel to the Capital for the FAI Cup final between Cork and Dundalk) so Pike took advantage to open a four point lead over Champions Janesboro.


The home side, who pushed Janesboro all the way in the Munster Junior cup, were forced into seven changes and gave a debut to 16 year old Mark Collins in the centre of the park but still put in a good show before losing.


Pike took the lead on 15 minutes. Aisling's Jason Lipper had his shot brilliantly blocked by Paddy O’Malley and Pike broke at lightening pace with a move culminating with a pin point ball over the top by Shane Walsh superbly met by the League’s top scorer Dara Rainsford who guided the ball low past Steve Walsh for his 19th goal of the season.


Pike doubled their lead five minutes from the break when Paddy O’Malley hit a free kick and curled it in off the underside of the bar from 25 yards.
A purple patch by Aisling saw Shane Donegan’s effort cleared off the line by a Pike defender with the home side screaming for a penalty.

Pike wrapped it up midway through the second half with the goal of the game. Jonathan Hannafin raiding down the left teed up Eoin Hanrahan who hit a stunning drive that gave Walsh no chance in the Aisling goal.
A second goal from Hanrahan completed the scoring when he was on the end of Rainsford’s cross after a good team build up.


Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Kennedy N'dip; Killian Moloney; Steven Daly; Colm O'Reilly; Graham Burke; Mark Collins; Jason Lipper; Shane Donegan; Oisin Kelly; Aaron Murphy. Subs:James White; Tommy Canty
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Evan Patterson; Jonathan Hannafin; Wayne O'Donovan; Paddy O'Malley; Eoin Hanrahan; Darragh Rainsford; Shane Walsh; Colin Daly; Conor Kavanagh; Jonathan Grant. Subs:Eddie O'Donovan

Regional Utd 8 Nenagh 1
Nenagh will be glad if they never see Regional again this season after suffering a heavy defeat to the Dooradoyle club in two weeks.
Regional hit the Tipperary side for ten in the FAI and Nenagh were hoping to gain some revenge on Saturday but fell again to a rampant home side.
Nenagh started well and took the lead after sloppy defence allowed Alex Gardos an open goal to score.
The visitors were defending stoutly but succumbed when Sean McSweeney fired home from the edge of the box.
Regional took a 2-1 lead in at the break when Kieran O’Connell finished from close range from Clyde O’Connell’s header.
Two goals from Willie Griffin after the restart set up by Evan Cusack and Pat McDonagh respectively, put paid to Nenagh’s challenge.
Cusack scored the fifth from the edge of the area after McSweeney’s effort was blocked by Mulvihill in the Nenagh goal.
In the final ten minutes Regional piled further agony on the visitors with goals from Sosuke Kimura, Martin Madden and Pat McDonagh.


Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Ian Hughes; Alan Murphy; Clyde O'Connell; Tom Frawley; Pat McDonagh; Kieran O'Connell; Sean McSweeney; Evan Cusack; Willie Griffin; Sosuke Kimura.
Subs: Declan Cusack; Martin Madden; Mike Reidy; David Cowpar; Peter Ryan
Nenagh AFC: Steve Mulvihill; Dylan Kennedy; Jordan Lewis; Jack Dunne; Mark McKenna; Bryan McGee; Luke Kennedy; Roy Creagh; Alex Gardos; Jack Daly; Dan Butler.
Subs:Craig Connolly; Daniel Ryan; Mark Cahill; Declan O'Meara; Jack Sanders