THE top junior soccer game at the weekend was the Munster Junior Cup meeting of Janesboro and Geraldines, with the winners guaranteed a home tie in the out of town stages.
Last year’s beaten finalists Janesboro were hoping for an extended run in this year’s trophy and not many people gave the ‘Dines’ any hope.
Based on their recent visit to Pearse Stadium where they suffered a 7-0 drubbing, no one was banking on a shock.
Fourteen minutes into this game, the Garryowen based club took the lead when Donnie Curtin hit a thunderbolt of a free kick from the angle of the area.
This lead lasted just seven minutes. A quick corner from the ‘Boro's’ Adrian Power picked out Niall Hanley who treaded the ball into Keith Mawdsley who back healed it to the net.
The game was then nip and tuck as the ‘Dines’ had to defend in numbers. On the turnover, it was a teak tough encounter, with no quarter asked or given by two committed sides.
In the 76th minute, after the visitors had absorbed some pressure, Tom O'Grady’s clearance was flicked on by Dean McNamara to Karl Turner who got inside his marker, finishing to the net with some aplomb.
Following that strike, the ‘Dines’ defended manfully and emerged 2-1 victors a win that will put then in the right frame of mind for next week’s long trip to Donegal in the FAI Junior Cup.
Aisling Annacotty were away in Charleville on Saturday evening and they kept their good run intact.
A hat-trick from Jason Lipper saw them win 3-1 with Jorge Gustavo replying.
The clash of Ballynanty Rovers and Fairview Rangers finished all square as the sides shared four goals.
Those on the mark for Ballynanty were Kevin Nolan and Aaron Nunan while AJ O'Connor along with Robbie Kelliher were amongst the goals for Fairview Rangers.
Regional United are motoring extremely well and had a 7-1 win over Carew Park. Willie Griffin (3), Pat McDonagh (2) along with Mark Madden and Evan O'Brien were on the scoresheet.
There was a big three points for Nenagh too at home to Prospect-Priory as a late goal from Mark McKenna sealed this victory.
In Division 1A, Moyross got the better of Corbally by the odd goal in five with the winner's goals coming from James McNamara, Barry Quin and an O.G.
Darren Hanley and Glen Mitchell were on the mark for Corbally.
Holycross, with a brace from Tony Bourke were 2-1 winners over Murroe, while Fairview B were full value at home to Summerville winning 5-2.
A hat-trick from Dean Kirwan along with Kevin Long and Adam Regan got the goals while Aisling Annacotty ‘B’ and Mungret Regional finished 1-1.
The big top of the table clash in Division 1B saw Kilfrush winning 3-1 over Newport as Bradley McNamara, Mike Ryan and Tommy O Keefe all netted for Kilfrush.
Hill Celtic kept themselves in the league race with a 2-1 win over Knockainey as Adrian Mitchell and Aaron Dawson netting.
League leaders in Division 2A, Hyde, had a massive 7-1 away win over Glenview with star of game being Ben Kennedy who notched five goals. Evan Shine and Jamie Davern were also on the mark.
There was a seven goal thriller, 4-3, involving Corbally and Cals with Corbally winning out.
Those to net the goals were Glen Mitchell, Conor Madigan, Oliver Plunkett and Josh O'Neill, while Alex Fitzgerald, Anthony McNamara and Aaron Brosnahan netted for Darren Noonan's losing side.
It was a scoreless draw between Pallasgreen and Aisling in Division 2B while Ballynanty won 4-3 against Holycross.
In the only game in Division 3A, it finished 1-1 between Knockainey and Abbey, while it was also 1-1 in 3B between Herbertstown and Cappamore.
In Division 4 Lisnagry bagged full points in a 5-2 win over Newport.
Their was one Tuohy Cup clash which saw Pike Rovers advance 3-1 at home to Kilmallock.
A brace from Johnaton Grant coupled with a Conor Kavanagh goal saw the Hoops book a quarter final against Regional.
In the Open Cup, Fairview saw off Prospect-Priory 3-1. Shane Reed, Jason Lipper and Wayne Lee were all among the goals for Fairview.
Finally, in the U-17 Division One League, Newport had a 4-3 win over Aisling Annacotty, while in the U- 17 Division 2 league Kilfrush travelled to Garryowen and emerged 2-1 winners over Geraldines.
Munster Junior Cup involving the teams in the Limerick District League
Holycross v Shannon Hibs or Sporting Ennistymon
Peake Villa or Sileverdagh or Cullen Latin v Regional United
Pike Rovers v City Wonderers
Castleisland or Kilarney Celtic v Ballynanty
Kilrush Rangers or Avenue v Kilmallock
Geraldines v Douglas Hall or Leeside
Pearse Celtic v Prospect/Priory
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