SLIDESHOW: Top Limerick sides make it through in Lawson Cup opener

Lawson Cup
Geraldines 2
Pike Rovers 2
(Pike won 5-4 on pens aet)

The all Premier clash of Geraldines and Pike Rvs brought the crowds out to Garryowen and they were treated to a humdinger of a cup tie.
Geraldines went within a whisker of causing another shock at the ‘Green’ before exiting the competition on the dreaded penalty shootout.
Following their win over Janesboro in the MFA Cup the locals were hoping for another shock result but on this occasion the game went to script but only just.
The visitors took the lead after 12 minutes when Paddy O’Malley played a ball low across the box and ace poacher Jonathan Grant arrived on cue to slot the ball home.
Geraldines hopes of regrouping at the break took a nose dive right on half time when a superb pass from Conor Kavanagh found Darragh Rainsford at the back post and he fired in Pike’s second.
However Geraldines were not done and they pulled it back to 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining when Shane Byrne’s effort was adjudged to have crossed the line following the assistant referee’s intervention.
With 92 minutes played it looked like Pike would hold out but when attempting to clear Conor Kavanagh inadvertently blasted the ball into his own net to send the game to extra time.
Extra time failed to separate the sides and the penalty shoot out was called for.
The drama still wasn’t over as the home side looked to have taken the advantage when Evan Mooney saved but the keeper was adjudged to have moved off his line and the retake was converted.
To add to ‘Dines’ dismay the crossbar stopped their next one and with the final kick Conor Kavanagh made amends by slotting in the winner.
Geraldines: Evan Moloney, Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Cox, Cian Byrnes, Bobby Tier, Donie Curtin, Christy O'Neill, Ross Mitchell, Morgan Clancy, Shane Byrne, Karl Turner, Subs; Paul Campbell, Dean McNamara, Joe Keane, Derek Hannon, Zac Mursah
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Jonathan Hannafin; Adam Lipper; Pat Mullins; Darragh Rainsford; Shane Walsh; Conor Kavanagh; Paddy O'Malley; Steve McGann; Jonathan Grant. Subs: Jason Mullins; Eddie O'Donovan; Brian O'Callaghan

Ballynanty 3
Herbertstown 0
Ballynanty Rvs, holder of the record for most success in the Lawson Cup, kicked off this season’s campaign with a comfortable win over Herbertstown at LIT on Sunday morning.
The Premier side were never in danger against their Division 3B opponents but they made hard work of it, complicating their game when a simpler approach would have yielded better results.
Regardless, manager Donal Magee will be glad to see his side get back to winning ways, after a couple of defeats.
The ‘Blues’ welcomed back Ronan Ryan to the fold and he will prove a huge asset.
The home side were guilty of numerous chances early on with ‘town keeper James Bevan pulling off a number of fine saves.
At the other end Darren Whelan did well to deny the underdogs an opener when Joe Fogarty broke clear.
The home side were denied when Kevin Nolan’s effort was blocked on the line but from the subsequent play Ryan Earls was tripped in the area presenting Arron Nunan with the opportunity to scores from the spot from which he duly obliged.
The expected onslaught after the restart never materialised as ‘Balla’ opted for the slower game spraying passes across the field but rarely troubling the visitors.
The second goal on the hour mark was a beauty. From a move started in their own defence Kevin Nolan took off on the right and provided a pin point cross onto the head of the inrunning Nunan to head in his and Balla’s second.
Nolan completed the scoring with a deft touch to guide Craig McMarlow’s cross to the net.
‘Balla’ will now take on Regional or Nenagh for a place in the quarter finals.

Ballynanty Rovers: Darren Whelan; Ger Higgins; Craig McMarlow; Ken Meehan; Ryan Earls; Derek Daly; Michael Guerin; TJ O'Dwyer; Eddie Byrnes; Arron Nunan; Kevin Nolan, Subs: Kevin Forde; David Donnan; Dan Lucey; Ronan Ryan
Herbertstown: James Bevan; Peter Sheeran; Shane Smalle; Ken O'Loughlin; Darragh O'Sullivan; Mike Leahy; Sean Hanley; Kieran McCarthy; Conor Burke; Joe Fogarty; Ger Kiely, Subs: Ian Maher; Jason Murphy; Mark Casey

Moyross 2 Parkville 0
Division 1A leaders Moyross had to pull out all the stops to get over the hurdle posed by Parkville before they marched into round two where they will meet the winners of Hyde Rgs and Star Rvs.
Ger Johnson put the home side in front and the game was still up for grabs until Stephen Hannon struck a crucial second after the break.
Moyross; Mike O’Donoghue, Luke Ward, Jon Power, Ben Johnson, Lee Boyle, Ger Johnson, Stephen Hannon, Greg Daly, Chris Kaya, Anthony McInerney, Barry Quinn, Sub Aaron Power

Mungret Reg 3
Brazuca 1 (aet)
Mungret Reg lying just behind Moyross in Div 1A found life even more difficult against Division 3B side Brazuca Utd.
The flamboyant visitors took a shock lead through Mandalin Rotorescu but Yacouba Yabre scored for the home side to ensure extra time.
The Mungret striker broke the visitors resolve in extra time scoring twice to complete his hat trick and secure Mungret's spot in round two.
Mungret Reg; James Roche, Conor Myers, Aidan Earlie, Brian cotter, Adam Costello, Colm Barrett, Adam Storan, Mark Purcell, Yacouba Yabre, Kian Barry, Cian McNicholas, Subs; Keelan sexton, Barry Danaher, Darragh Curran, Evan Barrett, David Burke

Cappamore 2
Coonagh Utd 6
Another side vying for Promotion to the top flight, Coonagh Utd had a comfortable win at Cappamore.
Joe Lonergan and Rob McLoughlin scored for the home side but goals from Gordon McKevitt (2), Billy Connors (2), William Brick and Joey Sheehan.
Coonagh; Gearoid Slattery, Seamus Moloney, Rory O'Neill, Graham Minogue, Aaron Costelloe, Joey Sheehan, Luke Doherty, Eoin Martin, Billy Connors, Ger Myles, William Brick, Eddie Radcliffe, Darren Martin, Gary Moore, Sam Power, Keith Doran

Corbally Utd 1
Athlunkard Villa 2
Level with Coonagh in Div 1A are Athlunkard Villa and they chalked up an impressive 2-1 win at Corbally Utd to set up a meet with Holycross in Round Two.
Seamus Finucane put Villa in front but Bryan Thompson levelled for Corbally shortly after.
With extra time looming Christian Kerley struck with the winner.
Athlunkard Villa; Allan Jennings, Seamus Finucane, Jack Clancy, Liam O'Reilly, Alan Colbert, Dermot McNamara, Ray Kerley, Jordan Boland, Donal O’Doherty, Shane Cope, Christian Kerley

Southend 1
Holycross 5
Holycross will be Villa’s opponents in Round Two following their big win at Southend.
The scorer in chief for the winners was John Carew who claimed four of their five goals. Tony Burke also scored for the winners with Jamie Lyons Jnr netting for the home side.
Holycross; Adam O’Doherty, Stephen Hanley, Paddy Moloney, Pappy Kelly, Gary McInerney, Niall O’Riordan, Ethan Butler, Tony Burke and Ryan Glynn, Subs; Chris Keane, Darragh Glynn, Aidan Morrissey

Meanus 1
Murroe 7
Murroe made light work of their trip to Meanus thanks in large part to the form of striker Liam Quinn who netted five times for the winners.
Dave Ryan and Shane Power completed the rout for the Division 1A side.
Murroe; Adam Newman, Darragh Ryan, Brian Quinn, Diarmuid Ahern, John Humphreys, Mike McNamara, Evan Walsh, Owen Roche, Shane Power, Dave Ryan, Liam Quinn, Subs Jack Barry ,William Clohessy, Andrew Kerley

Summerville Rvs 4
Glenview Rvs 1
Summerville Rvs progressed to meet Coonagh in Round Two by virtue of a 4-1 win over Glenview.
Goals from Keith O'Sullivan, Byron Fitzgerald, Shane Power and Brian Muldoon sealed the win. Sean Keane replied for Glenview.
Summerville Rvs; Jordan Kelly, Kevin Howard, Tony O'Mahony, Keith O'Sullivan, Shane Kiely, Byron Fitzgerald, Shane Power, Peter O'Ruairc, Marcus Kiely, Evan O'Grady, Brian Muldoon, Subs; Sean O'Donnell Conor McNamara and Dean Leamy

Castle Rvs 0
Hill Celtic 1 (aet)
One Division 1A to crash out was Castle Rvs who went down to a narrow defeat against Division 1B hopefuls Hill Celtic.
Dean Mitchell’s extra time strike won the tie and the reward is a home tie against Ballylanders.
Hill Celtic; Robert Power, David Corbett, Danny Sheehan, Jamie Leahy, Adrian Mitchell, Pa Boyle, Mike Lipper, Lee Reddan, Alex Purcell, Dean Mitchell, Daniel Malone, subs; Bobby Curtin, Ken Neylon, Hayden Johnson, Joe Monahan, Alan Aherne

Kennedy Park 4
Shelbourne 5 (aet)
Shelbourne came out tops in a nine goal thriller with Kennedy Park. Tied 3-3 at 90 minutes Shelbourne proved best in extra time with Liam Morris’ late strike deciding the tie.
Paul Storan, Cathal O’Connell, Nicky O’Connell and Brendan O’Dwyer were also on the mark for the winners. Stephen O’Brien, Thomas McInerney, Calvin Moran and Joe Rooney scored for the home side.
Shelbourne; Dave Moloney, Sam Egan, Liam Morris, Ryan Morris, Stephen Collins, Paul Storan, Brendan O’Dwyer, Mike White, Cathal O’Connell, Jack O’Donovan, Nick O’Connell, Subs, Sean Hartney, Jack Rice, Eoghan Flanagan, Karl Buckley

Newport 9
Northside 2
Newport had the perfect preparation for next week’s FAI Junior Cup tie with Aisling when they eased past Northside at Newport.
Christy Doyle continued his impressive scoring form claiming seven goals of the total. Brian O’Sullivan and Nathan Hartigan also obliged.
Newport; Brendan Coffey, Elliott Slattery, Jimmy Fyffe, Christy Connors, Kevin O’Brien, Peter O’Sullivan, Sean Ryan, David Kennedy, Dave Ryan, Christy Doyle, Brian O’Sullivan, Subs: Kalem Harte, Ben Wixted, Nathan Hartigan, Kevin Connolly, Mark McGuire

Patrickswell 7
Kilfrush 8
In an amazing game in Patrickswell the home side bowed out of the competition but not before a tremendous fightback saw them fall just short.
The visitors were untouchable in the opening half and ran up a 6-0 lead.
Unbowed Patrickswell emerged a transformed side after the restart and brought the game back to 6-5 before Kilfrush awoke from their slumber.
Kilfrush made it 7-5, 7-6 followed and the visitors clinched it at the death.
Nigel Foley and Lee Carey scored three apiece along with one from Mark Carmody to make up ‘well’s total while the winning scores came from Tyrique Leamy 2 Bradley McNamara 2 David Hannon 1 Mikey Bob Ryan, Neil Quinn and an own goal.

*Patrickswell asked to let it be known that they are greatly appreciative of the support they received from all the Clubs in their recent fund raising effort.

In other Lawson Cup games goals from Dean Egan (2) and Wayne Cronin helped Wembley to a 3-1 win at Castle Utd.
Dromore Celtic will play Janesboro in the next round following their 3-1 win over Abbey Rvs. Joe Lynch, Ed Cussen and Sean Buckley scored the winning goals.
Pallasgreen beat Caledonians with scores from Dave Ryan (2), Vinny Ryan and Ed Mulcahy and Knockainey went two better at home to Caherconlish. Dermot Walsh 2, Eamonn Carew, Nick Hayes 2 and Chris Crotty scored.
Caherdavin Celtic went down 3-2 to Ballylanders whose scorers were Shane Hennessy, Kieran O’Callaghan and Danny Frewen. In the remaining game Granville Rgs pipped Weston Villa 3-2.
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