SLIDESHOW: Mixed fortunes for Limerick sides in FAI Junior Cup

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


FAI Junior Cup

Aisling Annacotty 2
Newport 1

As expected the local derby in the FAI Junior Cup between Aisling and Newport proved a close affair with the Premier side just edging out Newport.
Aaron Murphy’s goal ten minutes from time separated the sides at full time in a game that attracted a large crowd to Annacotty on Sunday afternoon.
While the affair was not for the purists it was a full blooded cup game that kept the crowd in place until the final whistle.
Despite plying their trade two divisions lower than their hosts, it was Newport who showed greater hunger for the tie and with a little luck could well have gone in ahead at the break.
Christy Doyle had two good efforts saved by Brian O’Connor in the Aisling goal.
The home side barely strung three passes together all afternoon uncharacteristically reverting to hoofing the ball away time and again.
In the end they dug deep and reached the last 16 of the competition.
Jason Lipper put Aisling ahead with an opportunistic header. Dylan Sheehan was taken out in a tackle and with most focused on the referee, the Aisling striker nodded the ball home.
The second half continued in much the same vein with both sides struggling to get momentum but the visitors were back on level terms after the hour mark when Dave Ryan and Christy Doyle traded passes before the latter blasted in from close range.
It was the former Fairview striker’s 28th goal of the season for the Tipperary side but a second yellow card saw the talisman take an early shower minutes later.
Aisling took advantage and grabbed the winner through substitute Aaron Murphy.
Nathan O’Callaghan delivered into the area and the effective Murphy rose above all to get a touch to put the ball over Jimmy Fyffe and into the net.

Aisling Annacotty: Brian O'Connor; Kennedy N'dip; Killian Moloney; Graham Burke; Steven Daly; Nathan O'Callaghan; Ben Banaghan; Dylan Sheehan; Jason Lipper; James Cleary, Subs Aaron Murphy, Ronan O’Dwyer.

Newport: Jimmy Fyffe, Kevin O’Brien, Mark McGuire, Elliott Slattery, Christy O’Connor, Peter O’Sullivan, Dave Ryan, Darren Collins, Christy Doyle, Brian O’Sullivan, Sean Ryan.

Sheriff YC 2-2 Pike Rovers
(Sheriff won 5-4 on pens aet)

Pike Rvs’ FAI Junior Cup hopes for this season were dashed on Sunday in the cruellest way possible, going down on a penalty shoot out against favourites Sheriff YC.
Pike Rvs started the tie well and took the lead when Paddy O’Malley’s shot sailed over the keeper to the net.
Things looked even brighter for the ‘Hoops’ after the half hour mark when Sheriff were reduced to ten men when Ogleby was red carded.
Things still appeared to be going Pike’s way when Gary Neville made a fine save to deny John Lester from the penalty spot but the former Limerick FC player was not to be denied and within a minute he made amends, flicking the ball home.
Darragh Rainsford, in his last game for the Hoops before signing for Cork City, looked like restoring Pike’s lead after rounding keeper Lee Murphy but his effort struck the post.
Despite playing with a man less, the Dublin side were having the better of the second period.
They took the lead when Leon Hayes hit a screamer from out on the right giving Neville no chance.
With ten minutes remaining Pike got back on level terms when O’Malley scored his second after good work by Jonathan Grant.
Extra time failed to separate the sides and like last season penalties proved the Limerick side’s undoing going down 5-4.

Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Jonathan Hannafin; Wayne Colbert; Pat Mullins; Conor Kavanagh; Shane Walsh; Steve McGann; Paddy O'Malley; Jonathan Grant; Darragh Rainsford. Subs:Colin Daly; Ian Fletcher, (and) Jason Mullins; Brian O'Callaghan; Adam Lipper

Premier League Games
Geraldines 0-6 Janesboro

Janesboro increased their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points over Pike Rovers and they did it in style hitting an in-form Geraldines for six at Garryowen Green on Sunday.
The champions looked refreshed the Christmas break and were back to their best. Stephen Bradley returned for the visitors who took the lead after five minutes when Niall Hanley was allowed stride across the Geraldines back four before calmly shooting back across the keeper into the bottom corner.
Before Geraldines had time to regroup they were two down when an excellent cross from Danny O’Neill picked out Shane Clarke in the box who powered a header home. The contest was killed off before the break when Clarke scored his second and Janesboro’s third.
Janesboro did not relent after the restart and tacked on further goals from Mike Ryan, Keith Mawdsley and Clarke completed his fourth hat trick of the season.

Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Shane Cox; Paul Fitzgerald; Clifton Carey; Thomas O'Grady; Morgan Clancy; Dean McNamara; Donie Curtin; Shane Byrne; Christy O'Neill; Paul Campbell. Subs: Ross Mitchell

Janesboro: John Mulready; Danny O'Neill; Ryan O'Doherty; Lee O'Mara; Aidan Hurley; Mike Ryan; Niall Hanley; Steven Bradley; Adrian Power; Kevin Barry; Shane Clarke

Ballynanty Rovers 2
Prospect Priory 1

Ballynanty maintained their winning form with a hard earned win over Prospect Priory at LIT on Sunday. The home side lead through a David Donnan goal at the break but pressed the self destruct button, allowing Pat Whelan to block a clearance and watched the ball roll into an empty net.
To their credit, Balla responded well and got their reward when Ger Higgins struck a late winner.

Ballynanty Rovers: Darren Whelan; Ger Higgins; Craig McMarlow; Dermot Fitzgerald; Ken Meehan; Eddie Byrnes; Michael Guerin; Ronan Ryan; Derek Daly; Kevin Nolan; David Donnan. Subs Shane Kelly, Kevin Forde, Darragh Hughes

Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; Ian Maher; Evan O'Grady; Adrian Healy; Cyril Maher; Dean Casey; Philip Naughton; Ian Clancy; Pat Whelan; James Cleary; Subs:Danny Colbert; John Boyle; Trevor Hogan; Dom Fitzgerald; Darren Hanlo

Jack Tuohy Cup

Fairview Rgs 5
Nenagh AFC 0
Fairview qualified for a semi final clash with Pike Rvs in the Tuohy Cup with a comfortable win over Nenagh in Jackman Park on Wednesday evening. The winners took the lead on 15 minutes from a good individual goal by James Fitzgerald.
Two Ross Mann goals before the break effectively ended the tie as a contest.
After the break Mann was taken down for a penalty which offered him the chance to complete a hat trick but Aaron Savage saved well. Unfortunately for the netminder Josh O’Rahilly was on hand to finish neatly.
Mann provided a pin point cross that was tucked away by Robbie Kelleher to complete the scoring.

Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Josh Considine; Jamie Enright; Paul Danaher; Adam Frahill; Conor McCormack; Josh O'Rahilly; James Fitzgerald; Ross Mann; Robbie Kelleher. Subs: Clive Healy; Reece Healy; Blake Curran; Scott Kirwin

Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Daniel Ryan; Eoin Coffey; Bryan McGee; Mark McKenna; Jack Daly; Luke Kennedy; Ryan Gilmartin; Dan Butler; Jack Sanders; Thomas Shepard.
Lawson Cup

Fairview Rgs 5
Shelbourne 1

Following on from their mid-week win in the Tuohy Cup, Fairview turned in another five goal performance, seeing off Shelbourne in the Lawson Cup.
In a hard fought opening half, Josh Considine’s goal was all that separated the sides on forty-five minutes.
After the break, Shelbourne levelled the tie through Nick O’Connell but the Premier side upped the tempo thereafter producing goals from Robbie Kelleher (2), Thomas Byrnes and AJ O’Connor.
Fairview will now play the winners of Granville or Mungret for a place in the quarter finals.

Fairview Rgs: Richard Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Josh Considine; Jamie Enright; Paul Danaher; Ross Mann; AJ O'Connor; Josh O'Rahilly; James Fitzgerald; Robbie Kelleher; Conor McCormack. Subs: Thomas Byrnes

Shelbourne; Dave Moloney, Sean Hartney, Ryan Morris, Stephan Collins, Paul Storan, Sam Egan, Liam Morris, Brendan O’Dwyer, Dave Hanrahan, Nick O’Connell, Jack Rice, Subs Eoghan Flanagan, Karl Buckley, Niall Hogan

Regional Utd 3
Nenagh AFC 0
Regional eased into the next round of the Lawson Cup with a win on Saturday evening against a Nenagh side lacking in confidence. To their credit the Tipperary side held Regional scoreless to the break, thanks in a large part to the performance of Aaron Savage. The Nenagh keeper produced a string of fine saves including a penalty save from Kieran O’Connell.
However their luck could not hold and after the break a double from Willie Griffin and a goal from former player Ciaran O’Reilly sealed the result for the Dooradoyle Club.

Regional Utd: Kevin Walsh; Ian Hughes; Alan Murphy; David Cowpar; Jack Lynch; Ewan O'Brien; Declan Cusack; Kieran O'Connell; Ciaran O'Reilly; Willie Griffin; Evan Cusack. Subs: Martin Madden; Tom Frawley; Mike Reidy; Jack O'Donovan; Clyde O'Connell

Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Daniel Ryan; Mark McKenna; Eoin Coffey; Declan O'Meara; Jack Daly; Tommy Martin; Luke Kennedy; Jack Sanders; Dan Butler; Arthur Mitchell

Athlunkard Villa 3
Charleville 1

Division 1A side continued their hex over Premier side Charleville when they beat the Cork side to advance in the Lawson Cup on Sunday.
Jack Clancy put Villa in front before AJ Moloney levelled for the visitors.
Seamus Finucane restored Villa’s lead before the break and the game was in the balance until the final few minutes when the bane of Charleville’s life struck again.

Christian Kerley who scored the insurance goal has scored in the last nine games against the Cork side.

Athlunkard Villa; Alan Jennings, Seamus Finucane, Jamie Kerley, Jack Clancy, Alan Colbert, , Dermot McNamara, Jordan Boland, Ray Kerley, Manni Ajuong, Stephen Carmody, Christian Kerley

Charleville; David Parajnak, William Dillon, Ross Foley, Gavin Mullins, Jason O’Hara, Marty Foley, Gary Ward, John O’Driscoll, Tony Curtin, AJ Moloney, Shane Dillon

Hyde Rgs 2 - 1 Star Rvs

The top two teams in Division 2A met in the Lawson and Hyde edged out Star by the odd goal. Ger Nash and Evan Shine were on the mark for Hyde and Adam McInerney replied for Star. An injury to James Slattery marred the occasion and both teams wish him a speedy recovery.
In the Open Cup Fairview C qualified for final following their 2-1 win over Kilmallock. Craig Reddan and Wayne Lee scored the winning goals.
In the final they will play either Lisnagry or Cappamore B who beat Hyde Rgs B 2-1 yesterday. Dara McKenna and Aaron Daly scored for the winners. Dale Hannon netted for Hyde.
Evan Barrett's goal puts Mungret back top in Division 1A while Coonagh are a point behind after hitting Holycross for six. Billy Connors (3), Eddie Radcliffe, Mark McGrath and Ger Myles netted for Coonagh.
Hat tricks fro Bradley McNamara, David Hannon and Mikey Ryan helped Kilfrush to a big win over Granville which keeps them top in Division 1B.
Hill Celtic keep in touch following a 5-0 win over Caherdavin. Aaron Dawson (3), Lee Reddan and Ken Nealon scored.
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