SLIDESHOW: Limerick Junior Soccer weekend round up

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FAI JUNIOR CUP
Regional United 2
St Paul's, Artane 1 (aet)

REGIONAL United recorded a memorable 2-1 over Dublin AUL side St Pauls to reach the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday afternoon.
A good crowd showed up in Dooradoyle to cheer on the locals hoping they could make it two Limerick sides in the last 16 (following Aisling’s passage last weekend).
As it transpired it took a last gasp goal from Willie Griffin to avoid the lottery of a penalty shoot-out but it was nothing the home side did not deserve.
An evenly fought first half saw Regional go in ahead thanks to Evan Cusack’s opener. The visitors levelled from the spot through the impressive Alan Talbot but thereafter Regional were well in control.
The home side’s hopes were dealt a blow with the loss of key players Sean McSweeney and Sosuke Kimura, but to their credit they got on with their business and got what they deserved.
The back four were solid throughout and keeper Rob Shier was in top form. Clyde O’Connell joined namesake Kieran in the heart of midfield giving Regional a physical advantage while up front Willie Griffin always looked likely and it was fitting he should nab the winner.
Regional would have been two goals to the good in the first quarter but for a couple of stunning saves by Saints keeper Stephen Whelan.
He made a spectacular save to turn over a shot by Griffin and minutes later he somehow blocked a point blank header from Evan Cusack.
Regional were not be denied, however, and made the breakthrough when Ciaran O’Reilly’s short pass found Cusack who held off hos challenger before rounding the keeper and firing into the net from an acute angle.
Regional’s hopes of building on their lead after the restart were dashed inside a minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty for hand ball. The classy Talbot dispatched the ball to the bottom corner to level the tie.
Thereafter Regional controlled the ball, but their insistence on over-passing at times made it all too easy for the visiting defence to take shape.
The closest they went was a thundering header by Jack Lynch that rattled the crossbar before being cleared to safety.
Extra time looked like it too would fail to separate the sides when substitute Stephen Keeley gathered in the Saints half and drove through towards the visitors back four before finding Pat McDonagh on the right and his ball across the face of goal found the tireless Willie Griffin who got a touch at the near post to see his side through. Tramore will be the next obstacle at Dooradoyle for a place in the quarter finals of the National Cup.

Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Tom Frawley; Alan Murphy; David Cowpar; Jack Lynch; Pat McDonagh; Kieran O'Connell; Clyde O'Connell; Evan Cusack; Willie Griffin; Ciaran O'Reilly. Subs: Ross Fitzgerald; Stephen Keeley; Declan Cusack; Ian Hughes
St Paul's: Stephen Whelan; Stephen Young; Gavin Fitzsimons; Richard Grimes; Paul Morgan; Colin Smith; Ryan Fitzsimons; Peter Keegan; Ger Keating; Alan Talbot; Nathan Donoghue. Subs: Cian Lindsey; Shane Murphy.

TUOHY CUP
Aisling Annacotty 5
Prospect Priory 0

AISLING qualified for the semi finals of the Tuohy Cup by virtue of an easier than expected win over Prospect at Jackman Park on Wednesday evening.
Two goals from Ben Banaghan put Aisling in control and before the break 15 year old Rory O’Dwyer scored the goal of the game guiding a header past Darren Glasheen. A missed penalty after the restart summed up Prospect’s night

Aisling: Brian O’ Connor, Kennedy N’dip, Nathan O Callaghan, Graham Bourke, Fionn Hurley, Ronan O’Dwyer, Eoghan Burke, Brian Butler, Jason Lipper, Aaron Murphy, Ben Banaghan, Subs Steve Walsh, James Cleary.

LAWSON CUP

Hyde Rgs 3 Moyross 3 (Hyde Rgs won 5-4 on pens aet)

HYDE Rangers turned in another highly impressive performance to see off Division 1A leaders Moyross in an exciting Lawson Cup tie on Sunday morning.
Hyde’s victory is even more impressive considering they were missing a large chunk of their team who were on a pre-arranged trip to the UK.
The Division 2A leaders showed no inferiority complex and took the game to their more vaunted opponents right from the off.
They got their reward within minutes. A well struck shot by Luke Kennedy struck the Moyross crossbar but brother Ben, following up, headed the rebound to the net.
Things got even better for Hyde on fifteen minutes when Luke Kennedy was upended in the area and from the spot kick Aidan O’Brien converted to give the home side a two goal lead. As expected, Moyross responded but found Hyde keeper Ronan Power in top form.
The Hyde net finder could do little to stop Lee Boyle from pulling one back before the break. After the restart, Moyross were back on level terms when a cleverly worked free kick by Barry Quinn saw the ball drilled across goal where Jonathan Power arrived on cue to fire home.
The Division A side seemed to complete their comeback when Craig Collopy Duggan put them 3-2 ahead but with time running the concession by Moyross of another penalty gave Hyde the opportunity to level from the spot and Aidan O’Brien kept his cool to send the game to extra time.
Twenty minutes failed to separate the sides and penalties were called for and it was the Division 2A side who progressed when veteran Ger Nash slotted home the deciding kick.

Hyde: Ronan Power, Dylan Bourke, Brian Slattery, Ryan McCormack, Jonathan Somers, Ger Nash, Aidan O’Brien, Richard Benn, Steve Fitzmaurice, Luke Kennedy,Ben Kennedy. Subs: James Daveron, Dale Hannon, Tom Langley, Darren Shine,
Moyross: Michael O’Donoghue, Luke Ward, Lee Boyle, Ben Johnson, Jonathan Power, Thomas Quinn, Ger Johnson, Greg Daly, Barry Quinn, Stephen Hannon, Aaron Power, Subs: Deon Leo, John Ryan, Jamie Ryan, Craig Collopy Duggan, Anthony McInerney, Anthony Lee.


Pallasgreen 2
Aisling Annacotty 3 (AET)


AISLING kept up their good run, barely, with a hard earned win at Division 2B Pallasgreen.
The underdogs took a two goal lead thanks to a brace from Vinny Ryan and with ten minutes remaining it looked like they might hold out for a shock win.
However Steve Daly headed home from Killian Moloney’s corner to make it 2-1 on 80 minutes. Aisling got out of jail when Stepehn Goggins’ effort rebounded to Dylan Sheehan to head home.
Extra time saw the Premier side clinch it when new signing Ian Dore’s left footed strike found the net.

AISLING; Steve Walsh, Jimmy Burke, Fionn Hurley, Steve Daly, Graham Bourke, Steve Goggins, Ian Dore, Oisin Kelly, Colm O Reilly, Aaron Murphy, James Cleary, Subs Kennedy Ndip , Killian Moloney, Dylan Sheehan.


Holycross 2 Murroe 1

Holycross came out tops in their tussle with fellow Division 1A side Murroe.
Two goals from ace striker Tony Burke decided the tie. Dave Ryan netted for Murroe.

Holycriss reward is a home tie v Athlunkard Villa for a place in the last eight.

Holycross: Adam O’Doherty, Stephen Hanley, Barry Kirby, Shane Mulready, Pappy Kelly, Gary McInerney, Niall O’Riordan, John Carew, Aidan Morrissey, Ethan Butler, Tony Burke. Subs: Ryan Glynn, Paddy Moloney, Martin Carew and Kyle Dillon.


Knockainey 9 Carew Park 0

Knockainey proved too strong for a youthful Carew Park XI and advanced with ease. Goals from Eamon Carew (2), Denis O’Dea (2), Nick Hayes (2), Danny Holten, Chris Crotty and Shane Finch did the damage.
KNOCKAINEY: Richie Mcauliffe, Brian O’Connell, Shane Finch, Padraig Barron, Dermot Walsh, James Hayes, Dinny Aherne, Eamon Carew, Denis O'Dea, John Tierney, Nick Hayes, Subs: Mal Hayes, Eddie Winters, Danny Holten, Michael Hickey, Chris Crotty.

Janesboro 10
Dromore Celtic 0

As expected Janesboro were much too strong for a gallant Dromore side who gave their all.
Keith Mawdsley claimed five of the goals. Shane Clarke bagged four while Danny O’Neill also got in on the act. As their reward ‘Boro now travel to meet Kilfrush next weekend.
Janesboro; Adrian Duhig, Andy O'Neill, Lee O'Mara, Aidan Hurley, Ryan O'Doherty, Dylan Kelly Higgins, Aaron Grant, Mike Ryan, Shane Stack, Shane Clarke, Keith Mawdsley, Subs: Evan Lynch, Kevin Barry, Thomas Lyons, Tom Clarke.

Newport 6 Kilmallock 1

NEWPORT showed no ill effects from last week’s FAI defeat to Aisling when they hosted another premier side on Sunday and beat Kilmallock 6-1.
It was a highly impressive performance by the Tipperary men and augers well for their return to Division 1A next season. Sean Ryan scored a hat-trick for the winners whose other goals came from Paul Ryan, Dave Ryan and Christy Connors. Ben Quirke replied for an out of sorts Kilmallock.

Newport: Harry Ryan, Mark McGuire, Jimmy Fyffe, Elliot Slattery, Kevin Connolly, Peter o Sullivan, Christy Connors, Paul Ryan, Sean Ryan, Dave Ryan
Kilmallock: Bryan Murphy, Anthony Barrett, Benni Burke, John Heffernan, Paul Moloney, Killian Hayes, Killian Lyons, Jason Heffernan, Ben Quirke, Paul Doona, Eoin Burchill: Subs: Evan Hudner, Tommy Heffernan, Jake Mulcahy, Sub Steven Quirke


Summerville Rvs 0
Coonagh Utd 1

FIVE wins and a draw in their last six games gives an indication of the form Coonagh are in and although they had to pull out all the stops, it was no surprise to see them advance.
Ger Myles with his 11th goal of the season, scored the only goal of a tight game for the winners.

Coonagh Utd; Kieran Simmonds, Seamus Moloney, Darren Martin, Rory O'Neill, Aaron Costelloe, Eoin Martin, Gordon McKevitt, William Brick, Joey Sheehan, Ger Myles, Martin Deady, Subs: Sam Power, Conor Cusack, Gary Moore, Keith Doran.

Hill Celtic 4 Ballylanders 1

COONAGH'S opponents in the next round will be Hill Celtic who saw off Ballylanders in a 4-1 win over Ballylanders.
On the mark for the winners were Dan Malone, Pat Boyle, Hayden Johnson and Ken Nealon.
Hill Celtic: Robert Power, Johnny Corbett, David Corbett, Danny Sheehan, Jamie Leahy, Alex Purcell, Kenneth Nealon, Pa Boyle, Michael Lipper, Dean Mitchell, Aaron Dawson, Subs: Adrian Mitchell, Daniel Malone, Lee Reddan, Hayden Johnson, Cian Quinn.

Wembley Rvs 2 Kilfrush 5

Kilfrush’s high scoring form continued on Sunday when they beat Wembley 5-2 in UL. Wayne Cronin scored twice for the home side, but goals from new signing Aaron Power (2), Mike Ryan (2) and Bradley McNamara.
Prospect 3 Lisnagry 1

PROSPECT, as expected, did not have things all their own way hosting Lisnagry in the Lawson Cup but were strong enough to progress.
Their 'prize' is a clash with Pike Rvs for a quarter final berth. Dom Fitzgerald, James Cleary and Trevor Hogan scored the winning goals.

PROSPECT: Darren Glasheen. Dom Fitzgerald. Dean Glasheen. Evan O Grady. Cyril Maher. James Cleary. Danny Colbert.Trevor Hogan. Dean Casey. Darren Hanlon. Philip Naughton. Subs: Ian Clancy Adrian Healy Derek Hanlon.


Mungret Reg 2
Granville Rgs 1

GRANVILLE put up a good showing against high flying Division 1A side Mungret Regional before bowing out by the odd goal in three. Young guns Cian McNicholas and Colm Barrett scored the winning goals. Mungret will host Fairview in the next round.

Premier League

Pike Rovers 3 Geraldines 0

IT was the O’Donovan Brother show at the Pike Field on Sunday when Eddie and Wayne turned on the style to share the three goals that saw Pike past Geraldines.
The win was a perfect response from the Pike side to last weeks FAI exit and it also reduces Janesboro’s lead at the top of the table to four points. It’s the third time this season the sides have met and once again Geraldines proved a tough nut to crack for the Hoops.
Scoreless at the break, the home side upped the tempo after the restart to take control. Up to kick off brothers Wayne or Eddie had failed to find the target this season but in perfect synergy the duo combined when Eddie’s inch perfect cross was powerfully headed home by Wayne.
The compliment was repaid minutes later when Wayne’s delivery was headed home by Eddie.
The scoring was completed when another superb delivery by Eddie was met at the back post by Wayne to head in his second.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne Colbert; Jonathan Hannafin; Pat Mullins; Ian Fletcher; Shane Walsh; Wayne O'Donovan; Conor Kavanagh; Paddy O'Malley; Steve McGann; Eddie O'Donovan. Subs: Adam Lipper; Jonathan Grant; Jason Mullins; Brian O'Callaghan
Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Morgan Clancy; Shane Cox; Thomas O'Grady; Bobby Tier; Donie Curtin; George Daffy; Christy O'Neill; Dean McNamara; Shane Byrne; Ian O'Donoghue. Subs: Paudie Reale; Paul Fitzgerald; Ger Bourke.

Nenagh AFC 0
Ballynanty Rovers 3

Ballynanty, following their surprise exit from the FAI junior cup a few weeks back have responded well and on Sunday recorded their third consecutive win hitting Nenagh for five at the Tipperary venue.
Kevin Nolan was the scorer in chief for Balla claiming a hat-trick with Eddie Byrnes notching two.

Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage, Jack Dunne, Mark McKenna, Bryan McGee, Eoin Coffey, Jack Daly, Roy Creagh, Thomas Sheppard, Danny Butler, Luke Kennedy, Ryan Gilmartin
Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Dan Lucey; Ger Higgins; Ken Meehan; Alex Baker; Michael Guerin; Eddie Byrnes; Dermot Fitzgerald; Ronan Ryan; Kevin Nolan; Derek Daly.