SLIDESHOW: Limerick soccer sides excel in Cup competitions

Tuohy Cup
Janesboro 2
Aisling Annacotty 0
Janesboro qualified for the final of the Premier League’s Jack Tuohy Cup with a 2-0 win over Aisling at local headquarters on Wednesday evening last.
A decent crowd, considering the conditions, turned out for the game where a goal in each half saw ‘Boro’ through to the decider where they await the winners of Fairview and Pike Rovers.
There was little in the way of clear cut chances in the opening half but the winners took a lead in at the break courtesy of Thomas Clarke pouncing on a loose ball from a corner kick to fire home from 8 yards.
After the break Aisling pushed more forward in search for an equaliser but found the ‘Boro’ rearguard proved too strong.
Keith Mawdsley added the crucial second to secure the win, cutting in from the left to fire home.
Janesboro; John Mulready, Danny O'Neill, Ryan O'Doherty, Lee O'Mara, Tom Clarke, Mike Ryan, Niall Hanley, Adrian Power, Steven Bradley, Shane Clarke, Keith Mawdsley, Subs; Aaron Grant, Shane Stack
Aisling; Brian O'Connor, Kennedy N'dip, Fionn Hurley, Steven Daly, Darren Harrington, Graham Burke, Brian Butler, Aaron Murphy, Jason Lipper, Rory O'Dwyer, Eoghan Burke, Subs; Oisin Kelly, Ian Dore, Killian Moloney, Colm O'Reilly

Lawson Cup
Aisling 3
Knockainey 2 (aet)
For the second time in three games Aisling have had to pull out all the stops to get past a team from the lower leagues.
On Saturday evening the Annacotty side trailed Division 1A side Knockainey 2-1 with five minutes remaining but again showed great resolve to level and then win in extra time.
It’s a trait that will do little for the nerves of Mike Aherne, but they will be content to have secured a quarter final berth where they will play Janesboro.
Dinny Aherne and Chris Crotty, with two superb efforts from outside the box, netted for Knockainey. Aaron Murphy and a late equaliser by Ben Banaghan brought the game to extra time when Jason Lipper converted from a spot kick to seal the win.
Aisling Annacotty; Steve Walsh, Kennedy Ndip, James Cleary, Steve Goggin, Steve Daly, Dylan Sheehan, Colm O Reilly, Ben Banaghan, Killian Moloney, Jason Lipper, Aaron Murphy, Subs, Darren Harrington, Ian Dore, Brian Butler

Kilfrush 1
Janesboro 4
Janesboro will play Aisling in the quarter finals of the Lawson Cup following their win over Kilfrush on Sunday morning. It topped off a good week for the Premier League champions making it three wins with a 16-1 goal difference.
Janesboro took the lead through Keith Mawdsley but the home side levelled through Tyrique Leamy.
A penalty save by Cian O’Grady denied Shane Clarke but the ‘Boro’ striker put his side back in front midway through the second half. Clarke netted again from a free kick and Mawdsley, with his second, completed the scoring.
Janesboro; Adrian Duhig, Danny O'Neill, Ryan O'Doherty, Aidan Hurley, Tom Clarke, Shane Stack, Steven Bradley, Niall Hanley, Adrian Power, Shane Clarke, Keith Mawdsley, Sub, Aaron Grant

PJ Matthews Limerick Premier League

Charleville 2
Fairview Rgs 4
Fairview Rangers took the points on their trip to Charleville on Saturday evening.
The home side in dire need for points had a disastrous start to proceedings and found themselves three goals behind.
A good comeback saw Shane Dillon and Pat O’Callaghan reduced the deficit to one before Reece Healy made sure of the points for Fairview.
AJ O’Connor was the hero of the night scoring a hat trick for the winners.
Charleville; David Parajnak, Jason O’Hara, Ross Foley, Gavin Mullins, Kieran O’Donoghue, Charlie Baker, Gary Ward, John O’Driscoll, Luke Doyle, Shane Dillon, Pa O Callaghan
Fairview Rgs; Barry Ryan, Liam Byrnes, Josh Considine, Jamie Enright, Paul Danaher, Adam Frahill, AJ O'Connor, John Mullane, Thomas Byrnes, Robbie Kelleher, Ross Mann, Subs; Reece Healy, Josh O'Rahilly, James Fitzgerald, Brian Fitzgerald

Carew Park 1
Nenagh 7
(Match abandoned 85 mins due to injury)
A nasty clash, in which a player from both sides was carried away injured, saw this game called up a few minutes prematurely with the Tipperary lads well in control.
Dan Butler and Jack Sanders scored two apiece with Tommy Martin, Nathan Kelly and Archie Mitchell also netting.

Munster Junior Cup 4th Round

Holycross 2
Sporting Ennistymon 3
Holycross went close to making it a clean sweep for Limerick sides on Sunday but came up just short at home to Sporting Ennistymon. Two goals from Sean McConigley had the visitors in control by the break but Ryan Glynn reduced the deficit after the break.
James McConigley restored the visitors two goal advantage and while Chris Browne did make it a one goal game the home side just could not get the break they deserved.
Holycross; Adam Doherty, Stephen Hanley, Pappy Kelly, Barry Kirby, Shane Mulready, Paddy Moloney, Gary McInerney, John Carew, Ryan Glynn, Tony Burke, Ethan Butler, Subs, Chris Browne, Aidan Moloney, Dara Glynn

Pike Rvs 3
City Wanderers 2
Pike Rovers will take on Hibernians or Borroway Rovers for a quarter final place in the Munster Junior Cup following their hard earned win over City Wanderers in the Pike Club on Sunday.
The current holders of the Trophy made hard work of their victory over the Cork Division 1 side.
The home side never looked in danger of losing the tie but were unimaginative for most of the afternoon.
They took the lead when Jonathan Grant was upended in the area and Wayne O’Donovan converted the spot kick.
Ian Fletcher’s first goal for the Hoops was the only thing that warmed the spectators with a daisy cutter from 35 yards that nestled into the bottom corner for a superb goal.
Pike’s insistence on slowing down the play when it was obvious the opposition didn’t fancy when the tempo was increased only further frustrated the ‘Hoops’
City gave themselves hope when they pulled one back from a well struck free kick but Paddy O’Malley’s goal restored the tow goal advantage.
The visitors never gave up and were rewarded with a second goal near the end.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Jason Mullins; Jonathan Hannafin; Adam Lipper; Ian Fletcher; Wayne O'Donovan; Colin Daly; Shane Walsh; Eddie O'Donovan; Jonathan Grant; Paddy O'Malley. Subs; Steve McGann; Pat Mullins; Wayne Colbert

Geraldines 3
Douglas Hall 0
Geraldines, finalists in the provincial tournament a few years back, turned in an impressive performance to see off Douglas Hall in Garryowen.
A pre-game injury to Evan Moloney saw Keith McCarthy called into action and the keeper turned in a fine performance for the winners.
The home side had the perfect start taking the lead after ten minutes. Karl Turner played the ball into the area where Shane Byrne swiveled on the six yard line to fire to the net.
On the half hour mark Turner burst through to be taken down by Adam Mullins but the keeper made amends by saving Byrnes’ resulting spot kick.
Just before the break ‘Dines’ doubled the lead when Christy O’Neill crossed for Turner to loop a header over the keeper into the net.
The second half was a tight affair but Geraldines added to their lead 15 minutes from time when Byrnes’ shot was parried into the path of Donie Curtin who tucked away the rebound. Geraldines will now travel to meet Pilltown of Waterford for a place in the last eight.
Geraldines: Keith McCarthy; Clifton Carey; Paul Fitzgerald; Bobby Tier; Thomas O'Grady; Christy O'Neill; Donie Curtin; Shane Cox; Shane Byrne; Karl Turner; Dean McNamara. Subs:Ian O'Donoghue; Ger Bourke; George Daffy; Paul Campbell; Paudie Reale.

Peake Villa 0
Regional Utd 2
One of the most impressive results of the weekend was Regional’s 2-0 win at top Tipperary outfit Peake Villa.
In a tough encounter the Limerick side broke the deadlock five minutes from the break.
Willie Griffin collected on the wing and did well to get by the centre back. His shot across the keeper was saved very well but it fell invitingly to Pat McDonagh who finished it off. Regional added the insurance goal midway through the second half when following a good build up Griffin squared the ball to Evan Cusack, who took it down on his chest and lobbed the keeper.
Regional’s reward is a mouth watering clash with Newmarket Celtic.
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Tom Frawley; Alan Murphy; Jack Lynch; David Cowpar; Ross Fitzgerald; Pat McDonagh; Clyde O'Connell; Willie Griffin; Kieran O'Connell; Evan Cusack. Subs: Declan Cusack; Ian Hughes; Martin Madden; Mike Reidy

Killarney Celtic 0
Ballynanty Rvs 0
(Balla won on pens aet)
Ballynanty Rvs goalkeeper Stephen McNamara turned in a memorable performance to guide ‘Balla’ into the last 16 of the Munster Junior Cup.
A penalty save with the sides tied was followed by three saves in the ensuing penalty shoot out, not to mention a number of crucial saves throughout the game.
In a turgid affair both sides cancelled each other out all through but the Limerick side kept their composure to prevail in the shoot-out.
For their efforts ‘Balla’ will travel to Cork to take on Grattan for a place in the last eight.
Ballynanty Rvs; Stephen McNamara, Ger Higgins, Dara Hughes, Shane Guerin, Ken Meehan, Eddie Byrnes, Ronan Ryan, Michael Guerin, Derek Daly, Kevin Nolan, Dermot Fitzgerald, Subs, Arron Nunan, David Donnan

Avenue Utd 0
Kilmallock Utd 1
A super performance by Kilmallock saw them pull off a shock win over top Clare side Avenue Utd.
With just one win in their last five outings few gave Kilmallock a chance going into the tie but they proved their critics wrong with a gritty display.
Chances were at a premium all through and it looked certain to be going to penalties until Barry Sheedy collected the ball two minutes from time and let fly with a screamer from 20 yards that rifled to the top corner for a goal worthy of winning any game.
Kilmallock will now meet Sporting Ennistymon with every belief that they can make the last eight.
Kilmallock: Rob Egan; Anthony Barrett; Bennie Burke; Dave Todd; Jake Mulcahy; Anthony Punch; Paul Doona; Barry Sheedy; Jason Heffernan; Killian Hayes; Tommy Heffernan.

Pearse Celtic 1
Prospect Priory 1
(Match abandoned 45 minutes due to injury)
A nasty injury to Pearse Celtic’ Eoin Harrington saw this Munster Junior tie abandoned at half time with the sides deadlocked at 1-1.
Philip Naughton scored for Prospect after the home side had taken an early lead.
So it’s back to Cork again for Derek Braddish’s side to complete the task.


The lead in Division 1A continues to change hands weekly and this week its the turn of Coonagh to take top billing after a 4-2 win at Summerville
Billy Connors (2), Gordon McKevitt and Eoin Martin scored the winning goals. Marcus Kiely and Evan O'Grady replied for Rovers.
Moyross slipped up at home to Aisling. Barry Quinn and Craig Collopy netted for the home side but goals from Lorcan Feeney (2) and Evan O'Neill won the points.
In the Southside Derby Hill Celtic came out tops 4-0 over Southend.
Aaron Dawson put Celtic on their way before David Corbett added a second. Second half scores from Cian Quinn and Bobby Curtin sealed the win.
Div 2A leaders Hyde Rgs recorded another impressive win hitting Charleville for five without reply.
The win means Hyde need just two points from their six remaining games to seal promotion. Evan Shine scored twice with Richard Benn, James Davern and Aidan O'Brien also obliging.
In Youth Division Three Carew Park scored a superb 3-1 win over leaders Lisnagry. Goals from Wassiou Ayawe, Adam Dore and Myles Casey sets up an exciting finish to the League race.
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