SLIDESHOW: Weekend Desmond League Previews

Frank Nelligan

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The hope going into Sunday’s Munster Junior Cup fourth round ties was that Abbeyfeale United and Broadford United would both win, thereby setting up a fifth round tie between the two in Riverside Park and guaranteeing that the Limerick Desmond League would have a team in the quarter-finals.
Broadford came through on their side by winning 3-1 in extra-time at home to Fenit Samphires but they will travel to the banks of the Suir rather than the banks of the Feale after Carrick United scored an injury-time winner to secure a 2-1 victory in Abbeyfeale.
Broadford had to come from behind to earn their passage into the last 16. John Paul King equalised to leave the teams level at half-time. The closest that either team came to scoring in the second-half was when a Fenit player rounded the keeper only to see his shot cleared off the line by James Molyneaux. Fenit were denied by a goal-line clearance again five minutes from the end of extra-time, Willie O’Brien coming to Broadford’s rescue on this occasion. A penalty shoot-out was looming until skipper Micheal Brosnan struck to score from a low Ronan Cahill cross three minutes from then end. Brosnan then scored the insurance goal by converting from the penalty spot in the last minute after Kieran Flynn had been brought down.


Riedy Cup
AK United are through to the Riedy Cup Final after a 40th minute goal by Blaine Collins proved enough to win the semi-final away to Shannonside FC.


Richard Hogan Cup
Pallaskenry and Creeves Celtic both advanced to the Richard Hogan Cup semi-finals after hard-earned victories. Pallaskenry fell behind to visitors Abbeyfeale United B, for whom Joe Weir opened the scoring in the 48th minute. Evan Kelly equalised five minutes later and his brother Ryan scored the winner in the 78th minute.
Creeves were 1-0 up at half-time away to Askeaton with a goal from Richard Hayes and were looking good when Tom Shanahan doubled their lead two minutes into the second-half. Askeaton staged a great comeback to level with goals from Jeff Duggan and Brandon Murphy but Creeves were not to be denied and Shanahan scored the winner in the 83rd minute.


Premier Division
Rathkeale moved three points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 5-0 victory at home to Carrig Celtic. Keith Harnett bagged a brace and the other scorers were Mark O’Sullivan, Pa Ahern and Mikey Hickey.
Newcastle West Town took a giant step towards finishing fourth at worst when they won 2-1 away to Glin Rovers. Cormac Kinehan opened the scoring for the visitors in the second-half, Oliver Wallace equalised and Scott Hurley scored an 80th minute winner.


Division 1
Adare United closed the gap on Division 1 leaders, AK United, to just one point when they won 2-0 away to Newcastle West Town Reserves with goals from Evan Fitzgerald and Jack English.
Shountrade remain very much in the title hunt after a convincing 5-0 victory at home to Athea United. They led 3-0 at half-time with goals from Dave Lynch, Tim Frawley and a Richard Shorten free-kick, while the second-half goals were supplied by Shane Reynolds and Mark Mullane.
Rathkeale B’s challenge continues to falter. The one-time leaders have picked up only four points in their last five games, the latest dropped points coming in Sunday’s 3-3 draw at home to Feenagh. Eoin Kelly (2) and Barry Coleman were the Rathkeale scorers.


Division 2
In Division 2, the derby honours went to Glin Rovers B who won 2-1 away to Ferry Rangers, for whom Niall Foley scored in between the two Glin goals.

Youths Division 1
Ballingarry are right back in the Youths Division 1 title race after winning 1-0 away to Askeaton. The all-important goal was scored by David Geary in the 63rd minute.

Youths Division 2
Granagh United missed out on the chance to go top of the Youths Division 2 table when they lost 2-1 away to Shannonside FC, whose goals were scored by David Walsh and Niall O’Connor. It was Shannonside’s first league win this season.
Carrig Celtic enjoyed a comprehensive 6-2 victory away to St. Ita’s. Their goals were scored by Eoin McEnery (2), Shane King, Killian Collins, John Hayes and Dan Duggan.