Oscar Traynor Trophy
Donegal DL 1 Limerick DL 1
(Limerick won 5-3 on pens aet)
The Limerick District League made the long trip to Donegal a worthwhile adventure when they defeated the locals after a penalty shoot out to advance to the last four of the Oscar Traynor Trophy.
A teak tough encounter had ended 1-1 after extra time in cold conditions at Gweedore after the game was moved there due to the original venue in Ballyare being frost bound.
Managers Shane O’Hanlon and Aidan Ryan will be delighted that their side saw off a very physical opposition and some strange home town refereeing decisions to reach the last four.
Early on Shane Clarke fired a free kick just wide of the home goal and at the other end Donegal danger man Kevin McHugh forced a fine save from John Mulready.
Another fine reaction from the ‘Boro’ netminder kept out a header from Ray Foy and from the rebound Cory Gallagher fired off the crossbar.
Just before the break goal keeper O’Donnell made a good save to deny Shane Clarke but the Leagues most prolific scorer was not to be denied and two minutes after the restart he was perfectly positioned to tap home after being set up by Mike Ryan.
The home side were back on level terms when former Finn Harps player McHugh pounced when Limerick only half cleared their lines.
Clarke was proving a real menace and a superb save by O’Donnell stopped his goal-bound header and when he succeeded in beating the keeper defender Matt Crossley got back to clear off the line.
The visitors looked to have sealed it when Andy Murphy struck a superb shot into the top corner but the assistant referee raised an offside flag against Shane Clarke who was down injured and not interfering with play.
To their credit Limerick kept their composure and after a subdued extra time they proved best in the penalty shootout.
John Mulready saved the first Donegal effort and successful kicks by Thomas and Shane Clarke, Aidan Hurley, Aaron Grant and Niall Hanley put Limerick in the hat for the last four.
Limerick DL; John Mulready, Aidan Hurley, Ryan O'Doherty, Lee O'Mara, Tom Clarke, Mike Ryan, Shane Stack, Niall Hanley, Adrian Power, Shane Clarke, Keith Mawdsley, Subs, Aaron Grant, Andy Murphy
Ger Ryan Cup
In the Ger Ryan Cup Aisling Annacotty reached the final with a 2-1 win over Charleville. Caimin Ayers and Darragh Kileen scored for the winners while AJ Moloney replied.
In a quarter final game Fairview Rgs fell at home to Regional Utd. Eoin Duff netted for the Blues but goals from Sean Erasmus (2), Pat Kirby and Ewen O'Brien won the game.
Fairview Rgs 2 Pike Rvs 2
(Pike won 3-2 on pens aet)
Pike Rovers reached the final of the Tuohy Cup where they will play Janesboro following a dramatic penalty shoot out win over old rivals Fairview Rgs on Thursday.
Not for the first time Goalkeeper Gary Neville was the toast of the Hoops making a super save in injury time to deny Fairview the win in 90 minutes and then proceeded to save two of the spot kicks to see his side through.
Pike have found Fairview a sticky proposition this season, playing out two draws but they seemed to have the measure of the Blues on Thursday after Jonathan Hannafin and Steven McGann (the latter’s goal a beauty from 30 yards) had them two up at the break.
However a different ‘View side emerged after the break and inspired by the hard working Robbie Kelleher and the returning Jeffery Judge were back in the game when Paul Danaher headed home. AJ O’Connor levelled the tie with a superb free kick and the Blues would have won it if Neville had not got a hand to deny Kelleher late in the game.
After extra time penalties were called for and it was Pike who kept their nerve to reach the cup final.
Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Josh Considine; Jamie Enright; John Mullane; Paul Danaher; Adam Frahill; Ross Mann; Robbie Kelleher; AJ O'Connor; Jeffery Judge; James Fitzgerald. Subs: Reece Healy; Thomas Byrnes
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Ian Fletcher; Paddy O'Malley; Shane Walsh; Jonathan Hannafin; Jonathan Grant; Steve McGann; Jason Mullins. Subs: Eoin Hanrahan
Mungret Regional 0
Fairview Rangers 2
Fairview Rgs qualified for a quarter final berth in the Lawson Cup when they defeated a plunk young Mungret Reg XI in Mungret on Sunday.
It was a good response by Jason Purcell and Stewart Fitzgerald’s side after their defeat to Pike three days earlier.
Former Mungret player Jamie Enright went close to breaking the deadlock at the wrong end but with relief he saw his attempted clearing header blocked on the line by Barry Ryan.
Just before the break Fairview broke the deadlock utilising James Fitzgerlad’s pace to race onto a through ball and lift the ball over the advancing keeper to score.
Fitzgerald doubled the lead in the second half and Fairview’s reward in a home tie versus Holycross for a place in the semi finals.
Mungret Reg: James Roche; Conor Myers; Aidan Early; Eoin Ryan; Adam Costello; Richard Burke; Colm Barrett; Adam Storan; Kian Barry; Darragh Curran; Evan Barrett. Subs: Cian McNicholas; David Burke; Shane Hogan; Rob Horgan; Keith McNicholas
Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Josh O'Rahilly; Jamie Enright; Paul Danaher; Adam Frahill; Conor McCormack; Jeffery Judge; Robbie Kelleher; James Fitzgerald; Thomas Byrnes. Subs: AJ O'Connor
Holycross beat Athlunkard Villa to book their quarter final tussle with Fairview. Paddy Moloney, Tony Burke and Shane Mulready scored for the winners. Jordon Boland and Stephen Carmody scored for Villa.
PJ Matthews Premier League
Pike Rovers 10
Pike Rvs moved to within a point of leaders and holders Janesboro with a facile 10-1 win over a struggling Charleville XI at the Pike Club on Sunday.
It was 7-0 at the break and Pike went on to add a further three in the second half.
Jonathan Grant bagged three to bring his tally for the season to 38 while Jonathan Hannafin also claimed a hat trick.
Steve McGann 2, Paddy O'Malley and Shane Walsh made up the tally. Ross Foley replied for Charleville.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Ian Fletcher; Conor Kavanagh; Shane Walsh; Jason Mullins; Paddy O'Malley; Jonathan Hannafin; Steve McGann; Jonathan Grant. Subs: Brian O'Callaghan; Barry Guerin; Eoin Hanrahan
Charleville: Ross Foley; Jason O'Hara; William Dillon; Dylan Brazil; Thomas Hehir; Kieran O'Donoghue; Gary Ward; John O'Driscoll; Shane Dillon; Shane Connolly; AJ Moloney.
Ballynanty Rovers 6
Balla consolidated their position in third place with a 6-1 win over Kilmallock. The scoreline is a harsh reflection on the visitors but a couple of injuries saw them finish the tie significantly disadvantaged during which time Balla tacked on four goals.
Dermot Fitzgerald in his new strikers role scored three, Ger Higgins, Arron Nunan and David Donnan completed the winners total.
Paul Doona scored for a Kilmallock side who trailed 2-1 at the break.
Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Ger Higgins; Craig McMarlow; Dara Hughes; Ken Meehan; David Donnan; TJ O'Dwyer; Ronan Ryan; Dermot Fitzgerald; Arron Nunan; Eddie Byrnes. Subs: Dan Lucey; Ryan Earls; Alex Baker; Derek Daly; Jamie Daly;
Kilmallock: Brian Murphy; Paul Moloney; Evan Hudner; Killian Lyons; Anthony Barrett; Jake Mulcahy; Jason Heffernan; Killian Hayes; Paul Doona; Barry Sheedy; Anthony Punch.
Prospect Priory 2
Geraldines and Prospect played out an entertaining tie with little more than pride up for grabs.
Ross Mitchell put Geraldines into a half time lead but James Clearly levelled ten minutes after the restart.
Shane Byrne restored ‘Dines lead ten minutes from time but Prospect were determined to get something from the tie and Darren Hanlon scored with seven minutes remaining to ensure a share of the spoils.
Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Luke Hayes; Paul Fitzgerald; Thomas O'Grady; Clifton Carey; Christy O'Neill; Ian O'Donoghue; Donie Curtin; Shane Byrne; George Daffy; Ross Mitchell. Subs: Ger Bourke; Bobby Tier; Dean McNamara; Karl Turner
Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; Ian Maher; Evan O'Grady; Dean Glasheen; Darren Hanlon; Philip Naughton; Ian Clancy; Derek Hanlon; Pat Whelan; James Cleary; Trevor Hogan. Subs: Danny Colbert; Adrian Healy; Darren O'Sullivan; John Boyle; Cyril Maher
Moyross moved back into second place in Division 1A with a 5-2 win over Summerville Rvs. Goals from Jonathan Power (2), Barry Quinn, Craig Collopy and Seamus McNamara did the trick for the Northsiders.
Fairview Rgs B beat Cappamore with scores from Conor Madden, Aodhan Keane and Danny McCarthy while Aisling Ann B beat Castle Rvs 2-0 in the big game at the foot of the table. Niall Smith and Damien Collins scored for the winners.
In Division 1B goals from David Considine (2), Paul Campbell and Joe Keane saw Geraldines past Granville Rangers on a 4-2 scoreline.
Knockainey (Dan Holton) and Kilfrush (Mike Ryan) shared the spoils while Ballylanders won 3-2 at Shelbourne. Nick O'Connell and Paul Storan score for the home side, Ciaran Kelly (2) and Peter Lane netted for the winners.
Pallagreen ran riot against an under strength Ballynanty Rvs B, Vinnie Ryan, Mick Gammell, Duane Carroll, Conor Roche, Robbie Holmes, Eddie Mulcahy, Seamus Mulcahy and Andrew Hartigan were among the scorers.
Division 3A leaders Kilmallock B consolidated their position with a 4-1 win over Murroe B.
Conor Barry and a hat trick by Paudie Sheedy accounted for the winning scores.
Bob McEniry was another hat trick hero for Knockainey in a 3-3 draw at Meanus while Wembley kept apace with the leaders beating Prospect 3-0 thanks to goals from Dean Egan (2) and Damien O'Shea.
The top two sides in Division Four won to continue their promotion race.
Goals from Craig Reddan (2), Shane Wallace, Darren Roche, Ross Rainsford, Alex Kiely and Cian Donnelly saw Fairview past Aisling and Lisnagry beat Shelbourne B 3-0 thanks to efforts from Kalem Harte, Jordan Clancy and Lee Park.
In Youth Division Two the top two played out a 2-2 draw when Newport hosted Caledonians.
Jack O'Callaghan and Jake Murphy scored for the visitors.
Shelbourne beat Aisling Annacotty B with scores from Frank Hogan (2), Karl Buckley (2), Dylan Franklin, Jack Rice and John O'Connor.
Division Three is a three round League and with three games left to play Carew Park are now level with Lisnagry after another impressive performance beating Kilmallock 6-2. Wassiou Ayawe claimed a hat trick and Donal Dillon, Myles Casey and Adam Dore also netted.