Janesboro 2 Fairview Rangers 1
IT'S as you were at the top of the Premier League as leaders Janesboro held on to take full points against a dogged Fairview Rgs XI at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.
Not for the first time this season, Fairview have been the better team for much of the 90 minutes only to end up with nothing to show.
Janesboro soaked up some early pressure before showing how its done- converting two chances presented within two minutes in the opening half to take control of the game.
They had to endure some nervous final minutes before sealing the win to maintain their four point lead at the top of the table.
The visitors had a couple of good chances. James Fitzgerald was denied by a good save from John Mulready while the Boro keeper also made a fine block, standing tall to keep out Ross Mann’s shot from an acute angle.
With their first real attack Janesboro took the lead on 15 minutes. A good break down the left and cross by Adrian Power provided the ammo and Keith Mawdsley netted from close range.
With Fairview still trying to figure out what happened they were hit again with a near replica of the opener.
Power’s cross found Mawdsley but this time the striker laid off to his partner Shane Clarke to fire into the corner.
The half time break gave Fairview time to regroup and they were more focused.
They were guilty in the opening half of too often playing backward or across the field when with the pace of Fitzgerald and Mann, a quicker go forward approach may have been more beneficial.
They did up the tempo after the restart but the tough tackling Mike Ryan and Aidan Hurley were giving plenty of protection to their defenders.
As the game wore on the visitors pulled one back when former Boro man Jeffery Judge headed in from Fitzgerald’s inswinging corner and then threw caution to the wind in search of an equaliser.
Mulready made excellent saves to deny the rejuvenated Robbie Kelleher and Mann and on the occasion it looked like the keeper could be in trouble Hurley made a super block to keep his side in front and they held out for a crucial win.
The Champions have just five games remaining versus A Ballynanty Rovers, H Kilmallock, A Pike Rovers, H Prospect Priory and Regional Utd and know it’s in their hands to retain the title so we can expect some exciting games in the coming weeks.
Janesboro: John Mulready; Darragh Carroll; Danny O'Neill; Tom Clarke; Lee O'Mara; Steven Bradley; Mike Ryan; Keith Mawdsley; Aidan Hurley; Adrian Power; Shane Clarke. Subs: Dylan Kelly Higgins.
Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Jamie Enright; John Mullane; Paul Danaher; Adam Frahill; AJ O'Connor; Jeffery Judge; Ross Mann; Robbie Kelleher; James Fitzgerald. Subs: Conor McCormack; Thomas Byrnes.
Pike Rovers 4 Regional Utd 0
TO keep alive their hopes of pipping Boro at the post, It was crucial Pike Rvs did not slip up when they faced a very strong Regional XI at the Pike Club.
After a nervous opening 45 minutes, Pike turned on the style after the break with one of their best performances of late hitting four goals without reply.
There is no disputing the hero of the hour as Jonathan Grant claimed his seventh hat trick of the season to wrap up the win in style.
Paddy O'Malley broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart when he curled the ball into the top corner from inside the box.
With the lead in hand, Pike upped the tempo and got their second following a good break by Steven McGann and he pulled the ball back for Grant to finish from close range.
It got even better for the home side when Eoin Hanrahan played a ball over the top and Grant raced in to coolly lob the ball over Kevin Walsh in the Regional goal.
The visiting keeper could do little to deny Grant his hat trick as he completed the scoring with a superb 25 effort to the top corner to bring his tally for the season to 43 goals.
Like the leaders, Pike know that victory in their last five games versus H Aisling Annacotty, H Ballynanty Rovers, H Janesboro, A Kilmallock, H Nenagh AFC and A Prospect Priory would see them crowned champions but it’s likely to come down to the game between the top two to decide the issue.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Conor Kavanagh; Jason Mullins; Paddy O'Malley; Eoin Hanrahan; Colin Daly; Jonathan Grant; Steve McGann. Subs: Shane Walsh; Evan Patterson; Brian O'Callaghan; Jonathan Hannafin; Adam Lipper.
Regional Utd: Kevin Walsh; Tom Frawley; Alan Murphy; Jack Lynch; Ciaran O'Reilly; Ross Fitzgerald; Declan Cusack; Kieran O'Connell; Pat McDonagh; Gary Murphy; Evan Cusack. Subs: Donal O'Connell; Darren Butler; Stephen Keeley; Martin Madden.
Aisling Annacotty 2 Ballynanty Rovers 3
BALLYNANTY Rvs have not given up the hope of sneaking in between the top two to take the title.
They are nine points behind, but if they win their remaining games they can match Boro and overtake Pike, so its still all to play for.
They kept their hopes alive the hard way on Saturday when they came from behind to take the spoils at Aisling.
The home side took the lead seconds after the kick off through Brian Butler, but Balla were back on level terms within five minutes through Kevin Nolan.
Colm O’Reilly restored Aisling’s lead to leave them ahead at the break, but a beauty from Ger Higgins restored parity in the second half. Balla introduced top scorer Dermot Fitzgerald as a sub and he delivered on cue snatching the winning goal.
Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Kennedy N'dip; Graham Burke; Steven Daly; Nathan O'Callaghan; Colm O'Reilly; Shane Donegan; Brian Butler; Fionn Hurley; Aaron Murphy; Jason Lipper. Subs: Eoghan Burke; Rory O'Dwyer; Dylan Sheehan
Ballynanty Rovers: Darren Whelan; Ger Higgins; Dan Lucey; Ken Meehan; Dara Hughes; Michael Guerin; Ronan Ryan; Eddie Byrnes; Kevin Nolan; David Donnan; TJ O'Dwyer. Subs: Ryan Earls; Jamie Daly; Barry Harnett; Dermot Fitzgerald.
Nenagh AFC 3 Charleville 1
WITH Charleville picking up a win last weekend, the pressure was on Nenagh not to slip up when they hosted the Cork side and they delivered with a 3-1 win to nearly secure their safety.
Nathan Kelly and Dan Butler had Nenagh two ahead by the break.
Dan Butler added a second after the break while Pat O'Callaghan claimed a consolation (his 16th goal of the season) for the visitors.
Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Eoin Coffey; Declan O'Meara; Bryan McGee; Mark McKenna; Roy Creagh; Thomas Shepard; Nathan Kelly; Ryan Gilmartin; Dan Butler; Craig Connolly.
Charleville: David Parajnak; Kieran O'Donoghue; Ross Foley; Mark Kavanagh; Ciaran Carey; Charlie Baker; John O'Driscoll; Gary Ward; William Dillon; Pat O'Callaghan; Luke Doyle.
Carew Park 0 Prospect Priory 2
Carew Park put up their best performance of the season to date at home to Prospect before going down 2-0.
The visitors were low on confidence after last week and it showed as they struggled to break down a hard working Carew XI.
Goals from Adrian Healy and Philip Naughton won the tie and three valuable points for Prospect.
Carew Park: Jeffery Crawford; David Power; Pat McCarthy; Denis Brophy; William Moran; Keith Fitzgerald; Myles Casey; Adam Dore; Wassiou; Joe O'Callaghan; Mike Lynch.
Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; Dean Glasheen; Ian Maher; Cyril Maher; Dom Fitzgerald; Philip Naughton; Adrian Healy; Danny Colbert; Ian Clancy; Dean Casey; Trevor Hogan. Subs not used: Evan O'Grady.
Geraldines 1 Kilmallock 3
TWO teams on the crest of a Munster Junior Cup run returned to League action on Sunday when Kilmallock picked up three vital points as they try to pull away from the danger zone.
A goal in each half by Tommy Heffernan took the game away from the home side and Paul Doona added a third with 15 minutes left.
Veteran striker Derek Hannon pulled one back late on for the home side.
Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Morgan Clancy; Paudie Reale; Thomas O'Grady; Clifton Carey; Christy O'Neill; Donie Curtin; Dean McNamara; Derek Hannon; Zain Baloch; Shane Cox. Subs: David Considine; Shane Considine; Bobby Tier
Kilmallock: Brian Murphy; Anthony Barrett; Evan Hudner; Bennie Burke; Dave Todd; Anthony Punch; Killian Hayes; Jason Heffernan; Tommy Heffernan; Eoin Burchill; Paul Doona. Subs: Killian Lyons; Kieran Stubbins.
In Division 1A Mungret and Coonagh took advantage of Moyross’ inactivity to pull away at the top of the table.
Mungret hit Summerville with goals from Evan Barrett (3), Cian McNicholas (2), Kian Barry, Keith McNicholas and Conor Myers. Marcus Kiely got the sole Summerville reply.
Coonagh picked up three excellent points with a 2-1 win at Fairview Rgs B. Conor Madden scored for the home side but goals from Billy Connors and Joey Sheehan won the points.
Kyle Dillon and Tony Burke scored the goals that gave Holycross the points in a 2-1 win over Castle Rvs while Corbally Utd dented Athlunkard Villa’s promotion hopes with a 2-1 win. Glenn Mitchell and Jack Fitzgerald scored for the winners.
Stephen Carmody netted for Villa.
In Division 1B the top four sides won so there is no change. Goals from Aaron Carmody (2), Stephen Meade, Ryan Mawdsley, Killian Reale, Tim O'Keeffe and Mikey Ryan gave leaders Kilfrush A Big Win At Southend.
Hill Celtic beat Shelbourne 2-1 to remain second thanks to scores from Pat Boyle and Lee Reddan.
A hat-trick from Brian O’Sullivan and one from Peter O’Sullivan helped Newport to a 4-0 win at Ballylanders while goals from Dan Holton, Chris Crotty and Nick Hayes saw Knockainey beat Granville Rgs.
Richie Pearse and Alan Neill netted for Caherdavin Celtic in a 2-0 win over Geraldines B.
Division 2A leaders Hyde Rgs with a 100% League record needed only a draw to clinch promotion but went down 4-3 to Patrickswell. Kevin O'Brien, Paul O'Brien, Dave Buston Jnr and Lee Carey scored for the Well while Jonathan Somers, Ger Nash, Dylan Bourke netted for Hyde.
Star Rvs in second place hit Caledonians for six with a hat trick from the returning Jason Daly, a brace from Adam McInerney and one for Jordon Guerin.
In Division 2B Parkville beat Athlunkard Villa B 4-1 with scores from Mike Dunworth, Cian Kileen, Gearoid O'Leary and Colm O'Brien to ensure Pallasgreen’s promotion. Kilmallock beat Castle Utd in the Div 3A table toppers clash.
Thomas Fitzgibbon scored for Castle, but goals from Conor Barry and Paudie Sheedy gave Kilmallock the points.
Goals from Gary O'Connell (3), Patsy Punch and Brian Sexton helped Meanus to a 5-2 win over Aisling Annacotty for whom Mike Aherne and Karim Haimoud replied.
Prospect Priory B went down to Knockainey who had scorers in Bob McEniry (2), Sean O'Riordan and Ciaran Mallory while Wembley had no answer to Janesboro who won 3-1 with scores from Timjen Landsall, Damien Carmello and Jamie Cross.
Joe Fogarty’s hat trick helped Herbertstown to a 3-0 win at Hyde Rgs and an eleven point lead at the top of the table.
A Pat O’Donoghue hat-trick saw Weston defeat Mungret while Cappamore B edged out Coonagh Utd thanks to goals from Paul Madden and Denis Leonard.
In the U-17 A league Fairview opened up a four point lead over Aisling Annacotty when they came out tops 2-1 on Sunday.
Eoin Duff and Zak Sheehan scored for Fairview who need one win from their final two games to seal the title.
In Division Two Darragh Varley and Ben Pearse scored for Corbally Utd but goals from Ben O'Shaughnessy (2), Will O'Neill and Jon Moran gave Geraldines the points.
Kilfrush and and Caherdavin Celtic plated out a 3-3 draw. Conor O'Shaughnessy (2) and Kane Connolly scored for Celtic, Josh Dineen, Oisin Browne and Shane O’Donoghue netted for Kilfrush.