Oscar Traynor Trophy semi final
Leinster Senior League 2
Janesboro 3 (aet)
Limerick District League are one step away from winning the Oscar Traynor Trophy for the first time since 1996, following another impressive performance in Dublin on Saturday evening when they defeated the Leinster Senior League 3-2 after extra time.
It was a fine performance from the winners with solid displays all around the park but Niall Hanley, Thomas Clarke and Keith Mawdsley particularly caught the eye.
Limerick, represented by Janesboro FC this season, now await the winners of the Kilkenny versus Galway game to see who and where they will play in the final.
It is unbelievable that, despite the acknowledged strength of the Limerick League, it is 23 years since the Representative Trophy rested on Shannonside.
Hopes are high that ‘Boro can do the business this time out.
Shane O’Hanlon and Aidan Ryan’s men showed their eagerness for the tie right from the off and took the lead within ten minutes. Danny O’Neill’s throw picked out Niall Hanley who lobbed the ball over keeper before the inrunning Adrian Power applied the finishing touch.
Limerick could have doubled their lead but strikers Keith Mawdsley and Shane Clarke were both denied when face done on one with home keeper Gary Cleary.
The home side showed some neat skill in possession and they were back on level terms within ten minutes thanks to Mark Keely’s strike and it stayed that way to break.
Within three minutes of the restart Limerick were back in front. Adrian Power took off down the left and his cross towards the edge of the box picked out Mawdsley who swiveled and hit a first time volley that flew to the roof of the net for an excellent score.
Again, a dogged home side failed to throw in the towel and they were back on level terms when Calvin Rogers scored a near replica of their first, finishing at the front post from a corner kick.
The visitors went closest to winning it in the 90 minutes as Dylan Kelly-Higgins and Shane Clarke went close before extra time was called for.
The winning goal had a touch of luck attached but produced the deserved result when Ryan Doherty’s cross evaded all to nestle in the back of the net to shorten the journey home for the Limerick delegation.
Janesboro: John Mulready; Danny O'Neill; Ryan O'Doherty; Tom Clarke; Lee O'Mara; Adrian Power; Mike Ryan; Niall Hanley; Aidan Hurley; Keith Mawdsley; Shane Clarke, Subs: Dylan Kelly Higgins; Aaron Grant; Andy Murphy; Conor Lynch; plus Adrian Duhig and Shane Stack
Premier League Games
Carew Park 0
Geraldines ran out comfortable winners over Carew Park on Sunday morning.
Ian O'Donoghue claimed a hat trick for the winners. Ross Mitchell netted two with Clifton Carey and Shane Byrne making up the tally.
Once again, despite already being relegated Carew fulfilled the fixtures with a full bench. Anyone ever part of a side going through a similar run will know how hard it is to keep it going, so great credit is due to the Carew Park club.
Carew Park: Jeffery O'Callaghan; Robert Curtin; William Moran; Denis Brophy; Pat McCarthy; David Lawlor; Jeffery Dore; David Power; Anthony McCormack; Reece Moran; Adam Dore.
Subs: Lee Curtin; Roy Higgins; Ryan Hehir
Geraldines: Derek Hannon; Eddie Lee; Paul Fitzgerald; Cian Byrnes; Clifton Carey; Christy O'Neill; Ian O'Donoghue; Karl Turner; Shane Byrne; Dean McNamara; Ross Mitchell.
Fairview Rgs 0
Regional Utd 0
The scoreline might suggest a featureless game but despite having little to play for in League terms, Fairview and Regional turned in a very entertaining game with defences on top throughout.
Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Jamie Enright; Brian Fitzgerald; John Mullane; Jeffery Judge; Adam Frahill; AJ O'Connor; Ross Mann; Robbie Kelleher; James Fitzgerald. Subs: Thomas Byrnes; Dean McNamara
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Martin Madden; Andrew Cowpar; David Cowpar; Tom Frawley; Kieran O'Connell; Declan Cusack; Gary Murphy; Ciaran O'Reilly; Sosuke Kimura; Pat McDonagh. Subs: Ewan O'Brien; Jack Lynch; Ross Fitzgerald
Pike Rovers 4
Prospect Priory 0
Pike Rvs qualified for the quarter final of the Lawson Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Prospect Priory at the Pike club on Sunday.
The home side had the upper hand from early on but some solid defending by the visitors kept the deficit to one at the break.
Two goals inside a couple of minutes, just after the restart, put the tie to rest.
The visitors needed to score first if they were to topple the Hoops and their hopes were dashed within minutes of kick off.
Ian Fletcher’s cross was expertly guided home by Colin Daly from close range to put Pike on their way.
Darren Glasheen was called upon to make a couple of good saves and the visitors were using the offside trap to good effect in the first half.
A free kick outside the box early in the second half saw Paddy O’Malley step up and curl a ball around the wall into the top corner.
With Prospect still attempting to regroup Pike added another goal. Shane Walsh’s corner was headed back into the danger zone by Fletcher and Jonathan Grant instinctively got a touch to put the ball over the line.
Ten minutes later the home side completed the scoring when Steve McGann cheekily back heeled the ball home from six yards.
Pike’s reward is a clash with Ballynanty Rvs to see who will meet Hill Celtic in the semi finals.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Shane Walsh; Paddy O'Malley; Pat Mullins; Ian Fletcher; Jonathan Hannafin; Conor Kavanagh; Colin Daly; Steve McGann; Jonathan Grant; Eoin Hanrahan, Wayne O’Donovan, Eddie O’Donovan, Brian O’Callaghan, Adam Lipper, Evan Patterson
Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; John Boyle; Ian Maher; Cyril Maher; Dean Glasheen; Ian Clancy; Adrian Healy; James Cleary; Philip Naughton; Pat Whelan; Trevor Hogan. Subs Darren Hanlon, Thomas Mulqueen
The thrilling Division 1A title race took three further twists on Sunday.
Mungret Reg consolidated their place behind Coonagh with a 3-1 win over Holycross.
Keelan Sexton scored twice for the winners. An own goal made up the tally while Niall O'Riordan replied for ‘Cross.
Third placed Moyross dropped two points when sharing the points with Murroe in a 2-2 draw. Liam Quinn scored both for Murroe while Craig Collopy and Jonathan Power netted for Moyross.
Athlunkard Villa, another side hoping to sneak in for second place kissed their chances goodbye when losing 1-0 at home to Castle Rvs for whom Micheal Ryan netted a vital goal in their relegation battle.
Another side in need of points to avoid the drop are Summerville Rvs and they recorded a priceless
3-1 win over Corbally Utd. Evan O'Grady scored twice for the winners along with Evan Lynch. Jack Fitzgerald scored for Corbally.
In the Division 1B Calvert Shelbourne beat Geraldines with scores from Frank Hogan, Brendan O'Dwyer and Sean Hartley while goals from Mark McGuire, Jimmy Fyffe, Paul Ryan, Brian O'Sullivan, Darren Collins and Christy Connors saw Newport past Regional Utd.
A late equaliser from John Tierney gave Knockainey the chance to beat Kilfrush in a penalty shoot out. Mike Ryan scored for the home side.
League leaders Hill Celtic beat neighbours Southend 3-0 thanks to goals from John Mitchell, Alex Purcell and Hayden Johnson.
In the Division 2A Lipper Cup, Glenview qualified for the final thanks to a 5-2 win over Kennedy Park on Sunday. Sean Keane and Barry Butler scored twice Mike Keane’s side with Mike Moynihan also getting among the goals.
In the Division 2B Cup Pallagreen beat leaders Mungret Reg with scores from Vinnie Ryan and Mick Gammell while Athlunkard Villa edged out Parkville on a 3-2 scoreline. Gareth Butler and Craig Madigan scored for the home side, Nicholas Strok (2) and Prince Bossman won it for Villa.
It was also cup time in Division 3A where Murroe beat Aisling Annacotty D thanks to goals from Dan Ryan and John Ryan. An impressive Janesboro B hit Prospect Priory B for five courtesy of Dan O'Connell, Dylan Ryan, Damien Carmello, Jamie Cross and Alan Sheehan.
Wembley Rvs advanced after a penalty shoot-out versus Meanus. Damien O'Shea scored for the winners in a 1-1 game.
Herbertstown ran riot in the Division 3B Cup where goals from Dylan O'Connor (4), Mark Ryan (2), Joe Fogarty (2), Ken O'Loughlin and Mike Leahy saw them ease past Dromore for whom Tony O'Grady replied.
Ian Stewart, Stephen Benn and Wayne Fitzgerald (2) scored for Weston Villa but they fell 5-4 to Kilfrush B.
Bobby Griffin’s extra time strike gave Northside a 2-1 win over Mungret Reg C. Jeff O'Donnell also netted for the winners.
In Division 4 goals from Shane Madden, Wayne Lee and Nathan Roche helped Fairview Rgs to a hard earned win over Parkville for whom Darren McNamara netted.
Kieran Simmonds and Brian Buckley scored for Coonagh but Lisnagry pipped them at the post.
Sadness as two soccer stalwarts pass
Sadness hangs over the soccer community in Limerick this week following the passing of two stalwarts of the local game.
Earlier in the week Jim O’Connor of Schoolboy Soccer and Janesboro fame passed, leaving a proud legacy of selfless work that enriched the lives of anyone who had the pleasure to have worked with him.
There was more bad news as the week came to a close with word of the passing of Ollie Barry.
Ollie was vice Chairman of Hyde Rgs and a man who gave his life to soccer.
He was former secretary of the LDMC and played a big part in securing Jackman Park for the League.
We owe both men a huge thank you for their dedication and efforts and to both of their families Pat Sheehan and everyone at the Limerick Leader Newspaper extend our deepest sympathy.