SLIDESHOW: Pike Rovers and Ballynanty keep the pressure on Janesboro

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Pike Rovers 1
Nenagh AFC 0

Pike Rovers closed the gap on leaders Janesboro to four points with a slender win over a hard working Nenagh XI at the Pike Club on Sunday.
The Hoops, trying to reign in the Champions, need to win their games in hand to keep alive their title hopes and form suggested they should be too good for the Tipperary visitors.
However, despite hogging the bulk of possession the home side struggled to break down Nenagh and whenever they got through a resolute back four they met a superb goalkeeper in Aaron Savage.
Manager Mike Shiel will be experienced enough to know a win at this stage of the season is welcome however it comes and now Pike play Prospect on Thursday where a victory would leave them just a point behind ‘Boro’ with the sides still to meet.
Pike went close to taking the lead after 14 minutes but Colin Daly’s effort was saved low at the post by Savage.
The keeper could do little to prevent the only goal of the game six minutes later when Paddy O’Malley supplied the perfect cross for Jonathan Hannafin to tuck the ball home.
Pike continued to dominate after the break but Nenagh always looked dangerous on the break.
Savage prevented a second goal ten minutes after the break keeping out a deflection from his own defender but it mattered not as Pike held firm to take the points.

Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Adam Lipper; Ian Fletcher; Evan Patterson; Conor Kavanagh; Shane Walsh; Jonathan Hannafin; Colin Daly; Paddy O'Malley. Subs: Pat Mullins; Jason Mullins; Brian O'Callaghan; Barry Guerin
Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Eoin Coffey; Bryan McGee; Mark McKenna; Thomas Shepard; Ryan Gilmartin; Daniel Burke; Luke Kennedy; Nathan Kelly; Tommy Martin; Craig Connolly. Subs: Alex Gardos; Jordan Lewis
Carew Park 0
Ballynanty Rovers 6

Ballynanty Rvs are flying under the radar waiting for the top two to slip up.
On Sunday they put six past Carew Park and in the process reduced the gap between them and leaders Janesboro to six points with a game in hand.
The fact that ‘Balla’ still have to host ‘Boro’ gives the Blues renewed hope.
Arron Nunan was Carew’s tormentor in chief with four of the tally. David Donnan and Sean Madigan completed the scoring.
For Carew their agony is nearly over with just one game left against Charleville.

Carew Park: Jeffery O'Callaghan; Robert Curtin; John Kennedy; Denis Brophy; William Moran; Dave Healy; Adam Dore; Myles Casey; Timmy Casey; Anthony McCormack; Ryan Hehir. Subs: Jonathan Sheedy; Scott Mannion; Tom Casey; Reece Moran

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Ger Higgins; Sean Madigan; Ryan Earls; Shane Guerin; David Donnan; Eddie Byrnes; Barry Harnett; Arron Nunan; Michael Guerin; Ronan Ryan. Subs: TJ O'Dwyer; Dara Hughes; Kevin Nolan; Alex Baker; Dan Lucey
Geraldines 6
Charleville 0

Charleville’s Premier life ended on Sunday when they fell heavily to Geraldines to extinguish any remaining hopes.
First half goals from Thomas O'Grady and Ian O'Donoghue had ‘Dines’ well in control by the break.
A quick fire second half hat trick by Shane Byrne and a late strike from Christy O'Neill completed the rout.

Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Eddie Lee; Paul Fitzgerald; Clifton Carey; Thomas O'Grady; Donie Curtin; Morgan Clancy; George Daffy; Ian O'Donoghue; Shane Byrne; Ross Mitchell. Subs: Christy O'Neill; Bobby Tier; Dean McNamara

Charleville: David Parajnak; Thomas Hehir; Jason O'Hara; Ross Foley; Kieran O'Donoghue; John O'Driscoll; Joe Kavanagh; Gary Ward; Shane Connolly; AJ Moloney; Tony Curtin. Subs: Shane Dillon; Ciaran O'Regan; Marty Foley
Fairview Rgs 2
Prospect Priory 0

Fairview Rgs continued their impressive form with a 2-0 win over Prospect on Sunday morning.
The home side have now gone 14 games with just one defeat to Janesboro (not counting a penalty shoot-out).
The club continued to gel into a unit and with the Lawson Cup semi final still to come there is plenty to play for.
Prospect can now relax with Charleville claiming the second relegation spot. James Fitzgerald and Robbie Kelleher were on the mark for the winners.

Fairview Rgs: Jamie Stewart; Conor McCormack; Liam Byrnes; Paul Danaher; Brian Fitzgerald; Thomas Byrnes; John Mullane; AJ O'Connor; James Fitzgerald; Robbie Kelleher; Ross Mann.

Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; Adrian Healy; Ian Maher; Cyril Maher; Dean Glasheen; Philip Naughton; James Cleary; Derek Hanlon; Ian Clancy; Trevor Hogan; Pat Whelan. Subs: Corey McAllum

Regional Utd 0
Aisling Annacotty 3

Aisling came out tops on their trip to Regional United on Saturday evening.
A game that was originally fixed as an FAI Junior Cup semi-final was changed to a league fixture thanks to the objection shenanigans of their defeated opponents in the National competition.
It was understandable if both sets of players were under-whelmed by the tie but to their credit Aisling showed the greater hunger and ran out convincing winners.
Two very good first half goals by Ben Banaghan put Aisling on their way and a third 15 minutes from time by Shane Donegan secured the win.

Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Andrew Cowpar; Alan Murphy; Jack Lynch; David Cowpar; Gary Murphy; Evan Cusack; Ewan O'Brien; Ciaran O'Reilly; Sosuke Kimura; Donal O'Connell. Subs: Martin Madden; Declan Cusack; Jack O'Donovan

Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Brian Butler; Killian Moloney; Graham Burke; Steven Daly; Jason Lipper; Rory O'Dwyer; Dylan Sheehan; Ben Banaghan; Colm O'Reilly; Eoghan Burke. Subs: James Cleary; Shane Donegan; Cian Fitzgerald; Mark Collins; Nathan O'Callaghan
Lipper Cup semi final

Hyde Rgs 4
Star Rvs 2

Hyde Rgs and Star Rvs produced a highly entertaining Lipper Cup semi final at Hyde Park when the home side scored a 4-2 win to reach the final where they will meet Glenview.
In typical cup fashion both sides went for it from the start.
Hyde Rgs took an early lead when Kevin Slattery headed in at the back post from Richard Benn’s cross.
A foul on Slattery presented Evan Shine with a 25 yard free kick that he duly sailed over the wall to the roof of the net to double Hyde’s lead.
Before the break Star were back in the tie when Mark McDonnell got on the end of Glen Bussoli’s corner kick to head back across goal where Jordon Guerin guided the ball over the line.
After the restart Star continued on the front foot and it took some sharp defending by Jon Somers and Co to keep them at bay.
The tie shifted in Hyde’s direction when Evan Shine pounced to fire in from another Benn delivery.
Star were not done however and pulled it back to a one goal game again when from a Hyde corner a quick breakaway saw Brian Purcell score at the other end.
With the game evenly poised a good break by Ben Kennedy saw him go past his marker and pull the ball back inside before firing in from an acute angle for an excellent score.
To their credit Star tried valiantly to get back in the tie but Gavin Hehir giving solid protection to the back four Hyde proved too strong.

Hyde Rgs; Ronan Power, Ryan McCormack, Jon Somers, Mark Whelan, Graham Bourke, Gavin Hehir, Richard Benn, Ger Nash, Aidan O’Brien, Evan Shine, Kevin Slattery, Subs; Ben Kennedy, Luke Kennedy, James Slattery, James Davern, Brian Slattery

Star Rvs; Alex Kelly, Glen Bussoli, Luke Davis, Jordon Guerin, Mark McDonnell, Sam Lyons, Brad Lyons, Stuart O’Keeffe, Adam McInerney, Brian Purcell, Jack Doyle, Subs; Willie O’Shaughnessy, Henry Meeting, Keith Curran, Robert Waters
Roundup

Kilmallock became the first side to win League silverware this season when they defeated Abbey Rvs 6-0 to capture the STA Furniture Div 3A title.
Paudie Sheedy scored three for the champions while Conor Barry, Chris Todd and Tommy Gammell were also on the score-sheet.
Aisling Annacotty D beat Prospect Priory B with scores from Karim Haimoud, Sam Lane and Mike Aherne while Janesboro maintained top form beating Knockainey B 4-2.
Damien Carmello, Alan Sheehan and a brace from Shane Clohessy sufficed to win it for ’Boro.
In Div 1A, Moyross waved goodbye to their hopes of promotion when going down 2-1 to Fairview Rgs. Craig Collopy scored for Moyross but goals from Trevor Daly and Conor Madden secured the win for Fairview who are still in the hunt for honours.
Holycross and Aisling ended scoreless in the other tie.
In Division 1B Newport keep the pressure on Hill Celtic following their 4-2 win over Southend. Brian O’Sullivan netted another hat trick and James Lynch was also on target with Barry Gibbons hitting twice for Southend. The result means the promotion race will now probably go right to the wire.
Joe Keane and David Hurley scored for Geraldines in a 2-1 win over Ballylanders. Shane Hennessy replied.
In Division 2A Patrickswell did all they can do to keep alive their promotion hopes with a 6-1 win over Kennedy Park.
The ‘Well are hoping Star slip up against Hyde as they still have to meet the St Marys Park side and that could determine a promotion place.
On Sunday Lee Carey bagged a hat trick while Paul Buston, Dave Buston and Mark Griffin also obliged.
Herbertstown beat Kilfrush 3-1 in Div 3B to ensure they cant be overtaken at the top of the table.
Weston Villa can match their tally but would need to win all their remaining games while Herbertstown would need to lose all their three remaining fixtures.
Unlikely to say the least but celebrations have to be held off for another day.
Joe Fogarty scored twice and Dylan O'Connor also netted while Aaron Murphy scored for Kilfrush.
In the battle for second place Northside went down 3-2 at home to Hyde Rgs. Ken Griffin scored a double for Northside but scores from Adam O'Neill, Keith Somers and Sean Cana won it for Hyde.
Coonagh Utd beat Dromore Celtic with scores from Cormac McDonnell, Billy Connors and Domhnall O'Regan
In Division Four Lisnagry won promotion and are one win from being crowned Champions after their 5-0 win over Parkville.
Goals from Lee Park, Luke O'Connell, Dion Lynch, Liam Duffy and Jordan Clancy ensured victory.
Second placed Fairview Rgs could only eke out a 3-3 draw with Coonagh. Mike Kett, Jason Roche and Craig Reddan accounted for Fairview scores.
Ralph Leonard (2) and James Duffy scored fro Coonagh for whom Kieran Simmons excelled in goals.
Athlunkard Villa went down to Shelbourne for whom Dave Hartnett, Chris Farrell, Anthony Begley, Eoghan Flanagan and an own goal made up their tally.
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