SLIDESHOW: Advantage Pike Rovers as Janesboro lose out to Regional

Pat Sheehan

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Premier League Games

Janesboro 2
Regional Utd 4
The race for the Premier League took a huge twist on Sunday when Champions and leaders Janesboro were beaten 4-2 at home by Regional Utd to taking the destination of the Fran Mullally Trophy for 2018/19 out of their hands.
The result gives Pike Rvs the ability to overtake and Ballynanty Rvs to draw level, should they win their remaining games.
The Champions, minus a couple of key players, were not at their best on the day as they fell to the Dooradoyle club.
It is the third time this season Regional have bettered Janesboro and again few would argue they did not deserve their win.
They were superb on the day with Jack Lynch lording it at the back. In the middle of the park Clyde O’Connell topped a fine performance with the crucial fourth goal while up top youth player Donal O’Connell had a fine outing.
While they didn’t spark on the day, Boro had solid performances from Mike Ryan and Ryan Doherty.
Regional suffered a bad week when the FAI Senior body turned down their appeal following their expulsion from the FAI Junior Cup. They plan to send the hearing to arbitration.
Sosuke Kimura, subject of the objection by Sheriff YC played the 90 minutes on Sunday opening the possibly of another objection but Regional are adamant the player is legal as per the FAI rules and are standing by that belief.
The visitors took the lead just before the half hour mark when Alan Murphy played a simple ball to the side of the Boro defence and Donal O’Connell raced in to fire across the keeper into the far corner.
Regional seemed to tune out after getting the opener and paid the price when good work by Dylan Kelly Higgins ended with Keith Mawdsley finishing from close range to equalise.
After the break Regional continued to pin Boro back and regained the lead when another delivery by Murphy was flicked on by Clyde O’Connell and David Cowpar pounced on the left to fire in from an acute angle.
It got even better for the visitors minutes later when a well rehearsed free kick Clyde O’Connell’s delivery was put back across the face of goal by Kieran O’Connell and the inrunning Jack Lynch provided the finishing touch to make it 3-1.
As you’d expect from Janesboro, they threw players forward to salvage the tie and looked like they might do so when Thomas Clarke headed home to leave it a one goal game.
However it was the visitors who had the final say when Clyde O’Connell won the ball in his own half and carried before firing home from 25 yards.

Janesboro: John Mulready; Danny O'Neill; Ryan O'Doherty; Aidan Hurley; Tom Clarke; Aaron Grant; Mike Ryan; Dylan Kelly Higgins; Keith Mawdsley; Shane Clarke; Adrian Power.
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Ian Hughes; Alan Murphy; David Cowpar; Jack Lynch; Kieran O'Connell; Clyde O'Connell; Pat McDonagh; Evan Cusack; Donal O'Connell; Sosuke Kimura, Subs: Martin Madden

Fairview Rgs 6
Kilmallock 1
Fairview continue their good form in advance of their upcoming Lawson Cup semi final with Janesboro by recording their 8th win of 2019 with a big win at home to Kilmallock.
AJ O'Connor and Jeffery Judge scored two apiece for the winners with John Mullane and James Fitzgerald also on the mark for the winners.
Killian Hayes struck a consolation for the visitors.

Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Scott Kirwin; Liam Byrnes; Paul Danaher; Jamie Enright, Adam Frahill; AJ O'Connor; Jeffery Judge; James Fitzgerald; Thomas Byrnes; Robbie Kelleher; Subs: Zach Sheehan; Stanislav Jolondcovschi; Josh Considine; John Mullane; Conor McCormack
Kilmallock: Declan Hayes; Dave Barry; John Heffernan; Shane Enright; Evan Hudner; Killian Hayes; Chris Todd; Barry Sheedy; Killian Lyons; Tommy Heffernan; Brian Murphy.


Geraldines 1
Aisling Annacotty 2
Aisling received better news in the FAI ordeals in midweek with word that Westport’s objection was tossed out.
The Annacotty celebrated with their fourth consecutive win beating Geraldines 2-1 in Garryowen.
Jason Lipper fired Aisling ahead in the opening half but shortly after the restart Bobby Tier fired in an equaliser from a free kick.
With a draw looking likely Aisling were awarded a last minute penalty and Lipper stepped up to convert to seal all three points.

Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Clifton Carey; Paul Fitzgerald; Bobby Tier; Thomas O'Grady; Cian Byrnes; Dean McNamara; Donie Curtin; Ian O'Donoghue; Karl Turner; Morgan Clancy. Subs: Christy O'Neill; Will O'Neill
Aisling Annacotty: Brian O'Connor; Kennedy N'dip; Killian Moloney; Steven Daly; Nathan O'Callaghan; Shane Donegan; Graham Burke; Dylan Sheehan; Ben Banaghan; Aaron Murphy; Jason Lipper. Subs, James Cleary, Eoghan Burke, Rory O’Dwyer, Brian Butler, Colm O’Reilly

Prospect Priory 5
Nenagh AFC 2
Two teams with little to play for turned in an entertaining affair as Prospect took the spills against Nenagh.
Pat Whelan scored twice for the home side while goals from Trevor Hogan,
Ian Clancy and Dean Glasheen made up the tally.
Alex Gardos replied with a brace for the visitors.
Feature of the game was the return to Premier League action of the evergreen Daithi O’Donoghue, forced out of retirement through injury, and he showed he has lost none of his talent.

Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; Dean Glasheen; Ian Maher; Dom Fitzgerald; Cyril Maher; Darren Hanlon; Adrian Healy; John Colbert; Pat Whelan; Trevor Hogan; Corey McAllum, Subs; Ian Clancy, Daithi O'Donoghue
Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Declan O'Meara; Bryan McGee; Mark McKenna; Eoin Coffey; Nathan Kelly; Alex Gardos; Jordan Lewis; Tommy Martin; Thomas Shepard; Craig Connolly.

Lawson Cup
Ballynanty Rvs 1
Pike Rvs 1
(Pike Rvs won 3-1 on pens aet)
Pike Rvs qualified for the semi final of the Lawson Cup following a penalty shoot out victory over Ballynanty Rvs at LIT on Sunday.
The Hoops can thank keeper Gary Neville who came up trumps again, this time saving two of Balla’s three spot kicks.
The Hoops reward is a semi final clash with Hill Celtic. Janesboro and Fairview Rgs will battle it out in the other semi final.
As you come to expect from Ballynanty Rvs when it comes to the Lawson Cup, they fight tooth and nail in a competition they have won more than any other club. Such was the case again on Sunday but both defences proved too stubborn on the day.
The first half was a rather tame affair with few noteworthy chances.
After the break things improved and it was the home side who took the lead when substitute Ger Higgins netted.
Pike levelled the tie after a goalmouth scramble in which Jonathan Hannafin got the final touch.
Extra time failed to separate the sides and cue the shoot out when Neville blocked two efforts to ensure Pike’s passage.

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Sean Madigan; Shane Guerin; Ken Meehan; Barry Harnett; Michael Guerin; Ronan Ryan; Eddie Byrnes; Arron Nunan; David Donnan. Subs; TJ O'Dwyer; Alex Baker; Ger Higgins
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Ian Fletcher; Colin Daly; Conor Kavanagh; Steve McGann; Paddy O'Malley; Jonathan Grant; Jonathan Hannafin. Subs: Shane Walsh; Evan Patterson; Adam Lipper

Round Up
Mungret Reg are within a whisker of returning to the top flight after they beat Coonagh United to leapfrog into top spot in Division 1A with just two games remaining.
Evan Barrett put Mungret in front before Eoghan O’Neill levelled for Coonagh. However a superb strike by Cian McNicholas won the day for Mungret who need one win from their two games to be promoted one two wins to be crowned Champions.
It was a bad week for Coonagh Utd who also exited the Divisional Cup at the penultimate stage going down 1-0 to Lee Boyle’s penalty kick for Moyross on Wednesday.

Corbally Utd 1
Fairview Rgs B 4
Darren Hanley gave Corbally the lead against Fairview but goals from Conor Madden (2) and one apiece from James Hodkinson and Evan Waters gave Fairview the points.
Athlunkard Villa went down to Holycross for whom John Carew and Dara Glynn netted.
At the end of the table Castle recorded a great win at Murroe. Evan Walsh and Liam Quinn scored for Murroe but goals from Brian Murphy (2) and Craig McNamara sealed the win for Castle.
Aisling also picked up three valuable points at Summerville Rvs. Evan O'Grady scored a couple for the home side but goals from Conor McCarthy (2), Oisin Kelly (2) and Shane Carmody won the game.
In Division 1B Kilfrush go back top after a 3-1 win at Ballylanders thanks to scores from Killian Reale, Tyrique McNamara-Leamy, Bradley McNamara.
Regional Utd B kept their survival hopes alive thanks to a big win over Caherdavin Celtic. Stephen Coughlan scored three with Gerry Fitzpatrick scoring twice for the winners.
After this weeks results Hyde Rgs and Star Rvs have won promotion to Division 1B for next season.
Star beat Patrickswell in midweek but fell 4-3 to Charleville on Sunday handing Hyde the advantage with two games remaining.
Gary O'Reilly, Tom O'Neill and Chris Kenny (2) scored for Charleville while Robert Waters, Jordon Guerin and Henry Neting replied for Star.
Hyde Rgs scored a big win over an under strength Caledonians XI.
Kevin Slattery, Evan Shine, Aidan O'Brien, Ben Kennedy and Luke Kennedy were among the scorers. One win from their final two will see Hyde crowned Champions.
Pallasgreen and Athlunkard Villa will contest the Div 2B Cup final after the weekend semi final wins over Aisling and Newport respectively.
In youth football Regional are joint tops with Aisling after a 6-0 win over Kilfrush. Goals from Jack O'Donovan, Bill Phelan, Craig Prendergast, Sean Erasmus, Alex Angland and David O'Connell allied to Aisling's 3-0 defeat in Charleville. AJ Moloney (2) and Jorga Gustavo scored for Charleville. Fairview beat Mungret with scores from Eoin Duff (2), Dean McNamara and Jack Foley.
Youth Div Two leaders Caledonians beat Corbally Utd 3-1 to put one hand on the title. Evan Fahy scored two and Jack O'Callaghan also netted for a Cals side who need one win from their last two outings.
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