FAIRVIEW Rangers continued their recent run of good form on Sunday when they beat fierce rivals Pike Rovers 2-0 in the Munster Junior Cup.
With a blanket call off of all local games, the action starved soccer fans made their way to the Fairgreen and a large crowd stayed until the final kick of a game that made up for it’s lack of subtlety with plenty of passion.
It was Fairview’s first win over the auld enemy in 13 games and they thoroughly deserved their victory. They seemed to have more appetite for the fray and while the first half was evenly matched, the second half was dominated by the home side.
From the word go it was obvious this would not be a game for the faint hearted and it must be said the officials had fine outings to let the game run smoothly. Both sides had a number of chances in the opening half - but neither made the breakthrough and it was 0-0 at the break.
Fairview began the second half on the front foot and dogged determination from Judge created an opening but the midfielder was denied a goal by a brilliant save from Hanrahan.
Pike introduced John Tierney on the hour mark and with his first touch he put Colin Daly through but the Pike schemer attempted to chip keeper Dave McNamara but found him too big an obstacle.
So instead of being a goal up Pike were a goal behind a minute later.
Nathan Clancy’s ball over the top was chased by Pike’s Ken Meehan but under pressure from Judge the defender inadvertently knocked the ball past his own keeper and into the net.
A minute later a 25-yard volley from Doyle would have made it 2-0 but from another top class save from Eoin Hanrahan.
Christy Doyle was denied by the woodwork again minutes later but Fairview were not to be denied and doubled their lead with 15 minutes to play.
John Mullane won the ball in defence and Doyle picked out Judge who rounded his marker to blast the ball across goal and when it rebounded into the path of Jamie Shinnors he made no mistake from close range.
And that’s how it finished as Fairview held on to book a 3rd round meeting with Mungret Regional.
In the only other games over the weekend - in the Munster Youths Cup - Fairview were 3-2 winners over Charleville, Aisling Annacotty were 3-2 winners over Caledonians and Regional Utd beat Summerville 2-0.
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