THE Limerick Desmond Schoolboy League reached the semi-finals of the Kennedy Cup U-14 inter-league schoolboy soccer competition for the first time thanks to a convincing 3-0 quarter-final win over the Dundalk League at UL this Wednesday.
The Desmond League’s reward for reaching the last four of the prestigious competition is a semi-final showdown with neighbours the Kerry League at the UL Bowl this Thursday at 1pm.
There was disappointment for Limerick’s two other representatives, the Limerick and District Schoolboy league and the Limerick County League, however.
Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Cup quarter-finals after losing out to the Kerry league 1-0 in their vital final group game, the District League suffered a 4-3 defeat to the Inishowen league in their Bowl quarter-final clash on Wednesday.
Limerick and District face the Clare league in a Bowl fixture this Thursday at UL at 12.30pm.
The Limerick County Schoolboy League will be in play-off action in the Trophy section against the Drogheda League after suffering a heart-breaking 4-1 penalty shoot-out loss to the Sligo Leitrim League.
The game had finished 1-1 at the end of normal time.
The Limerick County’s play-off game with Drogheda kicks-off at UL this Thursday at 10.30pm.
Victories in each of their three group games against the Donegal, Cork and Wicklow Leagues, had secured Limerick Desmond’s passage to the quarter-finals of the Kennedy Cup for the first time since 2007.
The Desmond side deservedly took the lead in their quarter-final clash with Dundalk mid-way through the opening half when Padraic Hartigan, of Kilcornan, finished superbly to the net.
Desmond bagged a well deserved second goal four minutes after the restart when Newcastle West’s Bryan Nix finished to the net following good plan by Michael Conlon, of Creeves Celtic.
Conlon scored a goal of his own when he headed home from Nix’s corner on 55 minutes to put the game beyond Dundalk’s reach.