Pat Sheehan rounds up the local junior soccer action where three Limerick teams booked their place in the Munster Junior Cup semi-finals.
In a memorable weekend for Junior soccer, three Limerick teams won their respective quarter finals in the Munster Junior Cup and with holders Janesboro still to play their game the chances of an all Limerick semi final line up remains a possibility.
Ballynanty Rovers 3
Hibernians (Waterford) 2
Ballynanty Rvs did it the hard way in their outing against Waterford side Hibernians. Leading 1-0 with 10 minutes to play they were reduced to ten me and deep into injury time conceded an equaliser to send the game to extra time. However ten man Balla dug deep to record a memorable success.
After a shaky opening 45 minutes, Balla were superb in the second half and should have had the game wrapped up before extra time was called for.
Once again Tom Daly had a huge game for the Blues, winning everything that came his way. Dara Hughes and Ken Meehan also shone while Jason Hughes was excellent in the middle of the park. It seems unfair singling out any players as it was a huge team effort that won the day.
The visitors played some sweet football and it was no surprise when they took the lead; Paul Butler arriving at the back post to finish.
Balla seemed to struggle when they visitors countered at times outnumbering the Balla defence. However half time seemed to sort that out and after the break Dermot Fitzgerald was played more into the game to Balla’s advantage.
Balla were back on level terms on 50 minutes. A superb passage of passing ended with Paul Quinn teeing up Jason Hughes whose low drive across keeper Dar Power nestled in the corner of the Hibs net.
The visitors were rocking and a minute later, Quinn’s free kick took a glancing header from Fahy but the keeper made a super save.
Balla continued to dominate and took a deserved lead on 75 minutes when Frank Lee chased Hughes’ through ball and his clash with the advancing keeper saw the ball break kindly to end up in the net.
Balla’s joy was tempered when they lost a player to a straight red a couple of minutes later and it was backs to the wall time. They looked like they would hold out when Dave McGrath struck in injury time despite the valiant efforts of Stephen McNamara.
In extra time enter Jamie Bromell. Balla’s U-17 star has been receiving rave reviews over the last few weeks and he showed why on Sunday when he struck a beauty to win the tie for Balla.
Ballynanty Rovers - Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Shane Doran; Ken Meehan; Tom Daly; Dermot Fitzgerald; Jason Hughes; Paul Quinn; Brian Doran; Tony Fahy; Frank Lee. Subs: Adam Frahill; Jamie Bromell; Eddie Radcliffe
Carew Park 4 Killarney Celtic 1
Carew Park recoded a most impressive 4-1 victory over a good Killarney XI at Carew Park on Sunday afternoon.
As we’ve come to expect from Carew of late, they weathered a couple of hairy moments early on before blitzing the opposition with three goals in a 20 minute period before the break.
On 20 minutes Pat Boyle’s free kick spilled into the path of the inrunning Cyril Maher who blasted to the net.
A fine shot from Dave Hayes rattled the Carew crossbar before Pat Boyle showed his worth from dead ball situation, this time finding the net with his free kick.
The visitors were hardly back in place when John Connery’s ball across goal was finished by Jamie O’Sullivan.
The half time break did little for the opposition and while Gordon Stewart had to make a brilliant save to deny Watson, Carew increased their lead on the hour mark wheh Connery volleyed home a sweet goal from Jamie O’Sullivan’s cross.
The visitors got a deserved consolation ten minutes from time when John McDonagh beat Ronan Power from a spot kick.
Carew Park - Gordon Stewart; Gary Griffin; Francis Kett; Mark Slattery; Mark Keane; Cyril Maher; John Boyle; John Connery; Pat Boyle; Jamie O’Sullivan; Jonathon Grant. Subs: Ronan Power; Robert Brock; Kyle McCarthy
Douglas Hall 2 Pike Rovers 4
Pike had to dig deep to see off a determined challenge from Cork side Douglas Hall in Cork on Sunday.
The Cork side raced into a 2-0 lead before Pike were woken from their slumber. An Eoin Hanrahan goal gave Pike the break they needed before half time.
After the restart Pat Moloney headed Pike level but it took a stunning save by Gary Neville to stop the home side from regaining the lead minutes later.
A John Tierney corner kick caused confusion in the Douglas defence and the ball ended up in the net to give Pike the lead and the win was secured when Dave Ryan raced clear to score the fourth.
Pike Rovers - Gary Neville; Wayne Colbert; Eddie O’Donovan; Colm Enright; Conor Moloney; Jason Heffernan; John Tierney; Keith Hartnett; Eoin Hanrahan; Alan Barry; Pat Moloney. Subs: Paul Doona; Dave Ryan
Aisling Annacotty 1 Janesboro 6
Janesboro qualified for the last eight of the Lawson Cup when they beat Aisling Annacotty 6-1 in Annacotty on Saturday evening.
It was an impressive display by the winners who looked like finding the net every time they ventured forward.
Declan Nash was the tormentor in chief and marked his display with a brace. James Hayes offered the threat down the other wing while David Donnan and Shane Clarke also made life miserable for the home side.
In miserable weather conditions Boro started brightest and after a number of near misses opened the scoring on 20 minutes when a superb run by Nash created a chance for James Hayes to fire past John Chawke in the home goal.
The visitors should have added to their lead before the break but had to wait until the 50th minute to get number two; Shane Clarke obliging with a finish from an acute angle.
Aisling were unable to deal with the lively Nash and he made it 3-0 when he finished off Hayes’ delivery.
Donnan scored his second with a well struck drive from outside the box and the completed his hat trick at the back post to finish off Aled Harkin’s cross.
James Hayes completed the rout a few minutes from time volleying home from inside the box and with time virtually up Jason Sheehan headed a consolation goal for the home side.
Aisling Annacotty - John Chawke; Shane Cusack; Sean Sweeney; Stephen Leddin; Des Keehan; Conor McCullogh; Darren Harrington; Ronan Smalle; Evan O’Neill; Jason Sheehan; Darren Harvey. Subs: Anthony Cusack; David Njuki; Chumkwa Manjor
Janesboro - Darren Glasheen; Wayne O’Donovan; Aled Harkin; Pat McGarry; Dom Fitzgerald; James Hayes; David Donnan; Thomas Lyons; Declan Nash; Shane Clarke; Lou Quigley. Subs: Craig McMarlow; Adrian Healy
Corbally Utd 3 Fairview Rgs 3
Corbally let slip a three goal lead as Fairview fought back to snatch a dramatic injury time equaliser.
Ian Dunworth, Ben Savage and Darren O’Sullivan had Corbally well in control when Lucca Tedde pulled one back. Jason Mullins with the aid of a deflection made it 3-2 and in the dying seconds the same player fired in the equaliser.
Corbally Utd: Adrian Duhig; Glen Carroll; Kevin Burke; James Savage; Ronan Sherlock; Ian Dunworth; Ian O’Donoghue; Gerry O’Connell; Dave Kinsella; Darren O’Sullivan; Ben Savage.
Fairview Rgs - Jamie Stewart; Gary Moore; Brian Fitzgerald; Mike Ryan; Niall Mullen; Shane Power; Craig Reddan; Jason Mullins; Lucca Tedde; Mark McGrath; Karl Turner. Subs: Damien Moloney
Wembley Rvs 2 Shannon Hibs 1
Wembley Rvs picked up three priceless points in a 2-1 win over fellow struggle;ers Shannon Hibs. Pat Sheehan headed in the opener early in the game and Keith Ryan tacked on a second shortly after.
The Shannon lads reduced the deficit on 80 minutes but Wembley held on for three points. Wembley Rvs - Ray O’Connell; Joey Sheahan; Eddie Mulcahy; Diarmuid Green; Pat Sheahan; Dave Quinn; Diarmuid O’Callaghan; Barry Dillon; Rob McLoughlin; Keith Ryan; Seamus Mulcahy. Subs: Eoin O’Sullivan; Gary Joyce
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