Limerick Soccer - Desmond League side impress in FAI Junior Cup

Frank Nelligan rounds up the action in the FAI Junior Cup on what was a good weekend for the Limerick Desmond League sides.

Frank Nelligan rounds up the action in the FAI Junior Cup on what was a good weekend for the Limerick Desmond League sides.

There was one all-local affair in the seven FAI Junior Cup second round ties on Sunday, with Rathkeale securing a 2-0 victory at home to fellow Premier Division outfit, Newcastle West Rovers.

Rathkeale had the better of a scoreless first-half. Davy Lyons, Gary Enright, Mark O’Sullivan and Alan O’Shea all had chances for the home side but the Rovers defence, assisted by hard-working midfielder Dara Barrett, was well-organised and goalkeeper James Stack was in good form. Rovers’ best chance of the first-half came on the half-hour when Adam Collins just failed to connect with a far-post cross from John Ed Harnett.

The second-half was more open, with both teams having chances. Rovers were first to threaten, a timely Rathkeale interception denying Collins a shot at goal from a Harnett cross. Seven minutes later, Collins took a free-kick from the edge of the box and was denied by a great save from Colin Barry, who made another save from the resultant corner.

The deadlock was broken in the 66thminute when O’Sullivan cut the ball back to Enright, who rifled past Stack from the edge of the box.

Rathkeale scored the insurance goal in the 78thminute when O’Shea slipped a pass to Barry Riordan who cleverly dummied the ball to the inrushing Ciaran English and the substitute applied a clinical finish, curling a shot into the bottom corner.

Rovers went with three up front in an effort to get back into the game and they did almost pull a goal back in the 80th minute when Collins went close. It wasn’t enough though as Rathkeale held on.

Rathkeale - Colin Barry, David Mooney, Sean O’Shea, Sean White, Peter O’Dea, Mikey Lyons, Gary Enright, Timmy Hogan, Alan O’Shea, Davy Lyons, Mark O’Sullivan. Subs: Ciaran Engish for Hogan (70 mins), Barry Riordan for O’Sullivan (75 mins), Diarmuid Sexton for D. Lyons (80 mins), Adrian Lyons, Mike Noonan, Johnny Markham, Brendan Carmody.

Newcastle West Rovers - James Stack, Paul Massey, Eoin Murphy, Chris Keane, Dermot Considine, Brian Fallon, Daragh Barrett, Davy Fitzpatrick, Dean Feane, John Ed Harnett, Adam Collins.Subs: Billy Nash for Keane (60 mins), Holohanfor Massey (75 mins), Pa Keane for Fitzpatrick (82 mins).

In total Limerick Desmond League teams had six games against outside opposition and gave a very good account of themselves, winning five of them. Pride of place has to go to Abbeyfeale United who won 2-1 away to Newmarket Celtic, Champions of Clare for the last two seasons.

Barry Sheehy opened the scoring in the 10th minute and restored Abbeyfeale’s lead in the 80thminute after the home team pulled a goal back in the 55th minute.

For goals and drama, it was hard to beat Killeaney’s 6-3 extra-time victory against Connolly Celtic in Kilmayley. Killeaney led 2-0 at half-time with a 10thminute goal from Stephen Shine and a 20th minute free-kick from Paul Brouder. Sean O’Connor made it 3-0 early in the second-half and the visitors looked to be home and dry. However, the home team staged a great comeback to level the match at 3-3 and earn extra-time.

Killeaney were not to be denied and Gary Kelly put them back in front a minute into the second period. James McSweeney added another before the changeover and Tommy Griffin completed the scoring in the last minute.

Newcastle West also required extra-time to beat visitors Castleisland 2-1. The Kerry side opened the scoring against the run of play in the first-half and held that lead until Mark Doherty equalised with a super strike from 25 yards in the 55th minute. Talisman Daniel Power scored the winner in the first period after a good build-up from Tony Quaid and Aaron Geary.

Ballingarry left it late to secure victory at home to Burren United, Kevin Forde scoring the only goal of the game in the 85th minute. As expected, Broadford United had a comfortable win at home to Clare Division 2 side, Ruan United. They won 3-0, all the goals coming inside the first 20 minutes, two of them scored by Andrew McCourt, a new signing from Charleville, and the other netted by Joe McAuliffe.

The only side to lose on Sunday was Pallaskenry but that was no disgrace as they were up against the Kerry Champions, St. Brendan’s Park. It looked ominous when the visitors took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter but, to their credit, Pallaskenry stabilized the situation. Aidan Garvey pulled a goal back with a free-kick on the half-hour and the home side had a couple of half-chances to equalize. St. Brendan’s Park made the result safe when they made it 3-1 in the 70th minute.


The updated 3rd Round draw for Limerick Desmond League teams is as follows:

Classic FC (Kerry) v Rathkeale; Ballingarry v St. Brendan’s Park (Kerry); Killeaney v Broadford United

yfeale United v Newcastle West.

Ties due to be played on or before 4 November.

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