Limerick Soccer - Aisling stun Pike to boost Premier survival hopes

Janesboro's Shane Waters turns his Tralee Dynamos marker in their Munster Junior Cup semi-final tie at Jackman Park. The Kerry side emerged 3-1 winners in the game
Aisling Annacotty 2 Pike Rovers 1

Aisling Annacotty 2 Pike Rovers 1

AISLING caused the shock of the season in the Premier Division with a gritty performance that saw them inflict the first League defeat of the season on Pike Rovers on a 2-1 scoreline.

Fighting for their Premier League survival, Aisling were full value for the win while the defeat is a disaster for Pike who no longer have control of destination of the title.

Mike McCarthy’s men, inspired by a super performance from Adam Frahill had the best of the opening half and took the lead just after the restart when Brian O’Donovan raced past two defenders to fire home from 12 yards.

A lack of concentration saw Pike back on level terms within two minutes when John Tierney’s free kick sailed directly to the net with the defence caught watching.

With time running out Darren Harrington let fly with a screamer that won three invaluable points for his side. Aisling Annacotty: Dermot Clune; Brian Butler; Shane Harrington; Alan Connors; Damien Collins; Stephen Goggin; Eoin Roche; Darren Harrington; Adam Frahill; Brian O’Donovan; Evan O’Neill, Evan O’Connor, Keegan Park, John Lysaght

Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Dave Ryan; Eddie O’Donovan; Ken Meehan; Colm Enright; Colin Daly; John Tierney; Reece Healy; Pat Moloney; Seamus O’Carroll; Eoin Hanrahan.

Carew Park 2 Corbally Utd 0

CAREW Park kept their title charge on course with a clinical performance against Corbally United.

Scoreless at the break Carew opened the scoring after the restart when Jon Somers crossed for Jonathan Grant to head home.

Mark Slattery hit a superb 25 free kick to the roof of the net ten minute later to secure the win.

Carew Park: Jamie Stewart; John O’Leary; Jamie Enright; Mark Slattery; Gary Griffin; Jon Somers; Alex Assouiss; Steven Grant; Tom Culhane; Darren O’Sullivan; Jonathon Grant.

Corbally Utd: Alan Mitchell; Michael White; Dave Kinsella; David Owens; Ronan Sherlock; Kevin Burke; Mark Hannon; Ken Nealon; Cian Collins; Lucca Tedde; Gerry O’Connell. Subs: Chris Dunne; Jack Fitzgerald

Ballynanty Rovers 1 Summerville Rovers 1

A penalty from David Dunphy late in the game denied Summerville a much needed win at Shelbourne Park.

Lee Somers had headed Summerville into the lead but in th end they had to settle for a point.

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Danny McInerney; Zac Hyland; Ryan Earls; David Dunphy; Alex Purcell; Derek Daly; Ronan Ryan; Brian Doran; Jamie Bromell; Derek O’Hanlon. Subs: Liam Brock

Summerville Rvs: Alan Aherne; Neil O’Brien; Greg Barrett; John Corbett; James O’Donnell; Darren O’Sullivan; Philip Naughton; Kuba Domanski; Lee Somers; Mike Moynihan; James Cleary. Subs: Jimmy Bourke; Stephen Kiely

Fairview Rgs 2 Moyross 3

Colm O’Mahoney put Moyross ahead in this one before Denis Fitzgerald restored parity for the home side. Eddie Byrnes put Fairview in front but a brace of second half goals from Anthony Lee gave Moyross all points on offer.

Fairview Rangers: Tony McCarthy; Dylan Murphy; Dylan Frawley; Jamie Shinnors; Brian Fitzgerald; Darren Roche; Trevor Cosgrove; Shane Power; Christy Doyle; Eddie Byrnes; Denis Fitzgerald. Subs: Nathan O’Callaghan; Stephen Gallagher

Moyross: Paudie Hickey; James McNamara; Grant Murphy; Anthony Lee; Pat McCallig; Shane O’Connell; Mike Guerin; James Cleary; Adrian Power; Colm O’Mahoney; Ger Cronin. Subs: Barry Quinn; Danny Colbert

Regional Utd 3 Geraldines 1

Two goals from Danny Galvin (2) and one from David Cowpar helped Regional to three points at home to Geraldines.

Craig Reddan had given ‘Dines the lead put they flattered to deceive.

Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Andrew Cowpar; Kieran Sweeney; Brian O’Callaghan; David Cowpar; Kieran O’Connell; Shane O’Doherty; Evan Patterson; Gary Sheehan; Danny Galvin; Byron Fitzgerald. Subs: Stuart Barry; Shane O’Donoghue; Darren Butler

Geraldines: Robbie Kelleher; Paul Fitzgerald; Danny O’Neill; Paul Danagher; Bobby Tier; Christy O’Neill; Dean Earls; Craig Reddan; Craig Madigan; George Daffy; Mike Geary.

Pike Rovers 1 Moyross 0

Pike Rovers maintained their charge to retain their title with a nervous one goal win over Moyross on Thursday evening.

Not for the first time in his Pike career Colm Enright proved the hero for Pike with a crucial goal just before half time.

The home side had to endure some intense Moyross pressure after the break and but for some fine saves from Gary Neville and some poor finishing could well have seriously dented Pie’s aspirations.

Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne Colbert; Eoin Hanrahan; Ken Meehan; Colm Enright; Reece Healy; Seamus O’Carroll; Colin Daly; John Tierney; Pat Moloney; Dave Ryan. Subs: Jason Mullins; Jamie Kelly

Moyross: Paudie Hickey; James McNamara; Robert McNamara; Pat McCallig; Anthony Lee; James Cleary; Shane O’Connell; Colm O’Mahoney; Barry Quinn; Ger Cronin; Adrian Power. Subs: Keith Ryan

Ballynanty Rovers 3 Regional Utd 1

Despite taking the lead with a spectacular Eddie O’Brien effort, Regional had to give way to a strong Balla finish which saw them take all three points on offer.

Derek O’Hanlon equalised for the homesters and two goals in the final two minutes from Alex Purcell and Jamie Bromell secured the points.

Regional Utd: Eoin O’Hagan; Sam Gleeson; Evan Patterson; Brian O’Callaghan; David Cowpar; Tom Frawley; Eddie O’Brien; Shane O’Doherty; Shane O’Donoghue; Darren Butler; Danny Galvin. Subs: Mike Aherne; Mike Reidy; Byron Fitzgerald

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Shane Doran; Ryan Earls; David Dunphy; Andrew Leyden; Ronan Ryan; Derek Daly; Eddie Radcliffe; Lloyd Whyte; Jamie Bromell. Subs: Derek O’Hanlon; Alex Purcell; Zac Hyland

Division 4 Keane Cup Final

Hospital B 1 Dromore Celtic 0

Despite their lowly League position Hospital B pulled out all the stops to capture the Division 4 Keane Cup at Jackman Park on Friday evening.

The County side went into the tie as underdogs but showed fine battling qualities and snatched victory just as the game was heading for extra time.

Dromore started well and after ten minutes Brian Cullen hit a good effort but was thwarted by a fine save from Hospital keeper Tommy Sheehy.

A quick breakaway by Hospital nearly produced the opener but Dromore keeper Tom Meskell saved well from Kevin Meade. Minutes later Joe Leahy broke clear of the Drmore defence but a fine recovery challenge by Brian Golden saved the day.

Hospital’s Kevin Meade showed neat skill on the edge of Dromore box beating two players but Meskell was again to the fore while at the other end a superb delivery from Alan Cussen sent Brian Cullen away but Sheehy was quick off his line to effect a good save.

Dromore’s Shane Grace was lording it in midfield and after 35 minutes delivered a ball into the Hospital danger zone that begged a final touch but his team mates were not on the same channel.

A lovely flick on by Ed Cussen sent the lively Philipe Rodriquez Brazilian away down the left but he was unable to make the chance count.

A quick Hospital attack and a super through ball by their number Leahy sent Meade away but again Meskell made a good stop and a great ball across the box by Ed Cussen picked out Cullen but he failed to apply the required finish. .

Hospital came out firing on all cylinders in the second half Meade should have opened the scoring when he latched onto a free kick. A lovely through ball by Hospital Dale Frawley put Meade in again but Meskell was equal to it.

Hospital were well on top now with Meade in the thick of the action, firing inches over the top from just outside the box.

A quick breakaway saw Cullen play Alan Cussen into space but the midfielder blazed over the top.

The game had extra time written all over it when Hospital were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Dale Frawley stepped up to curl a beauty into the bottom corner which seemed for a score worthy of winning the Cup.

To their credit Dromore chased an equaliser but a couple of half chances was their lot as Hospital held on for a memorable win.

Hospital; Tommy Sheehy, Jamie Raggott, Jason Dineen, Tom Herr, Kevin O’Dea, Ned O’Meara, Dale Frawley, Ed McNulty, Aaron Carmody, Kevin Meade, Joe Leahy, Subs; Darragh O’Sullivan, Darragh Carroll, Seanie Hanly

Dromore Celtic; Tom Meskell, Brian Shee, Don Fitzgerald, Brian Golden, Nathan O’Sullivan, Alan Cussen, Shane Grace, Philipe Rodriquez, Liam Kirwin, Ed Cussen, Brian Cullen, Subs; Ingus Kurumini, Damien Meagher, Trevor Gallagher