Pat Sheehan rounds up the action in the Limerick District Premier League as Carew Park surged to the top of the table.
Janesboro 2 Carew Park 4
THE last of the midweek action for this year produced sparks as Carew Park surged to the top of the Premier League with a 4-2 win over Janesboro at Pearse Stadium.
Going into the tie Crew trailed Pike but results elsewhere have allowed Cecil Prendergast and Albert Slattery’s men to take their rightful place at the top of the pile.
They played some superb football and while they will be disappointed at being hauled back from two up, they can take comfort in the fact that they bounced back to win with a couple of late goals.
Janesboro looked disjointed and have yet to find a rhythm this season. Reports that Wayne Colbert has switched allegiance to Pike Rvs will do little to help the situation but no doubt the management team will get things right in time for big cup games coming up.
Carew started the game in flying form and raced into the lead on seven minutes. Jonathon Grant’s pass put Brian Aherne clear and he crossed for the unmarked Jamie O’Sullivan at the back post who finished with ease.
Veteran keeper Gordon Stewart had to be at his best to keep out a rasping shot by Shane Waters and shortly after saved again from a back post header from Kevin Barry.
Carew doubled their lead midway through the half when Jamie O’Sullivan got past his marker to fire in from an acute angle for his second of the game.
Just before the break ‘Boro were back in the game when Kevin Barry took advantage of a defensive slip to score.
Janesboro improved somewhat in the second half and levelled when Conor Lynch pounced in a crowded goalmouth with 15 minutes remaining.
Where Carew might have folded before, they bounced back and retook the lead five minutes later when Jonathon Grant was allowed turn and shoot home from inside the area.
Carew sealed it late on when the lively Jonathon Somers completed the scoring shooting under Glasheen.
Janesboro - Darren Glasheen; Wayne O’Donovan; Aled Harkin; Conor Lynch; Patrick Stanislewski; Dave McCarthy; David Donnan; Shane Waters; Aidan Hurley; Shane Clarke; Kevin Barry. Subs: Pat McGarry
Carew Park - Gordon Stewart; Mark Slattery; Francis Kett; Gary Griffin; Mark Keane; John Boyle; Pat Boyle; Stephen Grant; Jamie O’Sullivan; Jonathon Grant; Brian Aherne. Subs: Jon Somers; Cyril Maher
Pike Rovers 2 Corbally Utd 3
Corbally Utd caused the shock of the season to date when they beat Pike Rvs for the first time since their arrival in the Premier League in 2006.
Few people gave Corbally a chance heading to the Pike Field and Mike Crowley’s men used that to their advantage racing into the lead when Barry Hartnett powerfully headed home.
Alan Barry levelled before the break and when Martin Deedy put Pike ahead in the second half you felt it was game over.
However Corbally battled back and Darren O’Sullivan equalised and the same player rocked Pike when he rounded Gary Neville to fire Corbally back in front with his second of the night.
That it was not Pike’s night was evident when they blazed a late penalty kick over the top.
Corbally Utd - Adrian Duhig; Darren Hanley; James Ryan; Jimmy Fyffe; Mike Crowley; Kevin Hartnett; Barry Hartnett; Ian Dunworth; Evan O’Mara; Ken Nealon; Darren O’Sullivan. Subs: Fionn O’Dea; Ben Savage; Dave O’Gorman
Shannon Hibs 1 Wembley Rvs 5
Shannon Hibs tale of woe continues.
Despite taking the lead at home to Wembley, Gary Joyce’s free kick hauled them back on level terms. Keith Ryan with a goal either side of the break put Wembley in control and further strikes from Pat Sheahan and Gavin Coleman wrapped it up.
Wembley Rvs - Ray O’Connell; Diarmuid O’Callaghan; Gary Joyce; Brian Finnegan; Pat Sheahan; Eddie Mulcahy; Paul McCormack; Joey Sheahan; Barry Dillon; Alan Wallace; Keith Ryan. Subs: Eoin O’Sullivan; Gavin Coleman; Kevin O’Doherty
IN other midweek action Dromore beat Caherconlish 4-3 in Div 1A; Mark Ryan and A David Corbett brace accounted for the visitors goals while for Dromore Nicky O’ Connell (2), Gavin Manifold and Ger O’ Riordan were on target.
In Div 1B Prospect Priory scored an impressive 4-1 win at Newport. Mike O’Brien scored for the homesters but goals from Pat Roche (2), Stephen Wallace and Keith Johnson sealed the win.
Two goals by Stephen Fitzmaurice gave Hyde Rgs the points against Athlunkard Villa while Corbally beat a good Knockainey side 3-0. Ben Savage hit two with Stephen Bourke also obliging for the winners.
Castle Rvs picked up their first win of the season at Weston Villa. Sean McNamara and Philip Moore had the home side two to the good with 20 minutes to play but a brace each from Neil McLoughlin and Mick Ryan gave Rovers the points.
Coonagh Utd and Mungret Reg lead the way in Div 2B and both sides recorded wins in midweek. Coonagh beat St Pauls 3-2. Ray Foley and Dara McNamara netted for Saints but goals from Niall Hogan, Glen Graham and Killian Collins won it for Coonagh.
A hat trick by Rob Doyle gave Mungret Reg A 3-0 win over Hill Celtic.
Abbey Rvs went top in Div 3A with a 3-1 win over St Pats B. Thomas Butler, Graham Carey and Darren Clancy were the winning scorers.
In Div 3B Moyross B drew 2-2 with Meanus for whom Dara Riordan and John Boohan scored.
Ballynanty Rvs proved too strong for Regional Utd in the Youth Div One hitting six without reply courtesy of Paddy Moloney, Alan Wallace, Ryan Earls, Eddie O’Neill, Jamie Bromell and Adrian Mitchell.
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