Pat Sheehan rounds up the local soccer action in the LDMC, beginning with Granville’s 3-1 win over Moyross in the O’Halloran Cup.
On a miserable night for the spectators, Granville Rgs qualified for the quarter finals of their Divisional Cup when they saw off the challenge of Moyross on a 3-1 scoreline.
Granville were on top in the early stages and opened the scoring with a sweetly struck effort from Stephen Cahill after 15 minutes.
The former Croom player latched onto a punched clearance and from 35 yards let fly for a memorable goal.
Granville were reduced to ten players after 25 minutes but they responded well to the setback and doubled their lead on the hour mark; Cahill nabbing a second from the penalty spot.
Moyross pulled one back courtesy of Ken McNamara and had Granville under severe pressure late on but ten minutes from time, Kieran Patton killed off the contest.
A second red card late on took some of the gloss off the victory but Granville now meet Pike Rvs B for a place in the semi finals.
Munster Youth Cup
Geraldines 3 Charleville 0
Geraldines reached the open draw in the Munster Youth Cup when they scored an impressive 3-0 win over a good Charleville XI on Sunday afternoon.
Forced by ground conditions to switch their home game, Geraldines opted for UL’s superb all weather surface.
On a selfish not, it’s a pity the college did not incorporate some kind of shelter into such an impressive set up as those in attendance were drenched to the bone by the game’s end.
Geraldines took the game to their opponents from the off and nearly took a first minutes kead when Peter O’Halloran sent a scorcher narrowly over the top from twenty yards. Shortly after Pat Hughes picked out Cian O’Donoghue but his shot was blocked down by the impressive Jamie Moloney. From the resultant corner kick Darren McCormack latched onto an attempted clearance but blazed inches over the top.
At the other end an impressive dribbling run by Darren Casey was saved by Reardon and shortly after Thomas Kennedy’s shot was again well saved by the ‘Dines keeper.
Charleville keeper Kenny got down well to turn away a good shot from Cian O’Donoghue but the keeper could do little with the last action of the half as Darren McCormack’s well struck shot from the edge of the area nestled in the corner to give ‘Dines the breakthrough.
Shortly after the restart Trevor Hogan fired into the side netting from an acute angle and just after the hour mark Charleville substitute Alan Moretll’s long range effort had Reardon backtracking to keep his side in front.
‘Dines got the crucial second midway through the half when Pat Hughes collected on half way and played Sam Mullins through to shoot in from 25 yards.
To their credit Charleville kept plugging away but it was ‘dines who struck again.
With time nearly up a mazy run by Jason Beville created a simple tap in for Trevor Hogan to seal the victory.
Cian O’Donoghue and Pat Hughes were in the thick of most of the ‘Dines positive play while their back four also impressed against a tricky Charleville outfit.
The visitors while obviously disappointed can take some solace in the displays of Brendan Murphy, Jamie Moloney and Mark O’Halloran.
Geraldines – Pat Riordan, Colin Byrne, Brian Collopy, Kieran Keogh, James Walsh, Rob Healy, Darren McCormack, Trevor Hogan, Pat Hughes, Peter O’Halloran, Cian O’Donoghue, Reserves, Sam Mullins, Tadhg McManus, Jason Beville
Charleville – Chris Kenny, Brian Barry, Brendan Murphy, Jamie Moloney, Andrew Hennessy, Mark O’Halloran, Darren Casey, Brian O’Connell, Thomas Kennedy, Colm Connolly, Dylan Brazil, Reserves, Alan Mortell, Dean Foley-Fox, Ronan O’Halloran
Regional Utd 4 Aisling Annacotty 3
Regional made hard work of their Munster Youth Cup win over Aisling Annacotty on Sunday afternoon. Leading 4-1 with ten minutes remaining, the home side took the foot off the pedal and allowed Aisling back into the tie but after a nerve tingling climax, the home side held on to win 4-3.
Padraig Montana-King put Regional on their way and a goal from Tim Ryan made it 2-0. When Dylan Frawley made it 3-0 after the break it looked easy for Regional. However Aisling pulled one back and while Cian Spillane restored Regional’s three goal advantage two late goals from the visitors set up a grandstand finish but Regional held out for the win.
Regional Utd - Chris Dunford, Alan Byrne, Mick Cullinane, Tim Moloney, Eoin O’Doherty, Dylan Frawley, Stephen Hackett, Tim Ryan, Pat Montana-King, Samar Muzaras, Keith Storan
FAI U-17 CUP
Fairview Rgs 3 Corbally Utd 1
Fairview qualified for the last 16 of the FAI Under 17 Cup following their 3-1 victory over Corbally at a rain sodden Fairgreen yesterday.
The pitch was in perfect nick and a shock looked on the cards when the visitors took the lead on the half hour mark.
However just before the break the greasy ball proved too hot to handle for the Corbally keeper from Shane Walsh’s corner and Wesley O’Sullivan was on hand to knock the ball over the line.
Just after the restart Walsh struck the upright for Fairview and minutes later his strike partner Cian Lynch repeated the feat.
The Corbally luck ran out 20 minutes from time when Wesley O’Sullivan pulled the ball back across goal for Niall McNamara to thunder a shot into the net via the crossbar.
Five minutes later the game was wrapped up when the talented Shane Walsh ghosted past the Corbally defence to fire home.
Fairview Rgs - Kuba Kedrow, Kevin O’Connell, Jack Clancy, Conor Madigan, Conor Madden, Jack Cleary, Niall McNamara, Darren Roche, Wesley O’Sullivan, Shane Walsh Cian Lynch, Res, Christy Moran, Adam Coleman, Kieran Long
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