Limerick Leader soccer correspondent Pat Sheehan looks back on the Munster Junior Cup action where Janesboro booked a place in the semi-final but Fairview were knocked out.
High flying Clonmel Celtic were left reeling on Sunday when the Janesboro bandwagon came to town and inflicted a 4-1 defeat on the home side in the quarter final of the Munster Junior Cup.
FAI Junior Cup semi finalists Clonmel must have figured that having accounted for Pike in the Munster Junior and FAI in the last couple of weeks, they were deserving of the favourites tag against a lower profile Janesboro XI.
However they got more than they bargained for as Boro turned in a superb display to overrun the Tipperary men.
Veteran striker Conor Lynch pulled another big performance out of the drawer as he rolled back the years, bagging two goals in a man of the match display.
‘Boro gave notice of their intentions in the opening few minutes when Dave Roche sent Shane Waters free on the right and his cross picked out Shane Clarke who fired inches wide of target.
On ten minutes the home side showed their threat when Darren Glasheen had to race off hios line to knock the ball off the head of Stephen Ryan as Simon Scully’s cross arrived in the danger zone.
Janesboro opened the scoring on 14 minutes. Clarke rolled the ball into the path of Waters who blasted home from outside the box to the delight of the Boro support.
Again the home side responded and Tom Clarke came to Boro’s aid, clearing off line from Stephen Ryan’s header and the Boro defender was seen in an attacking mode shortly after as he headed powerfully inches over the top from Wayne O’Donovan’s corner kick.
Two minutes before the break Boro doubled their lead when Roche crossed and Lynch, the consummate finisher, arrived right on time to finish.
Within a minute Clonmel were back in the game when Scully sneaked between two defenders to send the sides in at the break with just a goal between them.
On the restart ‘Boro did not panic and gradually took the sting out of Celtic’s efforts.
On the hour mark Roche and Clarke combined to tee up Lynch to fire in his second and restore a two goal lead.
It got even better for the Limerick side ten minutes later when Shane Clarke pounced on a poor back pass to punish Celtic to make it 4-1.
Celtic were beaten and would have conceded again late in the game but Mike O’Gorman’s effort produced a brilliant save by Kieran Kendrick in the home goal.
‘Boro now await Wednesday’s Semi final draw along with Nenagh, Tramore and Fermoy where a home draw is their only wish.
Janesboro - Darren Glasheen; Wayne O’Donovan; Aled Harkin; Tom Clarke; Wayne Colbert; Dave Roche; Mike O’Gorman; Thomas Lyons; Shane Waters; Shane Clarke; Conor Lynch. Subs not used: Mouslim Mousserine
Clonmel Celtic - Kieran Kendrick, Darren Burns, Mark Power, Simon Scully, Craig Condon, John Casey, Kevin Waters, Evan McGuire, Stephen Ryan, Graham Doyle, Dwayne Burns
Fairview Rgs 2 Nenagh 4
Unlike Janesboro, Fairview failed to lift their game when favoured with home advantage in their quarter final with Nenagh.
In a game devoid of excitement Fairview had numerous first half chances but poor finishing and some superb goalkeeping was to cost them dearly in the end.
Somewhat against the run of play Tom Shepard headed Nenagh in front on 20 minutes.
A brilliant double save by Aaron Savage on the half hour mark prevented James Hayes and on then on the rebound Darren O’Sullivan to send the Tipperary men in a goal to the good at the break.
Peter McGee fired in a second for Nenagh on the hour mark but almost immediately Christy Doyle pulled one back.
However Shepard scored again and an own goal had Fairview reeling.
Doyle scored again to put some respectability on the scoreline but in truth it was a way below par performance by the ‘View whose attention now shifts to the Lawson Cup for silverware this season.
Fairview Rgs - Richie Ryan; Mike Ryan; Craig Madigan; Brian Fitzgerald; Brian Buckley; James Hayes; Colm Heffernan; Willie O’Brien; Christy Doyle; Colin Scanlon; Darren O’Sullivan. Subs not used: Shane Power
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