Pat Sheehan rounds up all the weekend action from the local Limerick soccer scene, including the Tuohy Cup, FAI Junior Cup and Champions Cup.
Carew Park 6 Aisling Annacotty 2
Carew Park advanced to the quarter finals of the Tuohy Cup with an impressive 6-2 win over Aisling on Thursday evening.
Carew carried their good League form into the tie and in a scintillating opening ten minute period they were three goals to the good.
The game was but two minutes old when Pat Boyle side footed the ball into the top corner to open the scoring.
A couple of minutes later Boyle turned provider when his corner kick was headed in by Jonathon Grant to double the lead and before Aisling could regroup they were three down again courtesy of Grant. To their credit, Aisling fought back and pulled one back through Darren Harrington. A couple of superb saves by Gordon Stewart denied Aisling a chance to draw closer and just before the break Carew restored their three goal lead courtesy of Boyle.
There was more agony for Aisling after the break when Jamie O’Sullivan and substitute Kyle McCarthy tacked on further goals before David Njuki completed the scoring with Aisling’s second.
CAREW PARK - Gordon Stewart; Dean Finnan; Jon Somers; Francis Kett; Gary Griffin; Brian Aherne; Cyril Maher; Pat Boyle; John Boyle; Jonathon Grant; Jamie O’Sullivan. Subs; Mark Slattery; Kyle McCarthy; Jamie Kelly
AISLING ANNACOTTY - John Chawke; Philip Byrnes; Sean Ryan; Des Keehan; Jason Sheehan; Eoin Gunnigle; Darren Harrington; Mike Doyle; Evan O’Neill; David Njuki; Niall Feeney.
The updated draw for the Quarter finals reads as follows; Geraldines v Carew Park, Kilmallock v Janesboro or Corbally, Fairview Rgs v Ballynanty Rvs, Pike Rvs v Shannon Hibs or Regional Utd
FAI Junior Cup
St Pats 0 Ballynanty Rovers 3
One game down for decision in the FAI Junior Cup and Premier side Ballynanty progressed with no real problems.
Bobby Griffin scored a brace for the winners with Shane Guerin also on the mark for the winners who now take on Caherdavin in next week’s third round tie.
BALLYNANTY ROVERS - Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Shane Doran; Dermot Fitzgerald, David Dunphy; Thomas O’Dwyer; Brian Doran; Bobby Griffin; Adam Frahill; Jason Hughes; Shane Guerin;. Subs: Frank Lee; Ken Meehan; Eddie Radcliffe
Pike Rovers 2 Newmarket Celtic 1
Pike Rvs reached the semi finals of the Munster Champions Cup with a hard earned win oiver Newmarket Celtic at the Pike Club on Sunday afternoon.
The Clare side took the lead in this one and held it until well into the second half when former Aisling striker John Okoro marked his debut with an equalising goal.
Extra time was called for and Keith Hartnett reiterated his knack of scoring in big games by firing in a beauty from 25 yards to see Pike safely into the last four.
PIKE ROVERS - Gary Neville; Gavin O’Shea; Eddie O’Donovan; Colm Enright; Pat Mullins; John Tierney; Keith Hartnett; Martin Deedy; Eoin Hanrahan; Alan Barry; Pat Moloney. Subs: Paul Doona; John Okoro; Jason Heffernan
Munster Junior Cup
Mungret Reg 0 Janesboro 3
Veteran striker Conor Lynch continues to show the younger folk how it’s done and his double striker on Sunday saw holders Janesboro through on a 3-0 scoreline over Mungret Reg.
In what was a potentially difficult tie, Boro went about their business without fuss and took a lead after ten minutes when Aidan Hurley blasted a 20 yarder past Cian Moloney following a flick on by Lynch.
A fine save from Moloney denied Shane Waters from doubling the lead and at the other end Darren Glasheen made a number of superb saves to keep out the home side.
A Barry Danaher shot forced the keeper full length to turn away and minutes later Gary Long’s free kick brought another fine block. After the restart the Boro keeper had to be at his best to block Ger Bourke’s shot.
Boro secured a second 20 minutes from time when Wayne O’Donovan’s inch perfect delivery was headed in by Lynch.
Mungret did not learn from the goal as five minute later they left Lynch unmarked as the ball arrived from Clarke and the ‘Boro striker made no mistake to complete the scoring.
MUNGRET REGIONAL - Cian Moloney; Brian Cotter; Gary Long; Alan Connors; Alan Finucane; Jamie Morrissey; Barry Danagher; Ger Burke; Marcus Finucane; Richie Burke; Des O’Donoghue. Subs: Neil O’Callaghan; Eoin Keating; Pat O’Donoghue
JANESBORO - Darren Glasheen; Wayne O’Donovan; Aled Harkin; Lee O’Mara; Pat McGarry; Thomas Lyons; James Hayes; Shane Waters; Aidan Hurley; Shane Clarke; Conor Lynch. Subs: David Donnan
Coonagh Utd 2
Shannon Hibernians 3
Shannon Hibernians advanced in the Munster Junior Cup following a hard pushed win over Div 2B side Coonagh Utd.
The Premier side opened the scoring mid way through the half when Ryan Kelly knocked the ball back across goal for McGorrian to finish.
Hibs’ were hauled back level when Niall Hogan converted from a spot kick but Eddie Dunne restored Shannon’s lead shortly after.
Ryan Kelly took full advantage of slack defending to make it 3-1 and with three minutes remaining Barry Sheehan lobbed the keeper from 25 yards to give Coonagh hope but it proved too little too late.
COONAGH UTD - Tommy Collins; Killian Collins; Glen Graham; Graham Minogue; Ralph Marsh; Niall Hogan; Ian Wallace; Gary Kelly; Barry Sheehan; Pat McCarthy; Shane Bennis. Subs: David Coffey, Michael Carroll, Kieran Simmonds
SHANNON HIBS - Darren Whelan; Derek Byrnes; Eddie Dunne; Gareth Quirke; Pat Devanney; Derek Maxwell; Robbie Wall; Jack Kelly; Brian McGorrian; Seamus Farrell; Ryan Kelly.
Corbally Utd 4 Kennedy Park 0
Corbally bounced back from a bad result last weekend to progress in the Munster Junior Cup with a 4-0 win over Kennedy Park.
Two goals apiece from Barry Hartnett and Darren O’Sullivan saw the Premier outfit through with little difficulty.
CORBALLY UTD - Adrian Duhig; Darren Hanley; Glen Carroll; Jimmy Fyffe; Ronan Sherlock; Ian Dunworth; Fearghal O’Connell; Ben Savage; Barry Hartnett; Darren O’Sullivan; Ken Nealon. Subs: Byron O’Neill; Connie McCormack; Evan O’Mara
Carew Park 1 Wembley Rvs 0
The see saw battle between Carew Park and Pike Rvs continued at the weekend when Carew took advantage of Pike’s cup date to pick up three points and return to the top of the Premier League table.
In an evenly fought out first half both keepers produced some superb saves. Most notable was Gordon Stewart’s penalty kick save from Paul McCormack. The Wembley winger was hoping to sign off in style as he heads to Australia hopefully for a short stint but he’ll have to wait for the return!
Carew were having difficulty breaking down a resolute defence and keeper but Ray O’Connell could do little but admire John Boyle’s strike from 20 yards that flew to the roof of the net to keep up Carew’s fine run of form.
CAREW PARK - Gordon Stewart; Dean Finnan; Mark Slattery; Mark Keane; Francis Kett; Cyril Maher; Stephen Grant; Jon Somers; Jamie O’Sullivan; Jonathon Grant; John Boyle. Subs not used: Kyle McCarthy; Dale McNamara
WEMBLEY ROVERS - Ray O’Connell; Alan Finnegan; Gary Joyce; Diarmuid Green; Kevin O’Doherty; Gavin Coleman; Paul McCormack; Barry Dillon; Eddie Mulcahy; Andy Murphy; Rob McLoughlin. Subs not used: Keith Ryan; Shane Byrnes; Dave Quinn
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