Lawson Cup holders Pike Rvs moved into round three of the competition with consummate ease when they beat Caherdavin Celtic 7-0 on Sunday afternoon in the Pike Club.
The sides met in the FAI Junior Cup a few weeks back when the Div 1A side forced the holders to a penalty shoot out before succumbing.
Player Manager Ray McMahon was unavailable for Sunday’s clash and the loss of Karl Meehan and Barry Ryan to injury thwarted whatever hopes Celtic had of causing an upset.
Fielding their new signing Sean Kelly, Pike rarely looked in trouble in this one and once Colm Enright headed them in front the sting was taken out of the visitors.
Either side of Enright’s goal Caherdavin had half chances. Aaron Costello fired a rasping effort just over the Pike goal and when one down Alan Duggan had a shot saved by Robert Power.
Pike doubled their lead after 20 minutes with a superb goal. Started by Jeffery Judge who played a one two with Dave Ryan before putting Kevin Barry in on goal and the big striker kept his composure to fire in his first goal for Pike from 15 yards.
Pike introduced John Boyle and Eoin Hanrahan for the second half and Celtic seemed unable to cope with the extra threat.
On 65 minutes Judge picked out Hanrahan who rounded his marker to deliver a cross for Dave Ryan to head in number three and five minutes later Ryan scored his second and Pike’s fourth when he pounced on a rebound from John Boyles shot.
Alan Barry made it 5-0 with a clever back heel from Hanrahan’s corner kick and three minutes later Kevin Barry was upended in the area handing Conor Kavanagh the chance to score another penalty.
Hanrahan wrapped up the tie five minutes from time when he scored from an acute angle.
Pike Rovers - Ronan Power; Stephen Kelly; Eddie O’Donovan; Colm Enright; Pat Mullins; Colm Carroll; Jeffery Judge; Conor Kavanagh; Dave Ryan; Kevin Barry; Pat Moloney. Subs not used: Alan Barry; Mike Aherne; Eoin Hanrahan
Caherdavin Celtic: Paul Bateman; Pat McHugh, Cian Williams; Joe Laffan; Brian Shorten; Aaron Costello, Brian Doran; Alan Duggan; Steve Labanyi; Ralph Judge; Andrew Simmonds Subs: Pat Hall, Kieran Simmonds, Mike Noonan
Knockainey 0 Newport 2
Following their victory over Moyross in recent weeks, Newport claimed another scalp when they beat Knockainey in the Lawson Cup on Sunday.
The tie was switched to the Tipperary venue and Newport took full advantage eking out a 2-0 victory.
A man of the match performance from John Meskell in central midfield led the way for Newport as the midfielder opened the scoring on twenty minutes with a well placed free kick which nestled into bottom corner of the Knockainey net.
This was followed on by another well worked goal down the right wing, clinically finished by Mike O’Brien leaving Newport two up at half time.
The second half saw Knockainey press more forcing a couple of fine saves from Mark Barry in goals.
Overall, this was a resilient performance by Newport whose reward is a tilt with Premier League leaders Janesboro in the third round.
Newport - Mark Barry, Dave O’Brien, Paul Ryan, Dave Murray, Mike O’Brien, John Meskell, Sean O’Brien, Blane Lenihan, Rob Ryan, Dean Lenihan, Subs: Darren Dunlea, Peter Sullivan, Nigel Ryan
Aisling Annacotty 9 Glenview 0
As expected, Aisling proved much too good for a game Glenview side.
Two goals up inside the first few minutes it was always a case of how many goals the home side would net.
As it turned out Evan O’Neill and Darren Harrington scored two apiece with Jason Sheehan, Des Keehan, Brian Begley, Robbie Hammond and John Oroko also chipping in. Aisling Annacotty - Anthony McDonnell; Jamie Finn; Des Keehan; Mike Bourke; Daryl McGee; Chumkwa Manjor; Darren Harrington; Mike Hayes; John Oroko; Jason Sheehan; Brian Begley. Subs not used: Evan O’Neill; Robbie Hammond; David Njuki
Draw made for Lawson Cup
PIKE ROVERS award for beating Caherdavin Celtic in the Lawson Cup on Sunday is a trip out the county to play Bruff or Caherconlish in the next round.
Regional Utd will play the winners of Hyde Rangers and Wembley Rovers while another interesting clash sees Carew Park host Aisling Annacotty. Premier League leaders Janesboro have a home tie against Newport.
1. Regional Utd v Hyde Rgs or Wembley Rvs
2 Shannon Town or Kilmallock v Ballynanty Rvs
3 Carew Park v Aisling Annacotty
4 Hospital or Summerville v Mungret Reg
5 Lisnagry v Dromore
6 Bruff or Caherconlish v Pike Rvs
7 Janesboro v Newport
8Fairview Rgs v Prospect Priory or Corbally
Quarter Finals: (A )6v4,(B)5v1,(C)2v8,(D)3v7
Semi Finals: BvC, DvA
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