A weekly roundup of all the schoolboy soccer action in the Limerick Desmond League
National Cups 5th Round
There was no joy for the three remaining Limerick Desmond sides in the fifth round of the national cups at the weekend. In the Menton-Seery Cup St Kevins Boys proved too strong for Broadford Utd while in Mayo Abbeyfeale played very well in the Norton Cup but two breakaway goals either side of half time saw Manulla advance. Then on Sunday in the Barry Cup Stella Maria proved too strong for Granagh Utd.
U-12 Division 1
Kilcornan have moved to within two points of Abbeyfeale Utd A after they got the better of visitors Creeves Celtic, the decisive goal of this close contest being a Cathal Downes penalty in the first half. Elsewhere an inspirational Mark Hayes hat trick helped Shountrade to come from behind to win three one at home to Newcastle West and move level with Broadford Utd in mid table.
U-12 Division 2
In division two Athea Utd moved level with Granagh Utd in second place and just two points behind Glin Rovers after their away win over Newcastle West Rovers with their scorers being Shane Dalton, John Sexton, Micah O’Connell and Jason Dillon while the Rovers goals came courtesy of Michael Conlon and Jamie Kane. Elsewhere in the division Kildimo Utd earned their first three points when coming away from Bally Rovers with a seven two win.
U-12 Division 3
Askeaton have consolidated third place in the table after a five three win over Pallaskenry at Pairc Eas Geitine thanks to a Paul O’Shaughnessy hat trick and a brace from Sam Duggan. Carrig Celtic have moved off the bottom of the table after they won seven nil at home to Shannonside, for the winners John Hayes grabbed a hat trick with further goals from Shane King (2), Liam Liston and Michael Murphy.
U-12 Division 4
Breska Rovers have closed the gap to leaders Feenagh to a single point after getting a walkover from St Itas. Abbeyfeale Utd B were one nil winners away to Old Mill to climb to third place.
U-12 Division 5
In division five Mountcollins picked up their third win of the season with a five one win Killeaney in Knockdown with their goals provided by Jayden Palmer, Paul Walsh, Jack Murphy, Joshua Murphy and Korey Keogh
Glin Rovers advanced to the semi finals of the under twelves cup after a narrow two one win at home to Newcastle West B last Saturday afternoon. The homeside led two nil at the break with goals from Jack Sheehan and Sheagh O’Connor but after the interval the visitors got back into this cup game with a Conor Finucane goal but it was Rovers that held on. Best for Newcastle West were keeper Oisin Dwyer, Gavin Lane and Stuart Grant.
Ballingarry travelled to Newbridge to take on Creeves Celtic in the first round of the cup and they returned home with a five one win with goals from Nathan Clancy (2), Alan Murphy, Aaron Smith and an own goal. In the quarter finals they will be on the road again with a trip to Athea Utd.
U-16 Division 1
Leaders Newcastle West still have a healthy advantage at the top of division one after second and third placed sides Breska Rovers and Adare Utd failed to make inroads on the magpies lead after they drew one all in Clarina. In this clash Stephen Sheehan put Adare ahead on twenty minutes with Josh Fitzgerald levelling matters ten minutes.
U-16 Division 3
Here Askeaton move above Glantine into third place after receiving a walkover from Ferry Rangers.
U-16 Division 4
Pallaskenry remain six points clear at the top after another league win at the weekend, this time at home to Feenagh. Here the hoops led three nil at half time with a Ryan Kelly hat trick with their fourth coming after the break from Cameron Fu Lynch. Newcastle West B now go second with a game in hand after winning six nil at home to Old Mill.
We had two games listed in the second round of the sixteens cup and it was a good weekend for the Abbeyfeale Utd sides with their A and B teams both progressing. The Bs won two one at home to Shannonside after extra time and will be away to Adare Utd or Creeves Celtic in the last eight while the As will have home advantage against Pallaskenry after their six nil win away to Broadford Utd.
U-14 Girls Division 1
Only one game beat the weather here and that was a scoreless draw between Ballingarry and Kilcolman.
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