Pat Sheehan rounds up all the latest action in the Limerick District Premier League.
Carew Park 3 Geraldines 2
Carew maintained their unbeaten run with an impressive victory over Geraldines on Sunday. Bobby Tier gave Geraldines an early lead but on the stroke on half time Dale McNamara equalised. John Boyle and a stunning Pat Boyle goal gave Carew a two goal advantage until the final minute when Derek Hannon scored what proved a consolation goal.
Carew Park: Gordon Stewart; Mark Slattery; Francis Kett; Gary Griffin; Mark Keane; Stephen Grant; Pat Boyle; Dale McNamara; Jonathon Grant; John Boyle; Jamie O’Sullivan.
Geraldines: Keith McCarthy; Paul Fitzgerald; Danny O’Neill; Tom O’Grady; Ian Storan; Jordon Boland; Jamie McMahon; Bobby Tier; Derek Hannon; Richie Flynn; Derek Daly.
Janesboro 2 Kilmallock 2
Kilmallock upset all the odds by holding Janesboro to a draw at Pearse Stadium yesterday.
Despite losing a large chuck of last year’s panel, Donie Hayes has assembled a highly talented squad again this season and they showed courage and commitment as they picked up a deserved point.
Mark Heffernan put the visitors in front. Peter Murphy saved a Shane Clarke penalty before Peter Ryan tacked on a second.
Dave Roche pulled on back before the break and when Mouslim Mousserine equalised 15 minutes from the end you felt it was over for Kilmallock but dogged defending and a crossbar or two helped them hold out.
Boro are now down eight points and even at this stage face a mountain if they hope to dispossess Pike Rvs of their Premier title.
Janesboro - John Ryan; Wayne O’Donovan; Aled Harkin; Patrick Stanislewski; Wayne Colbert; Dave Roche; Dave McCarthy; Aidan Hurley; Christy Doyle; Shane Clarke; James Hayes. Subs: Mouslim Mousserine; Eddie Brazier; Conor Lynch
Kilmallock - Peter Murphy; Kieran Stubbins; Alan Finn; Peter Ryan; John Heffernan; Mark Heffernan; Mark Hayes; Chris Todd; Niall Hanley; Niall O’Riordan; Ryan Glenn.
Pike Rovers 2 Ballynanty Rovers 1
Pike Rvs made it six straight wins with a hard earned victory over Ballynanty Rvs on Sunday. Gavin O’Shea fired Pike in front but just before the break Frank Lee levelled the tie.
When Pike were reduced to ten men it looked like they were in danger but Alan Barry showed his worth back heeling in what proved the winner five minutes from time.
Pike Rovers - Gary Neville; Dermot Fitzgerald; Eddie O’Donovan; Conor Moloney; Pat Mullins; Jason Heffernan; Keith Hartnett; Gavin O’Shea; Dave Ryan; Alan Barry; Martin Deedy. Subs: Colm Enright; Paul Doona
Ballynanty Rovers - Stephen McNamara; Jamie Enright; Shane Doran; David Dunphy; Tom Daly; Bobby Griffin; Brian Doran; Jason Hughes; Frank Lee; Shane Guerin; Alex Purcell. Subs: Barry Quinn; Adam Frahill; Eddie Radcliffe
Aisling Annacotty 2 Corbally Utd 4
Corbally moved clear of the danger zone when they defeated Aisling in Annacotty on Sunday morning. Ian Dunworth and Ken Nealon put Corbally in control early on. Nealon added a second and Kevin Hartnett also scored for the winners.
Chumkwa Manjor and Darren Harrington scored for Aisling.
Aisling Annacotty: Ciaran McGlynn; Philip Byrnes; Des Keehan; Dara Droog; Ronan Sherlock; Eoin Gunnigle; Darren Harrington; Chumkwa Manjor; David Njuki; Jason Sheehan, Conor McCullogh
Corbally Utd: Ian Bennis; Glen Carroll; Darren Hanley; Jimmy Fyffe; Barry Hartnett; Ian Dunworth; Kevin Hartnett; Pierce Cunningham; Fearghal O’Connell; Ken Nealon; Darren O’Sullivan.
Regional Utd 4 Wembley Rvs 1
Declan Nash scored his second halt trick of the season to guide Regional to a 4-1 win over Wembley Rvs in Dooradoyle.
Peter Nash was also on target for the winners while Alan Wallace hit the Wembley goal.
Regional Utd: Sean Sheehy; Peter Nash; Mike Reidy; Ian Hughes; Jack Molyneaux; Danny Colbert; Kieran O’Connell; Jimmy Bourke; Paudie Walsh; Declan Nash; Danny Neville. Subs not used: Darren Naughton; Mark McManus
Wembley Rvs: Ray O’Connell; Eoin O’Sullivan; Diarmuid Green; Pat Sheahan; Richard Mullins; Paul McCormack; Dave Quinn; Seamus Mulcahy; Barry Dillon; Rob McLoughlin; Alan Wallace. Subs: Stuart Byrnes; Brian Finnegan; Eddie Mulcahy
Shannon Hibs 1 Fairview Rgs 2
Fairview had to pull out all the stops to take the points against bottom side Shannon Hibs. Mark McGrath put Fairview in front; Derek Maxwell levelled for the home side but Darren Nolan scored to keep Fairview in touch with leaders Pike Rvs.
Fairview Rgs: Jamie Stewart; Craig Reddan; Craig Madigan; Mike Ryan; Niall Mullen; Eddie Mangan; Dean McNamara; Colm Heffernan; Lucca Tedde; Mark McGrath; Darren Nolan.
Premier League new boys, Geraldines put their good start to the campaign to a stern test on Thursday evening when they hosted Champions Pike Rvs at a well attended Rathuard.
Paul O’Donnell’s men put up a fine challenge, which, with a bit of luck, could have earned them some reward.
At the end two second half goals tilted the tie in Pike’s favour to maintain their 100% start to the season.
Geraldines matched their opponents for much of the game but all too often when they played a ball forward towards Derek Hannon, the striker found himself outnumbered three to one against a solid Pike defence.
It’s a catch-22 situation when playing Pike. To beat them you have to throw men forward and if it breaks down the Hoops will punish you. What to do?
As it transpired the real threats on Gary Neville’s goal were few but the Dines had a great chance to take the lead in the second half. Christy O’Neill’s penalty kick was superbly saved by Gary Neville and to rub salt into the wounds, shortly after Conor Moloney broke the deadlock, knocking John Tierney’s inswinging corner over the line.
Dines kept pressing but Alan Barry made sure of the points with a second goal late in the game.
Geraldines: Keith McCarthy; Paul Fitzgerald; Tom O’Grady; Ian Storan; Danny O’Neill; Richie Flynn; Jamie McMahon; Bobby Tier; Christy O’Neill; Derek Daly; Derek Hannon. Subs: George Daffy
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Dermot Fitzgerald; Eddie O’Donovan; Colm Enright; Conor Moloney; Keith Hartnett; Martin Deedy; John Tierney; Eoin Hanrahan; Pat Moloney; Paul Doona. Subs: Alan Barry; Dave Ryan
Fairview Rgs 3 Corbally Utd 1
Fairview turned in another impressive display taking full points on their trip to Corbally Utd. Colin Scanlon put Fairview in front and the impressive Eddie Mangan tacked on a second.
Ian Dunworth reduced the deficit for the home side.
Scanlon’s second completed the scoring in the second half and made safe the three points.
Fairview Rgs: Jamie Stewart; Mike Ryan; Craig Madigan; Aaron Cooney; Niall Mullen; Lucca Tedde; Eddie Mangan; Dean McNamara; Colm Heffernan; Colin Scanlon; Darren Nolan. Subs: Karl Turner; Shane Power; Conor McCormack
Corbally Utd: Adrian Duhig; Darren Hanley; James Ryan; Jimmy Fyffe; Glen Carroll; Ian Dunworth; Kevin Hartnett; Barry Hartnett; Fearghal O’Connell; Darren O’Sullivan; Ken Nealon.
Kilmallock 2 Shannon Hibs 1
Two sides looking for their first win seemed to have settled for a share of the spoils until the 90th minute when Kieran Stubbins scored to give Kilmallock victory.
Niall Hanley had given Kilmallock the lead which was cancelled out.
Ballynanty 0 Aisling Annacotty 0
Most observers felt a draw was a fair outcome t this tie, with defences on top all evening
Regional Utd 0 Carew Park 1
Carew Park snatched victory seconds from full time to maintain their chase of Pike Rvs in the Premier League.
A draw looked a fair outcome but Carew were having none of it and in the final move of the game, the ball fell to Brian Aherne ten yards from goal and he blasted the ball to the back of the net to the delight of the visiting fans.
Regional Utd: Sean Sheehy; Mike Reidy; Frank Browne; Fergal Blake; Ian Hughes; Mike Aherne; Kieran O’Connell; Shane O’Doherty; Peter Nash; Danny Colbert; Declan Nash. Subs: Darren Naughton; Paudie Walsh
Carew Park: Gordon Stewart; Francis Kett; Pat Boyle; Mark Keane; Finbar; Stephen Grant; Cyril Maher; Brian Aherne; Dale McNamara; Gary Griffin; Jonathon Grant. Subs: John Boyle; Kyle; Jamie Kelly
Wembley Rvs 1 Janesboro 6
Following a below par performance against Pike Rvs, ‘Boro bounced back in style, hitting Wembley Rvs for six in Rathuard.
Christy Doyle put ‘Boro on their way before Aidan Hurley tacked on a second. Shane Clarke made it three and Pat Sheahan reduced the deficit. A second goal from Doyle made it 4-1 by the break Second half strikes from Shane Clarke and Eddie Brazier completed the rout.
Wembley Rvs: Ray O’Connell; Eoin O’Sullivan; Gary Joyce; Brian Finnegan; Pat Sheahan; Dave Quinn; Diarmuid O’Callaghan; Joey Sheahan; Rob McLoughlin; Alan Wallace; Shane Garry. Subs: Mike Ryan; Keith Ryan; Stuart Byrnes
Janesboro: John Ryan; Wayne O’Donovan; Patrick Stanislewski; Wayne Colbert; Aled Harkin; Dave McCarthy; Adrian Healy; Shane Clarke; Dave Roche; Conor Lynch; Christy Doyle. Subs: Mouslim Mousserine; Eddie Brazier; Kevin Barry
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