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02/08/2021

Limerick Soccer - Demond League round-up

Newcastle West Rovers have advanced to the third round of the Munster Junior Cup.

Newcastle West Rovers have advanced to the third round of the Munster Junior Cup.

Donie Gleeson, a veteran of many campaigns over the last two decades with Newcastle West and also in Chicago, where he lived for ten years, brought back memories of yesteryear when he played a huge role in helping Newcastle West Rovers to advance to the third round of the Munster Junior Cup at the expense of visitors Feenagh on Sunday afternoon.

The Division 2 side looked to be on course to cause an upset when they led 1-0 at half-time and doubled their lead early in the second-half. Ian Corbett pulled a goal back for Rovers and then Gleeson equalised to take the tie to extra-time. With no further goals, resolution came in the form of a penalty shoot-out, in which Gleeson was again the hero by scoring the spot-kick that gave Rovers a 4-2 victory on penalties. Rovers will be at home to Abbeyfeale United or Newcastle West in the third round.

Ballingarry will be at home to Carrig Celtic in the third round after recording a comfortable 5-0 victory away to Breska Rovers. Kevin Forde netted a brace and the other goals were scored by Francis Kiely, Dean Clancy and Marcus Moore.

Premier Division

Reigning Premier Division Champions, Broadford United, dropped points for the first time since the opening day of the season when they were held to a scoreless draw at home to Glin Rovers. Broadford dominated play but didn’t have their scoring boots on.

Carrig Celtic consolidated their position in the top half of the table when they won 3-0 at home to Killeaney. Seanie King opened the scoring in the 5th minute when converting a cross from Shane O’Connor and Sean Sweeney set up the second goal seven minutes later by delivering a free-kick that was finished to the net by John Doyle. Sweeney completed the scoring on the hour after a one-two with King.

Division 1

Kildimo United and Rockhill Rovers remain joint leaders of Division 1 after both recorded victories on Sunday. Kildimo had a surprisingly easy 4-0 win away to Glantine, while Rockhill had to work very hard for their 2-1 victory at home to Athea United. Donal Deady had Rockhill 1-0 ahead at half-time, Cillian O’Connor equalised on the hour and Paddy Kelly scored the winner in the 70th minute.

Kilcornan put points on board for the first time this season when they won by the odd goal in five at home to St. Ita’s. Patrick Byrnes scored the winner in the 86th minute, adding to earlier goals from Kevin O’Keeffe and Kenneth O’Donoghue. The scorers for St. Ita’s were Dylan Kelly and Niall McEnery.

Division 2

Having recorded victory in their first six league games, Division 2 leaders, Pallaskenry, have now lost two league games in a row after losing 3-0 away to Rathkeale Reserves, whose goals were scored by Tony McCarthy, Colin Barry and Seamus Carroll.

Rathkeale Reserves are now joint second with Granagh United and Broadford United B, who met on Sunday afternoon with Broadford B winning 3-1.

Division 3

St. Ben’s have withdrawn from Division 3 and the tables have been adjusted accordingly. In the only game played in the Division on Sunday, Kilcornan B won 3-2 away to Ballingarry B.

Limerick Desmond U-17 Cup

Breska Rovers won 3-1 away to Bally Rovers in the first round of the Limerick Desmond U-17 Cup. Breska led 3-0 before Dara Noonan pulled a goal back for the home team.

Youths Division 2

Creeves Celtic remain in the title hunt in Youths Division 2 after winning 6-2 away to Ferry Rangers whose goals were scored by Joe Grimes and Gavin Breen.

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