Pat Sheehan rounds up all the weekend junior soccer action in Limerick city.
MUNSTER JUNIOR CUP
Janesboro 5, St Saviours 0
JANESBORO reached the quarter finals of the Munster Junior Cup with an impressive five goal tally over St Saviours at Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The scoreline suggests an easy outing for the home side but in fact the Waterford outfit proved tough opponents and it was only in the second half that Boro got the upper hand.
Once again Shane Clarke was the scorer in chief nabbing his eighth hat trick of the season.
The result sets up two mouth watering all-Limerick MFA Quarter finals next weekend with ‘Boro earning a home tie against high flying Ballynanty Rvs.
Saints are well placed in the Waterford League and had success against the Boro in the same competition two seasons back so the home side had to be on guard.
They started well and within a minute had a good chance to take the lead when Adrian Healy’s run and cross fell for Clarke but he uncharacteristically volleyed wide of the goal.
A couple of minutes later Darren Glasheen had to be alert to take the ball off the head of Stephen Dalton.
The Waterford striker was proving a handful and it took a last gasp challenge by Wayne O’Donovan to deny him when he broke clear of the defence.
Tom Ryan rose high above the Boro defence from a corner kick but he headed over the top.
Midway through the half a well delivered free kick from Wayne O’Donovan presented Brendan Hourigan with a gilt edged chance but he blazed over the top and ten minutes before the break good work by Tom Lyons presented newcomer Mike Hogan with a great chance to open his account but his fiercely struck shot was well saved by visiting keeper John Byrnes.
On the stroke of half time Clarke’s deliverer was flicked inches wide by Hourigan.
If ‘Boro scoring boots were not working in the first half it all changed after the break.
We got warning within two minutes when Adrian Healy let fly with a long ranger that produced another superb save by Byrnes.
There was little the keeper could do five minutes later when Clarke latched onto Lyons’ through ball to bury the ball in the net.
With the visitors reeling they fell a further goal behind within a minute when Clarke had a simple tap in following a defensive error.
The quick double took the edge out of the game and with 15 minutes remaining Clarke completed his hat trick following fine approach play by Healy.
Healy was again involved for number four eight minutes from time when he picked out James Hayes who hit a thunderbolt to the net from 25 yards.
‘Boro completed the rout on 89 minutes following a foul in the box on Hourigan, Wayne O’Donovan stepped up to score his first goal since his long lay-off through injury.
JANESBORO: Darren Glasheen, Wayne O’Donovan, Aled Harkin, Aidan Hurley, Tom Clarke, Adrian Healy, Mike O’Gorman, Thomas Lyons, Mike Hogan, Brendan Hourigan, Shane Clarke. Reserves: James Hayes, Eddie Brazier, Conor Lynch.
Aisling Annacotty 0, Pike Rovers 4
THE weather once again curtailed the fixture list, with the Lawson Cup tie between Aisling Annacotty and Pike Rovers one of the few games to get the green light.
The two sides meet in a league encounter in February, which resulted in a comfortable win for Pike, and after just two minutes, the signs were present for a repeat performance, when John Okoro nodded a cross into the path of Cian Collins who prodded just wide.
Aisling responded to this wake up call almost immediately when a long cross field ball by Dean McNamara found Keegan Park, but his shot was met with a strong arm by Seamus O’Regan who diverted away for a fruitless corner.
A very bright opening then saw an excellent 1-2 between Cian Collins and Keith Harnett, with the former finding the onrushing John Tierney who flashed narrowly wide of the top corner.
Aisling could, and probably should, have opened the scoring just before the quarter hour when a Dean McNamara free kick was spilled into the path of John Lysaght whose mishit shot fell to Keegan Park who saw his goal bound effort bravely blocked by Pat Mullins.
It was to prove to be a costly mistake as just a minute later Pike scored.
A pass by John Tierney found Cian Collins in space on the right and his pinpoint pass across the box found former Aisling player John Okoro who dispatched clinically.
Pike then piled on the pressure, with John Tierney to the fore, and indeed it was that player who found Rhys Healy, but his effort was cleared off the line by Richie Mullins.
The pressure was to tell just before the half hour when the sprightly Healy played a reverse ball into the path of John Okoro, and he doubled the lead with a deft finish.
The contest was all but over just before the break, when Keith Harnett found Healy, who saw his mishit shot bound back to Harnett, who was denied by an excellent save, only for the ball to run into the path of John Okoro to complete his hat trick.
The second half petered out, but to their credit Aisling never gave up, with Stephen Goggin twice going close. Pike wrapped the game up late with the industrious Cian Collins scoring.
AISLING ANNACOTTY: Richie Ryan, Dean McNamara, Jack Murphy, Richard Mullins, Ross McNamara, Keegan Park, Shane Hallinan, Adam Frahill, Stephen Goggin, Chimka Manjor, John Lysaght. Reserves: David Fitzmaurice, Jack Cleary
PIKE ROVERS: Seamus O’Regan, Darragh Walsh, Edward O’Donovan, Pat Mullins, Gavin O’Shea, Cian Collins, Reece Healy, Dave Ryan, Keith Harnett, John Tierney, John Okoro Reserves: Jason Mullins, Michael Lipper.
TUOHY CUP SEMI FINAL
Ballynanty Rovers 2. Summerville Rovers 0
The Premier League’s Tuohy Cup will be played out this season between Pike Rvs and Ballynanty Rvs after the latter reached the decider on Thursday evening with a 2-0 win over Summerville Rvs.
Goals in either half by Eddie Radcliffe and Alex Purcell gave Damian Conway’s men a deserved victory against a Summerville Rvs side who did not reach the heights of some of their more recent performances.
Summerville had hopes of causing an upset in this one but they were up against a Balla side unbeaten in their last 18 games so the omens were not good.
Both sides were missing players for the tie but the absence of James O’Donnell in the Summerville defence was a huge blow for the underdogs.
As has been the case all season, Balla’s mix of experience and youth came to the fore.
Dave Dunphy at centre back and Frank Lee up front talked their younger team mates through the game and it worked a treat.
Young Danny McInerney gets better by the game and Thursday was no exception while the directness of Alex Purcell and Eddie Radcliffe on the flanks poses a threat all through.
Pat Koyce’s men were well up for the game and had plenty of chances but against Balla you must take these or you will be punished.
Keeper Mike Costello had a superb game making a number of top class saves while Daz O’Sullivan, Robbie Kelleher and Jordon Boland never gave up the challenge.
Summerville started brightest and had a couple of half chances early on.
A through ball from Robbie Kelleher put Darren O’Sullivan free of the Balla defence and the winger cut inside his marker but hesitated when a shot was on allowing the defence to get back to cover.
Minutes later Daz O’Sullivan put namesake Darren O’Sullivan free but his shot was deflected to safety by Balla keeper Stephen McNamara.
Balla’s first chance arrived when a long ball from Frankie Lee found Alex Purcell in space, he controlled the well but his shot produced a superb save by Summerville keeper Michael Costello.
Derek Hanlon came close to putting Balla in front five minutes later, when retrieving a poor kick out from Costello but his attempted a 30 yard lob sailed just over the bar.
Summerville squandered another great chance midway through the half when a corner kick fell to the unmarked Brendan McSweeney just a few yards out but the full back could not get the proper connection and full back Darragh Hughes mopped up the danger.
Balla started to take control of the game, and it was striker Derek Hanlon who came close when he found space in the box after a clever pass from Frank Lee, but both his attempts were saved by Costello.
A superb turn saw Daz O’Sullivan lose his marker on half way and a ball over the top of the Balla defence saw the Darren O’Sullivan race through but momentary hesitation was enough for Shane Doran to recover and block the chance.
Dave Dunphy was unlucky with a free kick that was diverted for a corner from which Danny McInerney went close.
The pressure told just as the sides were gearing for the half time whistle when Kenneth Meehan put Eddie Radcliffe through on the right and he volleyed the ball in to the bottom corner.
The goal affected Summerville and Balla started the second half on the front foot.
Frank Lee crossed for O’Hanlon at the back post but he headed just over the bar and Lee then came close himself when Alex Purcell played him on the left wing but his long range effort flew wide of the goal.
Radcliffe headed just wide of the target following good work by Lee but the second goal arrived 15 minutes from time.
Substitute Tony Fahy waltzed past a couple of challenges on the right.
His pass to O’Hanlon was flicked to Alex Purcell on the edge of the box and he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.
In fairness to Summerville they never gave up and in fact finished strongest but real chances were restricted to a Robbie Kelleher shot easily saved by McNamara.
It was Balla who went closest to a third goal when Radcliffe broke on the right but his pull back across goal saw Costello get a touch to deny the in-running Andrew Leyden.
BALLYNANTY ROVERS: Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Shane Doran; Ken Meehan; David Dunphy; Danny McInerney; Alex Purcell; Eddie Radcliffe; Brian Doran; Frank Lee; Derek O’Hanlon. Subs: Zac Hyland; Andrew Leyden; Tony Fahy
SUMMERVILLE ROVERS: Mike Costello; Philip Naughton; Brendan McSweeney; John Collins; Steve Gibbons; Jordon Boland; Kuba Domanski; Gareth Creamer; Darren O’Sullivan; Daz O’Sullivan; Robbie Kelleher. Subs: John Shine; Pat Koyce; Des Quinlivan.
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