Frank Nelligan rounds up all the latest soccer action in the Limerick Desmond League.
Sammy Lynch was the hero for Feenagh last Sunday, scoring the extra-time winner in their 5-4 victory at home to Ballingarry B in the first round of the Munster Junior Cup. Feenagh’s other scorers were Peter Harty and John O’Gorman, both bagging a brace.
Killeaney’s passage into the second round was much more clearcut, winning 2-0 at home to Pallaskenry with first-half goals from Paddy O’Brien and Paul Brouder.
With goals from Liam O’Shaughnessy and Micheal Brosnan, Broadford United also led 2-0 at half-time away to Rathkeale but there was still lots to come after that. Rathkeale were level inside ten minutes of the second-half, the goals scored by Davy Lyons and Steven Power. Extra-time appeared to be on the cards, which is the last thing that the Broadford players wanted, given that four of them had played Gaelic football the night before - three for Drom-Broadford and one for Feenagh. Marty Foley ensured that extra-time wouldn’t be necessary, scoring the winner in a breakaway attack.
Rockhill Rovers and Adare United both recorded narrow away victories, 1-0 against Kilcornan and 2-1 against Ballysteen, respectively.
Newcastle West Rovers enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory away to a young Old Mill side.
There was no shortage of goals in the first round of the Reidy Cup on Sunday. Glantine led the way with a 5-2 win at home to Athea United. They led 2-0 at half-time and doubled their lead before Cillian O’Connor and Ger Collins pulled a couple of goals back for Athea. Jeremiah Healy netted a hat-trick for Glantine, while Colm McCarthy bagged a brace.
Breska Rovers came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Creeves Celtic. They can thank Ian O’Leary, who had them level by half-time and scored two more in the second-half.
Askeaton recorded their first victory of the season when beating visitors Newcastle West Rovers B 3-2 with goals from Mark Murphy (2) and Gavin McKee.
Division 1 leaders, Kildimo United, had to work hard for a 3-2 extra-time victory away to Division 3 side, Knockaderry, whose goals were scored by Rob Hanlon and Joe O’Connor.
Division 2 mid-table side, Broadford United B, pulled off the shock of the round, winning 2-1 away to St. Ita’s thanks to a brace from Paul Madigan.
St. Ben’s gave a walkover to Ferry Rangers.
Ballingarry lead the Premier Division by two points after coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 away to Glin Rovers. They opened the scoring in the 5th minute and held that lead until the second-half when Jack Costello equalised for Glin, who then went in front with a Gary Culhane penalty after Edmond Horan had been brought down. Ballingarry fought back to equalise and score the winner in the 80th minute.
Newcastle West are in joint second place with Rathkeale after recording a 5-1 win at home to Carrig Celtic, all the goals coming in the first-half. Daniel Power (2), Mark Doherty, Luke O’Brien and Tony Quaid were the Newcastle scorers, while Francis Moore gave Carrig brief hope when his goal made it 2-1.
Granagh United missed out on the chance to make significant ground on Division 2 leaders, Pallaskenry, when they had to settle for a scoreless draw at home to bottom-of-the-table Carrig Celtic B.
In Division 3, Kilcolman Rovers gave a walkover to Athea United B.
The top two in Division 4 both recorded 4-0 home victories. Leaders Shountrade beat St. Ita’s B with an Adam Reidy hat-trick and a goal from Tom Stokes, while a first-half brace from Francis Riordan and second-half goals from Dave Fitzgerald and Keith Flynn did the business for Shannonside FC B against Creeves Celtic B.
FAI U-17 Cup
Last Saturday was a day to forget for Rathkeale, beaten 8-0 at home by Killarney Celtic in the preliminary round of the FAI u-17 Cup.
Munster Youths Cup
In the second round of the Munster Youths Cup, Abbeyfeale United enjoyed a comfortable 5-2 win away Creeves Celtic, for whom James Naughton scored both goals. Jamie O’Connor led the way for Abbeyfeale with a hat-trick, while Conor Horan and Peter Browne were also on the mark.
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