Pike Rovers and Boro through in FAI Junior but Regional bow out

Pike Rovers and Boro through in FAI Junior but Regional bow out

Pat Sheehan rounds up all the junior soccer action from the weekend.

Pike Rovers 4

Clonmel Celtic 0

Pike Rovers turned in a stylish performance on Sunday afternoon at the Pike Club, beating Clonmel Celtic 4-0 to reach the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup.

Gary Higgins turned in a memorable first half performance grabbing a hat trick in a golden 20 minute spell to put the game to rest.

If Higgins took the scoring honours he had plenty of competition for man of the match.

Pat Mullins was dominant at the park. Steve McGann had another fine outing at the heart of midfield while Colin Daly and John Connery ran the visitors ragged for most of the afternoon.

Once again the wind had a big effect on proceedings with both sides finding it difficult in the early stages.

Pike eventually got the upper hand and good approach work from Colin Daly and John Connery created an opening for Higgins but his shot did not match the build up and the keeper saved easily.

Higgins' disappointment was short-lived as two minutes later he was in the right position to pick up a loose ball after Connery's shot was cleared off the line, and he fired into the top corner to put Pike on their way. Four minutes later the lead was doubled. Eddie O'Donovan's cross picked out Higgins who fired into the bottom corner.

Clonmel were reeling and before they could get to the dressing room to regroup they conceded again.

Another superb ball from O'Donovan picked out Higgins who hit a first time effort past a helpless Sweeney in the Celtic goal.

Despite playing into the wind in the second half Pike increased their lead shortly after the restart. A mazy run by Daly saw him upended outside the box and Eoin Hanrahan stepped up to punish the visitors firing to the top corner to make it 4-0.

Seamus O'Carroll is a welcome addition to the Hoops squad and nearly marked his return with a goal but headed narrowly wide from John Connery's cross on 77 minutes and minutes later Connery went within a whisker of making it five but headed Hanrahan's free kick just wide of target.

With the tie petering put Daly played O'Carroll in but his shot was deflected for a corner kick.

PIKE ROVERS: Gary Neville; Paddy O'Malley; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Sean O'Callaghan; Colin Daly; Shane Walsh; Steve McGann; Eoin Hanrahan; Gary Higgins; John Connery. Subs: Dave Ryan; Seamus O'Carroll; Wayne O'Donovan

Janesboro 1 Salthill Devon 0

Janesboro will join Pike Rovers in the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup following a hard earned win over a hard working Salthill Devon side.

The first half was a dour affair with both sets of defenders in control.

Boro did go close with an effort from John Tierney but it was deflected just wide of the post.

The home side took control of proceedings after the restart but found it tough to break down a dogged Devon's side. Tierney again went close when the ball fell kindly for him at the edge of the box but he was just off target.

Arron Nunan had a great chance to break the deadlock when played in by Tierney but faced one on one it was the keeper who came out tops. The deadlock was broken 15 minutes from time and it came from top scorer Shane Clarke.

John Tierney was again the instigator breaking through the middle and holding off his challenger before threading a ball through for Clarke and he fired under the keepers legs from a difficult angle.

JANESBORO: Stephen Walsh; John Boyle; Craig McMarlow; Aidan Hurley; Tom Clarke; Shane Waters; Steven Bradley; John Tierney; Aaron Nunan; Shane Clarke; Aled Harkin. Subs: Mike Hogan; David Donnan

Regional Utd 0

Kilbarrack Utd 2

Regional United were unable to make it a clean sweep for Limerick sides in the FAI going down narrowly to Dublin side Kilbarrack after extra time at Dooradoyle on Sunday. In a real 50-50 the visitors just edged it with two goals in extra time.

Regional had a number of chances in normal time but luck was not on their side.

The first half saw two sides afraid to concede resulting in few chances. although the visitors did look dangerous particularly from set pieces.

The second half opened up somewhat and Regional went within a whisker of taking when Dave Lyons ball across the face of goal was just wide of the back post.

Shortly after crossed to the back post where Declan Nash headed over from yards.

Extra time was required and the home side's best chance came when Kieran O'Connell let fly from the edge of the box. Kilbarrack keeper Craig Reilly made a superb save but Ken Nealon, following up, struck the crossbar from the rebound.

The visitors capitalised on the let off and a quick breakaway just before the break saw Sean Beresford deliver for Eoin Fowler to break the deadlock.

With Regional committed to a search for an equaliser they conceded again near the end when Fowler pounced on a defensive mix up to make it 2-0 and win a place for the Dubliners in the last eight.

REGIONAL UTD: Rob Shier; Ian Hughes; Andrew Cowpar; David Cowpar; Brian O'Callaghan; Shane O'Doherty; Kieran O'Connell; Ken Nealon; Peter Ryan; Ollie O'Driscoll; Declan Nash. Subs: Paudie Walsh; Dave Lyons; Evan Patterson

ROUNDUP

Aisling Annacotty put in a brave performance in the FAI U-17 Cup before exiting to Dublin side St Malachys on a 4-2 scoreline.

Shane Donegan and Adam Foley scored the Limerick side's goals.

In Division 1A Charleville defeated Fairview Rangers B in a high scoring game to join their rivals in joint fourth position in the table.

The visitors took the lead through Kieran Long but the homesters bounced back and were in control 3-1 at the break.

There were goals galore after the break with the Co. Cork side posting a 7-5 win.

Shane Dillon moved to the top of the goal scoring charts in the Division with a hat trick, a feat matched by team mate Pat O'Callaghan while Gary Ward was also on the mark.

Jason Roche and Kieran Long scored two apiece for the visitors with Christy Moran making up their tally.

In Division 1B Aisling and Regional B strings improved their promotion hopes with victories over St Pats and Corbally Utd B respectively.

Aisling moved a point behind second placed Southend with an impressive 4-1 win over a sticky St Patricks XI. Goals from Jason Lipper (2), Barry Madden and Graham Power gave Aisling the spoils; Paul O'Brien netted for Saints. Regional Utd took on Corbally Utd B and picked up all three points in a 2-1 win. Shane O'Donoghue and Eddie O'Brien scored the winning goals. Martin Moran replied for Corbally.

In the Ger Ryan Cup Charleville advanced after a 5-2 win over Geraldines. The home side raced into a 2-0 lead but two goals from Aaron Madigan restored parity for 'Dines. However Charleville upped the tempo in the second half tacking on three goals without reply.

Donal O'Connell scored a hat trick for the winners with Aaron O'Connor netting twice.