Pike Rovers close gap in Premier Division race

Pat Sheehan

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Pat Sheehan

Pike Rovers close gap in Premier Division race

Pike Rovers moved to within three points of leaders Carew Park in the LDL Premier Division on Thursday night but champions Janesboro drop points in. Pat Sheehan rounds up all the midweek action.

 
Pike Rovers 4 Ballynanty Rovers 1

Pike Rovers moved to second spot, three points behind Carew Park, when they beat Ballynanty Rvs 4-1 at the Pike Field on Thursday evening. 

With a swirling win at play Ballynanty Rvs went closest to taking the lead but Pike keeper Gary Neville made a superb save to deny Des Fitzgerald. 

Pike took the lead on the half hour mark when Gary Higgins drilled home from outside the box. 

Two goals within minutes of the restart put the game to rest. 

Sean O'Callaghan finished off a Wayne O'Donovan free kick to make it 2-0 and a minute later substitute Steve McGann got in on the act. 

Midway through the half Colin Daly completed the Pike tally before Eddie Radcliffe netted a consolation goal for the visitors. 

PIKE ROVERS: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Sean O'Callaghan; Wayne Colbert; Colin Daly; Jason Mullins; Gary Higgins; Cian Collins; John Connery; Paddy O'Malley. Subs: Steve McGann

BALLYNANTY ROVERS: Stephen McNamara; Adrian Mitchell; Dara Hughes; David Dunphy; Dan Lucey; Derek Daly; Zac Hyland; Des Fitzgerald; Liam Brock; Eddie Radcliffe; Lloyd Whyte. Subs: Andrew Leyden; Ronan Ryan

Moyross 1 Janesboro 1

Current Premier League holders, Janesboro, let one hand slip off the trophy on Thursday evening when they only took a point in their game with Moyross.  

While the Champions will be disappointed with the result they will also know that but for some super saves from Stephen Walsh, including a penalty save, they would have left the ground empty handed. 

Playing against the wind Moyross forced a penalty kick midway through the opening half but Barry Quinn's effort was well saved. 

Thomas Clarke hit the woodwork for the visitors who took the lead before the break direct from an Aled Harkin corner kick. 

With the wind at their backs in the second half Moyross had 'Boro on the back foot. They were denied on a number of occasions when superb goalkeeping and poor finishing denied Colm O'Mahoney, Barry Quinn and Stephen Hannon. 

The home side got their reward when some hesitant defending was punished when Alex Purcell tapped home. 

'Boro were reduced to ten men and had to endure some desperate defending to the end. 

The visitors nearly snatched a dramatic winner with the last kick of the game but Conor Lynch's shot struck the crossbar. 

MOYROSS: Michael O'Donoghue; Mike Guerin; James Cleary; Ken Meehan; Pat McCallig; Alex Purcell; Keith Colbert; Stephen Hannon; Aaron Power; Colm O'Mahoney; Barry Quinn. Subs: Anthony Lee

JANESBORO: Stephen Walsh; John Boyle; Craig McMarlow; Aidan Hurley; Lee O'Mara; Aaron Nunan; Steven Bradley; Aled Harkin; Eddie Brazier; Conor Lynch; Shane Clarke. Subs: Tom Clarke; Thomas Lyons

 

Midweek Roundup

In Division 1A Champions Nenagh maintained their unbeaten League run with a 2-0 win over Fairview. Ryan Gilmartin and Thomas Shepard were the scorers.  

Newport kept their slim promotion hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Granville with scores from Kieran McCarthy, Paul Ryan and Aaron O'Neill. Caherconlish also won 3-0 over Knockainey with goals from Brendan Hourigan (2) and Dave Balfry while Corbally Utd hit Caherdavin Celtic for six through Dave McPhillips (2), Michael White, David Owens, Dylan Clohessy and Adam Reddan. 

Goals from Dean Coughlan (2), Tony Burke (2), Niall O'Riordan (2) and Gearoid McCarthy helped League Champions Holycross to a 7-2 win over Hospital in the Divisional Cup while in the exciting race for the second promotion spot Aisling recorded a priceless win over Southend. Paul Campbell scored twice for the home side but Graham Power and another brace from Jason Lipper gave Aisling the points. 

A superb comeback by Castle Rvs keeps alive their promotion and tile hopes at the expense of Hyde Rgs. Pat O'Connor and Steven Fitzmaurice had the visitors two in front but goals from Darren Hanley, Brian Muldoon (2) and Shane O'Halloran sealed the win. 

A David Rainsford goal ensures Murroe maintain a slender lead at the top of Div 3A in a win over Kilfinane. 

Fellow title hopefuls Pallagreen hit Knockainey B for five courtesy of Kevin Barry (2), Tim Hennessy, Mick Gammell and Conor Roche Prospect Priory with scores from Mike Lynch, Mohammad Safir and Danny Colbert saw off Coonagh Utd B. Manni Koul and Bradie Flynn scored for Aisling but goals from Colin Hanley (2) and Mark Cussen gave Castle United the points.  

A thrilling climax in Division 3B will go right down to the wire. 

Athlunkard and Croom Utd are locked together at the top of the table and Thursdays games saw no change in that situation.  

Athlunkard Villa B beat Parkville 4-2. Christian Kerley claimed a hat trick and Brian O'Riordan also scored while Croom Utd B hit five against Dromore Celtic. Gary McInerney netted four Ryan O'Shea completed the rout. 

In Division 4 John Doyle's goal gave Nenagh the points against Bruff Utd while an Andrew Simmonds brace saw Caherdavin past Newport. 

Youth Division One Winners Fairview Rangers were presented with their trophy after a 5-0 win over Geraldines. Dylan Moloney, David Hannon, Trevor Daly, Dean Shinnors and Stephen O'Shaughnessy scored the goals. 

Aisling Annacotty hit Regional Utd by a big score thanks to goals from Bryan Sheehan (3), Darren Coughlan (2), Adam Foley (2) and Conor Delaney.  

Kilmallock were crowned Youth Division Two Champions following a 4-3 win over Charleville

Paudie Sheedy and Anthony Barrett scored two apiece for the winners; Aaron O'Connor, Donal O'Connell and Peter Demjanovic replied for the Cork men. 

In the U-17 League the three title hopefuls picked up full points in midweek. 

Nenagh beat Granville Rgs with scores from Conor McCarty, Neil Connolly and Jack Daly.  

Goals from Sean Feeney (3), Adam Foley (2) and Conor Coughlan (2) gave Aisling Annacotty a 7-4 win over Mungret Regional while Fairview Rgs edged out Janesboro 3-1 with scores from Cian McNicholas, Jordon Madden and Aaron Long.