It was a bad day for Limerick Desmond League teams against outside opposition in the FAI Junior Cup. They lost all five games against Kerry sides and only managed to win two out of five against Clare teams.
The wins were recorded by Glin Rovers and Carrig Celtic, against Bridge Celtic and Turnpike Rovers, respectively, both on 2-1 scorelines at home. Glin were 1-0 down at half-time, levelled through James Wallace and advanced with a Michael Sweeney winner. Two early second-half goals from Brodie O’Connor and Sean McSweeney were enough to secure Carrig’s passage as Turnpike could manage no better than one goal in the 75th minute.
The three defeats against Clare opposition were all by single-goal margins. Broadford lost by the odd goal in five against Bridge United in a physical encounter in LIT on Saturday night. Bridge were 2-0 up at half-time but Broadford were back in it when Micheal Brosnan converted a 52nd minute penalty. The home team restored their two-goal advantage with a penalty of their own and that proved crucial when Ray Lynch completed the scoring from a pull-back by Brosnan.
Shannonside and Newcastle West Rovers both suffered 1-0 away defeats. A goal on the hour gave Gort-based Coole FC victory against Shannonside, while Avenue United’s goal against Rovers was from the penalty spot in the 17th minute.
It was defeat all the way against the Kerry teams, two at home and three away. Athea United were unlucky against Tralee Dynamos, level at 1-1 until the visitors scored an 88th minute winner. Dynamos had led at half-time with a free-kick, Ger Ahern equalised direct from a corner but then missed a penalty a couple of minutes later. Ballysteen were also beaten 2-1 at home, their goal against Listowel Celtic coming from John O’Shaughnessy.
Newcastle West AFC suffered a heavy 9-0 defeat against Killarney Celtic, while Askeaton lost 3-0 to Mitchels Avenue in Mounthawk Park.
On Friday night, also in Mounthawk Park, Granagh United were beaten 4-1 by Kerry Champions, Dingle Bay Rovers. Dingle led 2-0 at half-time, Harry Dore pulled a goal back but Dingle eased any worries with two late goals.
The pick of the two all-local games was the clash of Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale United. The Fealesiders led at the break with a goal from Thomas Smith and his brother Chris doubled their advantage. Peter Nash pulled a goal back for Rathkeale on the hour and that’s how it finished. In the other local encounter, Ballingarry won 4-0 away to Killeaney.
Youths Division 1
Broadford Utd 0 Carrig Celtic 3; Askeaton AFC w/o from Feenagh; Pallaskenry 0 GB Rovers 2; AK Utd 3 Newcastle West Rovers 6; Newcastle West AFC 7 Athea Utd 2
FAI Junior Cup 2nd Round
Bridge Utd 3 Broadford Utd 2; Athea Utd 1 Tralee Dynamoes 2; Ballysteen 1 Listowel Celtic 2; Carrig Celtic 2 Turnpike Rovers 1; Glin Rovers 2 Bridge Celtic 1; Killeaney 0 Ballingarry AFC 4; Rathkeale AFC 1 Abbeyfeale Utd 2; Mitchels Ave FC 3 Askeaton AFC 0; Coole FC 1 Shannonside FC 0; Avenue Utd 1 Newcastle West Rovers 0; Dingle Bay Rovers 4 Granagh Utd 1; Killarney Celtic 9 Newcastle West AFC 0
Riedy Cup 1st Round
Breska Rovers 4 Creeves Celtic 2
AK Utd 5 Feenagh 2; Pallaskenry 0 Glantine 3
Adare Utd 7 Shountrade AFC 1; Rockhill Rovers 0 Bally Rovers 2
Knockaderry 3 Feenagh B 0