Action from today's clash between Ballynanty and Janesboro
FAI Junior Cup - Janesboro 3 Ballynanty Rvs 1
Janesboro's dream of getting their name on the FAI Junior Cup received a huge boost on Sunday when they reached the open stages of the competition by virtue of a 3-1 victory over Ballynanty Rvs.
Two goals by Arron Nunan along with a cracking opener by Keith Mawdsley secured the win for the home side.
A huge crowd turned out for the game and while the second half petered out a bit, overall they were treated to an entertaining game.
Balla had plenty of possession throughout but found Tom Clarke and Lee O'Mara too tough a breakdown.
The midfield battle proved a evenly fought affair but Niall Hanley was in the thick of most good things Boro conjured up.
With the word of Sheriff FC being knocked out of the competition there is a real belief in Pearse Stadium that this could be their year.
The first action of note saw Joel Coustrain went past his marker and delivered a sweet ball across the face of goal but his inrunning team mates were unable to get the required touch.
Two minutes later Dermot Fitzgerald picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mike Ryan and from the resultant free kick Aled Harkin caused havoc in the Balla defence before the ball was knocked to safety.
The deadlock was broken on ten minutes. A super move involving Keith Mawdsley and Shane Clarke saw the latter back heel into the path of his teammate who raced into the box and fired past 'keeper Stephen McNamara.
Balla responded well and were back on level terms within seven minutes.
Kevin Nolan's pace saw him win a penalty and from the resultant spot kick Dermot Fitzgerald blasted the ball home.
A minute later, David Donnan was fouled wide on the right. Coustrane delivered a free kick into the area and when the ball was cleared, he picked up again, cut inside his marker, and fired a shot low towards the bottom corner which was well saved by John Mulready in the Janesboro goal.
Midway through the half, Jason Hughes picked up a ball half way inside the Janesboro half and burst towards goal before letting fly from twenty yards with an effort that flew narrowly wide of the far post. Balla were on the front foot again minutes later when Kevin Nolan's delivery to the back post was met by Clive O'Connell but his header was dealt with by Mulready.
Mulready came to Boro's aid again minutes later to keep out a Dave Donnan effort while at the other end good work by Hanley set up Mike Ryan for a chance but a brave block by Darragh Hughes kept the game level.
Five minutes from the break, Jamie Daly rushed a first time effort that flew over the bar with keeper out of position and the Boro goal escaped again when O'Connell played Kevin Nolan into the area. On this occasion Thomas Clarke defensive craftiness saved the day.
Janesboro regained the lead in the 45th minute when Niall Hanley from the end line found Shane Clarke who fired across goal. Mawdsley knocked it back into the centre where Arron Nunan bundled the ball home.
After the break, Boro had the chance to ease the pressure when John Boyle was fouled in the area. Shane Clarke took the penalty but McNamara made a fine save to keep the tie alive.
Balla went all out for an equaliser but all too often Mulready was proving dominant in the area.
'Boro missed the easier chances with both Clarke and Adrian Power firing over from positions you would normally expect them to score from.
At the other end a Bobby Ryan free kick sneaked through a crowded goalmouth forcing Mulready to a smart save and Eddie Byrnes centred for Clyde O'Connell but again the home keeper proved best.
The goal 'Boro always threatened arrived with five minutes remaining. A good ball by Niall Hanley put Adrian Power away on the left and he delivered a super ball across goal. Hanley got on the end to knock the ball back into the centre and Arron Nunan provided the finish to seal the win.
Janesboro: John Mulready; Danny O'Neill; Aled Harkin; Tom Clarke; Lee O'Mara; Mike Ryan; Niall Hanley; John Boyle; Arron Nunan; Shane Clarke; Keith Mawdsley. Subs: Adrian Power
Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Dan Lucey; Shaun Kelly; Dermot Fitzgerald; David Donnan; Clyde O'Connell; Jason Hughes; Kevin Nolan; Jamie Daly; Joel Coustrane. Subs: Peter Ryan; Bobby Ryan
Regional Utd 2 Nenagh AFC 1
Regional Utd's strength of character this season was evident again on Sunday when they bounced back from a goal behind to beat fellow Premier side Nenagh AFC in Dooradoyle.
Two goals from Adare hurler Willie Griffin sealed the win for Ray Lynch's side and hopes are now high for a prolonged run in the tournament.
The game opened at a fast pace with Regional twice being denied by the woodwork from efforts by Kieran O'Connell and Ray Lynch.
However against the run of play a long ball forward was flicked on by Ciaran O'Reilly and Ben Banaghan raced clear to fire past Rob Shier.
Regionals' response was immediate and they were level within five minutes.
Andy Cowpar nipped in front of his marker and carried the ball through into mid field before chipping over the defence for Griffin to race through and round the keeper before scoring.
Regional started the second half on the front foot and Ken Nealon's pass presented an opening for Kieran O'Connell but his effort skimmed the post.
The deciding goal arrived shortly after when Nealon passed to Griffin who volleyed home a deserved winner.
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Ian Hughes; Mike Reidy; Andrew Cowpar; Darragh Walsh; Ray Lynch; Pat McDonagh; Kieran O'Connell; Willie Griffin; Wayne McNamara; Ken Nealon. Subs: Sam Gleeson; Evan Patterson; Evan Shine; Martin Madden
Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Bryan McGee; Mark Cahill; Mark McKenna; John Mitchell; Roy Creagh; Ross Fitzgerald; Nathan Kelly; Ben Banaghan; Jordan Lewis; Ciaran O'Reilly.
Holycross 2 Shelbourne 4
Shelbourne from Division 1B will represent Limerick in the latter stages of the FAI Junior Cup following their giant killing win over Premier side Holycross on Sunday.
Niall Hogan's men were full value for their win and will relish the chance to pit their wits against any side in the country.
Shels took the lead when Dave Hanrahan capitalised on a poor back pass to score.
The visitors doubled the lead when Colm O'Mahoney set up Shane Bennis for a tidy finish.
Shelbourne made it 3-0 when substitute Jack O'Donovan had a header saved and Dave Hanrahan pounced on the loose ball to score his second.
Holycross pulled one back through Darragh Glynn but it proved false hope as Shels tacked on a fourth when Sam Egan set up O'Donovan to volley home on 80 minutes. Darragh Glynn's second late in the game proved just a consolation.
Holycross; Kevin Purcell Sean Riordan Mike Leahy Andy o Neill Gearoid McCarthy AJ Moloney Simon Delaney Tony Burke Pappy Kelly Ryan Glynn Niall Riordan subs Darragh Glynn Adam Reardon Conor Hayes
Shelbourne; Dave Moloney, Shane Mulready, Niall Earls, Brian o Donnell, Paul Storan, Dave Kelly, Colm O'Mahoney, Brendan O'Dwyer, Shane Bennis, Luke Ingram, David Hanrahan, Sam Egan, Jack O'Donovan, Mark Danagher
St Pats 4 Hill Celtic 4
(Hill Celtic won 4-2 on pens)
A thrilling game in Patrickswell saw Hill Celtic squander a three goal lead to be take to penalties before emerging victorious.
Jeffery Hogan put Celtic in front after a clever one-two with Dean Mitchell and finished well.
The visitors doubled their lead when a superb ball from Cian Quinn fell to Aaron Dawson who tapped home from 6 yards.
When Dean Mitchell fired a cracker into to top right corner from 25 yards out it looked like Celtic were on their way.
However a fighting Saints XI made a remarkable recovery and goals from Dwayne Bagnell and Paul O'Brien (2) forced the game to extra time.
Again Celtic took the lead when Cian Quinn slotted home a penalty but O'Brien completed his hat trick to force the need for spot kicks.
Celtic kept their nerve to progress on a 4-2 scoreline.
St Pats; Simon O Brien, Pat Purcell, Dwayne Bagnell, Cian Philips, Peter O Sullivan, David Wolfe, Lee Carey, Dave Buston, Dara Philips, Paul O Brien, Ciaran Kilcoyne
Hill Celtic; Adrian Duhig, Cian Quinn, John Mitchell, Bobby Curtin, Peter O'Brien, Michael Lipper, Lee Reddan, Jeffery Hogan, Dean Mitchell, Aaron Dawson, Dan Lkoghede
Galtee Fuels Div 1B
Coonagh Utd 3 Caherdavin 0
The Division 1B Northside derby took place in LIT Astro on Sunday morning for bragging rights with many players on both teams lining out against their former clubs and Coonagh consolidated their position as table toppers with a well deserved win over Caherdavin.
The opening exchanges were cagey enough with neither team giving an inch.
Coonagh Utd should have taken the lead midway through the opening half when Ger Myles set up Eoin Martin but from 12 yards the former Caherdavin player was denied by a fine save from Brian Murphy.
Coonagh opened the scoring when Mark McGrath picked up a wayward clearance and with Murphy out of his goal, the Coonagh striker fired into an empty net from 20 yards.
Joey Sheehan was denied a goal by a goal line clearance by Brian Shorten.
However the second arrived before the break when Gordon McKevitt's inswinging corner evaded all allowing McGrath to head in from close range.
The second half started like the first with a lot of midfield action with nice interplay on show from both teams with Keith Doran and Eoin Martin shading the midfield tussle from Ian Wallace and Brian Doran. On 58 minutes Joey Sheehan played the ball out from centre half to Keith Doran on the left who with a left footed outside of the boot pass played in Gordon Mc Kevitt on the left wing who took a touch and expertly lobbed the onrushing Brian Murphy with an exquisite half volley into the far top corner from about 20 yards out.
Coonagh were in control of things and kept Caherdavin out with Kieran Simmonds commanding in goals pulling off late save from Ralph Judge and Brian Doran.
All in all a very entertaining game for the neutral with Coonagh comfortably coming out 3-0 winners to stay top of division 1b ahead of the chasing pack
Coonagh Utd: Kieran Simmonds; Luke Doherty; David Coffey; Joey Sheehan; Aaron Costello; Keith Doran; Gordon McKevitt; Eoin Martin; Mark McGrath; Ger Myles; Eoghan O'Neill. Subs: Conor Cusack; Kevin Bolger; Rory O'Neill; Graham Minogue; Peter Hodnett
Caherdavin Celtic: Brian Murphy; Cian Williams; Brian Daly; Shane Doran; Brian Shorten; Brian Doran; Ralph Judge; Ian Wallace; Killian Collins; Dylan Cronin; Gary Bateman. Subs: Evan Egan; Evan Condon; Keith O'Shea; Alan Normoyle
Knockainey will play Prospect for a place in the semi final of the Div 1A O'Halloran Cup after an exciting 4-3 win over Mungret Regional in Jackman Park on Wednesday evening.
Knockainey started well but it was Mungret who took the lead midway through the half when Yakuba Yabri headed home.
On 40 minutes things were looking even brighter for Mungret when ace striker Keith McNicholas side footed right into bottom corner.
Mungret were good value for half time lead but within three minutes of the restart Knockainey top scorer Nick Hayes got the ball on outside left, cut in past a defender and curled a delightful shot in over the keeper into top hand corner to reduce the deficit.
On the hour mark Mungret were awarded a penalty which was tucked away by Yabre to restore their two goal advantage.
Again Knockainey battled back and a cross by Chris Crotty set up Michael Hickey to head home with 20 minutes remaining.
With five minutes to play James Hayes fired through a crowded goalmouth to level the tie and force extra time.
Extra time proved a tight affair but the County side prevailed when the speedy Padraig Barron raced onto a through ball before beating the keeper from a tight angle.
In other games in Division 1B Athlunkard Villa moved into second place in the table with a 9-3 win at Croom Utd.
Joseph Ozigbu (2), Manni Ajuong (2), Christian Kerley(2), Stephen Carmody, Eoin O'Riordan and Ray Kerley scored for the winners
Newport hit Caherconlish for six with scores from Brian O'Sullivan (3), Devlin Courtney, Elliot Slattery and Peter O'Sullivan. Mark Ryan, Michael Walsh and Aaron Power replied for Caherconlish.
In Division 2A Hyde Rgs kept their promotion hope alive with a 4-3 win over Glenview Rvs. Goals from Aidan O’Brien 2, Luke Kennedy and Dale Hannon did the trick
In Division 2B Star Rvs squandered their chance to increase their lead at the top of the table when they fell to Aisling Annacotty.
Cathal Humphries and Bryan Sheehan netted the Aisling goals while Adam McInerney replied for a disappointed Star XI.
In Division 3B The Coonagh derby was won by the B team with goals from Ger Fitzgerald and Billy Connors.
In the Open Cup a hat trick by Ken Griffin saw Northside past Meanus.
Goals from Eric Conroy (2) and Dara McKenna (2) saw Cappamore past Caherdavin and Aisling D went down 2-1 to Herbertstown.
In the Munster Youth Cup Regional United beat Knockainey easily to set up a third round tie with Kilfrush or Kilmallock. Two goals apiece from Jamie Greaves, Liam Loftus, Paudie Hartigan and Ewan O'Brien accounted for the winning scores.
Corbally with scores from Gavin Healy (3), Sean Begley & Jamie Hamilton edged out Shelbourne 5-3; Eoghan Flanagan Mathew DeCourcey and Karl Buckley replied for Shels.
Goals from Brian Thompson (2) and Cian Power (2) gave Pike an easier than expected 4-1 win over Mungret.
Fairview proved too strong for Star Rvs running in scores from Ross Mitchell (3), Mark Gallagher (2), Tyrique McNamara, Danny McCarthy and Eoin Quigley