Janesboro's Aaron Nunan bids to create an opening in their FAI Junior Cup loss to North End United
FAI JUNIOR CUP
North End United 2
ONE of Limerick's main hopes of winning the FAI Junior Cup outright, Janesboro, make a shock exit from the competition at the last 64 stage when they fell 2-1 at home to Wexford side North End United.
The home side had their chances to win the game but failure to convert proved costly. The visitors were a tight unit that played some neat football particularly their front runners where Paul and Jay Murphy grabbed most attention.
The 'Boro faithful will be disappointed that another years passes in theri quest to get their name on the FAI Trophy but the side will dust themselves down with plenty still to play for.
A snap shot by Keith Mawdsley after 10 minutes shook the side netting and five minutes later from an Aled Harkin free kick Shane Clarke challenged the keeper and the ball fell to Mawdsley but this time his volley was inched wisde of target.
North End United keeper Lee Walker pulled off a superb save to deny Aaron Nunan the opening the goal, saving from close range.
Mid way through the half the visitors went close to taking the lead when Warren Broaders crossed from the right and Jay Murphy's powerful header whizzed past the upright.
The visitors took the lead on thirty minutes Shane Dempsey gathered thirty yards from goal and was inexplicitly allowed to carry for six or seven yards literally picking his spot to roll the ball into the net beyond the reach of Mulready.
Boro nearly had a perfect response. Awarded a free kick outside the penalty area, Shane Clarke's effort struck the wall and rebounded to Mawdsley. From an acute angle his effort was cleared off the line to deny Nunan and the Harkin raced onto the clearance but a clear bobble just as he struck saw the ball fly over the top from 12 yards.
The visitors had a great chance to double their lead five minutes later when Broaders again delivered an inch perfect cross but the unmarked Andy Moore headed wide from eight yards out.
Aled Harkin's free kick two minutes later was the closest Boro came when it struck the crossbar and bounced to safety. At the other end a rasping effort from Jay Murphy was inches over the top.
After the restart Shane Clarke was denied when presented with a good chance and ten minutes later the visitors doubled their advantage. Broader delivered and Jason Murphy supplied the finish.
'Boro battled on to try to get back into the tie but it was deep in injury time before they broke down the opposition, through Mike Ryan, and it proved too little too late.
Janesboro: John Mulready; Danny O'Neill; Aled Harkin; Tom Clarke; Lee O'Mara; Arron Nunan; Niall Hanley; John Boyle; Adrian Power; Keith Mawdsley; Shane Clarke. Subs: Mike Ryan; Ben Quirke; Kevin Murphy.
North End United: Lee Walker; Warren Broaders; Dale Flynn; Declan Downes; Greg Delaney; Lee Waddin; Shane Dempsey; Andy Moore; Paul Murphy; Jay Murphy; Kyle Dempsey. Subs: Paul Murphy (2); Lee Smith; Tony Crosby.
Hill Celtic 0
Pike Rovers 7
The all-Limerick clash between Hill Celtic and Pike Rvs went the way of the Premier side at Hogan Park on Sunday.
The score line does little justice to the efforts of Celtic but the gap between the sides grew as the game progressed.
Paddy O'Malley broke the deadlock with a bullet like free kick on 15 minutes and when Dave Ryan scored a second following a shot from Steven McGann the contest was as good as over.
Celtic battled gamely and matched their opponents for much of the game but on 70 minutes McGann crossed for Eoin Hanrahan to volley home.
Five minutes later Pat Mullins headed in from O'Malley's corner kick and then Ryan scored his second to make it five.
Hanrahan scored two more to complete his hat trick and wrap up the game.
Hill Celtic; Adrian Duhig, Bobby Curtin, Cian Quinn, Dean Casey, Peter O'Brien, Jeffery Hogan, Dean Mitchell, Lee Reddan, Mick Lipper, Daniel Ikoghode, Gary Kelly, Sub; John Mitchell.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Wayne Colbert; Paddy O'Malley; Darragh Carroll; Steve McGann; Colin Daly; Dave Ryan; Eoin Hanrahan. Sub: Jason Mullins.
Regional Utd 1
St Peters 0
Regional Utd continued their excellent season with an impressive win over a fancied St Peters XI.
The Athlone side have been hovering around the latter stages of the FAI for the last five or six years and came to Limerick full of confidence.
The game was a tight affair for the most part with clear cut chances at a premium.
The visitors stuck to a game plan of playing long balls into a physical front line but Jack Molyneaux and Andy Cowpar were always tops in that battle. Evan Patterson and Pat McDonagh were causing the visitors all sorts of problems and it was fitting that the pair combined to score the only goal of the game.
Early in the second half, a quick break by the home side saw McDonagh carry into the opposing half and played a perfect pass for the inrunning Patterson to fire home.
Despite the minimum between the side's Ray Lynch's team held out comfortably to take their place in round six.
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Mike Reidy; Jack Molyneaux; Andrew Cowpar; Ian Hughes; Ray Lynch; Kieran O'Connell; Pat McDonagh; Evan Patterson; Ken Nealon; Derry McCarthy. Sub: Jeff Mannion
Dingle Utd 2
Coonagh Utd 5
Hats off to Division 1B leaders Coonagh United who travelled to Grangegorman to meet Dublin Premier side Dingle United and returned with a merited 5-2 win.
The home side started brighter with some neat play out wide but it was the visitors that took the lead. Eoghan O Neill made a great run down the wing and whipped in the powerful low cross. The Dingle centre back went to clear but as he hesitated the hard working Ger Myles nipped in ahead of him and was taken down for a penalty. The Coonagh striker dusted himself down and dispatched neatly from the spot.
The home side emerged determined after the restart and pulled one back when Darren Waldron's shot found its way to the Coonagh net.
Coonagh bounced startight back when the deadly Mark McGrath held off two Dingle defenders to dispatch the ball to the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
Dingle continued to mount serious pressure showing their quality in possession of the ball.
The home side made it a one goal game again when Joey Sheehan was harshly adjudged to have handled and the spot kick was successfully converted to set up a thrilling last 15 minutes.
Coonagh set themselves up to contain Dingle but with the speed in their ranks the counter attack became their weapon of choice.
Eoghan O Neill was moved up top into the lone striking role and within five minutes he showed clinical finishing when he flicked it around the defender to set himself away one on one with the keeper. He coolly placed the ball between the keepers legs to push the lead out to 4-2.
It was the same man again that put the game to bed. Ian Considine made a great run down the flank, and played in Joey Sheehan who picked out O'Neill in the centre of the box and the youngster headed into an empty net to wrap up a memorable win.
Coonagh have now progressed to the last 32 for the first time in their history in what was an superb display that augers well for the future of the club.
Coonagh Utd; Kieran Simmonds, Luke Doherty, David Coffey, Joey Sheehan, Keith Doran, Gordon McKevitt, Aaron Costello, Ian Considine, Mark McGrath, Ger Myles, Eoghan O'Neill, Subs, Graham Minogue, Conor Cusack, Rory O'Neill, Ray McMahon.
Mervue FC 3
Division 1B outfit Shelbourne travelled to Galway on Saturday evening to take on the cream of the west in Mervue FC in the FAI Junior Cup and returned empty handed despite putting up a performance to be proud of.
The home side, Galway's top Junior side showed their skill by racing into a three goal lead inside 25 minutes.
Simon Walsh scored a brace and and Barry Moran also fired in a goal as Shelbourne were chasing shadows early on.
The visitor's only chance of note in the opening half was a Luke Ingram cross that Colm O'Mahony headed wide just before half time.
The half time huddle worked wonders for the Limerick side who emerged a different side on their return.
The introduction of Jack O'Donovan and Ciaran Cummins put the home side on the back foot and after threatening with a few chances, Cummins pulled one back on 53 mins with a low drive from the edge of the box after being put through by Sam Egan.
Dave Moloney made two good saves to keep the game alive and Brendan O'Dwyer scored a wonder goal to make it game on. Picking up a loose ball in midfield, the Shelbourne midfielder let fly with a bullet from 40 yards that flew into the top corner, drawing applause from both sets of supporters.
With 20 to go it was the visitors now in the ascendency as they created chance after chance.
The home side were holding on by their teeth and goal line clearances denied both O'Donovan and Ingram what would have been deserved equalisers.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be but Shels can hold their heads high on a brave display.
They had heroes all over the park but special praise goes to the evergreen Dave Kelly, celebrating his 40th birthday.
Shelbourne; David Moloney, Shane Bennis, Niall Earls, Brian O'Donnell, Paul Storan, Brendan O'Dwyer, Dave Kelly, Dave Hanrahan, Luke Ingram, Colm O'Mahoney, Sam Egan, Subs; Jack O'Donovan, Ciaran Cummins, Chris O'Farrell, John Cunningham, Mark Danaher.