Limerick Junior Soccer Round Up

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


Limerick Junior Soccer Round Up

Limerick District League side who lost out to Clare

Oscar Traynor Trophy
Clare 2-1 Limerick (AET)
Limerick District League bowed out of the Oscar Traynor Trophy at the last 16 stage when they fell 2-1 after extra time to the holders in the Clare League on Wednesday evening.
Despite exiting the competition, Limerick showed plenty of spirit and commitment but the greater fitness of the home side told as the game wore on.
Clare are aiming to make it three in a row in the National competition, and with the Banner men going through a purple patch at present there is every possibility they will succeed.
Much was made of the Limerick line up missing a number of key players but those that took the field gave their all and went close to snatching a win.
The defence was very good and the management must be delighted with the performance of debutant Jon Somers who showed the enthusiasm the honour of representing your League deserves.
Midfield was evenly fought out with Limerick bossing the first half, Clare the second.
The home side were well versed on the threat posed by Shane Clarke and ensured he was crowded out every time he won possession.
Limerick started brightly and were unlucky when Somers delivery was cleared by Eoin O'Brien off Darragh Rainsford and rebounded narrowly wide with the keeper stranded.
Limerick went in front on 20 minutes when Darragh Rainsford's corner kick was won in the air by Shane Clarke and the 'Boro followed up to force the ball over the line.
A David McCarthy corner on the half hour mark was met by Eoin Hayes, Thomas Clarke got a block but the ball reached Eoin O'Brien who headed over from very close range.
Limerick had a great chance to double their lead five minutes from the break.
A "fresh air" by Barry Ryan saw Clarke pounce. The Clare keeper recovered to get a touch but O'Brien's attempt to clear his lines was blocked by Rainsford who was then denied at the front post by a fine save from a redeemed Ryan.
The last action of the half saw Kieran O'Connell deliver an inch perfect ball for Thomas Clarke but his header from 6 yards was blocked by Ryan.
Clare were an improved unit after the break and got back on level terms on the hour mark with a pinch of luck, when an unfortunate deflection off a defender ended up in the Limerick net.
Somers kept the game level with a last gasp back post interception to deny Irish striker Eoin Hayes.
A beautifully struck volley by Conor Kavanagh stung the hands of Ryan, Shane Clarke had a 15 yards effort roll just wide and Aidan Hurley and Thomas Clarke clashed as both went for a corner just yards from the line.
The last chance of the 90 minutes saw David McCarthy hit a free low to the right corner. John Mulready parried the ball away but Limerick were caught ball watching as Colin Smyth raced in but fired the rebound over the bar.
Clare got the breakthrough in the second period of extra time when Derek Fahy fired through a crowded goalmouth to the back of the Limerick net.
A ten minute floodlight failure hindered Limerick's momentum and Clare held out after the resumption.

Clare: Barry Ryan (Avenue Utd), Stephen Carroll (Shannon Town), Dylan Casey (Avenue Utd), Eoin O'Brien (Newmarket Celtic), Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic), Colin Ryan (Newmarket Celtic), Derek Fahy (Bridge Utd), Colin Smyth (Newmarket Celtic), Eoin Hayes (Newmarket Celtic), David McCarthy (Newmarket Celtic), Tommy McKeown (Tulla Utd)
Limerick: John Mulready (Janesboro), Danny O'Neill (Janesboro), John Somers (Carew Park), Tom Clarke (Janesboro), Dermot Fitzgerald (Ballynanty Rovers), Aidan Hurley (Janesboro), Darragh Rainsford (Carew Park), Kieran O'Connell (Regional Utd), Shane Clarke (Janesboro), Conor Kavanagh (Fairview Rangers), Evan Patterson (Regional Utd) Subs, Keith Mawdsley (Janesboro), Shane Dillon (Charleville), Craig Hanlon (Prospect Priory), Chris Hogan (Prospect Priory), Rob Shier (Regional Utd)

FAI Youth Cup
Athenry 1 Pike Rvs 2
Pike Rovers turned in a superb performance on the road against a fancied Athenry side and returned with a 2-1 win under their belt.  A place in the quarter finals of the FAI Youth Cup is their reward where they will play the winners of Ballisodare or St Kevins Boys. Conditions were very poor on the surface but Pike were well in control throughout.
Ben Doherty fired Pike in front and, despite a rare defensive error handing the home side an equaliser the Hoops were rarely overawed by the occasion.  Cian Power marked a memorable week for him following his appearance with the Irish Youth team in midweek. He followed up on Sunday with the winning goal. A bicycle kick from outside the box near the sideline found it's way to the net and put Pike into the hat for the last eight.
Pike Rvs; Adam Doherty, Callum Walters Keane, Sean Reeves Wasik, Adam Lipper, Evan Hudner, Ben Doherty, Ethan Butler, TJ O'Dwyer, Barry Coleman, Kyle Duhig, Cian Power, Subs, Ollie Plunkett and Brendan Guiry

Munster Junior Cup
Murroe 0 St Michaels 1
Murroe put up a superb challenge against one of the top teams in the country on Sunday before going out of the Munster Junior Cup by the narrowest margin. St Michaels came to the Division 1A side as unbackable favourites and in the end were glad to hear the final whistle. The only goal of the game came from a penalty kick, awarded for a disputed hand ball but Joey Mulcahy made no mistake from the spot.  Chances were at a premium on both ends but Liam Quinn went close on a couple of occasions for the home side.
Murroe were gracious in defeat and they can take huge positives for their displays against top sides. Thet had fine performances all around but Evan Walsh, Liam Quinn and Damien Ryan showed they would not be out of place in such company.
Murroe; Adam Nuaman, Darragh Ryan, Alan Cuneen, Damien Ryan, David Rainsford, William Clohessy, Adrian Ryan, Evan Walsh, Anthony Cusack, Liam Quinn, Michael McNamara, Subs, Brian Quinn, Jack Barry, Darren Dunlea, David Duggan

Premier League
Kilmallock 2
Aisling Annacotty 2
Kilmallock and Aisling Annacotty played out an entertaining draw with a share of the spoils the outcome.
Paul Doona the home side in front but an own goal soon had the sides level.
Evan O'Connor tilted the tie Aisling's way but a second half penalty from Doona squared the tie.
Aisling Annacotty: Oisin Hayes; Brian Butler; Dion Lynch; Damien Collins; Patrick Stanisewski; Colm Murphy; Shane Donegan; Oisin Kelly; Chimka Manjor; Evan O'Connor; Darren Harrington. Subs: Kennedy N'dip; Jimmy Fyffe; Dylan O'Neill
Kilmallock: Charlie O'Shea; John Heffernan; Jake Mulcahy; Bennie Burke; Rian Brady; Anthony Punch; Jason Heffernan; Paul Doona; Killian Hayes; Tommy Heffernan; Dermot McCarthy. Subs: Conor Barry; Chris Todd; Derek McCarthy

Lawson Cup
Ballynanty Rovers 3
Newport 0
Ballynanty Rvs eased into the next round of the Lawson Cup with a comfortable win at home to Newport.
Goals from Liam Brock, Bobby Ryan and Kevin Nolan sees Balla on the road next weekend to take on Croom as their reward.
Ballynanty Rovers: Paudie Hickey; Dara Hughes; Dan Lucey; Dermot Fitzgerald; Ken Meehan; Bobby Ryan; David Donnan; Jason Hughes; Liam Brock; Eddie Byrnes; Kevin Nolan. Subs: Michael Guerin; Derek Daly; Robert Brock

Croom Utd 3 Moyross 1
Croom Utd caused the shock of the round when they posted a 3-1 win over Premier side Moyross. Shane Guerin had given Moyross the lead but Dylan Murphy levelled. Further goals from Ryan O'Shea and Kevin Laffan won it for Croom.
Croom Utd; Noel Hayes, Nathan Kirrane, Jamie Shinnors, John Quirke, Jason Lawlor, Kevin Laffan, Ryan O'Shea, Dean Shinnors, Connor Laffan Dylan Murphy Ryan O'Shea, Subs, Dylan Moloney, Ciaran Cregan, Michael Cummins, Aaron Cregan
Moyross: Michael O'Donoghue; Jonathan Power; Lee Boyle; Pat McCallig; James McNamara; Aaron Power; Stephen Hannon; Luke Ward; Keith Colbert; Shane Guerin.

Kilfrush 2 - 1 Holycross
Holycross' miserable season continued on Sunday when they crashed out of the Lawson Cup at the hands of high flying Kilfrush.
Oisin O'Grady and Fionn Murphy were on target for the Division 1B side. John Carew netted for the Premier side.
Kilfrush; Cian O'Grady, Timmy O'Keefe, Ryan Mawdsley, Fionn Murphy, Gearoid Power, Alan Buckley, Chris Dineen, James Ryan, Paudie Wixted, Tyrique McNamara, Oisin O Grady, Subs, Neil Quinn, Pat Kiely, Paudie Maher
Holycross: Kevin Purcell; Martin Carew; Cian Madden; Mike Leahy; Stephen Hanley; Dara Glynn; Simon Delaney; John Carew; Adam Costello; Tony Burke; Niall O'Riordan. Subs not used: Gearoid McCarthy; Pappy Kelly; Paddy Moloney; AJ Moloney

Nenagh AFC 1 - 1 Cappamore
Nenagh were pushed all the way before seeing off Cappamore in a penalty shoot out. The sides could not be separated through 110 minutes but when penalties were called for Aaron Savage came to the fore.
The Nenagh goalkeeper saved three spot kicks to send his side forward to meet Geraldines next weekend.
Nenagh AFC: Aaron Savage; Jordan Lewis; Mark McKenna; Bryan McGee; John Mitchell; Dylan Sheehan; Roy Creagh; Ben Banaghan; Nathan Kelly; Ciaran O'Reilly; Dan Butler.

Ballylanders 1-6 Charleville
A virtuoso performance from the League's top scorer last season helped Charleville to an easy win. Pat O'Callaghan scored four times with and an own goal and Kieran O'Donoghue making up the tally. Dylan Noonan replied for Ballylanders.
Charleville: Jesse Smith; Ken O'Donoghue; Jeremy Bridgeman; Mark Kavanagh; Jason O'Hara; Kevin Copps; Niall Riordan; Gary Ward; John O'Driscoll; Kieran O'Donoghue; Pat O'Callaghan.

Caherdavin 1 Regional Utd 5
Brian Shorten headed Caherdavin into the lead at home to Regional but once Kieran O'Connell levelled the tie the Premier side took control. Ken Nealon made it 2-1 and second half goals from Declan Cusack (2) and O'Connell completed the scoring.
Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Martin Madden; Brian Monaghan; Andrew Cowpar; Jack Molyneaux; Evan Patterson; Kieran O'Connell; Derry McCarthy; Ken Nealon; Wayne McNamara; Declan Cusack. Subs: Willie Griffin; Ian Hughes; Mike Reidy; Darragh Walsh; Ray Lynch

Hill Celtic 1 - 8 Pike Rovers
Hill Celtic were unfortunate to meet a Pike side in tip top form and paid the price when the Hoops ran riot.
Shane Walsh claimed a hat trick, Dave Ryan a double with Colin Daly, Brian O'Callaghan and Eoin Hanrahan also getting in on the act.
Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Wayne O'Donovan; Eddie O'Donovan; Pat Mullins; Brian O'Callaghan; Jason Mullins; Shane Walsh; Colin Daly; Dave Ryan; Eoin Hanrahan; Paddy O'Malley. Subs: Darragh Carroll; Ronan Cahill; James Tierney

Fairview Rgs 2 - 3 Janesboro (aet)
Aaron Nunan proved the 'Boro hero with an extra time winner to see off a dogged Fairview Rgs challenge. In a superbly competitive tie, Nathan O'Callaghan let fly from 25 yards to give the home side the lead. Just minutes later it was back on level terms when Nunan turned his marker to fire past Richie Ryan.
After the break Fairview restored their lead when Liam Byrne played a good ball through for George Daffy who controlled the ball before heading over the onrushing Mulready but a stunning shot from Niall Hanley ensured extra time was required to separate the sides.
The Premier League leaders won it when Keith Mawdsley broke the offside trap and squared into the area, Shane Clarke dummied well and Nunan rifled home.
Fairview Rgs: Richard Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Josh Considine; Paul Danaher; Craig Madigan; Conor Kavanagh; Thomas Byrnes; George Daffy; John Mullane; Nathan O'Callaghan; Ryan Gilmartin. Subs: Adam McNamara; Josh O'Rahilly; Liam O'Sullivan

Janesboro: John Mulready; Aidan Hurley; Aled Harkin; Mike Ryan; Steven Bradley; Donie Curtin; Arron Nunan; Niall Hanley; Adrian Power; Keith Mawdsley; Shane Clarke. Subs: Kevin Murphy

Geraldines 2 - 1 Knockainey
Geraldines overcame a sticky ask when beating fellow Division 1A side Knockainey 2-1 in Garryowen. Shane Byrne but 'Dines ahead but Chris Crotty levelled before the break.
Kevin Barry won it for the home side with his second goal for the club this season.
Geraldines: Evan Moloney; Glen Bussoli; Luke Hayes; Thomas O'Grady; Jack Clancy; Cian Byrnes; Christy O'Neill; Eddie Lee; Karl Turner; Kevin Barry; Shane Byrne. Subs not used: Dean McNamara; Rob Lowe

Northside 0 Star Rvs 2
The Northside derby saw Star Rvs pip their neighbours Northside 2-0.
Star's top scorer Jason Daly accounted for both goals and will now face Corbally at the next hurdle.
Star Rvs; Paul Bullman, Keith Curran, Shane O Donohue, Mark McDonnell, Luke Davis, Martin Lyons, Henry, Aidan McGuane, Brian Purcell, Victor Mosa, Adam McInerney

In Division 1A Castle Rvs moved out of the drop zone with a 2-0 win over Fairview Rgs B.
David Doherty and Craig McNamara were on the mark for the winners.
Aisling Ann B lost out by the odd goal in three to Corbally Utd and goals from John Nnambi and Darren Hanley.
Coonagh strengthened their grip on the lead in Division 1B following a 4-1 win over nearest rivals Athlunkard Villa. Joey Sheehan, Mark McGrath, Ger Myles and Eoin Martin were on the mark for the winners.
Southend beat Regional Utd B 3-1 with scores from Aaron Grant, Barry Gibbons and Shane McGrath.
Shelbourne's hopes were dashed with a defeat in Caherconlish. Aaron Power (2), Dave Balfry and Mark O'Connor scored the winning goals.
In Division 2A Hyde Rgs took over second place with a 2 - 1 win over Nenagh. Ger Nash and Steven Fitzmaurice scored the Hyde goals.
Jack Cross and Anthony McNamara scored for Caledonians but Ballynanty Rvs B replied with scores from Robert Brock (2) and Alan Wallace to take the spoils.
Glenview Rvs slipped at home to Charleville. Cathal O'Neill and Sean Dooley scored for Glenview but a Shane Connolly hat trick, Tom O'Neill and James O'Shaughnessy hit back for Charleville.
John McManus and John O'Dea scored for Mungret Reg in a 2-2 draw with Summerville Rvs while Pallagreen and Newport ended scoreless in Division 2B.
Caherdavin maintained their one point lead in Division 3A when Ben Wallace's goal was enough to see off Knockainey B.
Abbey Rvs kept up their chase on the leaders with a 4-1 win at Bruff. Christy Reddan, Danny Taylor, Eric O'Dwyer and Jake Jones were on the mark.
Parkville hit Meanus for five. Gillian Petaveau claimed an impressive four goal haul with Keith Moran making up the winning tally. while Prospect Priory B beat Aisling Annacotty thanks to a Corey McCallum double.
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