Limerick Junior Soccer Round-Up: Pike top in Premier League as Regional make it ‘perfect 10’

Pat Sheehan


Pat Sheehan


Limerick Junior Soccer Round-Up: Pike top in Premier League as Regional make it ‘perfect 10’

Ballynanty's keeper Stephen McNamara clears the danger in their Premier League fixture with Pike Rovers at LIT this Sunday

Premier League

Ballynanty Rovers 0 Pike Rovers 2

TEN-MAN Pike Rovers took over top spot in the Premier League for the first time this season after Jonathan Grant’s second half double secured a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Ballynanty Rvs. 

Leading 2-0 just after the break, Pike lost Stephen McGann to a red card but the expected Balla onslaught never really materialised. 

Pike lost Adam Lipper during the week and with Pat Mullins also injured it was left to the O’Donovan brother Wayne and Eddie to fill the gap and they played a big part in the win keeping Balla at bay. 

In the end having a finisher the calibre of Grant proved the difference between the sides. 

A huge crowd turned out to witness the game and while it while it never reached expectations it kept the crowd entertained up until the final few minutes. 

Balla keeper was in action early on to keep out a Darragh Rainsford header and at the other end Aaron Nunan was just over the top from 12 yards. 

Just before the break Dave Donnan came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock when a short corner presented him with a shot from the edge of the box that rattled the crossbar. 

Pike took the lead just after the restart. 

Paddy O’Malley’s free kick was punched clear by Stephen McNamara but only as far as Colin Daly who drilled the ball back across goal and ace poached Jonathan Grant steered the ball past McNamara from 6 yards. 

Balla barely had time to recover when they conceded again. McGann’s shot from outside the box was saved by McNamara but Grant was in like a flash to blast home the rebound. 

With the game in hand Pike handed an opening to Balla when McGann saw red. 

Balla had a few half chances with Dermot Fitzgerald whizzing the ball across the face of goal but it was Pike who went closest to scoring again when Eoin Hanrahan headed over McNamara but agonisingly wide of the far post.  

Ballynanty Rovers: Stephen McNamara; Dara Hughes; Dan Lucey; Shane Guerin; Ken Meehan; Jason Hughes; Dermot Fitzgerald; Eddie Byrnes; David Donnan; Arron Nunan; Kevin Nolan. Subs: Michael Guerin; Jamie Daly; Jamie O'Sullivan; Shane Kelly; Derek Daly

Pike Rovers: Gary Neville; Evan Patterson; Paddy O'Malley; Eddie O'Donovan; Wayne O'Donovan; Colin Daly; Conor Kavanagh; Steve McGann; Eoin Hanrahan; Darragh Rainsford; Jonathan Grant.  Sub: Shane Walsh; Jonathan Hannafin


Charleville 0 Janesboro 5

CHARLEVILLE had the misfortune to meet a Janesboro xi in full flow on Saturday evening and paid the price.

The Premier champions ran up a huge score with goals from Keith Mawdsley (5), Shane Clarke (4), Conor Lynch (3), Adrian Power, Thomas Lyons and Andy Murphy. 

Janesboro: John Mulready; Aidan Hurley; Darragh Carroll; Tom Clarke; Aled Harkin; Mike Ryan; Jeffery Judge; Adrian Power; Shane Clarke; Keith Mawdsley; Dylan Kelly Higgins.  Subs: Danny O'Neill; Conor Lynch; Andy Murphy; Thomas Lyons; James O'Connor


FAI Junior Cup Third Round 

Kilmallock 1 Hyde Rgs 2

Hyde Rgs made the headlines at the weekend taking the scalp of Premier side Kilmallock to reach round four of the FAI Junior Cup 

Two goals by Kevin Slattery saw Hyde in control at the break and while the home side pulled one back, the Division 2A side held out for a deserved win. 

Hyde took the lead when James Davern’s superb corner was headed back across goal by Slattery to the back of the net. 

The visitors doubled their lead when a  long ball from Evan Shine was misjudged by Kilmallock defence and Slattery raced through to lob the advancing keeper.

Just after the restart the Premier side were back in the fray when Barry Sheedy pulled one back from the penalty spot. 

Try as they might the home side could not break down a resolute Hyde defence. 

The win maintains Hyde’s 100% start to the season, their 10th successive win. 

Kilmallock: Brian Murphy; Paul Moloney; Evan Hudner; Dave Todd; Jason Heffernan; Barry Sheedy; Kieran Stubbins; Killian Lyons; Tommy Heffernan; Ben Quirke; Eoin Burchill. Subs: Paul Doona; Bennie Burke; Killian Hayes; Anthony Barrett

Hyde Rgs: Ronan Power, Dylan Burke, John Somers, Mark Whelan, Brian Slattery, James Davern, Aidan O’Brien, Richie Ben, Gavin Hehir, Evan Shine Kevin Slattery, Ryan McCormack, Keith Somers, Danny Harris, James Slattery, Ben Kennedy


Aisling Annacotty 2 Caherdavin Celtic 0

Premier outfit Aisling had to work hard to see off a dogged Caherdavin Celtic in Annacotty on Saturday evening. 

Jason Lipper, restored to his favoured strikers role after filling in as a defender over the last few weeks, responded with both goals for Mike Aherne’s side. 

Aisling opened the scoring after just two minutes when Brian Butler played the striker through to finish low into the corner. 

The same pair combined again for the second when Butler’s shot was turned in by Lipper. 

Many would have expected Caherdavin to have crumbled after conceding again but the Division 1B side showed plenty of grit and determination creating a number of chances but they were unable to break down a solid Aisling defence. 

Aisling Annacotty: Stephen Walsh; Kennedy N'dip; Killian Moloney; Steven Daly; Darren Harrington; Graham Burke; Colm O'Reilly; Brian Butler; Evan O'Connor; Jason Lipper; Dylan Sheehan. Subs: Aaron Murphy; James Cleary; Bradie Flynn; Ben Banaghan; Shane Donegan

Caherdavin Celtic: Eoin Sherlock, an Brennan, Ger Brennan, David Broderick, Evan Condon, Conor O'Shaughnessy, Darragh Reddan, Andrew Leydon, Ciaran Cable, Ben Wallace, Keith O'Shea, Subs, David Rafferty, Ralph Judge, Barry O'Sullivan, Kieran O'Connor


Fairview Rgs 9 Caherconlish 3

FAI Junior Cup record winning side Fairview Rgs eased into the next round thanks to a comfortable win over Caherconlish at the Fairgreen on Sunday. 

AJ O’Connor set the ball rolling striking twice inside the opening 15 minutes. Thomas Byrnes and Reece Healy added further goals before the break with Aaron Power netting one for the visitors. 

After the restart, Byrne and Healy were on the mark again while a double from Craig Madigan and one from Conor McCormack made up the total for Fairview. 

Brendan Hourigan scored two for Caherconlish to take the sting out of the scoreline. 

Fairview Rgs: Barry Ryan; Liam Byrnes; Craig Madigan; Clive Healy; Jamie Enright; John Mullane; Adam Frahill; AJ O'Connor; Reece Healy; Thomas Byrnes; Ross Mann. Subs: Kaylan O'Loughlin; Josh O'Rahilly; Conor McCormack; Stanislav Jolondcovschi


Prospect Priory 2 Coonagh Utd 1

Premier side Prospect were given a real fright before progressing in the FAI with a 2-1 win over Coonagh Utd. 

The home side squandered a number of good chances in the first half and paid the price just before the break when Ger Myles pounced on a wayward back pass to force the ball home. 

Prospect introduced Danny Colbert at the break and showed an immediate improvement. His enthusiasm ran through the side and kept Coonagh on the back foot. 

A mazy run by Pat Whelan almost set up the equalsier but Colbert’s effort struck the upright. 

The Prospect striker was not to be denied and got his reward with a shot inside the box that took a fortunate deflection past Kieran Simmonds. 

With the balance of power switched it was Prospect who struck for the winner when a short back pass was seized upon by James Cleary who tucked away the crucial score. 

Prospect Priory: Darren Glasheen; Patrick Stanisewski; Ian Maher; Dom Fitzgerald; Cyril Maher; Philip Naughton; Derek Hanlon; Adrian Healy; James Cleary; Trevor Hogan; Pat Whelan.  Sub: Ian Clancy; Danny Colbert; Dean Glasheen; Craig Hanlon


Nenagh AFC 2  Regional Utd 10

This all-Premier clash was expected to throw up a close encounter but Regional had other ideas and a scintillating second half display saw them run in six goals without reply to advance in the National Cup at Nenagh. 

The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead within 15 minutes courtesy of Pat McDonagh, Willie Griffin, Sosuke Kimura.

It looked like we were getting the game we expected when Eoin Coffey and Bryan McGee scored to reduce the deficit to one. 

Just before the break Kimura scored a second to make it 4-2 and set the tone for the second half. 

After the restart Kimura completed his hat trick, a feat matched by Willie Griffin. McDonagh got a a second and goals from Clyde O'Connell and Sean McSweeney completed the rout. 

Regional Utd: Rob Shier; Tom Frawley; Alan Murphy; Jack Lynch; Clyde O'Connell; Pat McDonagh; Ross Fitzgerald; Kieran O'Connell; Willie Griffin; Sosuke Kimura; Sean McSweeney.  Subs: Evan Cusack; Ian Hughes; David Cowpar; Mike Reidy; Martin Madden


Moyross 3 Shelbourne 1

Moyross’ good run of form continued on Sunday when they saw off a tough opposition in Shelbourne. 

James McNamara opened the scoring from an inswinging free kick by Barry Quinn before Sam Egan tied up the game for Shelbourne. 

Greg Daly restored Moyross’ advantage when he headed over Dave Moloney in the Shels goal amd Barry Quinn made sure of the victory with a shot from outside the box that nestled in the bottom corner. 

Moyross: Glen Clancy, James McNamara, Calum Walters, Luke Ward, Aaron Power, Tommy Quinn, Anthony McInerney, Ger Johnson, Greg Daly, Barry Quinn, Craig Collopy


Abbey Rvs 1 Granville Rgs 4

Granville enjoyed a good win away to Abbey Rovers to advance in the FAI Junior Cup.

The result was not as clear cut as the score line may suggest as the winners were made work hard for their victory. 

The winners took the lead midway through the first half when a delightful Nathan Walsh ball put Craig Downes through and he tucked it away into the bottom corner.

The lead was doubled when a Kevin Frost corner was powered home from Neil McGourty to make it 2-0 at the break. Abbey pulled one back after the restart but McGourty headed in his second. 

The veteran McGourty showed how it’s done when he headed in a fourth to complete his hat trick to put his side in the hat for the next round. 

Granville Rgs: Kevin McGlinchey, Aaron O Halloran, Neil McGourty, Stephen Folan, Jac Gorey, Niall McNamara, Kevin O Doherty, Jamie McNamara, Kevin Frost, Nathan Walsh and Craig Downes.


Newport 5 Patrickswell 2

Newport will also be in the hat for Round Four of the FAI following a 5-2 win over Patrickswell. 

Hero of the day for the Tipperary side was Dave Ryan, a winner of the competition as a member of  Pike Rvs successful side. 

The experienced striker claimed a hat trick for the winners with Christy Doyle and Kalem Harte making up the tally. Dave Buston and Mark Carmody replied for the ‘Well. 

Newport: Brendan Coffey, James Lynch, Mark McGuire, Elliot Slattery, Jimmy Fyffe, Brian O’Sullivan, Dave Kennedy, Davey Ryan, Kevin O’Brien, Darren Collins, Christy Doyle, 

Patrickswell  FC: Alan Griffin, Craig Rockford, Cian Phillips, Pat Purcell, Dean Shinnors, Ger Buston, Peter O’Sullivan, David Buston, Mark Carmody, Dave Buston Jnr, Paul Bennis.



Murroe will also be in the hat for the next round of the FAI following a 1-0 win over fellow Division 1A side Holycross. 

In the League Athlunkard moved back to joint top with a 4-3 win over Cappamore. Manni Ajoung scored a brace with Christian Kerley and Eon O’Riordan also on target for the winners. 

Evan O’Neill was on the mark for Aisling in a 1-1 draw with Fairview. 

In Division 1B Hill Celtic opened up the promotion race with a 4-3 win over second placed Kilfrush. 

Dean Mitchell and Aaron Dawson scored two apiece for the winners David Hannon scored three for Kilfrush. 

Joe Keane scored three as Geraldines beat Regional Utd B 4-2. Paudie Reale also scored for the winners. 

Goals from James Lyons and Barry Gibbons gave Southend the spoils against Knockainey. 

In Division 2A Star go top again following a 4-1 win at Kennedy Park. Victor Nousa claimed a hat trick for the winners and Jack Doyle also obliged. 

Corbally Utd B and Glenview Rvs drew 3-3. Bobby O'Mara, Kevin McGlennon and Conor Madden scored for Corbally; Sean Keane scored all three for Glenview.