Janesboro fly Limerick flag in Donegal Oscar Traynor tie

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Janesboro fly Limerick flag in Donegal Oscar Traynor tie

Janesboro will make the long trip to Donegal on Saturday

On Saturday February 2, the Limerick District League look to keep their hopes alive when they take on Donegal in Oscar Traynor Trophy in Donegal.

An 8.00pm kick off is far from friendly to the Limerick lads but hopes are high that they can achieve their goal.

The side will be made up fully of Janesboro players after the club volunteered to fill the gap when it looked like the League would be unable to field a side.

Limerick started well with a victory over the Clare League, but following a defeat to Galway, results meant it was to be an away trip for Limerick and they had the misfortune to draw the longest journey in Donegal.

A draw against Sligo allowed Donegal through to the last eight.

‘Boro’ have been in fine form since the Christmas break and will go into the game full of confidence.

Last Sunday they saw off a difficult game beating Kilfrush 4-1.

Shane Clarke, as expected, continues to pile on the goals while the return to form of Keith Mawdsley will give the Limerick selection added firepower and should help Limerick claim a semi-final spot.

The second Tuohy Cup semi-final is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) with Fairview Rangers and Pike Rovers battling it out for the right to meet Janesboro in the final.

Both teams come into the tie on the back of wins at the weekend.

Pike Rvs stuttered to a 3-2 win over City Wanderers from Cork in the Munster Junior Cup while on Saturday evening Fairview, thanks to an AJ O'Connor hat trick saw off Charleville on a 4-2 scoreline.

On form, Pike will carry the favourites tag into the tie but they will know that games between these two great rivals often throws form on its head.

The sides met a couple of weeks back when Fairview squandered a two goal lead, leaving Pike back into the tie when they were reduced to ten men, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

Jason Purcell and Stewart Fitzgerald have been quietly going about their business of rebuilding the ‘Blues’ and things are going fine.

The mixture of experience and youth makes them a real test for any side and they will fancy their chances of making the Tuohy decider.

In their way are a Pike Rvs XI in a superb run of form. By their own admission they were not firing on all cylinders last weekend but as is their habit, still did enough to win.

Darragh Rainsford's exit to League of Ireland and an injury to Eoin Hanrahan has robbed them of the width that terrorised sides earlier in the season but they still have the League's top scorer in Jonathan Grant.

This should be a game that is well worth a visit to Jackman Park for a 7pm kick off.

The Lawson Cup continues on Sunday with four games scheduled.

Leaders of Division 1A and 1B clash when Coonagh Utd host Hill Celtic. Holycross will be looking to bounce back after their Munster exit last Sunday when they host fellow Division 1A side Athlunkard Villa.

Premier bound Mungret Reg will get a chance to rest their strength against top flight opposition when they host Fairview Rgs and in the final game Newport welcome Hyde Rgs. The Tipperary side are in flying form and will be expected to progress but Hyde have shown already this season that they relish the challenge of teams from a higher Division.

In the PJ Matthews Premier League Pike will be expected to close the gap at the top of the table to one point with a home win versus Charleville.

In the other top flight games Ballynanty Rvs host Kilmallock and Geraldines welcome Prospect Priory.

Moyross can return to the top of Galtee Fuels Div 1A if they can beat Summerville Rvs and in the FAI Under 17 Cup Aisling carry Limerick hopes to Blarney to take on the locals.

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