Pike Rovers advance to the semi-final stage of the FAI Junior Cup during a big weekend for Limerick soccer

On a busy weekend in local soccer, two Limerick junior clubs advanced to the last four of their respective FAI Cups. Kilfrush Crusaders defeated Edenderry 2-1 to advance to the semi-final of the FAI Youth Cup while Pike Rovers emerged victorious on penalties following a scoreless draw with Shannon Town in normal time in the FAI Junior Cup. Pike will face a much fancied Newmarket Celtic side in the semi-final stage. Newmarket had a superb comeback victory over Mervue United to progress. Unfortunately, the Pike Rovers youth side failed to emulate the junior side and join Kilfrush in the semi-final of the FAI Youth Cup as they succumbed to a 0-2 defeat to St. Kevin’s Boys.

In the Munster Junior Cup, Janseboro made it through to the last four of the competition after a hard fought 1-0 home win over Peake Villa. Arron Nunan scored the only goal of the game to cap off a good weekend for Limerick sides in national and provincial competition.

In the PJ Matthews Premier League, Carew Park enjoyed a 2-1 victory over Aisling Annacotty courtesy of goals from Johnathan Grant and a last minute strike from Adam Frahill. Also, Fairview Rangers heaped more relegation trouble on Moyross as they defeated the northsiders 3-2. Nathan O’Callaghan, Conor Kavanagh and Paul Danaher scored for the ‘view while Barry Quinn and Shane Guerin replied for Moyross. Kilmallock effectively secured safety after a comprehensive 3-0 win over rock bottom Holycross.

In the Lawson Cup, 1A high flyers Prospect Priory ran out 8-0 winners over 1B opponents Southend.

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Adrian Finnin