Pike Rovers and Janesboro advance to the quarter-finals of the Munster Junior Cup

Pike Rovers and Janesboro will represent Limerick in the last eight of the Munster Junior Cup after comprehensive victories over Sporting Ennistymon and Pearse Celtic respectively.

Pike defeated the Clare based outfit 3-7 with goals from Eoin Hanrahan (3), Paddy O’Malley (2) and Stephen McGann (2) to advance. It is the second major quarter final that the Crossagalla based club have reached in a week after making the FAI Junior Cup quarter-final last weekend.

Janesboro were also convincing winners in their clash with Cork side Pearse Celtic. Shane O’Hanlon’s side were 5-1 victors with a brace from Shane Clarke and a goal each from Arron Nunan, Adrian Power and Keith Mawdsley securing the comfortable passage to the last eight.

Locally, the Munster Logistics Lawson Cup schedule was affected by snowfall on Saturday night and Sunday morning which led to the postponement of many fixtures across the city and county. Among the fixtures to be cancelled were Knockainey vs Geraldines, Croom vs Moyross, Charleville vs Ballylanders and Regional vs Caherdavin. Some exciting games did take place.

1B promotion hopefuls Atlunkard Villa were leading premier division Kilmallock 2-0 with under a half an hour remaining but Kilmallock showed great character to fight back and win 3-2. Also, Carew Park defeated 1B Glenvew 5-3. Granville Rangers advanced to the second round after beating a dogged Parkville side 3-1 at the University of Limerick. Aisling Annacotty again benefitted from the astroturf facility as they beat Abbey Rovers 5-0.

In the Open Cup, Weston earned the bragging rights on Hyde Road with a 2-0 win over Hyde Rangers B. In division 2B, Kennedy Park strengthened their lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 home win over Holycross thanks to goals from Brian Muldoon and Stephen McNamara.

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Adrian Finnin