No shocks in the Lawson Cup as Pike and Ballynanty go through

The Lawson Cup fixtures took place on Sunday morning and afternoon as is the tradition in Limerick junior soccer at this time of year. The competition always begins on the first weekend in January and 2019 was no different.

The biggest game of the weekend pitted two premier division sides against each other as Geraldines hosted Pike Rovers at the Garryowen Green. The visitors raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Johnathan Grant and Daragh Rainsford but the home side showed great character as Shane Byrne and an own goal drew them level. The game went to extra time as both sides struggled to find a winner. A penalty shoot out ensued with Pike emerging victorious. Although Geraldines will feel aggrieved as one of Evan Moloney’s saves was adjudged to have been illegal and the penalty was re-taken and converted.

Ballynanty had a straight forward victory over Herbertstown with Arron Nunan (2) and Kevin Nolan accounting for the goals for Donal Magee’s side. In an incredible game between Patrickswell of division 2a and Kilfrush of 1B, the 1B promotion hopefuls won 8-7. Despite being 6-0 down, Patrickswell fought back to make it 6-5 before Kilfrush added two more goals. However, the 2A side scored two late goals to put pressure on Kilfrush who held on for victory.

Moyross encountered a stubborn Parkville side on Sunday morning but goals from Ger Johnstone and Stephen Hannon ensured safe passage for the northsiders. In what was expected to be a close contest, 1A table toppers Coonagh easily defeated Cappamore 6-2 with goals from Will Brick, Joey Sheehan, Ger Myles (2) and Billy Connors (2). In a highly entertaining contest, Shelbourne overcame the challenge of Kennedy Park 5-4 after extra time. Kennedy Park missed a last minute penalty to take the game to a penalty shootout which their battling display deserved.

The draw for the next round of the Lawson Cup will be made available in due course.

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