There was a quartet of ties down for decision in the opening round of the McCarthy Insurance Group Munster Junior Cup. There was also a 2nd round tie as well as one FAI Junior Cup clash.
Overall, the weekend was a quieter schedule with the lower divisions continuing with their division cup action.
Munster Junior Cup
With the early rounds of this provincial competition played within each league there was arguably only one surprise result. That came in the form of Creeves Celtic felling Broadford United, 3-1 in Newbridge. Having shipped a heavy defeat to Rathkeale last weekend, they went about getting their first win of the season in good fashion. Danny Coleman opened the scoring before Joe McAuliffe restored parity. A brace from Adam Kearns gave them the cushion and a much needed confidence boost.
Glin Rovers made the trip to Pallaskenry and despite Dromore United taking the lead, the Premier Division side edged it, 2-1. Ryan Kelly scored a screamer to put the hosts 1-0 ahead. In quick reply was AJ Behan before the attacker added another.
Ballingarry got a much needed win away to Shannonside. Having struggled thus far this season, Robert Hannan’s side would run out comfrtable 6-2 winners. A brace each from Eoin Lynch and Dean Clancy were added to by Cian McGoey and an own goal.
The other tie in the opening round saw Kilcornan dispatch Granagh United. It ended 4-0 to the med in red as United’s early season struggles continued. An own goal, a brace from Patrick Ivees and Mark Curran did the damage on the scoresheet.
Breska Rovers face Newcastle West Town next week in the remaining opening round clash.
The second-round tie between Shountrade and Rathkeale ended 4-0. The bizarre thing was that this was after extra-time. Rathkeale were pushed all the way in the 90 minutes by their First Division neighbours, but eventually Rathkeale prevailed. Timmy Hogan, an own goal, Michael Mulcahy and Dean Maune scored the goals in quickfire as they dominated the extra-period.
FAI Junior Cup
The sole first round tie involving a Desmond League side saw Breska Rovers defeat Coole FC. The Gort based club welcomed the Clarina outfit who had a Mark Moroney goal nearing half-time to thank for progressing to round two. Both sides were promoted last season, with Coole now plying their trade in the Clare District Premier Division. Rovers now make it four unbeaten so far this season.
Division Two League Cup
In Division Two, the Group A clash between Knockaderry and Abbeyfeale United B. The Fealesiders ran out 3-1 winners. The result puts them into the semi-finals with Knockaderry now out with three losses on the trot.
Glantine hosted Mouncollins in Friday evening, but it was the visitors who were much too strong. James Brouder, Mike Quirke, Seamus Murphy and an own-goal accounted for the Mountcollins gaols.
The result puts Ballingarry through and means that Glantine will need to win their final game, against Ballingarry’s second team to stand any chance of forcing a play-off with Mouncollins for second spot.
Division Three League
The first League game of the season was scheduled in any division, but Shannonside B didn’t travel and gave a walkover to Dromore United B.
Division Three League Cup
In group B, Feenagh turned the tables on Ballysteen in the space of just a week. After Ballysteen used home advantage to win 5-0 last week, Feenagh returned the damage with a 5-2 win. This leaves both sides on three points with Breska Rovers B on top with six.