Limerick District League Review
By Pat Sheehan
Nenagh AFC 1-0 Hyde Rangers
After losing their opening two games of the season, Nenagh AFC have regrouped impressively posting four wins and two draws in their last six outings.
On Sunday morning, they advanced to the second round of the FAI Junior Cup with a 1-0 win at home to Premier ‘A’ League side Hyde Rangers.
Delighted with the result, Nenagh faced a much sterner test than they might have expected from the visitors who had a couple of chances of their own to take the lead.
However, the Premier side kept their nerve and got their breakthrough on seventy minutes when Kieran O’Brien struck the all-important goal.
Nenagh AFC: Eoghan Tinkler; Eoin Coffey; Colm Hayden; Eamon White; Kieran Barr; Ryan Gilmartin; Dylan Morrison; Alan Sheehan; Kieran O'Brien; Aidan White; Diarmuid Fitzpatrick, Subs used: Adam Ryan; Saeed Ryan; Mark McKenna; Matt O'Gorman; Matt Spain
Hyde Rangers: Vincent Browne, Dara Haugh, Dylan O’Neil, Jonathan Somers, Dylan O’Byrne, Ross Mitchell, Alex Kiely, Evan Shine, Nathan Walsh, Ben Kennedy. Sub used: Diarmuid McGee
Newport Town 2-1 Geraldines
Two Premier Division ‘A’ sides clashed for the second time in a couple of weeks when Newport edged out Geraldines by the odd goal in three in the first round of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday.
It was sweet revenge for Newport who lost to ‘Dines 3-2 in a recent league match.
The home side took the lead after fourteen minutes when the prolific Jay Form latched onto a ball over the top to score. Geraldines levelled the tie after the break when Conor Madden powerfully headed in his first goal of the season.
With extra time looming Darren Collins collected 25 yards out and let fly with an effort that evaded Cian O’Brien in the ‘Dines goal and when into the net off the post.
Newport Town: Seamus O'Regan; Diarmuid O'Riordan; Pa Murtagh; Killian O'Malley; Elliot Slattery; Ben Coleman; David Ryan; Darren Collins; Jay Ryan; Brian O'Sullivan; Dan Egan, Subs used: Kevin O'Brien; Eoin Looney; Luke Ryan; Christy Doyle; Wayne Collins
Geraldines: Cian O'Brien; Scott Kelly; Adam O'Regan; Conor Madden; Aaron Grant; David Healy Lawlor; Ousman Darboe; Jack O'Callaghan; Trevor Hogan; Gareth Grant; Dean McNamar. Subs used: Paul Fitzgerald; Paul Campbell
Elsewhere, there were comfortable wins for Pike Rovers, Fairview Rangers and Ballynanty Rovers.
Newport Town had no such luck in the FAI Under 17 Cup when they fell 5-3 to Herbertstown. Darragh Meaney (2) and Shane Flanagan scored for Newport.
In the Premier League, Aisling Annacotty beat Regional United 2-1 to join Pike Rovers and Fairview Rangers in a three-way lead at the top of the table.
In Division 1B, Newport Town ‘B’ moved to second place in the table thanks to a 5-1 win at Glenview Rovers. Colin Coleman scored a hat-trick for the winners with Ben O’Sullivan making up the total.