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Limerick Desmond League Review 30/4/2017

Weekly Observer Desmond Cup Semi Finals (extra time & penalties if required).

Friday night saw the first Desmond Cup semi final take place as Glin Rovers reached the final for a second successive year as it took penalties for them to get the better of Rathkeale. Glin Rovers showed Rathkeale what they were capable of inside the first five minutes as they had two goals from Paul Sheahan ruled out for offside. They were unfortunate not have taken a lead into the half-time break having been the better side as well as having a plethora of chances. Glin would break the deadlock twenty minutes into the second half as a Paul Sheehan would finally get on the scoresheet from the penalty spot but this lead was short lived as Declan Nash would level the game two minutes later with a header at the back post. The scores would remain at 1-1 for the duration of both regular and extra time and so a penalty shootout ensued. Both sides scored their first five penalties to send it to sudden death where Glin would score their penalty but Rathkeale would fail to score theirs and thus send Glin Rovers to the final.

While Broadford United secured their spot in the final on Saturday night as they defeated Abbeyfeale United 2-0 in Clounreask. Broadford were deserving winners thanks to a superb brace from Michael Brosnan with his goals coming on the fifteenth and ninetieth minute.

Weekly Observer Division 1 League Cup Final (extra time & penalties if required).

Weekly Observer Division One League Cup Champions, Kildimo United.

Kildimo United were crowned Division One League Cup Champions after a 3-1 win over Rathkeale B in Clounreask. Paudie Walsh, Simon Guerin and Kevin Hogan were all on the scoresheet for Kildimo with Guerin grabbing the Man of the Match award for his performance.

Weekly Observer Division 2 League Cup Semi Finals (extra time & penalties if required).

Shountrade are just ninety minutes away from a historic treble as they defeated Ballysteen 4-2 away from home to reach the final of the Division Two League Cup. A goal each from Richie Shorten and Adam Reidy along with a Tommy Stokes brace gave them a convincing win over the Division Two champions.

Askeaton will meet Shountrade in that final after a closely contested 1-0 win over Glin Rovers B thanks to a goal from Declan Guerin.

Weekly Observer Premier Division.

Ballingarry put five points between themselves and the relegation zone as they defeated Killeaney 3-1 in Knockdown. Most of the play in the opening minutes was played in a close fashion in the middle of the park with Ballingarry having the most possession but Killeaney would get the first real chance as Paul Brouder made a big diagonal run from the far left of the half-way line to the right side of the box where he laid the ball of to his teammate but it was subsequently blown over the bar. Ballingarry would take the lead on the twenty two minute mark through a questionable penalty as Denis Kelly seemed to lose his balance in the air when trying to put his head to a ball chipped across the box. Dean Clancy would put his spot kick into the bottom right hand corner to give his side a one goal lead. Despite this one goal deficit Killeaney were the better side but failed to make any clear cut chances. Ballingarry’s lead would be doubled fifteen minutes from time when Denis Kelly received a low cross from the left wing and finished superbly with a first time shot. Seánie Herlihy would be introduced with ten minutes remaining and had an instant impact as he pounced on a ball over the top to make it 3-0 to the visitors. A scuffle would break out with three minutes remaining in regular time which lead to both teams being reduced to ten men. Ballingarry would be further reduced to nine men just as the clock went into the red as they conceded a penalty for a shoulder in the box with the offender receiving his second yellow of the day. Paul Brouder would slot the penalty home to reduce the deficit to two but the result was confirmed at this stage and so it finished 3-1.

Weekly Observer Division 2.

Adare United will now join Ballysteen in Division One as they put five past Bally Rovers without reply away from home.

Weekly Observer Division 3 League Cup (90 minutes).

Newcastle West B are now one of the three sides that occupy joint third in the Division Three League Cup table thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Carrig Celtic B. It was a very close game throughout with both sides having their chances to score but it would be Newcastle who would grab the one and only goal as Kevin Kavanagh’s free kick from just inside the opposition half bounced in off the post.

Feenagh B picked up a great 4-2 win at home to Creeves Celtic this evening thanks to a brace from Brian Geary, one from Shane Connolly and an own goal.

Ferry Rangers are now top of the table by a point thanks to a 4-2 win at home to Knockaderry.

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