There were two shocks in the Munster Junior Cup this weekend as both Killavilla Utd and Nenagh Celtic exited the competition in the second round. Borroway Rovers ousted Killavilla by the odd goal in seven. A brace apiece from Calum O’Connor and Jake Moore was enough to see their side through despite the best efforts of Paul Kirwan (2 goals) and Craig Phelan. Nenagh Celtic threw away a 1-0 lead as Portumna’s never say die attitude was evident again, Brian Mitchell put Celtic into a first half lead but second half goals from Thomas Hough and Malcolm Flannery were enough to see them through to the next round.
There were four games in the Tipperary Cup spread over the first two rounds and BT Harps A, Thurles Town, Borrisokane Fc and Clodiagh Rangers all advanced in the competition. Harps beat Division 2 outfit Lough Derg by four goals to nil with Eanna McBride, Stefan Leahy (2) and Eoin Moloney all on the scoresheet. Thurles Town made hard work of their tie with Division 2 side Arra Rovers, winning by four goals to three. Eoin Dorney (2), Pat Lawlor and Willie Creedon were all o the scoresheet as a Ruadhan Mulrooney hattrick wasn’t enough on the day for Rovers. In the second round Borrisokane Fc had a routine 4-0 win over Silvermines, goals from Conor Gavin, Cathal Whelan, Jack Mahoney and Gordon Harding were enough to see their side through. An all Premier Division clash between Holycross Fc and Clodiagh Rangers ended win a 3-0 win for the away side. A brace from Dean Carew and a further goal from David Butler was enough for Rangers on the day.
In Division 1 Shinrone Utd were Promoted to the Premier Division after a 2-1 win over third placed Rearcross Fc. Rearcross found themselves a goal to the good at half time thanks to a James Deegan strike but a second half brace from John Pio Fitzpatrick turned the game on its head. Ardcroney Fc edged away from the relegation zone after a 3-1 win over bottom of the table Gurtagarry Fc. Taylor Duffy and Kieran Spain had Ardcroney two goals to the good but Paul Ryan halved the deficit midway through the second half, Ross Hughes scored seven minutes from time to secure a vital three points for his side.
In Division 2 both Clonmore Utd and Moneygall Fc B were on the receiving end of heavy scorelines. Birdhill Fc beat the former by four goals to nil thanks to goals from Frank Troy, Shane O’Brien, Conor Floyd and Pa Floyd. Clodiagh Rangers B put six past Moneygall B as Matt Ryan, Keith Ryan, Declan Carr, Shane McCormack and Tom Carr (2) found the target, Colm McGrath scored the consolation for the away side.
Ballymackey Fc beat Lough Derg by the odd goal in five in the U/19 League. Aidan White put the Toomevara side ahead before Darragh Mulcahy equalized just before the break. A brace from Nathan Lynch put Ballymackey 3-1 ahead while a Ben Wallace strike halved the deficit fifteen minutes from time.
Portumna Town grabbed their first win of the u/17 campaign after a 5-3 home win over Shinrone Utd. Adam Fogarty put the hosts a goal up after fifteen minutes but United then cruised into a three-one lead ten minutes before half time, Dj McLoughlin (2) and Riann McLoughlin found the target. Portumna halved the deficit five minutes into the second half when Cian Forde notched his first of the game. Forde again found the target with fifteen minutes remaining to set up a frantic finale and the turnaround was complet with five minutes remaining as Adam Fogarty grabbed his second of the game. Dj McLoughlin seen red a minute into injury time and Forde then bagged his hattrick moments later to end the game as a contest.