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Limerick Desmond League Review 11/12/2016

Munster Football Association Keanes Jewellers League Champions Trophy Final.

Abbeyfeale United made history as they became the first Limerick Desmond League side to win the Munster Champions Trophy as they overcame St. Michael’s of Tipperary on a 3-2 scoreline after extra-time. After a competitive first half, Abbeyfeale would break the deadlock five minutes into the second half with a great goal from Barry Sheehy. St. Michael’s launched a deadly attack towards the Abbeyfeale goal straight after and it was clearly visible that they were determined to equalise. Billy Quirke made an unbelievable save to deny a certain goal but the Saints equalised soon after as David Slattery made it 1-1 just before the hour mark. Packie O’Connor, who played outstanding throughout the game on the left side of midfield, put Abbeyfeale back into the lead on the 70th minute mark but this lead was again short lived as David Grincell who had been a constant threat throughout the game tied the game up for the second time just seven minutes later. This led to extra-time where midway through the second period Abbeyfeale gained the lead for the third and final time as Jamie O’Connor scored the rebound as the ball came back off of the post. Abbeyfeale excellently controlled the game for the remaining minutes to see the contest out. Following the game Abbeyfeale United Left-Back Thomas Sexton received the Man of the Match award for his performance.

Riedy Joinery Cup 2nd Round.

Adare United defeated Carrig Celtic B 3-0 away to advance to the Quarter Final of the Riedy Joinery Cup where they will face the reigning champions Glantine. Dara Shanahan, Thomas Wall and Billy Griffin were all on the mark for Adare.

Richard Hogan Cup Quarter Final.

While in the Richard Hogan Cup, St. Ita’s gained revenge for their 4-1 home loss on the first day of the season to Ballysteen by defeating them by the same scoreline in Ashford. Callum Donoghue opened the scoring for St. Ita’s while Ballysteen were reduced to ten men midway through the first half for a second yellow card. Donoghue struck again just before half-time to give them a 2-0 lead. Paul Fitzmaurice scored his side’s third goal in the second half before Ballysteen pulled one back from the penalty spot. St. Ita’s sealed the victory when Niall McEnery scored the final goal of the game.

Weekly Observer Premier Division.

Newcastle West Rovers picked up a convincing away win as they defeated Athea United 6-2. While Carrig Celtic returned to winning ways as goal from Seanie King and Ray Cahill gave them a 2-1 win against Ballingarry at the Paddocks with the home side’s goal coming from a penalty. It was a great result for Broadford United as they defeated Glin Rovers 4-2 in Glin on Sunday morning. Michael Brosnan struck twice while his younger brother Sean and Ray Lynch were on the mark also. Paul Sheahan and Oliver Wallace were the source of Glin’s goals. Rathkeale made it eight wins from eight in the league as they picked up a 6-0 win against Killeaney at Holycross.

Weekly Observer Division 1.

Granagh United went back on top with a 4-1 win at home to Kildimo United while Rathkeale B and Pallaskenry had to share the points in a ten goal thriller. The scores were level at 2-2 at half-time with Pallaskenry being reduced to ten men just after the break. Pallaskenry received their second red card of the day in injury time as their goalkeeper gave away a penalty and was sent off with Rathkeale B equalising from the spot to tie the game at 5-5 at full-time. Alan O’Donnell scored twice while Kevin Madden, Ryan Kelly and Eoin Cuddihy also scored for Pallaskenry. 

Weekly Observer Division 2.

The only Division Two game of the weekend saw Shountrade edge out Ballingarry B in a 1-0 victory.

Weekly Observer Division 3.

Two goals from Shane Curtin and one from Kevin Moore were not enough for Feenagh B as they lost 4-3 at home to league leaders Ferry Rangers.

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