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Limerick Desmond League Review 23/4/2017

Munster Junior Cup Semi Final (extra time & penalties if required).

St. Michael’s advanced to the final of the Munster Junior Cup at the expense of Broadford United as the Saints came out on top on a 4-2 scoreline in Ballingarry. Broadford found themselves a goal up after just four minutes when Joe McAuliffe put them in the lead, a lead which they held for twenty five minutes as a header from Pat Quinn made it level between the two sides. Another header just before the half-time interval put St. Michael’s into the lead for the first time with David Slattery getting on the mark this time. Minutes into the second period Slattery was on the mark once again as he extended his sides lead to two but Broadford would ensure that it would be close until the final whistle when Killian Lynch scored his sides second on the seventieth minute mark. St. Michael’s sealed the deal with the last kick of the game as Jimmy Carry finished to the net after receiving a cross Paddy Fitzgerald.

Richard Hogan Cup Final (extra time & penalties if required).

Richard Hogan Cup Winners, Shountrade AFC.

It was a second cup in as many weeks for Shountrade as they defeated Adare United by the odd goal in three to claim the Richard Hogan Cup in Clounreask on Sunday afternoon. Tim Frawley was the star of the show once again for the Croagh based side as his header from a corner gave Shountrade the lead on thirty one minutes. Frawley was on hand to double his side’s lead midway through the second half but much like the encounter between St. Michael’s and Broadford United, Adare United would make sure it was a close finish as they pulled one back with seven minutes remaining but it was not to be as Shountrade held on to secure a historic double.

Weekly Observer Premier Division.

Newcastle West AFC came out on the losing end in their relegation game with Athea United as the visitors came out on top on a 4-3 scoreline in the demesne. Paul Downes shone brightly for the home side once again netting all three of his side’s goals.

Ballingarry are now two points above the dropzone following a 2-1 win away to Carrig Celtic. Brian Fitzgerald got the first for the away side in the first half with Carrig equalising before half-time. Ballingarry would gain the lead for the second time as a goal from Denis Kelly was enough to give them the three points.

Abbeyfeale United’s hopes of a third successive Premier Division title were all but whittled away as they went down 2-0 at home to Rathkeale.

Weekly Observer Division 1. 

Breska Rovers marmalised Abbeyfeale United B 6-0 in Clarina with a hat-trick from Josh Page, a brace from TJ O’Connor and one from Josh Fitzgerald.

Feenagh will now take their hopes of survival in Division One to the final day of the season as they played to a 0-0 draw away to Granagh United. If Feenagh can defeat Breska Rovers at home and should Rathkeale B lose at home to Granagh United then there will be a relegation playoff between the two sides. Granagh United need to defeat Rathkeale B away from home to guarantee the league title but the title will be theirs regardless of the result if Shannonside fail to defeat Pallaskenry away.

Rathkeale B pulled off a shock result as they defeated second placed Shannonside 3-1 away from home. 

Glantine defeated Pallaskenry 2-1 at home but the game ended ten minutes premature due to an injury to a Glantine player. This result also confirmed Pallaskenry’s relegation to Division Two.

Kildimo United ensured they would not be in a dogfight come the last day of the season as they defeated AK United 5-2 at home. Kevin Hogan grabbed a hat-trick for the home side while Paudie Walsh hit the net twice from the penalty spot. Ronan Hanley and Ian O’Gorman made up the visitors two goals.

Weekly Observer Division 3 League Cup (90 minutes).

Glantine B were defeated 4-1 at home to Ferry Rangers in their second to last league cup game.

Knockaderry are now joint top after a 3-0 win at home to Feenagh B.

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