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Clarke double denies Park Lawson glory

JANESBORO scuppered Carew Park's hopes of landing their second trophy of the season at Jackman Park yesterday.

Park, who have already secured the Touhy Cup this term, were aiming to add the Lawson Cup to their collection against the 'Boro on Sunday.

But strikes from two-goal Shane Clarke and Shane Waters brought the cup back to Pearse Stadium as the the 2011/12 Munster Junior Cup winners celebrated a 3-1 win.

Meanwhile, Pike Rovers went back to the top of the Premier League table following a 3-0 win over Ballynanty Rovers yesterday.

Davy Ryan, Frankie Stewart and Alan Barry netted for the defending champions, who are now two points clear of Carew Park with only one game remaining.

Park, who have two games left, can regain top spot next Saturday if they beat Geraldines.

Pike are away to Longford Town in the FAI Senior Cup on the same day.

If Park beat the 'Dines they will go into their final match of the season against Wembley Rovers knowing that a win will secure the title.

That game takes place on June 6th. Pike, who need either Geraldines or Wembley to do them a favour, meet relegated Kilmallock on the same day.

Both sides claimed Premier League victories on Thursday last, Park beating Corbally United 4-1 and Pike beating Wembley on an identical scoreline.

Bernard O'Neill