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Magnificent ' FAI Five' the pride of the LDMC

The Limerick District League celebrated a high five on Sunday after Pike Roves, Fairview Rangers, Regional United, Ballynanty Rovers and Kilmallock all advanced to the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup.

Pike, who are amongst the favourites to lift the trophy for the first time in their history, secured a 2-1 win over Nenagh Celtic. Wayne O'Donovan was on target for the Hoops, along with ex-Pike favourite Pat Mitchell who put the ball in his own net.

Pay Byrne's Kilmallock meanwhile, saw off the challenge of Crettyard United to march into the last sixteen after holding their nerve to win 5-4 on penalties after both sides finished level at 1-1 after extra time.

Fairview Rangers, seven times FAI winners in the past, beat Listowel Celtic 3-2 with Darren O'Sullivan, Jonathan Grant and Brian Buckley, with a well taken penalty, finding the net for the Shannonsiders.

Something gives when Regional tackle Rovers

Meanwhile, while five Limerick sides will go into the hat for the last 16 only four can advance to the last eight because Regional United and Ballynanty Rovers will both meet in an all Shannonside derby in the next round.

Regional United, who availed of a penalty, beat Dublin AUL side St Paul's 2-1 with Fergal O'Connell scoring from play and Balla secured a hard earned but well deserved courtesy of an early goal 1-0 win over Wilton FC.

Solitary strike helps Granville advance

Meantime, Granville Rangers progressed the the semi final of the Munster Youth Cup with a 1-0 victory over Villa FC yesterday.

Rangers will be away from home in the last four.

Lawson scare for Annacotty

There were few surprise in the Lawson Cup on Sunday, although Premier side Aisling Annacotty needed penalties to save their blushes and see off the challenge of Dromore after both sides were locked at 2-2. Colm Scanlon was on target for Aisling.

Bernard O'Neill


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