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St Michael's lodge cup protest against Pike

THE FAI Junior Council are tonight expected to make a decision on a protest received by Tipperary side St Michael's following their FAI Junior Cup quarter final exit to Limerick's Pike Rovers in Tipperary eight days ago.

Pike came from being 2-0 down to beat the Saints 4-2 in their own back yard and book their ticket into the last four where they are penciled in to face Clonmel Town.

However, St Michael's have lodged a protest following the defeat. The protest is based on

alleged irregularities in the re-grading of a number of former League of Ireland players who lined out for Pike Rovers in the above game.

Meanwhile, it is also understood than Kilmallock, who were beaten in their all Limerick FAI quarter final derby with Fairview Rangers on Sunday week last, are also planning an objection for the exact same reasons.

The FAI Junior Council will meet in Abbotstown tonight to consider St Michael's protest and could arrive on a decision on the issues by this evening.

Fitzgeralds double up to punish Regional

Meantime, Regional United, who are also through to the semi finals of the FAI Junior Cup, were hammered 4-0 by Carrick United in Waterford in the Munster Junior Cup yesterday.

The Fitzgerald brother, Wayne and Thomas, did the damage for United with two goals apiece to book their sides passage into the business end of the provincial tournament.

Knocklong are the new Youth Division 2 Youth Cup holders after Chris Dineen struck the only goal of the game in yesterday's final with Hyde Rangers at Jackman Park.

The were very little surprises in the Lawson Cup, although Ballynanty Rovers needed extra time to see off the challenge of lower division opposition.

Balla were locked at 2-2 with Athlunkard but a third strike from hat-trick hero Tony Fahy saw the Northside club advance, while Janesboro scored all three of their goals in extra time in a 3-0 win over Kilmallock.

Ian Dunworth, Ger Burke and Alan Harkin netted for Mungret in a 3-0 win over Herberstown and Alan Barry and Owen Hanrahan cancelled out a strike from Derek Hannon as Pike beat Star Rovers 2-1.

Bernard O'Neill