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Limerick's high hopes dashed by Wexford

THE Limerick District League were thrashed 5-0 by Wexford District League in the quarter-finals of the Oscar Traynor Cup at Jackman Park, Limerick on Saturday night.

The LDL had high hopes of winning this tournament this season, but a fired-up Wexford side were never going to be denied on an evening the hosts would rather forget.

Paul Murphy was one of the stars of the show for the visitors with a brilliant hat-trick at the Lower Carey's Road venue to help his side cruise into the last-four of the competition.

In the Premier League, Pike Rovers moved to within one point of league leaders Carew Park – both sides now have an equal amount of games played – with a 5-1 win over Aisling Annacotty midweek.

Alan Barry led the way with a hat-trick as the Hoops bounced back from their FAI Junior Cup semi-final disappointment the weekend before last.

Defending champions, Pike, will be back in action today versus Corbally United, while Aisling host Carew Park. Corbally and Aisling are occupying bottom-four spots in the table and are facing a big ask against the top two.

If Park and Pike win their Bank Holiday Monday outings, it will be as you were at the top, with both sides having five games left to decide the destination of the title.

Both sides go head-to-head in the coming weeks.

Bernard O'Neill