*Elias Kunz’s excellent goal was not enough for Avenue Utd. Photograph: Natasha Barton

CLARE’s involvement in the FAI Junior Cup ended on Saturday with Avenue Utd’s exit from the national competition.

Avenue will have to wait for FAI glory

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Avenue United 1

The Ennis club’s dream of progressing in this season’s competition ended this Saturday afternoon when they went under to Dublin side Tallaght, at the latter’s venue.

A superb goal from Elias Kunz gave the David Russell managed side a 1-0 half time lead and they were a little unlucky not to have had a second.

Failure by Avenue to clear their lines midway through the second half allowed the home side in for an equaliser before the Dublin side struck the winner from the penalty spot in a game played in difficult wet and windy conditions.

On Sunday week February 4th, Avenue United will be on the road again when they make the journey to West Cork to play Tougher FC in the quarter final of the Munster junior cup. Victory in this one will see them away from home yet again to play Tipperary opposition in either St Michaels or Clonmel Town in the semi-final of that competition

Another league win for Newmarket

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Shannon Town 1

Newmarket Celtic A kept up their strong challenge for Premier Division honours with this victory over Shannon Town on Sunday.

In a game played in difficult conditions which deteriorated as the match progressed, the sides were level after Newmarket’s Darragh Leahy and Shannon’s Kieran Hackett scored.

Conor McDaid put the winners in front before their third came from Nathan Boabentura in injury time.

This week Newmarket Celtic are due to make the short journey to Sixmilebridge to take on their neighbours, Bridge United at 11am in the Premier Division.

At the same time Tulla United will play Kilkishen Celtic while at 2pm, Coole will entertain Kilrush Rangers while Shannon Town will have Lifford as visitors,

FAI U17 cup:

In the fourth round of the FAI under 17 cup Bridge United are due to entertain Mallow Town at 2p.m. on Saturday.

On the same day Fairgreen Celtic, current leaders of the First Division, will play Cappamore Celtic at the Regional Astro pitch at 7p.m, in the Munster junior shield.

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