*Mark Roche was among the goal-scorers for Avenue Utd.

Avenue Utd have maintained their recent edge over Newmarket Celtic by sending the League and Cup champions out of the Munster Junior Cup.

Avenue send Newmarket Celtic crashing out of Munster

Avenue United 3
Newmarket Celtic 1
Venue: Roslevan

Avenue United sent Newmarket Celtic crashing out of the Munster junior cup when the sides met in this re-fixture at Roslevan on Sunday.

The original fixture had been abandoned two weeks earlier when one of the match officials had taken ill. At the time the sides were level at 1-1. The teams have met on a number of occasions already this season and apart from the league cup final, Avenue have held the upperhand.

Newmarket Celtic took the lead when Alan Kelly scored with a left footed shot which went to the net via the post after fifteen minutes.

Avenue hit back inside ten minutes and levelled through Eoghan Thynne and just before the half time whistle they hit the front when Mark Roche scored. The home side had their third goal from substitute Cian McDonagh in injury time.

The result means that for the first time in a number of years, Newmarket Celtic are out of both the FAI and Munster junior cups at this early stage of the season. Avenue United will host Bunratty/Cratloe in the next round of the Munster competition on this Sunday.

Avenue United; James Tierney; Cullen McCabe, Conor Mullen, Dylan Casey, Conor Hehir; Steve Jordan, Cian O’Dea, Alan Roche, Eoghan Thynne, Mark Rochem Eliaz Kunz.
Subs: Cian McDonagh for Thynne; Thomas Hehir for Kunz; Calum Barrett for Jordan; Shane Brown for M. Roche.

Newmarket Celtic; Shane Cusack; David O’Grady, Darren Cullinan, Paddy Purcell, Eoin O’Brien; Cathal Hayes, Alan Kelly, David McCarthy, Eoin Hayes, Kevin Hartnett, Aaron Rudd.

Subs: Stephen Kelly for A. Kelly; Daithi O’Connell for A. Rudd; Conor McDaid for C. Hayes.

Hackett’s brace earns Shannon Town the points

Shannon Town 2
Shannon Olympic 0

This rearranged game was a very tame effort, as both teams had an eye on next weekend’s Munster Junior game.

Town went in front in the 20th minute after the Olympic defence failed to clear a cross from the right and Kieran Hackett was able to score from 8 yards.

Olympic defended well, but in the 40th minute Hackett was on target again with a shot from just inside the area, to give them a 2-0l half time lead.

In the second half the Olympic defence kept a clean sheet with Daniel Clair in top form.

The Shannon neighbours renew rivalry this Sunday when they meet in the Munster junior cup.

Shannon Town: Shane Russell; Aidan Leahy, Stephen Carroll; Darren Griffin, Colum Treacy; Rob Wall, T. J. O’Dwyer, Gary O’Connell, Brian Monaghan, Brian O’Connor, Kieran Hackett.
Subs: Charlie Morrisson for O’Connor; Nathannial Nyakujara for O’Dwyer; Cody Waller for Carroll.

Shannon Olympic: Zolt Lakos; Zbigniew Barszczynski, Benjamin Cantillon, Dan Clair, Wayne Regan; Rachid Amallah, Sean McDonald, Ray Quigley, Jay Regan, John Keogh, Declan McDonald.

Ennis Town v Tulla United

Ennis Town will hope to continue their early season good form this Sunday when they make the short journey to the Cragg in Tulla to play Tulla United in the Munster Junior cup.

Meanwhile, in the Premier Division, Bridge United A will host Lifford while Mountshannon Celtic will welcome Sporting Ennistymon to Scariff.

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