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*Ronan Kerin got on the scoresheet for Avenue Utd. Photograph: Oliver Fitzpatrick

They were level at normal time but still Avenue Utd and Shannon Town both suffered disheartening exits from competitions over the weekend.

FAI Junior Cup Round 5
Trim Celtic 3-3 Avenue Utd (AET) – Trim Celtic won 9-8 on penalties
Avenue Utd made the trip to Navan on Saturday and will look back on this one as a missed opportunity after losing out in thrilling contest that needed the lottery of 22 penalties before Trim booked their place in Round 6 at home to Ferrybank from Waterford.

Avenue got a great start with Ronan Kerin putting them in front after five minutes and Gavin Cooney making it 2-0 after 10 minutes. Trim pulled a goal back from the penalty spot on 25 when Colm Carney scored. The action was end to end at this stage and Mark Roche restored the 2 goal advantage for Avenue when finishing well on 29 minutes. Trim had a chance to reduce the deficit right on half time but this time Carney hit the post as it remained 3-1 to Avenue at the break.

Trim had the better of the second half but Avenue were always dangerous on break. Cillien Corcoran pulled a goal back for Trim midway through the second half and this was followed by a great strike from Jack O’Keeffe to send the game to extra time. Nothing could separate the sides in extra time so it was down to penalties to decide the winners. The shootout went all the way to the 22nd penalty and Trim goalkeeper Aaron Ryan was the hero for the home side as he fired past James Tierney in the Avenue goal to win the contest.

Munster Youths Cup Round 4
Carrigaline United 4-3 Shannon Town (AET)

Shannon Town put in a great performance in Cork on Saturday and were very unlucky to lose to last years champions Carrigaline United.

Carrigaline went in front on 30 minutes but Shannon Town drew level on 40 minutes when Jack Ryan headed home a cross from Jamie Doyle. Shannon Town went in front on 55 minutes with a goal from Ben O’Neill who linked up well with Ryan before finishing well. Carrigaline hit back to level on 70 minutes.

Shannon Town went back in front on 88 minutes when O’Neill put in a great ball to Jack Ryan who finished well to make it 3-2. Just as it looked like Shannon Town were closing in on the victory Carrigaline were awarded a penalty for a foul on the edge of the box and they made no mistake to send the game to extra time. Carrigaline went in front in the first half of extra time. Shannon Town had a chance right at the death to send the game to a penalty shootout but could not find the target from the penalty spot as Carrigaline squeezed through in a great contest.

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Inch Crusaders 3-2 Hermitage A

Inch Crusaders continued their good form this season after staging a great comeback in the second half from two goals down to cause a surprise but deserved victory over Hermitage A at Lees Road on Sunday.

Hermitage broke on 14 minutes and a well worked passing move was finished to the net by Emrah Zekiri. Inch looked to be in trouble on 37 minutes when Hermitage were awarded a penalty after a foul by James Rynne. Jason Russell made no mistake from the spot to put his side two in front.

Inch came out strong for the second half. Good play between Conor Finnucane and Eamonn Bracken created a chance for John Clohessy but his effort was saved by Burke. Inch were back in the game on 47 minutes when Clohessy found Bracken in space and Bracken fired low to the corner to make it 2-1. Bracken had a chance to level the match on 49 minutes but his effort from the edge of the box went over the crossbar.

They were back on level terms on 57 minutes when a great ball in from Conor Finnucane was met by a powerful header from Emmet Pyne to the top left corner. Inch were now well on top and Darragh Gregan had a shot cleared off the line on 63 minutes. On 89 minutes Sean Talty fired a rocket of a shot from 25 yards that took a deflection off a defender and flew into the top right corner of the net to help earn his side a deserved place in the last 16 of the Clare Cup.

Inch Crusaders: James Rynne, Sean Talty, Noel Barry, Emmet Pyne, Barry Neylon, Eamonn Bracken, Ronan Grace, Enda Finnucane, Conor Finnucane, Liam Crowe, John Clohessy

Subs: Darragh Gregan for Enda Finnucane, Mark Clancy for Crowe, Aaron Moloney for Gregan (inj)

Hermitage: Joe Burke, Eric Sholarin, Tomas Radilek, David Ruane, Anthony Whyte, Imit Zekiri, Adam Barra Kara, Emrah Zekiri, Radek Makuna, Jason Russell, Arthur Rogers

Subs: Piotr Cichocki, Sean Moloney, Rajat Maindouya

Referee: Mark Rellis

Rhine Rovers 1-2 Bridge Utd B

Cup specialists Bridge Utd B moved into Round 3 with a good victory over Rhine Rovers at Lees Road on Sunday. Goals from Trevor Maxwell and Eoghan Maxwell had Bridge 2 goals in front before Conor Grogan scored a late consolation goal for the home side.

Rhine Rovers: David Kennedy, Conor Hanrahan, Vadim McEvoy, Mark Walsh, Graham O’Connor, Paul Clune, Gary Hogan, Conor Grogan, Adam Mullins, John O’Brien, David Barry

Subs: Patrick Tiernan for Barry, John Hassett for Mullins, Ronan O’Donnell for McEvoy, Chris McMahon for Clune

Bridge Utd B: Eric Purcell, John Paul Griffin, Julio Perez, Jason Loughnane, Danny Scullion, Jamie O’Gorman, Adam O’Sullivan, Chris Griffin, Eoghan Maxwell, Trevor Maxwell, Peter Kirsana

Subs: Mikey Keogh for Eoghan Maxwell, James Egan for O’Gorman, Steve Mulready for Scullion

Referee: Martin O’Brien

Rineanna Rovers 1-2 Bunratty Cratloe

In a well contested derby match played at Lees Road on Sunday, Bunratty Cratloe came out on top with star player Jack McInerney scoring both goals for the visitors. Colin Melody pulled a goal back for Rineanna but Bunratty Cratloe held on for a deserved victory on the day.

Shannon Town A 8-0 Shannon Town C

As expected Shannon Town’s A team had an easy victory over their C team at Corrib Drive on Sunday. Colin Scanlan scored a hat-trick. Gary O’Connell (2), Kai Khetan, Rob Wall and Chris Dunning also scored.

Moher Celtic B 1-4 Shannon Olympic

Shannon Olympic made the trip to Lahinch on Sunday and came away with a comfortable victory. Ray Quigley scored twice while Dean Power and Dylan Kerr also scored for the Shannon side. Sean McDonald was man of the match for the visitors. Liam Devitt scored Moher.

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Kildysart Celtic 1-2 Corofin Harps

Corofin Harps remain in contention for promotion to the Premier Division after a good victory over Kildysart Celtic on Sunday. Cian O’Dea put the vistors in front from a free kick. Patrick Keegan made it 2-0. Damien Hill gave Kildsart hope but try as they might they could not score an equaliser as Corofin held on for the victory.

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Cloughleigh Celtic 1-3 Manus Celtic B

Manus Celtic B put in a good second half performance to come from goal down at the break to defeat Cloughleigh Celtic at Lees Road on Sunday and keep themselves well in the title race with 5 games left. Davey Keenan gave Cloughleigh the the lead in the first half. It remained 1-0 until 55 minutes when Alan Considine took advantage of a mistake at the back and finished well. Manus started to get on top and goals from Adam Healy and Patrick Casey in the closing stages helped earn them another important 3 points.

Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Group A

Ennis Town 3-1 Bridge Utd

Ennis Town came out on top in a very entertaining contest against Bridge Utd at Lees Road on Saturday. Ennis Town went in front on 15 minutes when Thomas Collins finished well from a Dean Hegarty corner. Bridge were back on level terms on 25 minutes when Scott Kirkland got some space outside the box and hit a well struck effort to the back of the Ennis Town net. It remained 1-1 at the break. Robbie Gormley put Ennis Town back in front on 75 minutes with a great strike after good play from Dean Hegarty created the chance. With Bridge pushing for an equaliser Ian McGuane got some space and finished well at the second attempt to seal the 3 points for the home side.

Manus Celtic 1-1 Newmarket Celtic

Manus Celtic and Newmarket Celtic played out an entertaining draw at Lees Road on Saturday. Both goals were scored in the closing stages. Tadgh Noonan put Newmarket in front on 86 minutes but James Kelly replied for Manus with a header on 90 minutes to level the match.

Jim Casey Trophies U17 League Group B

Moher Celtic 3-1 Coole FC

Another entertaining game in a very competitive U17 league with Moher Celtic defeating Coole FC at Lahinch on Saturday morning. Brian McNamara scored twice for Moher while Joe Hanrahan also scored. Nathan Smith scored for Coole.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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