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*Garry Higgins scored twice for Newmarket Celtic. 

Fresh from their first outings in the FAI Junior Cup, Clare soccer clubs turned their attention to the Munster Junior Cup.

Home advantage helps Shannon Olympic

Shannon Olympic 3
Sporting Ennistymon 1
Venue: Olympic Park, Shannon

The home side got off to an excellent start in this Munster junior cup tie with Jason Regan scoring from edge of area in the fifth minute.

They increased their lead in the twentieth minute when Declan McDonald got on the end of a cross from the right by Rachid Amallah to beat Sporting keeper Conor Gallagher with a low shot from the left side of area and they led 2-0 at the interval
Sporting got on top in the early stages of the second half but good saves by Olympic keeper Zalt Lakos kept them out.

Then in the 60th minute Sporting scored through Shane Kearney when the Olympic defence failed to clear a cross from the right.

With five minutes remaining Olympic got the insurance goal when John Keogh raced into area to shoot to net.

The highlight of the game was the excellent goalkeeping by Zalt Lakos and Conor Gallagher.

Shannon Olympic; Zalt Lakos; Benjamin Cantillon, Dan Clair, Rob Clair, Wayne Regan; Rachid Amallah, Ray Quigley, Sean McDonald, Jay Regan, John Keogh, Declan McDonald

Subs: James Harty for D. McDonald; Ciaran Keane for Quigley; Gary Birchall for R. Clair; Jason Ledgers for Keogh.

Celtic ease past Shannon Hibs

Newmarket Celtic 8
Shannon Hibs 0
Venue: Riverside Park, Shannon

Newmarket Celtic scored an easy win over Shannon Hibs with goals from Garry Higgins and Ciaran McCoy (2 each), Dave McCarthy, David O’Grady, Eoin Hayes and Kevin Harnett.

Newmarket Celtic; Shane Cusack; David O’Grady, Paddy Purcell, Eoin O’Brien, Darren Cullinan; Kevin Harnett, David McCarthy, Conor McDaid; Garry Higgins, Ian Collins, Eoin Hayes;

Subs: Eoin Kelly for McCarthy; Alan Kelly for Hayes; Ciaran McCoy for Cullinan; Dermot Gannon for O’Brien.

Shannon Town crusade past Inch

Shannon Town 5
Inch Crusaders 0

Shannon Town put the disappointment of losing in the FAI Junior Cup the previous week behind them with a comfortable 5 -0 win over Inch Crusaders.

They led 4-0 at halftime with goals from T.J. O’Dwyer, Jack Kelly, Gary O’Connell and Charlie Morrison. In the second half Morrison scored again to wrap up the victory.

Shannon Town; Darren Whelan; Stephen Carroll, Darren Griffin, Alex Cole, Cody Waller; Jack Kelly, T. J. O’Dwyer, Gary O’Connell, Brian O’Connor, Ben O’Neill, Charlie Morrisson;

Subs: Eoin Casey for Whelan; Aaron Kelly for J. Kelly; Brian Monahan for Waller; Joshua Jaramiah for Griffin; Kevin Kelly for B. O’Connor.

Bunratty/Cratloe continue strong run

Bunratty/Cratloe 4
Fern Celtic 0

Bunratty continued their good run defeating Fern Celtic. The Bunratty scorers were Darren Lindsay, Jimmy Houlihan, Adam Harrington and Mark McPhillips.

Bunratty/Cratloe; Andy Lees; Mark McPhillips, Liam Hayes, Paudie Fitzgerald, Raj Singh; Darren Lindsay, Rory Macbeth, Chris McGorian, Dmygro Petrib; Jim Houlihan, Dean Connaire.

Subs; Colin Melody for Macbeth; Tom Purtill for McGorian; Dylan Kerr for Houlihan; Adam Harrington for Connaire; Sean Burke fzor Petrib.

Ennis Town too strong for Manus

Ennis Town 5
Manus Celtic A 1

Ennis Town had an easy 5-1 win over Manus Celtic A. Goals from Dean Hegarty, Dave Keenan and Emmanual Ikiebey helped the winners to a 3-0 interval lead.

Evan Wiley pulled one back for Manus early in the second half but Town finished strongly and two from Dean Hegarty ensured their passage to the next round

Ennis Town: Andrew Skerritt; Graham Callinan, Eoin Keenan, Lafe Ifebajo, Emmanuel Ikiebey, Paddy Bugler, Dean Hegarty, Lee Clohessy, Suen Olenrewaju, Jasher Aliu, Davy Keenan;

Subs: Thomas Collins for Ifebajo, Declan Ensko fzor Bugler; Robbie Gormley for D. Keenan; Sean Perrill for Clohessy; Kevin Barron for Aliu

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