*Brian Monaghan was on the scoresheet and had one assist for Shannon Town. Photograph: Natasha Barton
MUNSTER Junior Cup victories were recorded by Shannon Town, Ennis Town and Avenue Utd over the weekend.
Shannon Town in control
Shannon Town 7
Shannon Olympic 1
Venue: Lynch Park, Shannon
Shannon Town dominated this local derby in Shannon when the neighbours clashed in round three of the Munster junior cup on Sunday.
Colin Scanlon put Town in front when he scored with a low shot from the edge of the area. Minutes later they were two up when Brian Monaghan raced into the area from the left and scored.
In the 30th minute they wrapped up the game when Brian Monaghan’s corner from the right was headed to net by Colin Scanlon at the far post giving them a comfortable 3-0 lead.
In the second half, Town continued their scoring run, Rory Hayes netted when Zsolt Lakos failed to hold the ball following a free kick. The ball ran loose and Hayes tapped it into net.
Hayes added his second in the 55th minute before Rory Scanlon hit a great volley to the net, and he completed his hat trick in 75th minute.
In injury time Olympic’s Jason Regan scored with a great shot from 20 yards that gave Darren Whelan no chance.
Shannon Town; Darren Whelan; Cody Waller, Brian Monaghan, Steven Carroll, Colum Treacy; Gary O’Connell, Ben O’Neill, Ciaran Hackett, Rory Hayes, Brian O’Connor, Colin Scanlan;
Subs: Chris Dunning for Hayes; Charlie Morrisson for Hackett; Aaron Kelly for Treacy
Shannon Olympic: Zsolt Lakos; Benjamin Cantillon, Dan Clair, Matt Chelminiak, Wayne Regan; Jay Regan, Ray Quigley, Sean McDonald, Rachid Amallah, John Keogh, Declan McDonald
Subs: Shane Tierney for Ray Quigley; David O’Flaherty for W. Regan
Ennis Town march on
Tulla Utd 1
Ennis Town 2
Venue: The Cragg, Tulla
Ennis Town advanced to round four in the Munster junior cup with this victory over Tulla United at the Cragg on Sunday.
The winners created the greater number of chances but poor finishing proved costly. The winners took the lead as early as the fifth minute when Dean Hegarty scored following a Robbie Gormley cross.
Tulla had a great chance to equalise soon after but Thomas Collins headed off the line. From the resultant clearance Ennis Town broke upfield. Jashar Aliu found space outside the Tulla box and from 20 yards scored with a fine shot in the eighth minute.
Tulla again came close soon after but Thomas Collins blocked a point blank shot on the line before clearing. Ennis Town kept creating the chances and when they did get their shots on target they found Luke Woodrow in fine form in the Tulla goal as he made good saves from Robbie Gormley and Dean Hegarty.
The game ebbed and flowed in the second half but Tulla could not find a way through the Ennis defence of Thomas Collins, Sean Perrill, Stephen Horgan and Johnson Mununkum, while Luke Woodrow continued to make some fine saves. Tulla got a lifeline in the 72nd minute when Darragh Corry scored a fine headed goal but that was the last time they were successful in penetrating the Ennis defence.
Woodrow pulled off two more finger tip saves from a Lee Clohessy strike and a Dean Hegarty free kick while in between these two attempts with Woodrow beaten Davy Keenan saw his long range strike come back off the upright.
Fifteen year old Isaac O’Sullivan played his first game at junior level for the Tulla club.
Ennis Town: Aidan Jordan, Thomas Collins, Sean Perrill, Stephen Horgan, Johnson Mununkum, Peter O’Brien, Jashar Aliu, Dean Hegarty, Lee Clohessy, Robbie Gormley, Davy Keenan.
Sub: Conor Meaney for O’Brien
Tulla United; Luke Woodrow; Joe O’Sullivan, Eoghan Kinsella, Darragh Corry, Adam McNamara; Darragh Murphy, Isaac O’Sullivan. Luke Meade, Craig McNamara, Eoghan Ryan, Fiachra Hale;
Subs: James Wallace for O’Sullivan;, Rian McMahon for Meade; Donal Sheedy for Kinsella; Tomasso Cherubini for Ryan; Eoin Hassett for McNamara;,
Another win for Avenue
Avenue United 5
Avenue United continued their winning form when they proved too strong for Bunratty/Cratloe in this Munster junior cup tie on Sunday
The winners led 3-0 at half time with goals from Dylan Casey and two from Mark Roche.
Five minutes into the second half, Tom Purtill pulled one back for Bunratty/Cratloe but the more experienced Avenue hit back and further goals from Thomas Hehir and Gary Roche sealed their passage to the next round.
Avenue United: Paul Roche; Conor Hehir, Conor Mullen, Dylan Casey, Shane Brown, Tomas Hehir; Cian McDonagh, Cian O’Dea, Mark Roche, Gary Roche, Eliaz Kunz.
Subs: Alan Roche for McDonagh; Dylan Barry for O’Dea; Stephen Jordan for M. Roche; Jamie Roche for C. Hehir; Callum Barrett for Kunz
Bunratty/Cratloe; Andrew Lynch; Barry Long, Páidí Fitzpatrick, Tom Purtill, Liam Hayes; Sean Burke, Derek Maxwell, Colin Melody, Dylan Kerr; Darren Lindsay, Evan Barry;
Subs: Karl Fitzmaurice for Melody; Rory Macbeth for Kerr; Emmet Costigan for Long; Richard Germaine for E. Barry;
Big games for Avenue and Ennis Town
Two Clare clubs face big tests this Sunday when they play in round four of the FAI junior cup.
The David Russell managed Avenue United are enjoying one of their best seasons in a while and they will make the long journey to Wexford to face Courtown Hibs at Ounavarra Park at 2pm.
At the same time, Ennis Town will face Star Rovers from Limerick at Lee Estate in another round 4 tie. Like their fellow Ennis side, they are also enjoying a good run this season but now face what is arguably their stiffest test to date.