Limerick FC under 19s win Macron Cup


Macron CupLIMERICK FC under 19s emerged victorious from the Macron Cup in Galway last weekend, following victories over Elite Division clubs Salthill Devon and Cork City.

Declan Farmer’s side defeated Salthill Devon 3-1 in the semi-finals on Saturday evening before a 3-0 win over Cork City on Sunday afternoon secured the trophy.

Limerick took an early lead against Salthill through captain Tony Whitehead’s penalty but the Galway side responded quickly. Kieran Hanlon then put Limerick 2-1 up in the 15th minute in a frenetic opening to the game. The Shannonsiders controlled most of the match and a late goal from substitute Gavin Dillon made sure of the victory.

Limerick again got off to a bright start in the final against Cork City, Cian O’Donaghue’s wonder strike on 11 minutes opening the scoring. A lively first half ended 1-0 and Limerick then took control of the match after half-time. In the 70th minute Nathan Kelly finished to the net to double the lead and Kieran Hanlon later struck to put the result beyond doubt.

Winning manager Declan Farmer said afterwards: “It was a great weekend and learning curve for the under 19s as a squad of players coming together in a winning environment and all the staff too. All the lads applied themselves to programme we had for the weekend. I would like to thank all the staff we had for the weekend – Eddie Hickey coming up Saturday working with goalkeepers from the first team, Darren Nolan our sport scientist/strength conditioning coach, Joe Sweeney our physio and lastly, for the experience, our two schoolboy coaches who we introduced for the weekend, John Grehan and Shane Ryan.”

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Limerick FC under 19 team v Salthill Devon: Nathan Murray, Shane Walsh, Colm Murphy, Tony Whitehead (Capt), Paudie O’Connor, Mark Hoban, Nathan Kelly, James McGrath, Kieran Hanlon, Cian O’Donaghue, Sean McSweeney. Subs: Gavin Dillon for S McSweeney, Evan Shine for K Hanlon.

Limerick FC under 19 team v Cork City: Nathan Murray, Shane Walsh, Colm Murphy, Tony Whitehead (Capt), Paudie O’Connor, Mark Hoban, James McGrath, Nathan Kelly, Kieran Hanlon, Cian O’Donaghue, Gavin Dillon. Subs: AJ O’Connor for S Walsh, Gavin Whyte for M Hoban.


Limerick FC under 19 squad for 2013 Macron Cup

1. Nathan Murray

2. Gavin Whyte

3. Colm Murphy

4. Tony Whitehead

5. Paudie O’Connor

6. Mark Hoban

7. Nathan Kelly

8. Shane Walsh

9. Kieran Hanlon

10. Sean McSweeney

11. Cian O’Donaghue

12. James McGrath

13. Gavin Dillon

14. AJ O’Connor

15. Matt Keane

16. Evan Shine

17. Conor McGuire

18. Ross Fitzgerald

19. Mikey Greed

20. Evan Cusack

21. Tadhg Ryan