SPORTS ROUND-UP: Pike Rovers make shock cup exit

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Team captains and match officials line up before Sunday's Junior Cup tie between Pike Rovers and Peake Villa.

IN THE shock of the round, Tipperary outfit Peake Villa eliminated last season’s finalists Pike Rovers from the FAI Junior Cup. 

The contest went into extra-time as the teams tied at 2-2, but the two leg-weary outfits failed to unlock a winner and so the dreaded penalty shoot-out was called upon to decide the winner. 

Peake were polished on spot-kick duty and progressed 4-2. 

In normal time, Pike found the net through Robbie Williams and Pat Mullins.

Competition specialists Fairview Rangers, winners on nine occasions, were impressive 2-0 victors away to Manulla of Mayo.

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Goals arrived in either half from Steven Bradley (penalty) and Jack Arra. 

Regional United are another outfit through to the competition’s last 32 after a superb 3-0 win at Coolraine FC (Offaly). The goals came courtesy of Eoin Duff and Dave Cowpar, with the latter credited for two – one of which was fortuitous as the ball rebounded back into the net after a failed clearance. 

At Cork’s Everton, Ballynanty Rovers were worthy of their 3-0 win, with the exciting James Fitzgerald (2) and skipper Adrian Power. 

Plucky Summerville Rovers were beaten 3-1 by Gorey Rangers (Wexford) at Portland Park. 

Newcastle West lost 1-0 at Crosshaven.

In the Desmond League, Aaron Gillane – four-time All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medal winner – was amongst the goal scorers for Creeves as they led 3-2 against Granagh United before their Premier League fixture was abandoned due to a serious injury. 

GAA:

TWO-time All Ireland Senior Hurling Final referee Terence Murray was a popular winner of the top prize in the latest Club Limerick monthly draw.

Murray, who handled the 1987 and 93 Croke Park showpieces, scooped a handsome €10,000.  

It was the second draw on the trot in which first-prize was claimed by a member attached to Patrickswell, after Tom Bennis, also a referee of note in his day, claimed the October jackpot.

Meanwhile, after seven years as project coordinator, Siobhan Scanlon has announced her departure from Limerick GAA. During her tenure, the Ballingarry woman was instrumental in multiple successful fundraising initiatives for various county teams, particularly the  senior hurling side. 

Greyhound Racing:

LIMERICK’S flagship Matchbook Booking Exchange Irish St Leger is down to its last 12 runners, with the semi-finals to form the centrepiece of an excellent card on Saturday next (opening race, 7.40pm). 

The season-ending classic has been staged in Limerick continuously since the 1940s.

There were some surprise eliminations at the weekend and the likely favourite now is Bobsleigh Dream, trained in Doon by father-and-daughter team Pat and Emma Buckley. 

The other quarter-final winners were Mustang Jet for Dolores Ruth, Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Run, and Wi Can Dream for triumphant Derby trainer Pat Guilfoyle. 

This year’s Leger boasts an overall prize fund of €60,000. The final is pencilled-in for December 10.