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LIMERICK’S OSCAR TRAYNOR TITLE

By Bernard O’Neill

The Limerick District League (LDL)  bridged a 23-year gap to claim the Oscar Traynor Cup versus Kilkenny in Kilkenny today.

Shane Clarke netted the only goal of the game for the Shannonsiders who last won the trophy in 1996 and who lost four finals since that triumph up to this today.

The LDL, which is actually the entire Janesboro team and management, has now won the cup seven times.

Janesboro could be celebrating again tomorrow night versus Ballynanty Rovers. A win will see the Boro retain the Premier League title. Any slips ups, however, could see Pike Rovers finish top if they beat Aisling Annacotty on Tuesday evening.

Pike agonisingly missed out on winning their third successive Munster Junior Cup (MJC) on sudden death penalties in a nail-biting finale to the 97th edition of the tournament at Jackman Park on Saturday night.

Pike goalkeeper Gary Neville saved four spot kicks but missed the penalty to keep his side in the shoot out, with St Michael’s winning 4-3 on the night to claim their 9th MJC.

Saints keeper Aidan Walsh stopped three penalties for the FAI Junior Cup finalists who opened the scoring from play through Jimmy Carr in the first half.

That strike appeared to be enough to deliver the trophy to the Tipp outfit but Colin Daly equalised with virtually the last kick of the game. 

With neither side netting in extra time, the game was settled on spot-kicks at the Saints just about held their nerve on a tense evening in Limerick.

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