FAI Junior Cup
Nenagh AFC 2
Nenagh AFC got FAI Junior Cup revenge on Fairview Rangers at Fairgreen in Limerick on Sunday morning.
Having going out to the same opposition at the same stage last season the Limerick District League playing Tipp side knocked out the eight time champions to progress to the second round.
The side that finished runners up in the first Limerick District top flight season took the tie to Fairview from the first whistle and created numerous chances in the first half.
Midfield trio James Mc Grath, Ross Fitzgerald and Roy Creagh were dictating the play and after a few half chances Nenagh had the games first big chance.
Great play down the right side between Bryan McGee and Daniel Butler led to Butler picking out Ciaran O Reilly who’s coushined header fell to Bryan McGee who put over with the goal at his mercy.
The visitors did take the lead mid way through the half when another passing move allowed Butler to cross Ciaran O’Reilly and with the form he is in he was never going to miss.
Nenagh tested the view keeper a couple of times more before the half but we were given a warning sign just before the break when the Fairview had a chance from 18 yards that was well saved by Aaron Savage.
Fairview showed what a good side they are by upping the ante in the second half but found our back four in good form and for all their positive play struggled to create any major chances.
However, after a succession of corners the home side hit they crossbar and looked destined to score come rebound time, but Savage dived and flicked the ball away off the attackers foot.
Nenagh thought we had sealed the win minutes later when a great turn on the edge of the box from O’Reilly gave Ben Banaghan a rebound chance, but the home keeper equalled Savages heroics and managed to make his save a double.
The introduction of the likes of Ryan Gilmartin, Mikey O’Gorman, Jordan Lewis and John Mitchell gave the visitors fresh legs and with new vigour they took back control of proceedings.
The away side could of killed the game off when great work down the left from the outstanding Maxim Boghiu allowed Mikey O Gorman a shot on goal, but once again the Fairview net minder was equal to the effort.
Nenagh did finally get some breathing space with 10 minutes to go when a lovely reverse ball from Ross Fitzgerald prompted Gilmartin to expertly finished to the bottom corner.
Next up for the Nenagh team is Killmallock on Wednesday (27th) in Jackman park at 7pm in the Tuohy Cup, and then Carew park next Sunday morning in the Munster Junior Cup in Brickfields.