FAI Junior Cup
Flying wide man Aaron Nunan was on the double as Janesboro won the clash of round 4 and progressed along the Road to the Aviva on Sunday afternoon.
A massive crowd turned up to watch two of Limerick’s big guns battle it out for a place in the open draw and those not sporting Ballynanty crests didn’t leave disappointed.
After Balla, who reached the 2013/14 final, had leveled Nunan, who only returned to the club from 2015/16 finalist Pike Rovers this Summer hit a brace to ensure his side progressed.
The victory aligned with Sheriff’s exit on Friday night should see the Munster Champions Cup finalists and League leaders deemed one of the favourites to go all the way. They will certainly be one to avoid in the open draw.
The reigning Limerick District Premier champions started the game without creative force John Tierney and Stephen Bradley, but began well nonetheless.
Indeed summer signing Keith Mawdsley opened the scoring for the hosts when he finished well after a brilliant back heel from Shane Clarke opened up space for him. The former Aisling Annacotty and Limerick FC youngster is a sign of the added dept of the squad this season. Mawdsley has taken some of the goal scoring burden off regular Limerick top scorer and Irish Junior International Shane Clarke.
The dead lock breaker was the strikers 10 goal in 11 games since signing for the club and his all round display may have impressed watching Galway boss Shane Keegan, who was rumoured to be having a look at Shaun Kelly.
Balla, who have signed some exciting talent this season, beat their hosts in an exciting Touhy Cup clash earlier this season and they did their best to make this an exciting and tense watch too.
One of their favourite sons Dermot Fitzgerald fired home a penalty to level affairs.
A chance to put Janesboro back in front was then missed, but the league title holders did manage to secure a lead before the break as Nunan found the back of the net.
Boro’s all time top scorer Shane Clarke then had a chance to put the game to bed, but failed to convert from 12 yards after the home side had won a penalty.
However, Nunan struck again to give the Boro a two goal cushion they were never going to give up.