Limerick District Premier
Lee O’Mara was the surprise hero for Janesboro in the battle of the Limerick big guns on Sunday Morning.
There was a host of striking talent on display at Crossagalla, but it was the defender that settled the crucial league game in the away sides favour.
The result see’s ‘Boro move three point clear of Nenagh in second and five clear of Pike, who are currently in fourth, but have a game in hand.
The first half was as per usual with big gun ties of such important was a tight affair.
Neither side were on top for any length time in the opening 45. The best chance did fall to last seasons FAI Junior Cup finalists, but Collins’ effort drifted wide of the post.
Boro took the lead 10 minutes after the restart as the usually super reliable Gary Neville flapped at a corner and O’Mara out muscled his marker to prod home from five yards.
Pike’s response was admirable and they did push Janesboro back from that point on and should have leveled with at least one of two headed chances not too long after.
Janesboro were then reduced to 10 as Lyons received a second yellow card giving the home team a man advantage for the closing stages.
However, Bradley at the back acted like two men and was outstanding in the centre half position as Boro held out.
That’s now back to back home defeats for Pike in the league with no goals scored, a worry for the management, but the absence of Stephen McGann, Pa Mullins, Colin Daly and Connery will be taken into account in any review of the tie.