Shane Clarke finishes top goal scorer…..again

Shane Clarke left it to the last chance in the last game of the season to clinch the Premier League’s top goalscorer award with 44 goals, pipping his team mate Keith Mawdsley by one goal.

Eight goals in his last three games saw the Country’s top striker overturn a five goal lead held by his strike partner and makes it seven seasons in a row that Clarke tops the scoring charts in Limerick.

All but four of Clarke’s tally were against Premier opposition.

The final tally for all players to reach double figures reads as follows;

Player Team Goals
Shane Clarke Janesboro 44
Keith Mawdsley Janesboro 43
Pat O’Callaghan Charleville 26
Arron Nunan Janesboro 25
Steve McGann Pike Rovers 25
Kieran O’Connell Regional Utd 21
Colin Daly Pike Rovers 20
Ben Banaghan Nenagh AFC 17
Kieran Hanlon Carew Park 17
Shane Dillon Charleville 17
Eoin Hanrahan Pike Rovers 16
Jonathan Grant Carew Park 16
Kevin Nolan Ballynanty Rovers 16
Ciaran O’Reilly Nenagh AFC 15
Niall Hanley Janesboro 13
Paul Doona Kilmallock 13
Sosuke Kimura Aisling Annacotty 13
Tommy Heffernan Kilmallock 12
Darragh Rainsford Carew Park 12
Adrian Power Janesboro 11
Eddie Byrnes Ballynanty Rovers 11
Jason Lipper Aisling Annacotty 11
Barry Quinn Moyross 10
Christy Doyle Fairview Rgs 10
John Tierney Janesboro 10

Lawson Cup Final to close the 2017/18 season

Saturday evening’s Lawson Cup final between Ballynanty Rvs and League champions Janesboro will bring the curtain down on a thoroughly enjoyable season.

Congratulations to all winners and participants who can now enjoy a well earned break.

While Janesboro’s retention of the Premier League and Pike Rvs exploits in the Munster and FAI Cups will attract most attention, there have been numerous stories of glory and enjoyment right through the 13 Divisions.

Hopefully Saturday’s game will be a fitting finale to the season.

Our Second Annual Awards Night proved a very successful event and once again thanks to all who made it possible.

Our Website “www.limerickjuniorsoccer.com” was attracting 80,000 hits per month as the season drew to a close and once again I am open to any suggestions to improve the service or “IT” advice to spruce things up.

As usual a big thank you to all the Club PRO’s and obliging players or officials that I drove crazy over the season. You patience and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to Turlough McNamara who took me out of a hole numerous times over the course of the season.

Don’t forget Friday’s Schoolboy History Book Launch in the Janesboro Club. Sean Curtin, Buddy Brennan and Gerry McCormack have compiled a must have publication and deserve a good turnout.

Stay safe over the Summer and enjoy the rest.

 

 

 

Mike Aherne- Master of ceremonies

Thanks once again to Mike Aherne for running the show at the Awards tonight.

Without him there would be no awards.

Also apologies to Buddy Brennan who brought along the Schoolboy History Book tonight and it got lost in the pile.

Keep in mind their launch for the Book is in the Janesboro Club on Friday June 8th.

Awards Night – Other Winners

Charlie Elliot of Summerville Rvs presents Mike Reidy with an award to acknowledge his loyalty to Regional Utd

Eddie Clancy presents and Unsung Hero award to Pat Enright of Holycross

Manager of the Year

Dave Buston of Limerick Racecourse presents the Manager of the Year award to Janesboro’ Shane O’Hanlon.

The ‘Boro manager was quick to point out that Coach, Aidan Ryan deserves an equal share to the award.

Awards Night Contribution to Football winners

Mike O’Regan of LDL presents to Gerry Webb and Ray Kerley

Turlough McNamara on behalf of Aidan Frahill Motors presents to Seamus Jackson

Obviously because I presented to Karen O’Callaghan I have no pic and Seamus O’Connell also fell to Gremlins.

Awards Night Hall of Fame Inductees

 

 

 

 

Hall of Fame Inductees

Eddie O’Donovan collected By Eddie O’Donovan Jnr from Mike Considine Of Analog Soccer Club

A man who has done it all for his Club, on and off the field. Capped at Schoolboy level he went on to taste National and Provincial success with his club and also starred in the League of Ireland with Limerick.

Played a big part in Limerick’s success in the Oscar Traynor in 1968 and picked up numerous awards in a glittering career.

 

Brian Hanrahan presented by Kenneth Griffin of Kenneth T Griffin Construction

A player who played LOI with Limerick, Shelbourne, Sligo Rovers and returned to Limerick before signing for Pike Rvs Munster senior league team.

His subsequent return to the Junior scene saw Pike rake in the trophies with Lawson’s Saxone and FAI Area Cromer cups.

In the twilight of his playing career he took over as Player manager with Shelbourne and turned around the fortunes of that Club.

Well known as one of the toughest Defenders ever to grace the Limerick Leagues. One of his team mates claimed “he used to get away with murder – because he had a posh accent”

 

Paddy Koyce presented by Tuirlough McNamara representing the Limerick Leader

A player who won the Premier League with Weston Rangers in 1971 and won another couple of titles with Geraldines in the following seasons. Seven Lawson Cup medals with Geraldines, Rovers Utd and Ballynanty Rvs. Throw in an Oscar Traynor medal, Munster Junior Cup medal and a runners up medal in the FAI Junior Cup, not to mention numerous Leagues and Saxone Cups, one of which he scored four goals in the final. A prolific scorer, regarded one of the best the League has seen.

Eddie O’Neill presented by Brian O’Riordan of Glastech

Anyone lucky enough to see our next inductee in his prime would have seen one of the most dynamic players to grace Limerick’s pitches.

Part of the hugely successful Geraldines teams of the 70’s his trophy cabinet is laden with Lawson, Saxone, League and Munster Junior Cup medals. Considered by many to be the best player never to be capped by his country.

 

Sean Hehir presented by Mike Aherne of Live 95FM

The final inductee this year was one of the most elegant players in Limerick in his day. Part of the three in a row Munster Junior Cup winning Star Rvs side he went on to represent his country in a career to be proud of.

Since his retirement he has imparted his knowledge to countless kids in a coaching capacity and remains one of the most likable characters in the game.

Awards Night Youths and Under 17’s pics

Please note we had a real photographer from the Leader there on the night. I was taking pics from behind him so some are not great to say the least.

Donal Power of Limerick East Referees presents to Jorge Gustavo of Charleville (Under 17 Div Two)

Percy Ryan presents to Evan Barrett of Mungret Regional (Under 17 Div One)

Noel Hannon presents to Elliot Slattery of Newport (Youth Div Two)

James Flanagan Ryans Centra presents to Cian Power Pike Rvs (Youth Div One)