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Monday 20 November 2017

Pike eager to put their trouble behind them

PIKE ROVERS, who were controversially removed from the FAI Junior Cup on a debatable technicality, are still in line to win four trophies this season following two wins over Regional United last week.

The Hoops beat United 7-0 on Thursday night to wrap up their third Premier League on the trot with two games to spare at the Sportsgrounds.

Alan Barry (2), Martin O'Neill (2), Pa Maloney, Wayne O'Donovan and David Ryan netted for Declan Considine's and Declan Casey's side, who have lost just one game all season.

Pike, who have already claimed the Tuohy Cup, followed that win up with a 3-1 victory over Regional in the Lawson Cup semi final on Sunday morning.

Goal machine Alan Barry, who has notched an astonishing 45 goals in all competitions this season, fired home a hat trick to set up a Lawson Cup final with Ballynanty Rovers.

Meanwhile, the newly Limerick champions will face Carrick United in the semi finals of the Munster Junior Cup at Jackman Park next Saturday night.

Pike were given the green light to play in the Munster Junior by the Munster Football Association (MFA) last Monday night.

The MFA, who initially said that they would await the outcome of the clubs arbitration hearing into their removal from the FAI Junior Cup, ruled last Monday that the Shannonsiders could continue in the provincial competition.

Pike Rovers were presented with the Limerick District League Premier Division trophy on Sunday morning.

Bernard O'Neill

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