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FAI Junior Cup Round 2 Review

30/09/18

FAI Junior Cup

Castlebar Celtic knocked Ballina Town out of the FAI Junior Cup after a thrilling extra time win in Belleek while there were also plenty more goals in the other eight ties played on Sunday.

FAI Junior Cup - Round 2

Liam Flatley was the four goal hero as Castlebar Celtic caused a mini upset by beating League Champions Ballina Town 5-4 after extra time. Flatley’s return to the side has come at the right time and it only took six minutes for him to give his side the lead with an excellent finish from the edge of the area. Ger O’Boyle then doubled their lead minutes later when he fired home after a cut back from Jose Sola. Dylan Edwards missed the chance to half the deficit just before the break but Stephen Cafferkey saved his penalty on the stroke of half-time. Celtic then scored the goal of the day when Flatley put them further ahead as he finished off a great team move on fifty three minutes. At this stage the tie looked over but Ballina showed why they are league champions as they hit back to take the game to extra time thanks to goals from Edwards, Duane Helly and Fabiano Macario. Ballina would have been favourites going into extra time but it was Celtic that went back in front as Flatley completed his hat-trick in the first half of extra time. Flatley then got his fourth with just minutes remaining to put the game beyond doubt although Ballina did score a fourth when Benny Lavelle scored a penalty with more or less the last kick of the game.

Westport United also progressed to the next round with a 2-0 win over Snugboro United on Sunday morning. In a difficult game for the Super League side Westport had to wait until the second half to take the lead as Brandon Scahill tapped the ball home from six yards after good work down the left wing. Snugboro did come close to levelling the match on one or two occasions but it was Westport who got the crucial second goal on 87 minutes. Jesper Frisch found himself in space down the left wing and Mikey O’Brien was quickest to react as the all broke loose in the box to finish neatly into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Manulla also proved too strong for Premier Division side Fahy Rovers even though they had to come from behind to seal a 3-1 win in Carramore. After Fahy took an early lead Manulla went in level at the break as Jackson DeSilva scored for the second game in a row. Gerry Canavan and Jonathon Griffin added goals in the second half as Connie Morrissey’s side made it safely through to the next round.

Conn Rangers made it four wins in a row with a 3-2 win over fellow Premier Division side Glenhest Rovers. Eanna McHale give Conn Rangers the lead after just five minutes but Glenhest equalised on twenty five minutes through Matthew Redmond to leave the sides level at the break. It remained level until the seventy fifth minute when Joe Faughnan slotted home a penalty after Luke Ruane was fouled in the box. Eoin Prendergast then made it 3-1 before Cormac Reilly pulled a goal back in injury time as he headed home a cross from Chris Rowland.

Claremorris continued their good run of form with a 7-2 win over Ballyheane. Goals from Ronan Commons (2), Finnian Brady (2), Danny Broderick, Daniel Murphy and Simon Butler were more than enough to see Mark Peters side progress to the next round.

Kiltimagh/Knock United got the perfect result as they prepared for their must win final league game against Ballyheane in two weeks time with a narrow 1-0 win over Ballyglass on Sunday afternoon. The winning goal came just before half-time as Liam Groarke struck a free-kick from 30 yards that flew straight into the top corner.

Iorras Aontaithe finally picked up a win as they made it through to the next round with a 1-0 win over Swinford at Carne Nash.

In the other two ties not involving sides from the Super League there were big wins for Partry Athletic and Crossmolina. Both sides won 11-0 as they defeated Ballyvary Blue Bombers and Ballina United respectively.

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