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Calor Gas Cups 1st Round Review

19/07/20

Partry Athletic v Kilmore 19/07/2020

Football returned as holders Ballina Town had a 2-1 win over Castlebar Celtic as they attempt to win their 5th Super Cup in a row, while Glenhest Rovers upset Manulla with a 1-0 win in Beltra

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Westport United laid down an early marker as they began the season in impressive form to reach the 2nd Round with an 8-1 win over Ballyglass. Darren Browne and Peter Corcoran both hit a brace and the other goals came from Mikey O’Brien, James McGrath, Jesper Frisch and Caoimhin O’Toole. Next weekend they host Oliver Bond Celtic in the Quarter Final of the FAI Junior Cup so they will be delighted to come through their opening game in such devasting fashion.

 At half-time it looked like Straide & Foxford United would cause a shock as they led Super League side Ballyheane who were also down to ten men after an early dismissal. Ashley Stevenson’s side made great strides last season and they turned things around yesterday as second half goals from Jack Tuffy and Moo Paw was enough to get them into the hat for the next round.

In the third Super Cup game on Saturday evening Premier Division side Snugboro United got their season off to the perfect start with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ballyhaunis Town. Their lack of goals was one of the main reasons they went down last year but doubles from Eoin Morris and Jason Ormsby secured the win at Edward Conway Park. Morris put them ahead just after the half hour mark when his attempted cross somehow found it’s way into the Ballyhaunis net. Morris doubled their lead on 55 minutes and Ormsby made it three from the penalty spot before he grabbed his second of the day minutes later.

Claremorris got their season off to a good start with a 4-2 win over Swinford in the early game on Sunday morning. The first goal came from the penalty spot when Rokus Mikuckis slotted home his first of the day on twenty five minutes. Noel Mellet doubled their lead just four minutes later before Mikuckis hit two more to complete his hat-trick just before half time. Swinford to their credit made a game of it in the second half as Joe Slevin and Ritchie Dalton halved the deficit but Claremorris held out to make it through to Round 2.

Glenhest Rovers made it a memorable return to playing in Beltra as they shocked Manulla thanks to an only goal from Cathal Chambers. After playing in Solar 21 Park last year they have completed work on their pitch in recent months and will hope that home advantage can be a huge advantage as they return to the Super League when the new season starts.

In the tie of the round cup holders Ballina Town had a 2-1 win over Super League Champions Castlebar Celtic as the new management team of Philly Devers, Mark Beattie and Jono Heffernan took charge of their first game. Celtic may feel a little hard done by as they did more than enough to at least bring the game to extra time. Brendan Lavelle opened the scoring on five minutes as Ollie Feeney’s long ball found Duane Helly who squared to Lavelle to open the scoring. Jason Hunt had the sides level at the break as he struck the equaliser midway through the half.
The winning goal arrived on fifty-seven minutes when Jamie Cawley finished off a good Ballina move at the second attempt. Celtic through everything at the away side and came close on several occasions but Kieran O’Malley wasn’t going to be beaten again and Ballina march on to the second round and are still on course to win five Super Cups in a row.

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Castlebar Celtic B
may have been relegated to League Two last year but they were far to strong for their League One opponents on Saturday evening as they had a 3-1 win against Crossmolina. Stephen Jennings put them ahead early on and they were well in control when another experienced player Declan Lavelle doubled their lead before the half hour mark. Jennings then made sure his side would progress to the next round as he got his second of the day this time from the penalty spot twenty minutes into the second half. Crossmolina pulled a goal back late on but Stephen Moran’s side held out to get their season off to a perfect start.

Conn Rangers B were within seconds of causing the shock of the round as they led Premier Division side Killala heading into injury time thanks to a strike from Luke Clayton on seventy minutes. Killala hit back as Tommie Loftus struck very late to bring the game to extra time and progressed after Danny Gallagher was once again the hero in the penalty shoot-out. Conn Rangers led for a second time in the first period of extra time as a Josh Kelly freekick flew past Gallagher but credit to Killala they fought back to get a second equaliser with eight minutes remaining through debutant Iarla Quinn. Gallagher though did what he has done on numerous occasions before saving three penalties to finally get his side over the line.

Claremorris B
put in a brilliant second half performance as they breezed past Ballyvary Blue Bombers despite going behind early on. Ballyvary led 2-1 when Fionnan Gallgher brought the sides level midway through the first half. Claremorris emerged in the second half a different team and Simon Vahey, Newton Carlos Silva (2) on his debut and Mick Mullee were on target as they did more than enough to reach Round 2.
 
Conn Rangers were given a scare by League Two side Kiltimagh/Knock United B but the Mount Falcon based side proved to strong in the end as two late goals from Conor Flynn and Sean Holmes sealed a 5-2 win after Kiltimagh/Knock came back to within a goal after going 3-0 down. Evan Reape, Mikey Bourke and Liam Durkan looked to have the home side in control inside the first half an hour but Thomas Gillespie nodded home from a foot out after chipping the ball over the advancing keeper. On seventy minutes Andrew McDonald got Kiltimagh/Knock’s second goal but it proved in vain as Flynn and Holmes completed the scoring to see Conn Rangers through.

The biggest win of the round came in Abbeyview as Moy Villa put ten past newcomers Crossmolina B. There was a familiar face amongst the goals as John Durkan made his return to action by hitting four. Durkan missed almost the entirety of last season but he was back doing what he does best for Hugh Langdon’s side. Ciaran Gaughan (3), Andrew Ruane (2) and Kevin Langdon got the other goals in what proved to be a routine win for the men from Attymass.

Kiltimagh/Knock United hosted Iorras Aontaithe in CMS Park on Sunday afternoon and the home side progressed on a 2-0 scoreline. Iarla Carty put them in front inside the first fifteen minutes and Darragh Hanlon put the game to bed as he got the crucial second goal.

Partry Athletic needed a disputed penalty to get past Kilmore on Sunday afternoon. In what proved to be a very even game both sides played some good football but it was Ciaran Hennelly’s first half spot kick that separated the sides at the final whistle. Terrence Lavelle came closest for the away side in the first half while Oisin Barry should have doubled Partry’s lead when he missed an open goal after Tom Byrne set him up. Kilmore had the better of the second half but Partry defended well to seal their place in Round 2

Westport United B and Achill Rovers turned out to be one of the ties of the round as Westport prevailed 4-3 in a very entertaining game. Niall Quinn had Westport in front inside the first two minutes as he headed home a cross from the left wing. Pj Calvey doubled their lead two minutes later as he got on the end of a through ball from Dylan Duane. Achill fought back and were level at half time as Brandon McGing got their first and then a Westport defender headed into his own net on the stroke of half-time. Pj Calvey restored Westport’s lead only for Cory Kilbane to level matters again. Conor Calvey then struck what turned out to be the winning goal as he finished superbly after racing through on goal.

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