Rosegreen shock Peake Villa with Looney and Byrnes goals
PEAKE VILLA 0 ROSEGREEN RANGERS 2
Second Division Rosegreen Rangers produced one of the giant-killing acts of the FAI Junior Cup Second Round by deservedly defeating Premier League Peake Villa at the Tower Grounds, Thurles last Sunday.
Rosegreen, who slipped down the divisions over the past number of seasons, surprised a Villa side struggling to kick-start their season with a goal after just 4 minutes, when a low shot from the edge of the 18 yard box through a crowd of players from the left boot of Michael Looney found the back of the net. A shell-shocked Villa responded with a Jody O’Grady effort being spilled by the ‘keeper, but was hacked away to safety. Rosegreen were unlucky not to double their lead midway through the half when Trevor Downey’s header skimmed the crossbar. Villa came close to an equaliser near half-time when Tony Ruth gathered the ball in his own half before letting fly with a shot from 20 yards that was brilliantly saved by the Rangers ‘keeper.
On the resumption Villa, who reached the last 16 of this competition last season, tried to up the tempo, throwing caution to the wind. This tactic almost backfired minutes into the second half when a quick break saw Cathal Ryan’s well struck shot hit the midriff of ‘keeper Stephen Ryan. That warning wasn’t heeded because on the hour mark Rosegreen’s Eoin Byrnes broke up an attack inside his own half and kept his composure to neatly chip the ‘keeper from the edge of the 18 yard box. Although Villa had a couple of half-chances to reduce the deficit, Rosegreen too had a chance cleared off the line as they confidently wrapped up this memorable victory.
Great win for Ballyneale over Puckane United
BALLYNEALE FC 4 PUCKANE UTD (NTDL) 2
Fourth Division Ballyneale strolled into the next round of the FAI Junior Cup after seeing off the challenge of North Tipperary District League Second Division outfit Puckane United at the South Tipp venue last Sunday.
Although Puckane struck the woodwork early on, they were playing second fiddle to a Ballyneale side that settled once they got the breakthrough on 25 minutes, Marty O’Reilly chipping the ‘keeper. Ballyneale made it 2-0 five minutes before the break when Kevin Hogan turned a Darren McCarthy free-kick home from close range.
Ballyneale continued to apply the pressure after the changeover and on 55 minutes were 3-0 ahead when Robbie O’Brien showed some deft footwork as he rounded three players before finding the corner of the net. On the hour mark Ballyneale put this tie to bed when Dean Madden’s shot from the edge of the 18 yard box proved unstoppable. A shell-shocked Puckane produced a late rally, adding goals through John Hayes and Keith Russell, but it proved too little too late to deny Ballyneale a historic victory.
Vee shade the battle of the Rovers in Clogheen
VEE ROVERS 4 KILLENAULE ROVERS 3 (after extra-time)
A three goal extra-time rally saw Third Division Vee Rovers produce a major upset in the FAI Junior Cup Second Round as they defeated First Division Killenaule Rovers in this seven-goal thriller in Clogheen last Sunday.
Vee Rovers got a well deserved breakthrough just after the half-hour mark. Chris Platt was brought down inside the 18 yard area and Warren O’Brien did the needful, dispatching the penalty to the net.
The second half saw Vee shutting up shop and they frustrated the visitors with a number of crucial interceptions to keep their narrow lead intact. Just when it looked like Vee had done enough to seal the victory Killenaule levelled with the last kick of normal time,, courtesy of James Webster forcing an additional 20 minutes extra-time.
This tie really came to life during extra-time. In the 95th minute Roan O’Dwyer restored Vee’s lead. Four minutes later Killenaule were thrown a lifeline when Andrew Hanley scored from the penalty spot. However Vee regained their lead just a minute later when Warren O’Brien cut in from the end line to score from a very acute angle and leave them ahead 3-2 ahead at the end of the opening period.
The second period of extra-time was less than a minute old when Vee scored again as a drive from 30 yards by Darren Hannigan proved too hot to handle. Although Killenaule made it 4-3 three minutes later through Thomas Delaney, Vee held out to record their most memorable victory for a number of years.
Joe Riordan goal decides hectic West Tipp derby
ST. NICHOLAS FC 2 CULLEN-LATTIN FC 1
A whirlwind start helped St. Nicholas defeat fellow TSDL First Division outfit Cullen-Lattin by the odd goal in three in the FAI Junior Cup Second Round tie played at Danny O’Dwyer Park, Bohertrine last Sunday.
The game had just kicked off when Eoin Riordan of St. Nicholas was brought down inside the penalty area.‘Keeper Mark Lowry walked the length of the pitch before dispatching the penalty past his opposite number. It was a typical cup tie between two West Tipp neighbours as the pendulum quickly swung from end to end after that early salvo. On the half-hour mark Cullen-Lattin equalised when a well-struck shot from 20 yards from John Russell dipped under the crossbar to leave it all square at the break.
With ten minutes of the second half elapsed St. Nicholas snatched what proved to be the winning goal. Joss O’Brien provided the spadework, holding off a number of players before setting up Joe Riordan for a simple tap-in. Cullen-Lattin again tried to snatch another equaliser, but with St. Nicholas throwing their bodies on the line for the cause the Solohead side managed to hold out and secure their passage into the next round.
Keith Cashman inspires easy Wilderness victory
WILDERNESS ROVERS 6 BRIDEVIEW FC (WWEC) 0
A clinical second half display saw Wilderness Rovers hit West Waterford/East Cork representatives Brideview FC for six in this FAI Junior Cup Second Round tie in the Wilderness Estate, Clonmel last Sunday.
Wilderness got the breakthrough with the all-important opening goal after 39 minutes. Tommy Kiely finished off good approach work by Brian Smith to give them that 1-0 lead at the break.
After the changeover Wilderness produced a performance that blew away the opposition, thanks to midfielder Keith Cashman, who was involved in all five goals. On 52 minutes Brendan Dempsey made it 2-0 as the floodgates opened. After 63 minutes Keith Cashman turned from provider to scorer to score the third. Hayden Cashman combined with his brother Keith to make it 4-0 after 75 minutes. Keith Cashman added his second and his team’s fifth in the 77th minute and four minutes from time the Cashman brothers again combined, with Keith finding Hayden for the latter to finish.
St. Michael’s stroll into next round
PINEWOOD RANGERS (WWEC) 1 ST. MICHAELS FC 4
Former winners St. Michael’s progressed to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup when they easily beat West Waterford/East Cork representatives Pinewood Rangers at the Co. Waterford venue last Sunday.
All the Saints goals came in the opening half and they took the lead as early as the 4th minute when Paul Tobin’s powerfully-struck direct free-kick found the corner of the net. Endless Saints pressure paid further dividends after 28 minutes when the ball bobbled around the box before Jimmy Carr was upended and James Walsh stepped up to beat Pa Horgan from the penalty spot and the TSDL champions were 2-0 in front at the halfway stage.
Saints continued the second half as they finished the first, creating the better openings and Thomas Fahey saw his shot come back off the crossbar from an Alan Hayes corner kick. Saints won another corner after 56 minutes and the ball eventually fell to Paul Breen, whose measured cross saw Michael Buckley head home from close range.
Pinewood were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute and although ‘keeper Derek Breen got a hand to Graham Guiry’s spot-kick he couldn’t keep it out. That was the only blip in a tie that Saints never looked like losing. Five minutes from the end Jimmy Carr made it 4-1 from a Richie Ryan pasas to put the issue beyond doubt.
Derek McGrath snatches win for Kilmanahan
KILMANAHAN UNITED 2 REARCROSS 1 (after extra-time)
Second Division Kilmanahan United produced an upset in the FAI Junior Cup Second Round when they overcame North Tipperary District League 1st Division side Rearcross FC after extra-time last Saturday.
In a very evenly-fought contest the breakthrough didn’t come until the hour mark when veteran striker Connie Power fired home. Rearcross forced extra-time in the 80th minute when Kilmanahan failed to clear their lines and Dermot Sheedy was on hand to force the ball home.
Five minutes into extra-time Kilmanahan United scored what proved to be the winner when Derek McGrath managed to squeeze the ball home through a crowd of players. Although Rearcross applied constant pressure they failed to breach the Kilmanahan rearguard, which held on to book a place in the next round.
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