Dean Kelly brought his knack for scoring late and important goals with him to Killester Donnycarney.
The well-traveled frontman, whose injury-time strike won Shamrock Rovers a then-record 17th league title in October of 2011 and whose late finish helped St Mochta’s win a very first FAI Intermediate Cup in 2020, was at it again last weekend.
Kelly was once again a goal-scoring hero as his injury-time strike earned 2020 finalists Killester Donnycarney a place in the next round after an all-action tie with Ballyfermot United.
United, who only returned to the Intermediate ranks after Major Sunday promotion last season, pushed the top-flight title chasers all the way.
In fact, the fourth-tier Intermediate side lead at half-time and were two goals to the good deep into the second half. However, Killester’s former Sunderland underage star Robert Dunne and former Oldham Athletic and Shamrock Rovers striker Kelly turned the tie around.
Dunne was on the double, one of his strikes a clever Robbie Fowler versus Charlton style overhead, as the home side battled back from 3-1 down to level late on and debutant Kelly scored a typical striker’s effort sliding in to convert close range at the back post to ensure victory.
It wasn’t as tense for LSL Senior 1A side Ayrfield United as they put five past Edenderry Town at Bluded Drive. Conor Young was inspired form with two goals and two assists in a game where Jack Kelly also found the net.
It was also a fantastic five for Lucan United as John Doyle’s team reached the next round.
Mark Byrne hit a treble while Anto Kavanagh and Marco Chindea also netted in a second-round win over Ardmore Rovers.
David Costello bagged a brace as Castleknock Celtic defeated Dublin University in an exciting five-goal encounter, Sean Gill with the decisive third for the Senior 1A side.
Senior 1A leaders Usher also progressed with relative ease as they found passage past Collinstown. Calvin Douglas continued his fine season form with a brace in a 4-1 win.
St Patrick’s CY also beat divisionally superior opposition, they scalped Wayside Celtic at Ringsend in the same competition, Jack Gregg’s sensational volley the icing on the cake in a 2-0 win.