fai junior cup: old county, st francis through

by Gazette Reporter
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Tallaght United FC registered the first big shock of this season’s FAI Junior Cup on Saturday afternoon. 

The LSL Major 1 D team scalped  St Mochta’s, beating a side that compete five divisions above them in the Saturday period in dramatic fashion.

The Ballymount Park outfit twice came from behind to eventually clinch a famous win and a place in round 2 of the blue ribbon junior contest in extra time. St Mochta’s took the lead through former Bohs striker Ste Donnelly. highlighting the task at hand for Tallaght.

However, the Kingswood outfit had a goal-scoring hero of their own in Robbie Baxter, who twice restored parity within 90 azminutes and forced extra time. Two Jamies stepped into the spot light in that extra-time period, Walsh and Murray both finding the net.    

Old County FC made sure they avoided the scalping knife in the same competition. The LSL Major 1 Saturday side had no issue progressing past LSL Premier Saturday’s Midsutton Sportslink on Saturday. Indeed, the Brickfield Park side put eight past the Santry natives, bringing their fine early league form into the cup, to canter into round 2.  

Callum Keane continued his record of scoring in every game this season with a hat trick, Leon Foley and new signing Jordan O’Neill bagged braces, Victor Godfrey also found his way onto the scoresheet.  St Francis’ second string didn’t quite manage to score eight or keep a clean sheet but did stroll into the next round thanks to a 7-2 win over Black Forge.

Montpellier had to work a lot harder for their place in the second round draw as they battled back from two goals down to win 4-3 in extra-time, despite being reduced to 10 in the first half of their clash with Ballbrigan FC.

Trinity Donaghmede beat Baldoyle to stay alive in the national competition, Howth overcame Verona, while Kilmore Celtic crashed out at the feet of VEC.

Caption: Killester’s Stephen Chambers (left) with Eoin Hayes of Clare pictured after Ireland’s Regions Cup warm-up win over Northern Ireland. Hayes scored the only goal in the 0-1 win. Jack McMullen,  Michael Fox, Stephen Chambers, Eoin Hayes,  Jimmy Mc Hug, Aaron Humphreys, Shane Stritch, Jake Kelly where the Dubs involved in the squad. The Team Ireland have departed to compete in the European Junior Championships in Montesilvano, Italy.

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