FAI junior cup: third round

Deadly Doyle delivers for Sandyhill late on

by Jonny Stapleton
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Deadly Gavin Doyle delivered in dramatic fashion for Sandyhill Shangan at McKelvey Astro last weekend.

The striker was the FAI Junior Cup hero for the second round running, following up his second-round hat-trick heroics with double in round three, including a last-gasp extra-time winner against Usher.

With the game in the balance and penalties looming the rarely off-the-boil Doyle pounced to finish in added-on time of extra-time, sending the Major 1 D Saturday side into round four in the process.

Doyle opened the scoring against a strong Usher side via the spot in minute 10. 

Usher levelled and forced extra-time, teeing up Doyle, who scored twice in an impressive Leinster Junior Cup win over Killester Donnycarney the weekend previous, to grab hero status.

The Ballymun side will play Rush Athletic in round four as next weekend after the Skerries Road residents also registered a round three win.

A hat-trick from Dylan Kelly helped them ease past AFL participants Patrician Celtic on Saturday. 

Kelly had his hat-trick secured by half-time, while Chrissie Carty scored the second half’s only goal in a a 4-0 win.

Crumlin United have already progressed past round 4 of the all Ireland competition.

The Major Saturday champs moved into round 5 thanks to a five goal win in Cork. United’s Saturday side beat Cork AUL outfit Corkbeg AFC and take a step toward the last 16 thanks to goals from Matthew O’Donnell, Max Goodwin, Ross O’Brien, Ahmed Teyehi and Lee Fulham.

There was no such joy for another fancied Saturday outfit, as Malahide United exited the biggest [numerical] tournament in Europe after defeat to Donegal opposition.    

United fell at the fourth round hurdle after a 2-0 defeat to Inishowen Football League side Buncrana Hearts. The Gannon Park side were competitive against Hearts but ultimately lost out to extra time strikes from Kieran McDaid and Sean Mullan.Verona also exited at the fourth round stage losing to Colga FC in Dublin. Collinstown verus Old County was abandoned at 0-0 60 minutes in after an injury to the Collinstown keeper.

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