Fai Junior Cup: Tolka men book their place in next round

by Aaron Dunne
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Tolka Rovers were in FAI Junior Cup seventh heaven as they progressed past St Kevins Boys on a bizarre 7-3 scoreline to take a big step toward the open draw last Friday night. 

Rovers were anything but gracious guests as they put seven past nearby neighbours St Kevin’s Boys in an all-action cup tie at St Aidens CBS, progressing to round 4 in of the biggest [numerically] cup contest in Europe in the process.

It wasn’t quite demolition derby or as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, especially considering the Saints led at one stage and were level up and until five minutes before half-time.

However, the Frank Cooke Park side proved the more clinical of the two and won the eagerly anticipated match by a rather handsome scoreline.

Former St Patrick’s Athletic and Bray Wanderers talent Robbie McGuinness was on the double for the Major Saturday, as were Cameron Brennan and Conor McCarthy while Colin Eccles scored the other.

Kevin’s Jack McEvoy bettered the brace antics of Tolka’s double trio but still ended up on the losing side. The form frontman managed helped his side come from behind to lead midway through the first half. His hat-trick goal made it 5-3 in the second half and looked set to spark a comeback, but the visitors finished strong to eventually progress with relative ease.  

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Open draw regulars Crumlin also remained in the competition thanks to victory in an entertaining five goal cup clash with Wayside Celtic. 

Thomas Caffrey and Jordan O’Neill with important goals in a 3-2 away win.

Another of the Dublin Saturday sides with ambitions beyond the regional rounds, Malahide United proved too good for Swords Manor, marching on in the contest thanks to a 4-0 win.

Last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Oliver Bond progressed at the expense of Ballyouster, a single goal enough to send them through.

Another fancied Dublin Junior Sunday side Kilmore Celtic didn’t enjoy the same success and exited after losing a nine goal 5-4 thriller against Trim Celtic.  

Former FAI Cup finalists St Francis’ Saturday side also put their name in the hat for round 4 with a 4-1 home win over Swords Celtic. Ballymun United beat Railway Union 2-1 at the same stage while Coolock Village scored three without reply to surprise Collinstown.  

Caption: Tolka Rovers beat near neighbours St Kevin’s Boys 7-3 in the FAI Junior Cup third round last weekend

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