Rangers Junior Cup love affair continues

by Gazette Reporter

RIVERVALLEY Rangers’ love affair with the FAI Junior Cup enjoyed another fine date last weekend as they dismissed St Brendan’s 6-1 to reach the third round of Ireland’s largest knock-out club competition.
The Swords club reached the quarter-final two seasons ago and saved some of their best form for the cup last season.
And the Premier B outfit took little time to get out of the blocks at the AUL Complex as Chris Burke broke the deadlock inside two minutes.
Paul Gavin was set free down the right and his cross was tucked in at the second attempt by the hitman.
Soon after, Burke was sticking another one in the onion sack. This time, it was Jimmy Rock down the left, teeing him up for a calm finish into the bottom corner.
The impressive Ruairi Deasy made it three before half time, smashing in from a tight angle. Into the second half and the pace did not relent.
Mark O’Brien dropped a shoulder to get away from the centre half and as the keeper came out to smother the ball, he somehow clipped it over him into the empty net.
A raft of subs were made but there was no let-up in the scoring. Paul Gavin fed Deasy out wide.
His run and shot was only parried by the keeper but not just content to stand and admire his pass, Gavin continued his run and finished the rebound.
Jack Hargan got in on the action. After a beautifully weighted through ball from Del O’Brien, Hargan brushed the defender off with ease and tucked it into the bottom left corner for the pick of the goals.
Brendan’s got a late consolation but Rivervalley went into the hat for the next round of the cup
They are joined there by Castleknock Celtic who were 2-1 winners over Ballyfermot United in Porterstown Park thanks to goals from Jamie Traynor and Joey Crampton along with a Paddy Dunne penalty save.

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