CHARLIE CAHILL CUP: Killester too good for Liffeys

by Jonny Stapleton
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Rob Dunne had everyone at Killester Donnycarney celebrating on his birthday thanks to a decisive double at Hayden Park on Sunday.

The former Sunderland underage star handed Killester a present in the form of the Charlie Cahill Cup last 16 spot on the day he turned 24.

The prolific front man got the party started early scoring the two goals that all but booked the Hayden Park sides place in the next round.

Dunne finally secured the hosts reward for a positive start by breaking the deadlock in and around the 20 minute mark. The front man headed home a Stephen Chambers delivery to put his side ahead.

Killesters afternoon and Dunne’s birthday got better 12 minutes later as good work from Akrim Militti down the right allowed Jack Power to gift wrapped a chance for the striker. Dunne, proceeded to buy himself some space with a clever touch before finishing well from 12 yards.  

Liffey’s chances of making the next round lessened when they were reduced to 10 men.

However, a penalty won and converted by Sean McLean Riddick with 12 minutes remaining gave them hope and set up a tense finish.

The visitors did push for a leveller but the hosts defended well and progress as a result.

Killester will be joined in the last 16 by Crumlin United who defeated Greystones at home thanks to a Zach Donoghue strike.

Ballymun United’s progression was far more dramatic. The Mun’ came from 2-1 down at half time to defeat Bangor Celtic 2-5.

Jamie Phillips was on the double for the visitors, while Dylan Kelly, Andres Lopez and Ion Ungreanu also found their way onto the score sheet in their high scoring clash against divisional superior opponents.

Glenville versus Kilnamanagh also produced goals galore, the Tallaght side continue in the tournament after winning by the odd goal in five.

Skerries Tiown, St Patricks CY, Home Farm, Tolka Rovers, Wayside Celtic, Lucan United and Malahide United all secured last 16 berths with midweek wins.

Action from Killester’s win over Liffey Wanderers in the Charlie Cahill Cup. Pics: Anto O’Brien

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