Glebe and Swords into Metro sweet 16

by Dave Donnelly

Glebe North and Swords Celtic progressed to the last 16 while Hartstown Huntstown, Portmarnock, and Skerries Town bowed out in a mixed week of Metropolitan Cup action for Fingal sides.

Glebe scored nine goals in succession – seven of them in the second half – to see off the challenge of HHFC at the Market Green on Friday night.

The Blanch side had actually taken an early lead but two goals in as many minutes swung it back into Glebe’s favour by half time.

And Darrell Mooney and Adam Foley’s side ran riot in the second half, putting another seven past a beleaguered Hartstown Huntstown backline to run up an impressive 9-1 scoreline.

There was no shortage of drama in Swords, either, as the home progressed thanks to a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over St Kevin’s Boys.

With the tie scoreless at the break, it was Kevin’s who took the lead five minutes into the second half when Eden Burke profited from some tidy build-up play to slot home.

Swords hit back 13 minutes later when Andy Bermingham curled a spectacular shot into the net from outside a box, and it remained level following extra time.

The sides scored their first two penalties apiece, and it was Kevin’s who blinked first, missing two of their spot-kicks to bow out.

Portmarnock were comfortably beaten by fellow Sunday Senior side Maynooth University Town as goals from Conor Foley and Cillian Duffy saw the students through.

And Skerries Town were dispatched by reigning champions Crumlin United as Jake Donnelly scored twice to see the away team to victory.

Meanwhile, the draw for the FAI Intermediate Cup last 16 has pitted high-flying Malahide United away to Sunday Senior 1 side Home Farm.

St Mochta’s face a trip to Collinstown of Clondalkin should they see their way past Ballymun in the rescheduled game at the weekend after the initial fixture was rained off.

Likewise, Castleknock Celtic will have to overcome Sunday Senior leaders Bangor GG in their rescheduled tie if they are to set up a trip to Cork and Ringmahon Rangers.

The tie had been originally scheduled to go ahead two weeks ago but an issue with a double-booked pitch meant it had to be deferred. Verona will face a home replay against Leeds of Cork, after the initial tie finished 1-1 on Leeside.

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