Thanks to Carlow & District Football League for the following match report updates on last weekend’s Leinster Junior Cup fixtures.
Leinster Junior Cup
Hanover Harps 10
Taghmon United 0
Sean Kavanagh and Paul Core both helped themselves to hat tricks as Harps advanced to round two of the LFA Junior Cup after this comfortable win over Wexford side Taghmon.
Graham Delaney opened the scoring for the hosts after ten minutes before Core bagged twice in as many minutes as Hanover raced 3-0 ahead inside 20 minutes. A powerful header from Daryl Hayden made it 4-0. Evan Ruddy got on the scoresheet with a neat finish from eight yards on 35 minutes. Kavanagh made it 6-0 before half time with a left footed strike from outside the box.
The Carlow town side began the second half in similar manner to the first and Hayden slotted his second and Harps’ seventh within five minutes of the restart. Kavanagh made it 8-0 with a right footed strike before heading home for the perfect hat trick. There was still time for Core to secure his hat trick before the referee sounded the final whistle.
Best for Harps were Jason Murphy, Evan Ruddy, Mark Davis and Stephen Charlton.
Parkville United 4
Benbulbin United 2
Parkville saw off the challenge of Leinster Senior League side Benbulbin in Tullow on Sunday.
The hosts began well as Robbie Byrne tried his luck from distance twice early on without testing the visitors ‘keeper. Lee Byrne headed wide from a Graham Byrne corner before United’s pressure finally told on the half hour. Robbie Byrne’s thunderous free kick hit the underside of the bar leaving Tommy Byrne with the easiest of tap ins to put the hosts 1-0 ahead. Benbulbin responded and after forcing a series of corners they eventually made one count and equalised on the stroke of half time.
Substitute Conor McCarney had an immediate impact when he was hauled down for a penalty which was dispatched to the net by Graham Byrne. The visitors leveled matters for a second time on the hour with a penalty of their own. The turning point came five minutes later when the visitors were reduced to 10 men and Parkville made maximum use of their extra man to seal victory. Robbie Sheridan put them 3-2 in front before Conor McCarney’s low cross was finished clinically by Michael Byrne 10 minutes from time.
Best for the hosts were Donal Smithers, Chris Sutton and Graham Byrne.
O’Devaney Dunard FC 2
New Oak Boys 4
Dean Kelly was the hero for The Boys as they dumped AUL Premier A side O’Devaney out of the provincial competition in Cabra.
New Oak did all the pressing in the first half but couldn’t find a way past an in form host ‘keeper and the teams went into the interval at 0-0.
After riding their luck in the first half O’Devaney struck for the opening goal within three minutes of the restart. New Oak went back on the offensive and two goals in as many minutes from Kelly saw them lead 2-1 midway through the half. The hosts responded with a goal of their own to bring the game to extra time. However The Boys weren’t to be denied however and Kelly slotted his hat trick in the first half of extra time and then added his and New Oak’s fourth in the second period of extra time to book the visitors place in round two.
Best for New Oak were Dean Kelly, Danny Pereira and Jamie Clarke.
Baltinglass Town 0
Shamrock Rovers 2
Baltinglass bowed out of the LFA Cup after going down to Wexford side Rovers.
After a goalless first half Alan Francis finished from close range after the home side failed to clear their lines on 53 minutes. Baltinglass chased the equaliser and missed a few clear chances before the visitors made them pay when they struck for a second five minutes from the end when Elliot Jordan found himself unattended at the back post and he made no mistake as he found the net for 2-0.
Ricky Fox was the pick of the crop for the visitors while Sean Horan stood out for Baltinglass.
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