Skechers National Cups 2nd Round Update 2017-10-09 12:56:00


Cockhill Celtic 0 - 1 Letterkenny Rovers 

An Aaron Temple goal 6 minutes from time ensured Letterkenny Rovers advanced to the 3rd round of the SFAI National Cup after a deserving 1-0 win at Cockhill Celtic on a damp Saturday afternoon. Both sides were adapting to the bigger pitch in 11 v 11 competition as well as the normal sized goals and while  one may have expected a goalfest it was both defences who dominated in a hard fought encounter. Cockhill started the brighter and Conor Graham and Cahir McDaid particularly looking lively but Rovers settled but created very little of note and the games first real talking point did not arrive until the stroke of half time.

A probing free kick from Caolan Plumb was palmed away by the keeper but only as far as Reid Kelly and he netted only for referee Martin McGonigle to rule it out for an offside much to the vehement protestations of the travelling side. Rovers though started the second half much better and took the game to their hosts for long periods as they began to get a grip in midfield with Mark McGlynn controlling affairs but again they only had long range efforts from Kelly(twice) and a looped effort from Sam Harvey to show for all their endeavours without forcing home netminder Dylan McDaid into a save. Aaron Temple then appeared to have beaten the offside trap from a McGlynn throughball but was once again ruled out for offside when about to go through one on one while Donal Gallagher had an effort just wide while Cockhill were alert on the counter attack but John Quinn who was excellent in the Rovers goal was quick to snuff out any danger that came his way with a number of quick runs off his line to avert any danger. 

Rovers were not to be denied though and it was Temple who netted the winner just 5 minutes from time when some neat work from Harvey, Conor Kelly and Gallagher saw a neat throughball to Temple and he shot low past the unfortunate McDaid.

Cockhill tried to force a leveller but the Rovers defence of Ciaran Kelly, Rudi Minnock, Mandy Kelly and Caolan Plumb were in no mood to give away anything easy and saw the game out with resolute doggedness. Rovers advance to the 3rd round where they will face either Clones Town or Cavan Shamrocks on the last weekend in October.

Cockhill Celtic; Dylan McDaid, PJ Doherty, Connor McDaid, Kieran McElroy, Liam McDaid, David Graham, Cian Murray, Conor Graham, Noah McLaughlin,Liam Bradley, Cahir McDaid, Josh McDonagh, Patrick Devlin, Daire McColgan 

Letterkenny Rovers; John Quinn, Mandy Kelly, Caolan Plumb, Rudi Minnock, Reid Kelly, Ciaran Kelly, Donal Gallagher, Sam Harvey, Kian McGrath, Mark McGlynn, Aaron Temple, Conor Kelly, Lee Gibbons.

Referee Martin McGonigle.


Carrick Rovers 1 - 1 Illistin United (Illistrin United won 4 - 1 aet)

Illistrin had a famous and enthralling extra time win in the u12s SFAI National Cup as they defeated Carrick Rovers in Monaghan 4-1 after a classic encounter. Illistrin -managed by Paddy McDaid- scored first to take the lead but were pegged back and retook the lead in the first half of extra time to make it 2-1 and added two more as Carrick looked for an equaliser in the second half of extra time. Goalscorers for Illistrin were Fintan Hasson(2), Shay Maloney and Eogahn Scott and they are home to Cappry Rovers in the next round on the last weekend of October.


Kilmacrennan Celtic 4 - 0 Ballybofey United

Kilmacrennan have now been drawn at home to Cavan Shamrocks who defeated Bonagee United 3 - 0 last week. The home side started on  a strong foot with most of the play inside the Ballybofey half. On the 20th min, Ruiari Connaghan scored from the penalty spot after the away keeper committed a foul inside the area. Harry Byrne and Caolan Duffy had half chances for the away side but Kilmac were strong in defence especially Siobhan Cameron who was excellent. Ballybofey threw everything at the home side in the 2nd half but were caught on the 35th minute when Rian Nibbs scored from 6 yards after great work down the right by Cameron. Connaghan got his 2nd and his teams 3rd when scoring from a Caolan Curran corner. Oran Gallagher got the final goal a few minutes from the end. It was great to see both clubs trying to play out from the back.


Carndonagh 4-4 Fintown Harps (Fintown win 3-2 on penalties)

Fintown came out on top in this enthralling game in carndonagh and deservedly so having dominated much of the possession throughout the game. But against the run of play it was the home team who took the lead with a shot from outside the box. Fintown soon equalised when Jack Mc Glynn made a great run down the right and his shot got a slight deflection to beat the goalie to make it 1-1. Carn again scored just before the break to make it 2-1 when a through ball saw the Carn no.9 one on one with Dylan Mc Glynn in goals but despite pulling of a great save the rebound fell kindly to the striker to finish it to the net. 

The second half saw Fintown dominate again but they were caught on the break and carn went 3-1 up with ten minutes left. With 5 minutes left Fintown were awarded a free outside the box and Shae Malone struck a lovely shot to the top corner of the net to make it 3-2. Fintown pressed for the equaliser and with the last play of the game Shae broke down the left and his cross found Oraghan Doherty who calmly finished to make it 3-3 to force it to extra time. First half of extra time saw no more goals but the deadlock was broke early in the second half of extra time when a cross to the back post saw Ciara Molloy have her header come back of the crossbar but she was first to react with her head again but the carn defender in his attempt to clear the ball struck her with a high foot and the ref pointed to the spot. And from the resulting penalty Shae made it 3-4 to Fintown. But with time running out Carn had one last chance and they made it 4-4 to send it to penalties. 

Fintown went on to win the penalty shootout by 3-2 with Dylan mcGlynn pulling of two great saves to put Harps into the next round. A great game from both teams.                                                                                                                                  

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