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Thursday 24 April 2014

Park United get past Rockmount in FAI Junior Cup win

FAI JUNIOR CUP, FOURTH ROUND

Rockmount 2 Park United A 3

LAR O'Flynn and Ger O'Neill provided the goals that settled this FAI Junior Cup fourth round clash and put Park United into the last 64 sides of the competition. With 720 teams taking part in the first round, the FAI Junior Cup is the biggest cup competition in the country and Park's fifth round opposition will be a Dublin based side.

Park began at a blistering pace as Paul Masterson hit the post and Darren Lynch hit a super shot on goals, all within the first five minutes. Rockmount weathered this opening storm, however, and they scored two goals on quick breakaways on 25 and 35 minutes. Park trailed two-nil at half-time but they used the break to reorganise their formation and to make two substitutions.

These changes allowed Park to attack more freely and they were back in the game on 65 minutes when Larr O'Flynn headed home a cross from Willy O'Brien. Shane Beston and Darren Lynch then combined well to get through a packed Rockmount defence for another shot on goal. The vital equaliser came with only five minutes to play when Ger O'Neill made it two-all and put the game into extra time.

Lar O'Flynn scored the winner for the visitors in the first period of extra time. The goal came on another set piece as Willy O'Brien crossed from a free kick. Both sides had chances to add to the score line but it finished in Park's favour.

Overall, it was an excellent weekend for the Mitchelstown club as Park B beat Shandon Celtic in League 2A with Colin Stack netting a remarkable four goals.

LEAGUE 3B

Glanworth United 2 Los Zarcos 2

LIAM Brenann scored a late equaliser for Glanworth in this League 3B game and the point keeps them within reach of the midtable sides. While Los Zarcos were disappointed with their finishing, the sides merited a draw overall.

Los Zarcos had the better goal opportunities in the first half. Cian O'Mahony had a header cleared off the line and Conor Lane had a goal disallowed for offside.

Pat Dennehy forced a good second half save before the visitors went ahead almost on the hour when Dan Creedon halfvolleyed to score on a corner kick.

Glanworth were back level within ten minutes, however, when Liam Cotter finished off a good move with a neat finish.

With ten minutes to play Conor Lane put the visitors ahead again, but again Glanworth continued to create chances and equalised. Liam Cotter was again involved by providing a cross that Liam Brenann knocked past the keeper.

Neither side is in action this coming weekend.

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