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Celts sink Howth

Wayside Celtic exploded into the New Year as they set off second half fireworks to blast their way by Howth Celtic and into the sixth round of the FAI Junior Cup on Saturday at Jackson Park.

The LSL Celts cracked home five times after the break as they brought Howth's Junior Cup adventure to a halt and set up a last thirty two clash with another AUL outfit as they travel to Donnycarney next week.

It could have been one of those days for Wayside, though, as they first slipped behind to a tenth minute Shane Finnegan goal, then proceeded to squander a host of first half chances.

Just as frustrations were fraying, Dillion O'Rourke popped up with an equaliser eight minutes after the break while Colly Emmet edged Wayside ahead from the penalty spot four minutes after.

The Celts had a few nervous moments late on before adding three further goals in the last ten minutes as the scoreline finally matched the home side's dominance.

Howth started brightly, though, and Finnegan showed great strength to hold off two Wayside defenders and slot home before Doran could even get gloves on the ball.

Ian Callaghan's home side settled and their front line of Emmet, Adam Zayed and Cian Bates all managed to hurt the visitors, but despite Wayside's constant attacks Howth soaked up the pressure and remained in front at the break.

Wayside continued to pile forward in the second half and with just nine minutes gone the pressure finally told as O'Rourke headed home Jamie Craig's well whipped cross.

Four minutes later and Wayside were in front. Again O'Rourke was instrumental as his header was halted on the line by the elbow of Conor Moore. The striker was flashed a red card and Emmet thumped high into the roof of the net.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Howth managed to etch their way back into match and as the half wore on Wayside started to sink back towards their own box. Howth looked to seize on the home side's new found nerves, but left gaps at the back.

With ten minutes left, Wayside made it three when they burst forward and substitute Greg Kilkenny came in at the sharp end and curled home by Ronan O'Leary.

O'Leary was reaching into the back of his net for a fourth time on 86 minutes when the lively Zayed cracked home from the angle of the area. A minute later and Mark Belton rounded O'Leary to add the fifth.

WAYSIDE CELTIC: Ger Doran; Dan O'Connor, Jamie Craig, Sean Bolton, Damien Conway, Mitch Moody, Ross Zambra, Dillion O'Rourke, Colly Emmet, Adam Zayed, Cian Butes. Subs: Mark Belton (for Butes 75mins), Greg Kilkenny (for Emmet 83mins), Ian Callaghan.

HOWTH CELTIC: Ronan O'Leary; Conal Walsh, John Quinn, James O'Neill, Cathal MacGinley, Danny MacGinley, Jack Ryan, Jamie Finnegan, Conor Moore, Shane Finnegan, Cathal MacDermott. Subs: Stephen Gilmore (for D. MacGinley 63mins), Matt Finnegan (for MacDermott 63mins), Stephen Cole (for O'Neill 80mins), Ashley Conway, Zack O'Doherty, Donal Maguire, Don Harkin.

REFEREE: Owen Murphy.


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