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Farrell's late strike finally kills off game Shamrocks

Castle Rangers.................................................. 4

Shamrock's FC.................................................... 3

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Rangers had to go to extra time to get the better of a gallant Shamrocks team in Round two of the Med Bar Cup..

Both sides got off to a sluggish start and it wasn't until Rangers went ahead with a Brian Pearson goal on 30 minutes that the game opened up.

Shamrocks conjured up an equaliser on 43 minutes when a fine pass from John Kenny released Saul Heavin to beat the Rangers 'keeper and leave the side level 1-1 at the break.

The visitors drew first blood in the second half with a fine individual goal from Martin Bamberick who shook off a couple of defenders to plant the ball in the back of the Rangers net on 56 minutes. Rangers now knuckled down to their task and ten minutes later Cailín Canning shot home to equalise at 2-2.

On 82 minutes, Castle went ahead when Keith Pollard intercepted a clearance to lob home. However, Shamrocks were not done for yet and substitute Gary Murphy freed John Kenny to score the equaliser on 87 minutes.

In the last minute of normal time, Joe Lea had a chance to win the contest for Shamrocks but the Rangers 'keeper smothered his effort.

The more experienced Rangers side had the better of the extra time period despite having two players dismissed while the visitors had also a player dismissed scoring the match-winning goal through Johnny Farrell.

Burrin Celtic...................................................... 1

Parkville United................................................ 2

Visitors Parkville survived a couple of early scares in their Premier league fixture when the lively Michael O'Leary and Marcin Bieniasz had shots scrambled away from goal.

Parkville's growing pressure had to tell as Burrin appeared to lose their earlier focus and it came on the half hour when Jonathan and Ciaran Smithers combined in turn with Ebby Quigley who expertly released Ronan Byrne to give Parkville the lead.

Quigley was a source of constant torment to the Burrin defence and on 38 minutes, he released Michael Browne to cross for Ronan Byrne whose header flew a whisker wide.

Within minutes the visitors had added to their lead when Stephen Nolan and Kieran Smithers exchanged passes before releasing to Quigley who enjoyed the time and space before doubling United's advantage.

The Ballon lads were by no means out of the game when the ever-impressive Michael O'Leary won possession in midfield before racing into the heart of the United box before being felled -- resulting in a penalty which the Celtic youngster calmly converted shortly before half time.

The second half saw Burrin enjoy large swathes of possession but for all their endeavor they coud not find a way past a resolute Parkville defence.

Grange FC.......................................................... 2

Killeshin FC......................................................... 1

Grange picked up three points from this bottom of the table Nationalist Division encounter.

The home side took an early lead when a Joe Arguetta corner was headed in by Paddy Byrne on just six minutes. Grange continued to dominate proceedings against lack lustre Killeshin and widened the gap on 20 minutes with a Niall Byrne goal.

Killeshin improved in the second half and Eddie Bolton rapped a shot off the Grange woodwork. Paddy Byrne came to Grange's rescue taking a ball of the goal line before Eddie Bolton got a goal back for Killeshin on 77 minutes. Grange however defended stoutly in the closing stages, determined to hold on to their slender lead.


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