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McDonald nets on the double for impressive Bagenalstown

Bagenalstown FC.................................................4

Parkville United..................................................1

Bagenalstown produced a determined disply over 90 minutes to secure the points available from this Premier Division encounter.

Parkville offered weak resistance and had no answer to Bagenalstown's enterprising play.

Youth squad member, Alan McDonald, delivered a precision cross for Trevor Nolan to thunder to the net on 15 minutes but remarkably, within seconds of the restart, United might have equalised, Jonathon Smithers sent a free kick whizzing across the six-yard box.

Then Parkville's Ciaran Smithers failed to connect in front of an open goal on 25 minutes.

Bagenalstown then doubled their lead on 27 minutes. Danny Darcy knocked a Josh Doyle lob towards goal but the ball was deflected into the path of Trevor Nolan who made no mistake from close range.

The visitors fell further behind when Brian Murphy's driving run down the middle drew the visitors defence out of shape allowing Alan McDonald to nip in and angle a fine pass to the Parkville net on 37 minutes.

United were not short of attacking ideas and went close to scoring when Ronan Byrne had a firm header which rebounded to safety off the Bagenalstown bar just before half time.

Parkville enjoyed much the better of a scrappy third quarter during which Bagenalstown defended in numbers.

From the growing United pressure, Colm Kenny provided the cross for Ronan Byrne to direct a volley to the net on 65 minutes.

Parkville's spirits were raised dramatically but the home team polished off a great move started by Danny Darcy who combined with Trevor Nolan to release Alan Mc Donald to score again.

Slaney Rovers......................................................4

Tullow Town......................................................2

Slaney advanced to meet Castle Rangers in the quarterfinals of the Med Bar Cup thanks to this hard-fought success over Tullow

The first half was closely contested with the Division 3 side from Tullow giving as good as they got. It was the visitors who took the lead with a Graham Doyle goal to lead into the interval.

The second half saw Rovers up their performance determined to make their divisional superiority tell and were soon back on level terms with a Paddy Farrell goal.

Now in control, Slaney went on to take the lead on 64 minutes, Simon Murphy netting. Ed Finnegan then put Rovers in a comfortable position on 73 minutes, 3-1 up.

Tullow however were not willing to throw in the towel and a goal from Martin Doran put them back into the game on 80 minutes. Then however, Slaney's leading sharpshooter, Dominic Byrne made certain of victory with a goal on 88 minutes.

Wolfhill Athletic................................................1

New Oak Boys.......................................................1

This was a typical tight game between the two teams that have dominated the Seniors Division for the past few seasons.

On 20 minutes, a free kick from New Oak's Gary Walsh found Kieran Shields at the back post to volley home for the lead.

Second half again Wolfhill applied the pressure with Dave Carthy going close with a shot from the edge of the box.

At the other end, Tony O'Reilly had a shot just off target twelve minutes in. On 65 minutes however, Wolfhill equalised, a Dave Carthy corner ball was powerfully headed home by Damian McMahon.


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