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Tolka topple SKBs to set up joust with Shels

The old LSL v AUL rivalry got another airing on Wednesday night when Tolka Rovers took on St. Kevin's Boys in the Leinster Senior Cup. The fact that this was also a northside derby added an extra bit of spice to the occasion.

Rovers, though, didn't let any of the outside distractions get to them and they duly romped to a comfortable three goals to nil victory with goals from Alan Murphy, Jon Meledy and Darren Somers doing the damage and setting up a clash with Shelbourne.

That game against Dermot Keeley's Reds will afford five of the current Rovers squad a chance to get one over their old club. The aforementioned Murphy, Alan McDermott, Morgan Cranley, Stephen Murtagh and Mark O'Neill were all on the books of the Tolka Park club and will be more than happy to bring their former employers down a peg or two.

Smith strike seals Ryan advance for Crumlin

Crumlin United advanced into the second round of the Noel Ryan Cup during the week after they got the better of Postal United by one goal to nil in a tough battle at Pearse Park.

United's Kevin Smith netted the only goal of the game in the first half and Martin Loughran's side now join St. Pat's CY, who got the better of Newtown Rangers by two goals to nil last weekend, and Firhouse Clover, who bounced back from their Metro demise to defeat UCD by three goals to one.

Looking to join these three in the next round will be Liffeys Pearse, who meet Bluebell United in Ringsend Park on Wednesday night while Bangor Celtic and Wayside Celtic clash on the same night in the Iveagh Grounds.

Ports keep Polikoff Cup run on the right track

Portmarnock's attempts at claiming the Polikoff Cup at the first attempt will continue this month when they travel to take on Rosemount Mulvey in the second round.

The Ports have had a heavy schedule of late and last weekend the Major Division leaders booked a place in the fifth round of the FAI Junior Cup thanks to a win over Corduff.

On the same weekend the Paddy's Hill Saturday side grabbed a place in the fifth round of the Leinster Junior Cup after they defeated Leixlip United by the odd goal in five.

Greenhills Boys' reward for conquering the holders Templeogue United in the first round is a home tie against Rush Athletic.

Greenhills have already lost out to the north Dublin side in the league, but the southsiders will be in confident mood following their win over last season's winners.

Major 1 leaders, Quay Celtic, will have a tough task getting by Leicester Celtic while Ballyoulster United, one of the dark horses for this competition, have a home game against former runner's up, Athy Town.

Former Glasgow Celtic star, Paul Byrne, along with Carl Wilson is attempting to revive the fortunes of Markievicz Celtic and they will take their Polikoff Cup hopes on the road to meet Stillorgan Lakelands.

Polikoff Cup 2nd round draw: Manortown v Swords Cel; Wayside Cel v DCU; Transport v Mid Sutton; Ballyoulster Utd v Athy Town; Tullamore v Pegasus; Quay Cel v Leicester Cel; Park Vale v Greystones Utd; St Joseph's Boys v Lorcan Cel; Greenhills Boys v Rush Athletic; Balbriggan or Pearse Rvs v Seaford Rock; Alpine Express v Peamount Utd; St. Vincent's Hospital v Fettercairn; Stillorgan Lakelands v Markievicz Cel; Maynooth Town v Clondalkin Cel; Rosemount Mulvey v Portmarnock; Ratoath Harps v St. Francis. Ties to be played weekending 21st of February.

Niall Feery


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