Hard-fought victory in LFA Junior Cup
LFA Junior Cup
North End United have their sights on lifting the ONeills.com LFA Junior Cup again, but they had to do it the hard way in their fifth round clash on Friday evening, twice coming from behind to eventually prevail 5-4 against Elm Mount FC in Dublin.
Paul ‘Spot’ Murphy netted a double, while Dale Flynn had his shooting boots on as he helped himself to a hat-trick.
Gorey Rangers also booked their place in the next round with a win in the capital as they overcame Howth Celtic 5-3.
Cormac Breslin scored twice for the north Wexford side, with Adam Territ, Ethan Vickers and Paul Brennan adding a goal apiece.
Meanwhile, it was the end of the road in the competition for Wexford Bohs and Crossabeg AFC, with Paul Underwood getting the goal for the Drinagh outfit as they narrowly lost 2-1 away to Kilnamanagh AFC.
Crossabeg also had an away fixture, losing 5-2 to Trinity Donaghmede, with Will McCreevy and Andy Butler getting their goals.
LFA Junior Shield
Ballymurn Celtic got the better of Iveagh Celtic after extra-time in a thrilling Oneills.com LFA Junior Shield fifth round tie on Sunday.
The Wexford side won by the odd goal in seven, with Declan Kealy, Adam O’Brien and Eoghan ‘Snowy’ Kehoe (two) hitting the back of the net.
Forth Celtic also progressed after a 6-2 win over Kilkenny outfit Evergreen.
Anthony Hayes netted a hat-trick, while Dylan Byrne, Ryan Murphy and Sam Audsley added a goal apiece.
Chris ‘Hopper’ Kenny was the match winner for table-toppers Shamrock Rovers on Sunday, scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to edge out Bridge Rovers and extend their advantage to seven points.
They can now look forward to a massive game against fierce title-rivals North End United on Sunday.
Moyne Rangers came out on top 5-3 against bottom side Campile United, with Peter O’Rourke (two), John Peare, James Peare and Liam Evans scoring for the Enniscorthy side and Adam Harris, Brandon Sinnott and Mossy Kent hitting the net for the visitors.
Rosslare Rangers moved away from the relegation zone with an impressive 3-1 away win over Courtown Hibs.
Peter Goldsmith, Aaron Kehoe and Mark O’Donoghue netted for Rangers, with Matty Kavanagh scoring for the hosts.
Elsewhere, Forth Celtic were much too good for Ferns United, running out emphatic 9-0 winners (see focus match).