SIMON POWER made his Shamrock Rovers debut as the Hoops hammered Bangor Celtic 4-0 in the FAI Cup opening round.
The Greystones native started on the wing as goals from Rory Gaffney, Sean Hoare, Aidomo Emakhu, and Daniel Cleary sent Stephen Bradley’s side into the second-round draw with ease.
Also in the FAI Cup, Aaron Bolger was a second-half substitute as Cork City beat local rivals Cobh Ramblers 1-0 thanks to Ruairi Keating’s winner.
There was less joy for Bray Wanderers, who were handily beaten 3-0 by Shelbourne at the Carlisle Grounds. Stephen McGuinness, Hugh Douglas, and Callum Thompson started for Bray, while Keith Dalton was a second-half substitute as the Seagulls crashed out of the cup in the first round.
Similarly, Longford were knocked out of the FAI Cup following a 4-0 defeat to Dundalk, with Dylan Barnett starting for Gary Cronin’s side.
Drogheda Utd had a busy weekend with two games in the space of three days. Firstly, on Friday, they thrashed Athlone Town 5-1 in the FAI Cup, during which Chris Lyons was a second-half substitute.
Then, on Monday, Lyons was once again a second-half substitute as the Drogs were held 1-1 by UCD in the Premier Division.
In the Women’s National League, Becky Cassin was a second-half substitute as Cork City were beaten 3-1 by Bohemians.
At the other end of the table, Edel Kennedy was an unused substitute as Wexford kept their title hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Treaty Utd. Coupled with Shelbourne’s stunning 3-2 defeat to Sligo Rovers, and Wexford are not just five points off the top with a game in-hand.
Back in fourth, Peamount Utd beat Galway 2-1, with Alannah McEvoy and Aine O’Gorman starting, while the latter captained the team.
Pierce Sweeney and Exeter City kicked off their 2022/23 League One season with a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City. Sweeney started for the E’s in their first game back in the third tier of English football since promotion last campaign.
Daire O’Connor was a second-half substitute as Ayr United drew 1-1 with Arbroath in their Scottish Championship opener.