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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Classy Killester knock out Cobh

Three Superbly taken goals from Mark O'Connell, David Lacey and Dylan O'Driscoll eased non-league Dublin side Killester into the third round of the FAI Cup at the expense of First Division club Cobh Ramblers.

Cobh were shocking throughout the game as the team from the Leinster Senior League never allowed the team from Cork to settle at Hadden Park.

Having dominated the first half, Killester deservedly took the lead three minutes into the second half when striker O'Connell stooped down to head home an O'Driscoll cross from the right-hand side.

Lacey then punished a mistake by Cobh goalkeeper Eoghan Daly to clinch the second goal with a clever lob on 72 minutes. O'Driscoll provided the gloss on the victory with a stunning third goal right on the 90 minute mark, rifling an angled shot to the net after rattling the crossbar.

Coughlan brace sinks Wanderers

GARBHAN COUGHLAN scored twice to send Athlone Town into the third round of the FAI Cup as they beat Junior Cup winners Liffey Wanderers 3-2 last night at a rainy Athlone Town Stadium.

The hosts grabbed the lead on 18 minutes when Sam O'Connor netted from close range before Coughlan danced through the Liffey Wanderers' defence with a mazy run 2 minutes later to double Athlone Town's lead. Coughlan then sealed his brace at half time, when he was in the right place at the right time to tap in from Marco Chindea's lobbed effort, before Wanderers got a deserved consolation goal early in the second half through the outstanding Jamie Roche. Lee Roche scored a beauty in stoppage time but it came too late for the unlucky Pearse Street outfit.

Inverness land Scottish Cup

Inverness claimed their first Scottish Cup final triumph with a 2-1 victory over Falkirk at Hampden Park yesterday. Caley were made to fight all the way by Falkirk in a game that was balanced on a knife-edge from start to finish.

Marley Watkins slotted home in the 38th minute, after a fine move from Inverness who deservedly led 1-0 at the interval. The tide turned in the 75th minute, however, when Carl Tremarco was sent off for a late tackle, and Peter Grant made the advantage pay, heading in a wickedly curling free-kick from the left. But Inverness were not finished, and James Vincent pounced to net the winner for Caley, and take the trophy to the Highlands.

McCall insists Gers are ready

Rangers boss Stuart McCall says he is preparing for all eventualities in today's Scottish Premiership play-off final decider - even penalties. Gers' promotion hopes were left hanging by a thread by Thursday's dismal 3-1 first-leg defeat at Ibrox stadium.

But McCall has not given up hope that his side can fight their way back into the match and force extra-time. And should spot kicks be required to separate the teams, he insists his men will be ready.

"We will be practising penalties. They might be required. You have got to be prepared," said McCall.

Tired Chelsea beat All-Stars

Champions Chelsea kicked off their end-of-season tour with a 1-0 win over a Thai All-Stars team in a friendly yesterday less than a week after their last Premier League match.

Chelsea took the lead with a calm finish by Dominic Solanke in the 13th minute before making wholesale changes at half time with the likes of captain John Terry, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa coming on.

"It was an impossible game. My players are tired, a big season, long season," Jose Mourinho said.

Teenager Solanke, was substituted at half-time but was brought back on in the 70th minute for Spain striker Costa, who is still suffering from fatigue after a long season.

"His condition is not good," Mourinho said of Costa, adding that he was asked to join the tour with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ramires, and Oscar unavailable due to injury.

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