Cup upsets in short supply as heavy hitters get through
St Patrick's Athletic, Drogheda United, Galway United and non-league Bluebell United all advanced to tonight's FAI Cup second round draw with wins yesterday.
Non-league Portmarnock, Evergreen and Killester United were unable to repeat the feat of Crumlin United and knock out League of Ireland opposition.
Liam Buckley's Saints ground out a 2-0 win over a dogged Portmarnock AFC at Paddy's Hill.
Christy Fagan headed in a brilliant opener right on the stroke of half-time from Conan Byrne's cross.
The impressive Byrne also created the second goal with four minutes remaining, as his low cross was turned into his own net by unlucky Portmarnock defender Gareth Whelan.
Fellow Premier Division strugglers Galway United needed a 7-6 win on penalties to beat Leinster Senior League side Killester United.
Stephen Chambers had given Killester the lead in the 2nd minute, before a Ronan Murray double put Galway 2-1 ahead.
Lennie McMillan equalised with eight minutes remaining, but Murray's third looked to have won it for Shane Keegan's team.
Chambers had other ideas, though, scoring in the 90th minute to make it 3-3 and force extra-time.
The teams could not be separated so the match was settled on penalties. Jonah Ayunga scored the decisive spot-kick.
Elsewhere, the Premier Division's bottom club Drogheda United put their problems to one side by hammering Kilkenny's Evergreen 4-0.
Chris Mulhall put Pete Mahon's team 1-0 up at the break before strikes from Ryan Masterson, Mulhall again and Mark Doyle.
Bluebell United won the big Dublin derby at the Red Cow, beating rivals Sheriff YC 3-0 thanks to two from Gary Seery and a Dean Ebbe penalty.