Saturday 24 February 2018

Dennehy helps Pat's see off plucky Bluebell

Billy Dennehy's goal just before half-time was enough to see defending EA Sports Cup champions St Patrick's Athletic through to the next round. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Billy Dennehy's goal just before half-time was enough to see defending EA Sports Cup champions St Patrick's Athletic through to the next round. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Saint Patrick's Athletic began their defence of the EA Sports Cup with a 1-0 win over Bluebell United at Richmond Park, where Billy Dennehy got the winner two minutes before the break.

The Leinster Senior League champions nearly took the game to extra-time, with Lee Desmond clearing the ball of the line after 88 minutes.

A David O'Sullivan hat-trick helped Longford Town beat Athlone Town 4-3 in the Midlands 'El Clasico.' Athlone took a two-goal lead through Conor Barry and Cormac Rafferty.

O'Sullivan got one back for Tony Cousins' team ten minutes before half-time and then equalised in the 69th minute. Athlone were ahead again through Walter Invernizzi a minute later but O'Sullivan equalised soon afterwards and then Cody Mulhall hit the winner with six minutes left.

Waterford United's positive form continued as they hammered hapless Wexford FC 5-0.

Teenager Steven Nolan scored his first goal for Bohemians as Keith Long's team recovered from Friday's 4-0 defeat against St Pat's to beat Cabinteely 1-0 at Dalymount Park.

Ryan Brennan scored from the penalty spot after 12 minutes to give a strong Bray Wanderers team victory over Drogheda at United Park, while second-half goals from Matthew Whelan and Shane Lowth saw Cobh Ramblers beat Avondale United 2-0.

The draw for the next round will be made today.

Irish Independent

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