Monday 19 August 2019

FAI Cup round-up: Kerrigan's late brace helps UCD overcome Letterkenny

Sam Byrne of UCD is fouled by Emmet Friars of Letterkenny Rovers. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Sam Byrne of UCD is fouled by Emmet Friars of Letterkenny Rovers. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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UCD survived a fright from Letterkenny Rovers yesterday before eventually running out 5-2 winners with Liam Kerrigan's late brace booking their spot in the FAI Cup second round draw.

A 22nd-minute opener from BJ Banda had the Ulster Senior League club in front but the introduction of Yoyo Mahdy at half-time sparked resurgence from the Students.

Goals from Mahdy, Jason McClelland and Richie O'Farrell were met by Banda's second keeping Letterkenny alive before Kerrigan struck.

Galway United joined them in the second round thanks to Conor Barry's double over Collinstown at Whitehall.

Following Jamie Ahern's early opener, a quick-fire blitz ensured United brought a one-goal advantage into the break after which they continued to enjoy the majority of possession and chances.

Waterford were the last Premier Division team to take the field over the weekend, travelling to Maynooth University Town yesterday afternoon.

After a lot of early pressure, they opened the dead lock just before the interval when Rory Feely's cross found its way to Shane Duggan who made no mistake.

Duggan then turned provider on the other side of half-time whipping in a corner that was met by the head of Kenny Browne for 2-0.

The Blues never appeared fazed in the remainder of the 90 minutes.

A late John Brophy goal wasn't enough to get Killester Donnycarney back into their clash with Lucan United yesterday afternoon as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.

On Saturday, holders Dundalk overcame a spirited Cobh Ramblers challenge by a single goal to continue their quest to claim the title for a third time in five seasons.

Even with a side that had just two survivors from the midweek clash with Slovan Bratislava, Dundalk's quality on the ball was evident at times here.

Dundalk looked to turn the screw in the second half and introduced Seán Gannon and Michael Duffy into the fray.

It was the former who set up what turned out to be the winning goal, as he crossed for Georgie Kelly to head home in the box.

In the day's all-Dublin clash, Crumlin United came from a goal down to beat Malahide United 3-1 and put their name into the hat for the next round.

Goals from Craig Walsh, Gar Brady and Alan McGreal had them back in front by the break and Malahide would fail to make any dent in that advantage after the restart.

Glengad United made the trip to Tipperary town to take on St Michael's as they managed to clinch the coveted berth in the draw after a nailbiting shoot-out.

Scoreless after 120 minutes of football, the Inishowen League outfit came away with victory, 8-7 on penalties.

Longford Town's clash with Athlone Town was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.

It has now been rescheduled for tomorrow at City Calling Stadium (KO 7.45).

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