Wednesday 17 January 2018

Wins for Rovers, Cork City and UCD as Derry and Drogheda will have to meet again in FAI Cup

Derry City and Drogheda United will have to meet again in the second round of the FAI Cup after Aaron McEneff’s penalty secured a draw for the home side at the Brandywell.

Sam O’Connor had put Drogheda ahead in the 33rd minute, and it looked like it wouldn’t be Derry’s night when Rory Patterson missed a spot-kick just before the hour-mark. When they were awarded another, however, McEneff did the needful, necessitating a replay.

There was action aplenty at the Belfield Bowl, where hosts UCD advanced past Bray Wanderers despite squandering a three-goal lead. Gary O’Neill, Gregory Sloggett and Kieran Waters had the Students 3-0 ahead at half-time, but Ryan Brennan’s hat-trick, the last a penalty, tied matters within 11 minutes of the restart. O’Neill wasted a chance to put UCD back in front when he missed from the spot but Ryan Swan was the home team’s saviour with a goal on 68.

Goals from Kevin O’Connor, Gavan Holohan, Steven Dooley and Mark O’Sullivan saw Cork City advance past St Peter’s of Athlone on a 4-0 scoreline at Turner’s Cross, while Lee Duffy and Philip Gannon helped Longford Town to a 2-0 away victory at Waterford United.

Shamrock Rovers easily accounted for Cork side Midleton at the Tallaght Stadium, with Gary Shaw, Seán Heaney, Pat Gregg and Brandon Miele all finding the net as the Hoops won 4-0.

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