FAI Junior Cup fifth round
Lagan do the business in Kilkenny
Freebooters (Kilkenny) 0
Lagan Harps 1
A Callaghan (35)
An Aidan Callaghan header 10 minutes before the break proved to be the winner for Lagan Harps in their FAI Junior Cup fifth round tie in Kilkenny for Lagan Harps.
The Manorcunningham side, who reached round six last season before going down to Balbriggan side Glebe North, now have an appointment with 2008 FAI Junior Cup winners Carrick United from Waterford to look forward to. Callaghan's goal was well-taken, heading home a Kevin Kelly cross to provide an interval lead, but there was another talking point.
Their advantage going in at the break could have been even greater had the referee awarded what looked a clear penalty. With only five minutes gone, Lagan forward Chris Toner capitalised on a defensive mix-up to race through on goal before being hacked down by the backtracking defender.
The referee, though, failed to point to the spot when it seemed not only were Lagan about to be awarded a penalty but also boast a numerical advantage for the rest of the game.
There had been a doubt over the participation of Tony Blake, who was suffering with a dislocated shoulder and was a serious doubt for the game, but the former Donegal GAA county goalkeeper played and made a number of good saves to keep the team from the Donegal League Premier Division in front.
"It's a massive result for us against a very good opposition on a tricky pitch," said manager Jason Gibson, who this week confirmed he will be taking over Swilly Rovers, in tandem with Lagan, for the upcoming Ulster Senior League season. "It was a tough game but in all honesty we felt were really hard done by with a number of decisions.
"The incident involving Chris Toner wasn't even debatable - it was completely stone-wall. There was also a few other dodgy decisions throughout the match but thankfully they didn't turn out to matter that much.
"We rode our luck a bit in the second half and needed Tony to pull us out a few times with some wonderful saves. At the same time, though, we had a couple of chances of our own to score one or two more. All in all, we are over the moon to win and carry on another dream run in this competition."
The sixth round, which is the last 32, is due to take place on the weekend of February 12 and 13.
Lagan Harps: Tony Blake; Ronan Gibson, Michael Lynch, Conor Sweeney, Paul Rodgers; Adrian O'Donnell, Seamie Peoples, Aidan Callaghan, Kevin Kelly; Chris Toner, Mark Hunter. Subs: Marty Brogan, Ronan Lennon, Damian McFadden.
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Milford United 0
Glenea United 1
M Barry (22)
Glenea United left Flagpole Park in Rathmullan with all three points after Milford United's Moyle View Park was deemed unplayable.
Glenea clinched the winner midway through the first half when a ball knocked forward was not dealt with by Milford defenders and Michael Barry reacted and drove forward to put the ball past the advancing Ian Strain. Milford created few chances with the best efforts coming late on with Johnny Sweeney, Paul Shiels, Christy McCafferty and Karl Duggan coming close.
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Dunlewey Celtic 1
T Rodgers 10
Curragh Athletic 0
The game started brightly for both sides and it was the home side that took the lead through Tommy Rodgers when he latched on to a fumble by the Curragh ‘keeper when he was unable to hold onto a John Cannon shot. They nearly increased their lead when Daniel Cannon broke down the right only for his shot to be saved.
The second half was back to the walls for the home side as Curragh threw ever thing at the home side but found Joe Rodden on top form when he made two outstanding saves from James Sweeney and Damien Duffy, but the back four of the home side did not put a foot wrong with Doogan, Coll, McFadden and Gallagher having a solid game.
Team performance from Curragh
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Keadue Rovers 2
C Gallagher (2), P Bonner (86)
Whitestrand United 0
Keadue Rovers moved up the table after this victory over Whitestrand at Central Park.
The hosts were quick out of the blocks and in the second minute following a cross from Paddy Bonner, the Whitestrand defence did not deal with it and the ball broke to Corey Gallagher and he hit home from a few yards out. Keadue made the points safe when a move involving Doalty Boyle and Corey Gallagher left Paddy Bonner with a neat finish from close range.
Letterbarrow Celtic 1
S Connolly (60)
Rathmullan Celtic 4
E Sheridan (15, 43, 85), D Patton (17)
Eamonn Sheridan fired a hat-trick against Letterbarrow Celtic as Rathmullan Celtic maintained their place at the top of the table.
A minute of silence was observed before this game in memory of the recently deceased Kathleen Meehan and Harry Devlin.
He headed home the first on 15 minutes and it was 2-0 to the away side two minutes later when Darragh Patton slotted into the corner of the net. Just before half-time Sheridan tapped home after Rathmullan were adjudged to have beaten the offside trap. The second half saw a spirited effort by a young Letterbarrow side and they were rewarded when Shane Connolly shot past the keeper from the edge of the box. Sheridan finished off the scoring with five minutes left.
Willie Duffy Division One
Downtown United 0
Gweedore Celtic 0
There was nothing to separate Downtown United and Gweedore United in a this league fixture that was reversed to Screaban in Gweeodore due to frozen pitch in Letterkenny was played in perfect conditions.
Downtown attacked from the off putting Gweedore Celtic on the back foot and created some half chances early on through Brain Murphy and Steven Toye. Near half-time Gweedore went close when a shot came back off a post after scramble in the box.
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