No problem for fancied teams in latest round of Junior Cup

Athenry defender Gary O'Connell about to cross the ball against John Donnellan and Aaron Lawrence of Dynamo Blues in Tuam on Sunday. Photo: EIREFOTO.
Athenry defender Gary O'Connell about to cross the ball against John Donnellan and Aaron Lawrence of Dynamo Blues in Tuam on Sunday. Photo: EIREFOTO.

IT was a comfortable weekend for the fancied sides in FAI Junior Cup action as Mervue United, Athenry and Loughrea all saw off lower ranked opposition in advancing to the Fifth Round National open draw which took place earlier this week.

Just Athenry of the three were rewarded with a home tie and they will face either St Joseph’s FC or Tramore FC from the Waterford region. Mervue United were the last name out of the hat and they travel south to meet Cork side Carragaline United, while Loughrea face a stiff task as they head to Kilkenny for a meeting with Evergreen.

Meanwhile, Ballinasloe Town defeated Castlerea Celtic by 2-1 on Sunday and will enjoy a home tie against Westport United next time out. The competition will also have new winners  as the holders North End from Wexford were beaten in the last round by Freebooters from Kilkenny. All the sixty four games are scheduled for the first weekend in December.

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Corrib Rangers had taken a few notable scalps in previous rounds and potentially offered a threat to Mervue United, but the reality was different as the visitors prevailed comfortably by 5-2 at Westside.

They were two up at the break as Enda Curran notched a brace before going on to complete his hat trick on the resumption. Peter Walsh was also on the mark twice for Mervue, while Stephen Gilmore and Simon Walsh replied for Rangers with second half goals.

Dynamo Blues were the only lower division side left in the competition and they were out of their depth as Athenry emerged 7-0 winners in Tuam on Sunday. Cole Connolly (two), Conor Cannon, Garvan Boughal, Jamie O’Driscoll, Morgan Leggett and Seamie Crowe took the scoring honours for the visitors, while aided by a Darren Creaven hat trick, Loughrea also eased past Colemanstown United by 7-0. Michael Lynch (two), Adam O’Riordan and Patrick Evason were also on the mark for the home side in an easy win.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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