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Lumsden Cup Action !


Clane Utd 6 Newbridge United FC 3


Clane welcomed Newbridge United for the last sixteen of the Lumsden cup.  The home side started brightly creating few chances with Liam Deane firing wide and James Ralph forcing a save from the Newbridge keeper with his feet inside the opening ten minutes. Newbridge began to find their feet and grew into confidence and on seventeen minutes took the lead. Five minutes later the away side doubled their lead and a cup shock looked on the cards. Clane out of sorts needed something to spark them into life. The turning point in the game came after thirty five minutes as Mr reliable Cathal Geoghegan broke into the Newbridge and was fouled as he tried to get his shot away and won his team a penalty. Mark Kelly stepped up to convert.  Clane then took complete control of the game sparking into life. On forty four minutes Jack Kelly headed against the underside of the bar perhaps over the line but seam Connolly was on hand to make sure to tap it home .  In first half time added on Liam Deane sealed the comeback to put Clane ahead coming into half time.  The second half started in the same vein as Clane looked to keep the pressure up going close as a James ralph effort cleared off the line .  Clane soon made it four when a superb Andrew Hyland pass picked out Dean Comiskey as he raced through one v one with the Newbridge keeper and finished superbly in the bottom corner. The 5th arrived just after the hour mark as another powerful Geoghegan run resulted him been taken down at the edge of the box winning a free and Mark Kelly stepped up and duly dispatched the free. The home side scored their sixth without reply on seventy-five minutes with fine

Work from Rasdi on the right wing found Andrew Hyland as he jinked past two defenders to score his first goal since returning to Clane. Newbridge to their credit kept trying and got a late consolation goal as the game finished 6 - 3 to Clane. Best for the winners Cathal Geoghegan, Dean Comiskey, Andrew Hyland and Sean Connolly.



Coill Dubh AFC 0 Ballycane Celtic FC 1


A bitterly disappointing night for Coill Dubh as they failed to break down a rugged Ballycane side who emerged as deserving winners. For ninety minutes Coill Dubh struggled to create openings, and just when extra time seemed inevitable Ballycane scored the only goal of the game in the eighty fourth minute. Xavi got in behind the Coill Dubh defense and struck a low drive into the back of the net.

This encounter always had the hallmark of a match that would be decided by a single goal. Desperate for an equaliser, Coill Dubh threw everything at the Ballycane defence in the final moments. However, the Ballycane defence, marshalled by the outstanding Dean Preston, held firm and secured a shock result, seeing them advance to the quarter-final draw. Coill Dubh’s best period was in the opening quarter, with the MacMahon brothers delivering quality crosses into the Ballycane box. Jay Devine headed just wide from close range, and two long-range efforts were well saved by Fitzharris in the Ballycane goal. On the other end, both Xavi and Graham caused many issues for the Coill Dubh defence and were denied a penalty as the game approached halftime. Indeed, Luke Anderson in the Coill Dubh goal never had a save to make throughout the game. With both defences well on top, Stephen Agbele, playing in the number ten role, carried the threat for Coill Dubh in the opening half. However, Coill Dubh lacked creativity in the final third, depriving Devine of any real opportunities throughout the game. Standout players for Coill Dubh were Sean McMahon, Stephen Agbele, Ryan Murran, and Cian MacMahon, the latter having one of his finest games for the club. It was, however, a night to forget for many players. Best for the winners Captain Nathen Fitzharris in goal back four of Gary Hunt, Dean Preston, Daire Kellenghan, Sam Blackburne, Thiago Alves, Xavi Zorrilla and Keelan Noone.



St Anthonys Yths FC 3 Kilcullen AFC 2 (AET)


Kilcullen AFC went down by the odd goal in five to exit the Lumsden League Cup when they came up against a game St Anthony’s Youths from Division 1. 


BBC United FC 0 Naas United FC 3


Naas united travelled the long distance to Broadford to face BBC united in the Lumsden cup  last 16 on Sunday morning. The holders started like a house on fire after great work down the left from wingers Daragh Faherty and Sammy Omoteso and the latter crossed superbly for Niall Faherty to finish clinically .It took Naas only four more minutes to double their advantage when Daragh Faherty played his brother Niall in one on one and the striker finished well to grab his second ,Naas were creating chance after chance and got their third when full back Jordan Martella beat three players and struck a twenty yard screamer leaving the BBC keeper with no chance. Naas had further chances in the first half but poor finishing from Wayne Long and Omoteso left the score at half time 3-0 to Naas.  The second half was exactly the same but the Naas men failed to take any of their numerous chances to increase the lead and the gallant BBC team in fairness to them never gave up. Best for Naas in a very comfortable team performance were the Faherty brothers ,Jamie Dunne ,Jamie Nolan and man of the match the excellent Jordan Martella.


League Shield Action !


Allenwood Celtic FC 1 Rathangan AFC 8


A hat trick for Lee Moore, one each from Jamie Kearns, Sam Hogan, Stefan Lawler, Oisin Conroy and an own goal saw Rathangan run out easy victors over Division 2 side Allenwood Celtic to book their place in the next round of the shield 


Castle Villa AFC 1 Old Fort Celtic FC 3


Old Fort Celtic were victorious away to Division 1 side Castle Villa AFC on Sunday to progress to the next round of the Lumsden League Cup. Goals from Daniel Gorman, Byron McGuirk and Daryl Ntumba were all on the mark for the Portlaoise side. 


League Action!


Arlington FC 6 Newbridge Hotspurs FC 0


Arlington returned to winning ways this morning with a fantastic second half performance and a convincing win at home to Newbridge hotspurs, Arlington nearly took the lead on seven minutes when a Jake Nicholl shot was left by the Newbridge keeper who thought the ball was going wide but luckily for him the ball hit the bottom of the post and out to safety, Arlington had a good chance on twenty one minutes when Olu Solanke skipped by three players through the middle before slipping Ceilum Maher in only to shoot straight at the keeper.  The home side nearly went ahead on twenty six minutes when Solanke again drove down the left and squared to Shane Nealon who set first time for Ceilum Maher whose bending shot crashed back off the post. Unfortunately Arlington couldn't  find the breakthrough goal before half time but we're creating good chances with Nicholl bossing the midfield. 


Arlingstons rout came in the second half, the first goal on sixty two minutes when a freekick from Nicholl was played to Ceilum maher who's attempted shot went through a body of players finding Pheilim O Kane to calmly cushion the ball to Thomas Kenny to smash home. The second came on seventy two when Robbie Mc Neill's shot from outside the area was handled on its way to goal. Up stepped Shane Nealon to smash home the penalty. The third goal came with ten minutes remaining when Olu Solanke showed great composure to slot home low to the keepers right. With the game beyond Newbridge at this stage a late tackle on Evan Grattan by the Newbridge striker led to him being sent off.  Arlington nearly made it four straight away when Ceilum Maher twisted two defenders inside out inside the box and unleashed a rocket of a strike which crashed against the bottom of the crossbar and out to safety. The fourth and possibly the goal of the game came on the eighty third minute when a perfectly whipped ball by Ceilum Maher from the right found Shane Nealon to smash home a volley without breaking stride. Thomas Kenny got his second of the game with four minutes remaining on the clock when great work down the right by Alex O Leary who played the ball to Robbie Mc Neill who spun and fed Kenny who smashed home from just outside the box, well deserved by Thomas following his recent good form. The sixth and final goal came on eighty ninth minute when Olu Solanke drove into the newbridge box and squared the ball which fell to Jake Nicholl who smashed home his strike from the edge of the eighteen yard box to wrap up a convincing win for Arlington. Another great team performance best on the day for Arlington were Kenny and Mc Neill in the middle,  Nealon Maher and Solanke up front with MotM going to Jake Nicholl who was outstanding from start to finish.


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