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Cobh, Derry, Limerick, St Pat's, Sligo and Longford advance but Bluebell and Athlone must replay

Updated: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013 22:02 | Comments

Christy Fagan celebrates his opening goal for St Patrick's Athletic in their 4-0 win over UCD.
Christy Fagan celebrates his opening goal for St Patrick's Athletic in their 4-0 win over UCD.

Cobh Ramblers, Derry City, Limerick, St Pat's, Sligo Rovers and Longford Town have advanced to the third round of the FAI Ford Cup, but Bluebell and Athlone must replay following a 2-2 draw.

St Patrick's CYFC 3-4 Cobh Ramblers - Frank Cooke Park.
St Patrick’s CY finished 11th in the Leinster Senior League and lost their last five league games, but they faced a Cobh Ramblers side whose recent form hasn’t been too impressive either as they are without a win in their last six league games.

But Ramblers put that poor form behind them and took the lead after only three minutes when the home side failed to deal with a corner and Brian Fitzgerald headed in the opener.

On 11 minutes it got worse for the non-league side when Conor Meade stroked a free-kick past Stephen Murphy and the tie looked effectively over.

St Patrick’s did settle, however, and Mark Boland struck the woodwork after 25 minutes with Birdsall beaten in the Cobh goal. The Dublin side battled hard, picking up four bookings in the process, but Cobh took their 2-0 lead into the half-time break.

Four minutes after the restart Conor Meade looked to have put the tie to bed with his second of the match as he converted a penalty off the underside of the crossbar. Ramblers kept pressing and Bobby Donoghue put them 4-0 up with a close-range tap-in on 55 minutes.

St Patrick’s brave effort was rewarded on the hour mark when Thomas Dunne latched onto an Alan Murphy through ball and neatly finished past Birdsall, and Brian Mooney grabbed a second for the home side on 90 minutes.

Five minutes into injury time the home side pulled back another goal when Dunne notched his second from the penalty spot, but time ran out for St Patrick’s and a nervy Limerick held on to progress to the third round.

Blarney United 0-4 Derry City - O'Shea Park.
Blarney United finished fourth in the Munster Senior League First Division and faced a Derry City side that is currently third in the Airtricity League Premier Division as well as being holders of the FAI Ford Cup.

The game started slowly, and it was 15 minutes before the first chance materialised when Derry’s Michael Rafter volleyed over. Derry’s quality started to show and they gradually began to dominate the tie, but they could not breach a resolute Blarney defence and the teams went in scoreless at the break.

Derry’s dominance continued after the interval and Rory Patterson glanced a Barry McNamee free kick into the net after 52 minutes to finally put the cup holders in front. At this stage Derry were in complete control, but Blarney’s dogged resistance kept them in touch on the scoreboard.

As the game wore on Blarney began to believe and managed to gain parity in general play, but Derry’s fitness told in the final ten minutes as Rory Curran goaled on 86 minutes, and Patterson scored twice to complete his hat-trick on 88 and 90 minutes.

Glenville 0-3 Limerick FC - Home Farm FC.
Glenville play in the third tier of Intermediate football within the Leinster Senior League and faced a Limerick side that have been impressive this season on their return to the Airtricity League Premier Division.

Limerick were the brighter team from the start, and Rory Gaffney gave them the lead after 21 minutes following a neat one-two with Stephen Bradley. The league side were dominant but failed to convert a number of chances and had to content themselves with a 1-0 lead at the interval.

Gaffney, however, looked sharp throughout, and he doubled Limerick’s advantage on 56 minutes with a smart finish following a neat exchange of passes with Axel Bossekota.

Bradley notched Limerick’s third on 66 minutes with a fantastic free-kick. They looked comfortable in the face of Glenville’s occasional threat and ran out winners on a 3-0 scoreline.

St. Patrick's Athletic 4-0 UCD - Richmond Park.
The sides met last Tuesday night when St Pat’s beat UCD 5-0 to open up a five point lead at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division, and they almost repeated that scoreline as they again cruised past the students and into the third round.

It took until the 31st minute for the opening goal, which Christy Fagan got for the home side. Jake Kelly did the work on the left hand side before crossing to Chris Forrester, who found Fagan to fire home.

And shortly after half-time Fagan doubled the lead. This time it was all his own work with a great strike from outside the box which gave Conor O'Donnell no chance in the UCD goal.

Kelly then made the game safe on 62 minutes when he dispossessed centre back Thomas Boyle to slot home past O’Donnell, and things then went from bad to worse for the UCD defence when Gareth Matthews bundled the ball into his own net to see Pat’s home.

Waterford United 0-2 Sligo Rovers - Regional Sports Centre.
Managerless Waterford United went into the tie unbeaten since the departure of Paul O’Brien, while Sligo were looking to put indifferent league form behind them.

It was Sligo who started the stronger with David Cawley and Kieran Djilali launching attacks.

However, Iarfhlaith Davoren was lucky not to concede a penalty for a late challenge on Waterford’s Paul Quilty after nine minutes, while Sligo ‘keeper Gary Rogers made a nice save from a Dylan Mernagh glancing header shortly after. Raf Cretaro then went off injured for Sligo.

The defending league champions then took the lead through Danny Ventre following an Aaron Green corner after 21 minutes. And Sligo crucially doubled their lead in first-half injury time when Aaron Green crossed for Anthony Elding.

The Bit O'Red kept possession well in the second period and Waterford struggled to get into the game. Both sides created a few chances but Rovers never looked in danger of conceding as they progressed 2-0.

Bluebell United 2-2 Athlone Town - John Hyland Park.
Bluebell finished fifth in the Leinster Senior League despite having six points deducted and were looking to catch on the hop an Athlone Town side that was surprisingly beaten at home by ten-man Waterford United last week.

And it was the underdogs who took the lead early on when Tony Griffiths scored from the penalty spot after only eight minutes following a foul on Glen Madden. Ian Sweeney levelled for Athlone just after the half hour mark and it stayed that way until half-time.

In the second-half both sides attacked in search of the lead goal, but it was Athlone who managed the breakthough, again through Sweeney, this time on 66 minutes.

But Bluebell were rewarded for their bravery when they levelled through Robert Douglas on 77 minutes to earn a replay in Athlone on Tuesday evening.

Longford Town 4-0 Pike Rovers - City Calling Stadium.
First Division leaders Longford Town faced junior side Pike Rovers who are currently involved in a head to head battle with Carew Park for the Limerick District League title.

It was the First Division pacesetters who took the lead through the head of David O'Sullivan following Mark Salmon's cross on 15 minutes.

Shortly after Pike keeper Gary Neville saved a Daniel Purdy header as Pike struggled to get a foothold in the match. But the junior side managed to survive until half time without conceding again despite Longford’s pressure.

Longford did double their lead though just on the hour mark when O’Sullivan struck again after being put through by Daniel Purdy, and O’Sullivan completed his hat-trick after 75 minutes when he headed home from close range from a cross by Keith Quinn.

Mark Salmon rounded off the scoring in injury-time as he slotted home from the penalty spot after Josh O’Hanlon was brought down.

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