Kilkenny City manager Joe McGrath last night stepped down from the post following the weekend's comprehensive thrashing by Bohemians in the FAI Cup. The Cats were beaten 7-2 by the Dublin side at Buckley Park on Sunday afternoon to end their Cup hopes and are also firmly stuck to the bottom of the eircom League Premier Division table.

McGrath, who only took over the job last September, handed in his resignation to the board after holding a final training session and a meeting with the club's players. His assistant, local soccer hero Billy Walsh, will take over for the remainder of the season. Following the announcement, club secretary Jimmy Rhatigan revealed the split was amicable and thanked McGrath for his efforts over the past seven months.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny tonight take on Longford Town at Flancare Park and if the weekend's results are anything to go by, they should be in for yet another defeat. With nothing to play for except their pride after their weekend thrashing, Kilkenny will come up against a team that are on a high after their Cup victory over St Patrick's Athletic. However, Longford will be without some key players - Eric Smith, Paul McNally and Vinny Perth are all very doubtful - giving Walsh some hope of getting his tenure as caretaker manager off to a good start. That match kicks off at 7:30pm.

Filed by Amanda Fennelly