THE McCalmont Cup has already claimed its first big scalp as Evergreen A crashed out at the first hurdle.
Callan United grabbed the headlines when they sent the Premier Division leaders packing at the Fair Green on Sunday morning.
Scoreless after 90 minutes and again at the end of extra-time – David Grincell and Joe Mulcahy hit the woodwork for the Maher Shield champions while Owens and Whearty had frees saved – goalkeeper Eoin Wall made it a memorable Sunday for Callan in the penalty shoot-out.
John J. Egan, J.P. Corcoran, Eoin Wall and Alan Costigan were on target for the hosts, while Wall saved spot-kicks from Robbie Quan and Jamie Owens to complete the surprise result.
Wall has tasted success at many levels for Callan, having won league titles at under-11, 12, 15, 16 and Youths level with the club. Together with Simon Burke and Robbie Wall the netminder, who was also capped at international level, was part of a golden generation at the club.
Penalties were also called for in Goresbridge, as Freebooters A got past the locals thanks to the dreaded spot kicks.
Goals from Dessie Hayes and Greg Morton gave the visitors an early lead, but Bridge were far from finished. James Barcoe pulled a goal back before the break – they also hit the crossbar through Sean Barcoe – before Sean Murphy levelled matters after the hour.
’Booters were the more clinical side in the shoot-out, scoring four goals to their opponent’s one as they made a successful start to their bid to win the Cup for the third season in a row.
Tullaroan were the first team to book their place in the last 16, beating Thomastown United B on Saturday evening. Brendan Burke struck twice for the winners, with Eoin Manning replying for Thomastown.
Two Premier Division teams were among the big winners in the opening round of the competition.
East End United eased past St John’s on a 7-2 scoreline. There were braces for Michael O’Neill and Paul Murphy. Andy Lowry, Syd Kelly and an own goal completed the scoring for United, while Dwayne Quigley and Martin Boki replied for the Saints.
Went one better
The Lions A team went one better, recording an 8-0 win away to Deen Celtic B.
The visitors purred into the next round thanks to doubles for Michael Dooley, Murt Clancy and Ben Wallace. Lee Campion and Shane McCann were also on target for the Durrow side, who will be hoping to repeat their run from 2007, when they beat Freebooters to lift the title in Thomastown.
The club had another reason to celebrate, as their B team travelled to Stoneyford and came home with a 2-1 win in their Cup clash. Eoin Clancy and Darren Maher grabbed the goals to ensure that the Lions will have two sides in the next round.
Also through are Freshford Town, who beat River Rangers 2-0. AC Kilkenny are safely through courtesy of a 6-0 win over Clifden United 6-1. The city side’s B team went down 2-1 at home to St Anne’s, a fate similar to Newpark United’s B team – they were beaten 2-0 away to Clover United A.
Long range cracker
The curse of the B team also struck the Rathdowney club’s second side, as they were beaten 2-0 on the Kells Road by Evergreen C. The newly-crowned Division Three champs were sent on their way by a long range cracker by Sean Henebry, while an own goal doubled their advantage.
Just like the Lions Evergreen will also have two teams in the last 16 when Evergreen B beat Highview Athletic A 3-1. Mikey McDonald (2) and Connie Barry grabbed the goals as Ollie Walsh’s Evergreen B side moved into the next round.
In other games a father and son combined to send Fort Rangers into the next round.
Jim Nugent scored twice while Emmet Nugent showed he was a chip off the old block, getting his name on the scoresheet as Fort beat Brookville 3-1 in Wallslough.
The last of the 16 places in the second round draw was secured by Newpark United A, who saw off Freebooters B on the Fair Green.
Henry O’Neill hit the opener in the first half for Newpark, who were hauled back when Niall Kiely netted a penalty for the hosts – Newpark also lost a player in the build-up to the Kiely spot kick.
Despite playing with 10 men, the visitors booked their place in the next round after O’Neill sprang the offside trap on a breakaway and struck the winner.