Goals were the order of the day as teams from the Kilkenny & District League enjoyed a super Sunday in the Leinster Junior Cup.
Callan United led the way, with a miraculous performance against Lourdes Celtic. After an even start, once Callan found their form there was no stopping them. They took a 42nd minute lead through Robbie Wall before Lee Delaney made it 2-0 in the 45th minute.
The floodgates opened in the second half - and how! Eoin Fahey extended Callan’s lead with two goals while Simon Burke plundered a second half hat-trick as Callan ran riot. Luke Burke and Ian McLoughlin helped secure a 9-0 win.
Other big local winners were Newpark, who handed Rosenallis a 6-1 hiding.
Niall Kiely bagged two goals, with further strikes from Ger Wall, Mark Flynn and Darren Hayes, and an own goal, completing the rout.
The Lions were also winners at home on Sunday, beating Corduff 3-1 thanks to goals from Kevin Shortall (2) and Michael Freeman.
Two more Kilkenny clubs scored big wins on the road.
Evergreen showed no problems from the early start on the road, coming back from Dublin with a 6-0 win over Trinity Donaghmede.
Ben Hickey led the way with a brace for the visitors in the game, which was played in the AUL Complex. The rout was completed by David Grincell, Sean Barcoe, Chris Whearty and Conor English.
A trip to Dublin also proved worthwhile for Freshford Town, who beat Ely Woodlawn in a nine-goal thriller.
An in-form Stephen O’Flaherty was the toast of the ’Town. He grabbed a hat-trick in Santry, Eoin Vaughan (2) and Paul Guinan completing the scoring in a 6-3 win.
Leinster Senior League side Phoenix rose to victory as they showed ice-cool nerves to beat Spa United in Johnstown. After an entertaining game, which finished 3-3, the visitors got the better of a penalty shootout to advance to round two. Spa’s goal-scorers were Jack Delaney, Jason Dermody and Jason Moore.
A good start ended with a bad finish for Stoneyford, who saw their cup hopes ended by a Ferns comeback in Wexford. Although they took a 3-1 lead early on, with Kelvin Mguni among the scorers, a Ferns flurry saw the hosts storm back to level terms before they struck again to win 4-3.
There were defeats also for Fort Rangers, who lost 1-0 away to Courtown Hibs, while Tullaroan were beaten 2-1 by visitors Portlaoise. Brendan Burke hit the net for the hosts.
Bridge United travelled to Dublin on Saturday evening but were beaten 5-0 by East Wall Bessborough.
Top of table
At home Freebooters B moved to the top of the Division Two table. Aidan Nolan and Eamon Byrne were on target as the Blues beat Ormonde Villa 2-0.
There is a four-way tie at the top of the table. Joining Booters there are St Mary’s, who beat Evergreen C 1-0. River Ranger and Deen Celtic are also in the pack after playing out a 0-0 draw in Castlecomer.
In Division Three St John’s moved to the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 win over Brookville B. Karl Jenkins and Robbie Hehir were on target as the city side moved to the summit, but they aren’t there on their own. Castlewarren Celtic share pole position after beating St Anne’s 2-0 in Gortnahoe.
Highview Athletic started their Division Three season in style. They beat Ballacolla 7-0.