Penalties proved to be a popular way to find winners in several other Maher Shield games over the weekend.
Just like Stoneyford, Deen Celtic proved they were spot on when they saw off Fort Rangers 6-5 on penalties. Tony Kavanagh and Andy Carron had been on the scoresheet for Celtic earlier on, but two goals from Jim Nugent forced the tie to go all the way.
Thomastown United also progressed after a shoot-out, United beating River Rangers 4-2 after their game ended 3-3. Tullaroan were also spot kick winners, beating Freshford Town 4-1 after their game ended 1-1. Alan Carter grabbed Tullaroan’s goal, while Jonathan Doheny was on the mark for Freshford.
There were, however, some big winners who didn’t need penalties to book their place in round two of the competition. Three city sides were among those who feasted on goals, with Freebooters B kicking things off with a 7-0 win over Gowran. A Chris Valentine hat-trick sent the Blues on their way, while Niall Kiely also helped himself to a treble, with Stephen Connolly bagging the seventh.
Evergreen A also made sure their trip to Gortnahoe was a worthwhile one as they beat St Anne’s by the same scoreline. Braces for Jamie Owens and Joe Mulcahy sent them on their way, while Niall Andrews, Oisin Corr and David McGeary also added their names to the scoresheet.
Evergreen B had a similar distance to travel as their club-mates when they beat Urlingford away. Two for Ciaran Snype helped the city side on their way to a 4-1 win.
There were wins also for Newpark United, who beat Brookville 3-1 thanks to goals from Henry O’Neill, Michael Thompson and Eamon Conway, while East End United tamed the Lions in a 4-1 win in Bennettsbridge.
The final game of the first round saw Clover United earn the spoils in their local derby against Spa United. Two David Phelan goals, coupled with strikes from Ray Bowe and Mark Daly gave the Rathdowney men bragging rights over their Johnstown rivals.