Lions roar on to reach round two of FAI Junior Cup

There were mixed fortunes for local sides as the quest for glory in the FAI Junior Cup kicked into action for another season on Sunday.

There were mixed fortunes for local sides as the quest for glory in the FAI Junior Cup kicked into action for another season on Sunday.

Pride of place went to the Lions, who travelled to Wexford for their clash with Bohemians and came home with the right result.

A goal from Ben Wallace was enough to send the Durrow men into round two and a meeting with Crettyard United.

The game was their second win in succession, following on from a Maher Shield success against Fort Rangers. Having lost their opening Premier Division games before then, it looks like they have turned the corner.

The Lions could have been facing into an all-K&DL clash, but Newpark’s hopes were dashed as Crettyard travelled into the city and grabbed a win. Despite goals from John Dumecz and Tony Delaney, Mark Ryan’s men were beaten 4-2.

That was the same scoreline in Kildare, where Woodstock Celts beat Bridge United 4-2. Again, the Kilkenny side had two goalscorers in Tom Huff and Eoin Kavanagh, but couldn’t get the result to stay in the competition.

A miserable day for Kilkenny teams was completed when Tullaroan also fell at the first hurdle. Tom Fitzgerald was on target for the Division One club, but they were beaten 2-1 by Laois outfit Rosenallis.

Away from the cup competition, the final place in the last 16 of the Maher Shield went to Southend United, who beat Brookville 4-1 in Ballyragget. There were also a few games in the junior divisions with Freebooters B and Stoneyford United sharing the spoils in their Division One game on the Fair Green.

There were just two games down for decision in Division Two, where Bridge United B beat Highview Athletic by the odd strike in a seven-goal thriller, while St Anne’s travelled to Thomastown and took all three points at United Park on a 2-1 scoreline.

Leinster cups will take centre-stage this weekend with local clubs involved in Junior, Youth and Senior competitions.

The pick of the ties will see Evergreen, who had David Grincell in action for the Republic of Ireland juniors against UCD last Saturday, take on Sheriff YC in the Leinster Senior Cup at 11am on the Kells Road this Sunday.